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11:46 UK time, Monday, 4 September 2006

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

The front pages of the papers are dominated by the faces of the service men who lost their lives in the aircraft crash in Afghanistan. And the follow-up reports focused on the sombre mood at RAF Kinloss, where most of these men had been based.

When such big stories break over a weekend, other pre-planned material can get pushed aside. But there were other stories and trends stirring in the undergrowth.

The Daily Mirror has plugged into the going back to school theme - giving a large amount of floorspace to the drive for healthier food in schools. This dove-tails neatly with a children's DVD give-away and a colour spread on the father of triplets who is writing his own blog.

A couple of years ago, who would have expected a tabloid, the, to be showcasing bloggers? But even though it's mainstream, is it interesting?

Here's a snippet from My Diary of Triplet Fatherhood. "March 18: I counted how many spoonfuls of rice-yam-broccoli-milk mush I dished out during supper. It came to 144. No wonder meals take a while." Exactly.

Elsewhere, the chill winds of autumn are being heralded. There is nothing older than last season's panic, so forget the drought and global warming, because the Daily Mail has a new weather worry: Monsoon Britain. "Scientists warn the future is cloudbursts and floods," says the strapline.

The Mail is also reviving an old favourite double act: Paul Burrell and Princess Diana. And because it's Monday, the Daily Express pitches in with its own perspective on what the butler saw.

For those following the grand-daddy of conspiracy theories, the John F Kennedy assassination, there is another detail added by the Guardian - that Nellie Connally, the last surviving person who was in the car with President Kennedy when he was shot, has died at the age of 87.

A moment before the first gun shot, Mrs Connally had turned to Kennedy and said: "Mr President, you can't say Dallas doesn't love you."

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