18 Thursday, 22 October 2009 London Lite World at a glance Travoltaextortioncasesetfor retrialafterpossiblejuryleak THE case of two people accused of trying to blackmail John Travolta out of 15m over his son Jetts death from a seizure in the Bahamas has ended in a mistrial, amid fears of a jury leak. A retrial was ordered after politician Picewell Forbes called defendant Pleasant Bridgewater a free woman on TV, even though the case was still being deliberated. The judge dismissed the jurors in the interests of justice. Ex-Bahamas senator Bridgewater is accused of trying to negotiate the payment for ambulance driver Tarino Lightbourne. The pair deny threatening to release a document that would have freed paramedics from liability if Jett, 16, had been flown to the US for treatment -- as Travolta, 55, is said to have originally wanted. Jett died in hospital in the Bahamas. No date has been set for the retrial. Fatal seizure: Travolta and Jett; right, Lightbourne USorderspaycutsatrescuedfirms THE American government plans to order bailed-out banks and car companies to slash their top executives pay by an average of 50 per cent. In an effort to quell outrage over multimillion-dollar boardroom excess, the treasurys pay tsar Kenneth Feinberg will order seven firms still dependant on taxpayer money -- including AIG and Citigroup -- to severely cut the pay packages of their top 25 executives. Unflappable: Australian newsreader Peter Hitchener kept his cool when seemingly attacked by a giant seagull. He barely flinched when the bird stood in front of a camera, used to project an image of Melbourne behind him. WebsitesuescopsoverGibsonstory THE founder of Hollywood gossip website TMZ.com is taking legal action against the Los Angeles Police Department, in a landmark battle over freedom of speech and the independence of the press. Harvey Levin allegedly discovered officers had accessed his phone records in a bid to find out how the website obtained details about actor Mel Gibsons drink-driving arrest in 2006. 70ftbluewhaleiskilledbyaship THE carcass of a 70ft-long blue whale has washed on to rocks in California. Officials think the creature, which has a gash on its back, was hit by a ship. Politicianjailedforbitingpoliceman A MALAYSIAN court today sentenced a prominent opposition politician to six months in jail for biting a policeman at an illegal protest. Tian Chua, 46, was found guilty by Kuala Lumpur magistrates of injuring the cop who had tried to stop him entering parliament two years ago in a protest against a constitutional amendment. Chua plans to appeal, telling reporters: I maintain that Im innocent. easyJet council will chargeextra for frills RESIDENTS in north London will have to pay extra for first-class council services, such as extra rubbish collections, after controver- sial plans were approved. Barnet councillors have voted to adopt an easyCouncil-style policy, modelled on no-frills airlines such as easyJet. Under the new scheme, called Future Shape, residents will be able to pay more for certain services, including extra refuse collections or more flexible home care. They will also be able to pay an extra fee to jump the queue for planning permission, in much the same way as airline passengers who c a n p ay e x t r a fo r p r io r i t y boarding. Mike Freer, leader of the council, said: Those residents who come into contact with the council infre- quently -- on issues like parking permits or planning -- need to find our services simpler and easier to use. Residents who have ongoing support from the council need to find it easier to develop services that respond to their individual needs. I believe wholeheartedly in ensuring high-quality services are available to all, but the day of one-size-fits-all has gone. The decision to proceed with the Future Shape proposals was taken unanimously at a meeting of the councils cabinet last night. BY KEVIN WIDDOP Picture of the day index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html