Len Johnson is possibly the greatest boxer you have never heard of. Racism prevented him from taking a shot at the title. Here is his story:
A clean-up operation has been held at a Jewish cemetery targeted by racist vandals.
8,000 cyclists will return to the roads of Manchester today for the 2014 Great Manchester Cycle.
Temperatures across the region are soaring - highest regional value so far today was recorded at Hawarden Airport 24.7c.
A rugby League star who was punished for using a homophobic comment to a referee during a televised game has held a coaching session with the world's first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rugby League club in Manchester. Leeds Rhinos player Zak Hardaker was given a five-match ban after being found guilty of homophobic abuse after his side's defeat to Warrington. The player said he'd learnt his lesson from the experience and took the training session to show he isn't homophobic.
Louis van Gaal labelled Manchester United the biggest club in the world as he addressed the media for the first time since taking over at Old Trafford. The former Bayern Munich, Ajax and Barcelona boss, who was announced as David Moyes' successor in May, took his first training session on Thursday morning before addressing the size of the challenge ahead of him at United.
– Louis van Gaal, Manchester United Manager
"I will do my best and that's what I can give. I cannot give predictions because you never know. It's the biggest club of the world, which I know already after two days. I have to adapt to this club. It shall not be easy, but I will do my utmost best. When you see my career, you can see what I have won and that is what I can say. The future shall show if I can do that again."
Greater Manchester Police have released CCTV footage of a man being hit with a concrete slab in the city centre yesterday.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service were called to the bar mid-morning to a fire in the kitchens involving the chip pan range. The fire spread into the roof space but firefighters quickly brought the fire under control and managed to stop it spreading into the main bar and restaurant. Four fire engines are currently at the scene along with an aerial appliance which is being used to fight the fire from above.
– Phil Nelson, Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service
We are dealing with a fire involving the kitchen at Dukes 92 which has spread to the roof through the ducting. Crews have worked really hard to stop it spreading to the remainder of the roof and the bar and restaurant area. The fire is under control and we are now working on the roof to isolate any remaining pockets of fire. A number of people were evacuated before we arrived including the staff and we are working with the owners to look at business continuity going forward.
All staff are safe, thank you for your messages. We are currently awaiting an update from the fire department. Thank you for your patience!
There are calls for a ground breaking scheme to reduce energy costs in Greater Manchester to be rolled out across the country. Councils joined forces to broker deals with energy companies on behalf of tenants to cut bills. They're also installing 600 air-source heat pumps to reduce electricity use at peak demand. Now Greenpeace is calling for the Government to roll out these schemes nationally and force greater competition into the market.
Manchester's newly refurbished Central Library is celebrating its 80th birthday with a mix of new and old.
The Get Digital Festival starts today - and visitors also have the chance to celebrate the library's heritage.
There are demonstrations of Google Glass, the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, 3D printing, and Nao, the walking talking dancing robot - plus business seminars on topics such as e-commerce, digital marketing, and using social media.
Activities will range from e-storytelling sessions to digital music technology workshops.
It's a far cry from how it all started when King George V opened the Central Library on 17 July 1934. But visitors can also see archive material relating to that royal opening ceremony as well as many other fascinating material dating back a lot further.
In the first three months after refurbishment Manchester Central Library has welcomed 300,000 visitors with approximately 50,000 book issues and 40,000 sessions booked on PCs.
– Councillor Rosa Battle, Executive Member for Culture and Leisure
In the three months since the library re-opened, it has proved amazingly popular and anyone who has visited it will know Central Library isn't an ordinary library. Not only does it have an outstanding collection of books, it has more than 170 computers, free wifi, a media lounge and even gaming consoles, with new technology at the heart of the library's future.
It is one of the must-visit, key attractions in Manchester city centre.
Andy Burnham gave a moving tribute describing him as a selfless and exceptional MP who was never in it for himself.
@lucymitv Think we pay more then our fair share in every conceivable tax to have them emptied on a weekly basis never mind every 3 weeks!
@lucymitv I can see a large percentage of the residents of Bury having to make a trip to the tip in the 3rd week. Me being one of them.
@lucymitv we're struggling (family of 5) with the recent change to fortnightly collections in Liverpool. Bin is overflowing circa 10 days