Some of the thousands of people who take part each year in courses run by the Foundation of Light attended an award ceremony at the stadium.
A doorman has been sentenced to 18 months behind bars for setting alight a Sunderland student who was dressed as a sheep.
A new £9million centre to support enterprise and innovation in Sunderland could produce up to 650 jobs.
Sunderland boxer Warren Baister suffered defeat in the Men's Heavy (91kg) Quarter-Finals at the Commonwealth Games.
The 28-year-old lost 2-1 to Canada's Samir El-Mais.
Two fishermen are said to be lucky to be alive tonight after they spent nine hours adrift on a lifeboat after their own boat sank 12 miles off the coast of Sunderland.
The men, who haven't been identified, were picked up by a passing Dutch yacht on its way to Whitby and taken to Hartlepool Marina.
Joshua Shrimpton Dean reports.
– Mike Puplett, Humber Coastguard
“The fishing vessel’s liferaft was a life saver today and this incident highlights how important it is to ensure that liferafts are properly maintained and able to float free of the boat should the worst happen. Fishermen should wear personal flotation devices at all times whilst on deck. Even if the liferaft floats free, getting into one is no mean feat, especially if the weather is more volatile than today’s relatively calm seas.
Although the liferaft had been drifting for nine hours, we are still hopeful that we will be able to find the wreckage of the boat using our search and rescue information system (SARIS) which is a computer programme that allows us to plot the drift of vessels. The MCA’s counter pollution branch and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch have been informed.
Two fishermen have been rescued after spending nine hours aboard a life raft when their boat sank off the coast of Sunderland.
The pair had been fishing in the North Sea 12 miles east of Sunderland when their boat appeared to hit a submerged object, sinking so quickly they did not have time to make a distress call.
The pair were picked up by a Dutch yacht on Monday, Humber Coastguard said.
The crew contacted the coastguard which arranged for a lifeboat from Hartlepool to pick up the fishermen and bring them to shore.
– Mike Puplett, Humber Coastguard
"Both of the fishermen are now safe and well, although a little shaken by their ordeal. We'd like to thank the Dutch yacht Jager which rescued the men and went out of their way to ensure their safety."
Renting property in the North East is cheaper than it was a year ago according to the latest figures, bucking the national trend.
Specialist insurer HomeLet's Rental Index suggests that renting in the North East is now 2.3% cheaper than it was this time last year.
Average rents across the country went up by 6.3% and now stand at £862 per month.
In the North East the figure is £507 per month on average.
Organisers of The Sunderland International Air Show say they estimate a record number of people visited this year's event. The three day show, which featured aerobatic displays from the likes of The Red Arrows, attracts pilots from across Europe and crowds from around the country.
In the Women's Marathon, Aly Dixon, from Sunderland, was in the lead at times but eventually had to pull out because of a calf problem. Durham-born Joasia Zakrzewski came 14th with a time of 2 hours 45 minutes.
Vince Richardson, who owns a guest house on the seafront, says people come from all over the see the Sunderland International Air Show.
Sue Stanhope, event director of The Sunderland International Airshow, says it's a massive boost to the local economy.