A heavily pregnant mum-to-be is campaigning for a change in the law so her late partner can be named as father on their baby’s birth certificate.
Charlotte Watterson came home from work in June this year to find her boyfriend Aidy Badon dead.
After his funeral she discovered he cannot be named as the baby’s dad due to a law stating that if you are not married the father must be present and sign at the birth registration.
This week’s Manx Independent has the full story.
There’s also the latest, including pictures from the scene, after two brothers from the Isle of Man were found dead in a flat above a pub near Bolton.
And in politics, Speaker of the House of Keys Steve Rodan defends the spending of thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ cash in the last three years on parliamentary trips abroad to destinations including the Caribbean, Sri Lanka, the Falklands and South Africa.
He says the visits helped protect our independence and status. We’ve got the full story and invote your reaction; email opinions@newsiom,.co.im to join the debate on our letters pages.
Elsewhere in the paper: former leading local TT rider Paul ‘Big H’ Hunt, who suffered a serious crash while carrying out travelling marshal duties for the 2014 TT, speaks to sports editor John Watterson about the daily battle with his injuries; a 60-year-old builder is sentenced for cultivating cannabis plants; a ‘significant milestone’ is passed in the move to introduce Freedom of Information legislation; backbench MHK Alf Cannan dubs changes to the way public sector pension funds are collected as a ‘blatant accounting fudge’; and the island’s fire chief expresses his dismay after an internal discussion document about possible redundancies was leaked to the press.
In our 12-page Island Life lifestyle pull-out, we’ve got the low-down ahead of a visit from Austin Powers star Verne Troyer, who played Dr Evil’s sidekick Mini-Me and will be heading to a Douglas club this weekend; there’s music, film and theatre features plus comprehensive what’s on listings and a seven-day TV guide.
Sport has all the usual football, hockey and rugby previews plus the best motorsport coverage around, including a feature on a 13-year-old student from Ramsey Grammar School who is making an impact on Silverstone and many other motorcycle circuits around the UK.
It’s all in today’s Manx Independent - in shops now.