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SEVEN DAYS:A glance at the week that was

The newspaper industry is in an increasingly beleaguered state, and journalism can’t have been helped by the revelation that one of the trade’s most distinguished practitioners has left his job, demoralised by the malaise creeping through the media.

Yes, Clark Kent, venerable reporter at the Daily Planet in Metropolis, has walked out after becoming disillusioned at the dumbing down of a once-proud profession. Of course, Kent’s resignation came in the pages of the latest Superman comic (above), and Kent hardly needs the job, seeing as he’s merely the human alter ego of an extraterrestrial superhero and all, but there isn’t a grizzled hack alive who isn’t sad to see him leave his typewriter behind.

We now know

Derry is one of the top 10 citiesto visit in the world in 2013, according to Lonely Planet.

Enda Kenny has been named European of the Yearby the German magazine publishers’ association.

Six Italian seismologists have been jailed for failing to warn the citizensof L’Aquila about the 2009 earthquake that claimed 309 lives.

The numbers

8,500Number of miners fired by South African firm Gold Fields, for striking illegally.

0Number of Tour de France titles won by Lance Armstrong, after the UCI erased his cycling records in light of the doping scandal engulfing the sport.

€4.9bnSum the rogue trader Jérôme Kerviel has been ordered to repay Société Générale, his former employer, after losing it that amount in 2008.

6The number of US presidential candidates who took part in debates this week: Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on Monday, and four “third-party” candidates on Tuesday.

30%Proportion of teenagers estimated to sleep with their mobile phone under their pillow, according to the CSO.

$600,000Prize money won by Pádraig Harrington at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Hawaii, his first tournament victory in two years.

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8 Two young children die in Galway road crash

9 Irish sides stand in way of Anglo-French bullies

10 Boy (16) sentenced over rape

Calculated from October 19th until yesterday

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