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Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell says the jury verdict that freed the killer of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin was “questionable.”

Gemma Cairney: 'I'm really loud in public; I'm always bellowing something out '

I'm a total musical tart My playlist goes from Sam Cooke and Emeli Sandé to Maverick Sabre; it's a real pick and mix. But because I work in radio I now dedicate time each month to listen to an album from start to finish; I like the lyrical stories some tell, such as with Emeli Sandé's album [Our Version of Events], which I sing my heart out to on the [London] Underground.

Album: Various Artists, Earle Brown Contemporary Sound Series Vol. 4 (Wergo)

This fourth 3CD volume of re-issues from the Earle Brown-curated series of '60s avant-garde milestones focuses on chamber orchestral performances.

Album: Elvis Costello and the Imposters, The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook!!! (Universal) (3/5)

Elvis Costello's live CD/DVD package takes a different approach to Kylie's live show in which she uses a large spinner to select which songs to sing.

Outside Edge: Burgers aren't king at Rovers

Whatever cries ring round the terraces at Conference outfit Forest Green Rovers next season, it's unlikely to be "Who ate all the pies?", as the club's vegan chairman, Dale Vince, has banned the selling of meat products at the ground, after imposing a similar matchday prohibition on the players.

McDonald's serves more customers

The fast-food giant McDonald's said it saw its busiest weekend on record in the UK last month as cost-conscious families searched for cheap deals.

The definitive burger

Serves 4

The Hamburger, By Josh Ozersky Yale

Studying the story of the hamburger is, says food writer Josh Ozersky, "one way of studying the country that invented it, and then reinvented it again and again".

Why I Love: All-beef patties

Elviin, singer-songwriter

Album: The Iguanas, If You Should Ever Fall on Hard Times, (Yep Roc)

Another post-Katrina New Orleans record. Yes, but it's a good one. The Iguanas are impossible to nail.

Lila Downs: Queen of the mix

Lila Downs tells Michael Church how a search for identity brought success

Letter: McCruelty that's hard to swallow

GIVEN THE propensity for McDonald's to attempt to conceal its activities by litigation, I can understand the muted tone of your feature "Everyone loves a McNasty" (4 April). What is not recorded is that McDonald's did not appeal against the judge's finding that most decent people about to bite into a Big Mac would find it troubling that the company had been "culpably responsible" for cruelty to laying hens, guilty of "cruel practice" in relation to broiler hens and guilty of cruelty to sows. Mr Justice Bell found that allegations of cruelty "in the rearing and slaughter of some of the animals that are used to produce [McDonald's food]" had been justified by the defendants and were "true in substance and in fact". Not everyone loves a "McNasty", or even a Big Mac.

Snoopy consigns Bic Mac to the bin

RUBBISH BINS in and around McDonald's restaurants in Hong Kong are overflowing with uneaten "Big Value Meals". But this is not an angry Chinese comment on the best American cuisine. It is a result of a mania sweeping the former colony that shows that there is at least one activity dearer to the hearts of its people than the pursuit of money - the pursuit of Snoopy.

Letter: Sticky issue

Sir: Is the glue on stamps and envelopes made from animal carcases? I've stopped eating burgers but don't know whether to lay off correspondence as well.

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