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The prison house is a tough school but it saved the young Maurice McIntyre and reconnected him with music. In the late 1960s McIntyre became one of the most passionate and articulate spokesmen of the Chicago-based Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, and an exponent of fiery but spacious "spirit jazz".

Boys shoot four dead at US school

TWO JUVENILE gunmen, believed to be 11 and 13 years old, opened fire yesterday on schoolchildren as they streamed out of an Arkansas middle school in response to a fake fire alarm. Four were reported dead last night.

Tuesday's book: The Page Turner by David Leavitt (Little, Brown, pounds 15.99)

The Page Turner is David Leavitt's first novel since he suspended his survey of contemporary American bourgeois life in favour of English homosexual mores in the 1930s. The resulting book, While England Sleeps, was withdrawn by Leavitt's former publisher after Stephen Spender threatened legal action. Spender alleged that Leavitt had plagiarised his life - and, worse, bowdlerised his own record of it, World Within World. Though Leavitt saw a revised While England Sleeps reissued in the US with a defensive preface, the damage to his reputation was considerable.

Woman tells of gropes in Oval Office

BILL CLINTON looked set to experience one of the darkest hours of his presidency last night, when a former White House employee, Kathleen Willey, claimed on prime-time television that he kissed and groped her in the vicinity of the Oval Office four years ago. The alleged incident, originally recounted by Ms Willey in testimony given in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case last year, has been strongly denied by Mr Clinton, including under oath.

Clinton's defence slides in court of the people opinion

Latest sex claim may induce public opinion to make judgements that the law cannot, writes Mary Dejevsky in Washington

Kathleen: the name that may finish off Clinton

MOVE OVER Monica, Paula and Gennifer. President Bill Clinton's impeachment nightmares coalesce suddenly around the image of a woman named Willey, Kathleen Willey.

Clinton faces catalogue of sex claims

PRESIDENT Bill Clinton is confronting the most serious accumulation of sexual allegations of his career, following the release late yesterday of a legal dossier containing highly salacious details about his conduct over many years.

Journalist disowns Paula Jones expose

THE journalist whose article lay at the origin of Paula Jones's sexual harassment claim against President Clinton has recanted, casting aspersions on his sources for the story and regretting that he helped to "debase" American politics.

Clinton profits from death of key witness

THE criminal investigation into President and Mrs Clinton that began with the Whitewater land deal in Arkansas and expanded to include Mr Clinton's alleged relationship with Monica Lewinsky could turn in favour of the Clintons after the death of a key prosecution witness, James McDougal.

Leading Article: A kiss is just a kiss...

He smoked but he didn't inhale. Now it seems the President and Monica Lewinsky kissed but didn't have an "improper relationship". Although the White House denies it. The same White House whose spokesman said there was "nothing innocent or simple" about Bill Clinton's relationship with Monica. That spokesman, Mike McCurry, then said he must have been "out of his mind" and that he was "in the doghouse" as a result of what seemed like a welcome outbreak of straight speaking. But neither statement, it has been noticed, amounted to a denial.

Music: Return of the Native

So whatever happened to Robbie Robertson, mainstay of The Band, rock's first supergroup? He went back to his Native American roots, as he tells Andy Gill, and wrote a letter to the President

Clinton aide fights new Starr subpoena

The already tortuous saga of President Clinton, the White House trainee and the American legal system took another twist yesterday when the leading White House media adviser, Sidney Blumenthal, went to court to contest a summons to testify in the case. Mr Blumenthal, a close associate of the Clintons, said he was "outraged" to be called and described the subpoena as a violation of his constitutional rights as a public servant.

Clinton accused: President's chief accuser tries to salvage reputation

Linda Tripp, whose secret tape-recordings could yet topple the US President, came out yesterday to defend her reputation and augment her account of events at the Clinton White House. But, as Mary Dejevsky reports, Mr Clinton's position appeared to be strengthening.

Clinton wins a small victory in a big war

President Clinton won a small victory in his fight to salvage his presidency yesterday when legal officers in the two sex inquiries pending against him agreed that the two cases should be kept separate. As Mary Dejevsky explains, the ruling helps Mr Clinton's cause, but does not mean that his problems are over.

Sex scandal? It's all a right-wing conspiracy, insists defiant Hillary

The White House launched an all-out war to save Bill Clinton's presidency yesterday. A stunning television performance by the First Lady was just the first move in a media offensive calculated to drown out his accusers. Our Washington Correspondent reports on the day that may prove to have turned the tide.

Women about the House

Profile; One woman clearly isn't enough for the President. John Carlin on the objects of his attention
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Parents of six-year-old who beat leukaemia plan to climb Ben Nevis for cancer charity

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Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget Heysel

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Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

Khan’s audition for Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
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Fifa corruption arrests

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Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

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