Life and Style A double espresso after revision might be the best way of preparing for an exam, new research suggests

Scientists find first clear evidence of caffeine’s memory-boosting effect, and shown that it lasts for at least 24 hours

Edgar Allan Poe given funeral 160 years after his mysterious death

American master of the horror story is finally told to rest in peace

How We Met: Fran Boyd & Donnie Andrews

'I was sitting there reading about this notorious person and I'm thinking, "This isn't Donnie"'

Mayor of Baltimore accuses Grayling of 'dishonouring' city

The story below was written on the basis of statements supposedly made by the Mayor of Baltimore which have since been proved to be false. They were fabricated on this website ( http://mayorofbaltimore.org/crimestatement.php). We fell for the hoax.

Leading article: Shameless

Things have a habit of going embarrassingly awry when politicians descend to populism. So Chris Grayling, the shadow home secretary, should have known better than pursue an easy headline by comparing parts of Britain to the gang and drug infested streets of The Wire.

Britain as dangerous as Baltimore? You’ve got your wires crossed

Shadow Home Secretary derided for comparing UK crime to TV show setting

Used subtitles to watch The Wire? The writer says that's just criminal

So you thought the subtitles button was the best way to decipher the acclaimed US crime series? Wrong. You've turned genius into comedy, its writer tells Arifa Akbar

Leading article: Found in translation

Odd how translation and snobbery seem to go together; even odder how the snobbery doubles where the translation is only from the spoken to the written word. You may remember the fuss, nay the high dudgeon, which attended the introduction of subtitles at the English National Opera a few years ago, even though the company sings only in English. The earlier introduction of surtitles for foreign-language performances, at the Met in New York, even at Covent Garden, had a slightly smoother passage.

Newspapers must charge for web content says writer of 'The Wire'

David Simon believes newspapers must start charging for web content if they are to survive. Ian Burrell talks to the former crime reporter.

Dominic West: 'I would be marvellous in Batman'

Dominic West, the old Etonian star of 'The Wire' who criticised US actors playing Brits, appears on BBC4 next week as an Australian scientist in the drama 'Breaking the Mould'. He tells Gerard Gilbert how his background has shaped perceptions of the roles he can play

737s checked after hole opens in fuselage

Southwest Airlines inspected about 200 planes overnight after a hole measuring 1 foot by 1 foot (30 centimeters by 30 centimetres) opened up in the passenger cabin of a jet in flight, forcing an emergency landing in West Virginia.

Deborah Orr: The bright sparks are left behind

The Government has this week launched another bunch of tinkering education reforms. In the main, they suffer from the same problem as every reform of anything that this Government, from now on, will ever announce.

Extract: The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighbourhood

By David Simon & Ed Burns

Win 'The Corner' - DVDs & books

In 1997, David Simon and Ed Burns, co-creators of acclaimed TV series The Wire, published The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighbourhood, a book detailing the grim realities of the drug trade in the US city of Baltimore. Later, in 2000, they adapted the book into an acclaimed HBO mini-series. Now, both the book and a DVD of the series have been re-released.

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