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Atlanta massacre: Strange World of Day Traders

The recent phenomenon of day trading - where private investors try to make profits from buying and selling a stock over their PCs within a matter hours - has taken off as the cheap and fast trading has become available over the Internet. Such traders will often trade on margin - putting up only a small percentage of the value of their purchases with on-line brokers and selling the shares for profit before the rest of the money is due - leaving them facing huge losses if their share gamble goes wrong.

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Video: Is it or isn't it? (Really bad, that is)

In & Out (12). As if Tom Hanks's weepy Oscar speech for Philadelphia wasn't bad enough, this stubbornly nonsensical film, written by Paul Rudnick and directed by Frank Oz, puts a what-if twist on it. A character played by Matt Dillon wins an Oscar, and in namechecking his teacher, inadvertently outs the man. Even though the movie opens amusingly enough (the Oscar ceremony shows Steven Seagal being nominated, for something called Snowball in Hell), it degenerates into a mess of unfunny stereotypes, creating a stupidly coy fantasy world in which sexuality is directly connected to appreciation of Barbra Streisand and Gloria Gaynor. The normally wonderful Joan Cusack is stuck with an unflattering role as Kline's needy fiancee (though, admittedly, she turns "Fuck Barbra Streisand!" into one of the year's funniest lines). This is the kind of film that thinks the sight of two men kissing is by definition, funny. It may have made homosexuality that much easier for Middle America to handle, but at what cost?

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JUST WEEKS before his relationship with Monica Lewinsky erupted into the headlines, President Bill Clinton gave the former White House intern a series of gifts at a farewell meeting in the Oval Office, her testimony reveals.

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THE PRESIDENT may have many worries at the moment, but money should not be one of them. There has been a surge of contributions to the legal defence fund that was set up for him in February and it now stands at about $2m.

FILM: RECORDED DELIVERY

In and Out (12), PolyGram, rental, 14 Aug

Arts: Scratch a diva, and we all bleed

Marky Mark has stewed in the limo for 30 minutes. I'm flying out of the door when the phone rings. I answer. There's no preamble: "That bitch! That cheap, wig-wearing, slipping at the box-office bitch!"

Boxing: Showdown of the showmen

Eubank-Hamed rivalry turns personal as the old stager keeps stealing the limelight from the young champion; Bob Mee suggests Britain's finest boxer is being given a lesson by a master

Motown writers cash in royalties

LEGENDARY Motown songwriters Holland/Dozier/Holland do indeed know "How Sweet It Is To Be Loved You". They have just signed a deal that turns the royalties from songs like that into a cool pounds 60m loan.
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