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Barnet sack manager Hendon

Barnet have terminated the contract of manager Ian Hendon with immediate effect.

Bank manager cleared of £1m theft

A former junior bank manager was yesterday cleared of stealing nearly £1m from a high street bank after a jury accepted that her violent boyfriend frightened her into taking the money.

David Lister: Part of London's heritage has been lost

Alarm bells first rang when I picked up a leaflet saying Transport for London was "changing the direction of the Circle line". Rubbish as I always have been at geometry, even I felt that you couldn't change the direction of a circle.

School bans Sikh pupil over holy dagger

A Sikh boy has been withdrawn from a school in a dispute over a ceremonial dagger, his local education authority confirmed today.

Suspended sentence for Boris Johnson's ex-deputy

A former deputy of the London mayor Boris Johnson was handed a suspended jail sentence of 12 weeks today for misusing his expenses.

Carola Long: Good Eighties Hair is a far cry from the bouffedout barnet sported by Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction

Between now and the 'Sex and the City' sequel's release, we will no doubt be treated to never ending behind-the-scenes shots of the bag- and shoe-toting stars on set. So far so predictable, but last week a more entertaining photo appeared of SJP sporting a perm that would make a poodle look sleek. Reportedly for an Eighties flashback scene, it served as a handy reminder that although the decade that the natural look forgot is back, there is good Eighties and there is bad Eighties. Very bad.

Jon Cruddas: The future success of the Left depends on rediscovering our past

Raymond Williams once said: "To be truly radical is to make hope possible rather than despair convincing". Many now feel despair. We feel great loss. The things that we took as given have abruptly gone – like growth.

Sacked mayoral adviser faces police referral

London's City Hall will formally refer a sacked adviser to Boris Johnson to police today over allegations he misused a corporate credit card.

Lives Remembered: Betty Scharf

Betty Scharf died peacefully at her home on 25 April, aged 92. She was born on 1 January 1917 as Betty Hinchliff, her all-round abilities revealing themselves early on as she obtained a scholarship to Henrietta Barnett School and shone academically and at sports. A student at LSE in the years leading up to the Second World War, she was already an internationalist, prominent in the League of Nations Society and the Students' Union, leading a delegation to Czechoslovakia in 1937 and taking an active interest in Spain. Her first class B.Econ degree attracted the attention of the psychoanalyst John Bowlby, and she joined him in research for "44 Juvenile Thieves". During the war she lectured in Sociology under Professor Morris Ginsberg at LSE. In 1944 she married Rafael Scharf, a Polish Jew working as a War Crimes Investigator. The marriage lasted until his death in 2003.

Beckham's barnet loses out to 'the Pesto'

Put away the wax, lay down the heated straighteners and leave the peroxide alone, men. The era of overindulgent male grooming is over and understated sophistication is back. For this, you can thank the BBC's business editor, Robert Peston.

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London bombings: Heroes honoured

Six survivors of the London bombings on 7 July 2005 were honoured after the Government changed last year's decision not to give titles to the heroes of the terrorist attacks.

Shopping mall braced to take 'up to £1m per hour'

The Christmas countdown has begun, with just nine shopping days to go until the big day.

Buy-to-let owners 'worst hit by falling prices'

Owners of buy-to-let properties are among the worst hit by falls in housing prices, experts said today.

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