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The 47-year-old has given birth to a baby boy

The Critics: You'll feel a goose-step over your grave ...

Apt Pupil (15) Bryan Singer; 111 mins A Simple Plan (15) Sam Raimi; 121 mins She's All That (12) Robert Iscove; 95 mins The Corruptor (18) James Foley; 110 mins The Impostors (15) Stanley Tucci; 100 mins

ShockedDenver mourns its lost children

High school shooting: Story of teacher's heroism emerges as tragedy divides Colorado's gun lobby

Comment: Bad dads need help just as much as single mothers

New Labour should learn the lesson from the US: it's not that `deadbeats' won't pay - they can't

Obituary: Joe DiMaggio

BASEBALL IS a sport which reveres its statistics, one in which numbers can transcend simple arithmetic to become a catechism of faith. For the believer, 406 signifies only one thing - Ted Williams's average in 1941, the last time anyone batted over 400 for a season. Henceforth, 70 will be forever shorthand for Mark McGwire's single season home run record. Or take 2,632, the number of consecutive games played by Cal Ripken Jnr between 1982 and 1998, almost certainly never to be surpassed. And then there is 56. For the uninitiated, the figure is no more than part of the seven times table. For the baseball fan, however, it summons up at once Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak between mid-May and mid-July 1941, a record which also may never be broken.

Open Eye: Recalling the real founding fathers of the OU

As the Open University marks its thirtieth anniversary it is salutary to look back at its origins, and in particular at the first conception and implementation of the idea, for credit is not always given where it is most due. Much is often made of the initiatives of Harold Wilson and Jennie Lee. Both were certainly doughty advocates and supporters in the early days - but John Griffith has a personal recollection of how it all actually started .

Focus: The day Americans count their blessings

Family values in the US have taken a battering this year. But that won't reduce the significance of Thursday's Thanksgiving celebrations. By David Thomson

Baseball: Clinton law to benefit players

PRESIDENT CLINTON signed a bill on Tuesday which overturns part of US Major League baseball's 70-year-old anti-trust exemption, putting baseball on a par with other professional US sports on labour matters.

Books: Platonic time-travel

The Smithsonian Institution

Sports Letters: Thor point

Sir: Would you like a laugh? You would. OK then. I am a pagan (cue widespread ridicule) and my eye was caught by a sentence in your article on Mark McGwire on 5 September: "Even Thor would be a pygmy in comparison."

Baseball: Mighty Big Mac homes in on legend

St Louis Cardinals slugger prepares for what may be a record-breaking showdown with Chicago Cubs rival

Faith & Reason: Memo to the President: put that bible away, Bill

Bill Clinton has to choose between being pious and presidential. It is his attempt to have it both ways that has got him into such a mess

Film: Whispers of immortality

Robert Redford calls the shots in The Horse Whisperer, but he tells James Mottram, it's lonely being a legend. He still gets the girl and, says Catherine von Ruhland (below), they're getting younger every year

Film: Fan facts

KURT RUSSELL (in 'Breakdown', released this week)

Baseball's big hitters queue up to sign Cuban exile

At the end of last year Orlando Hernandez escaped to the Bahamas from Cuba by raft. Phil Davison, Latin America Correspondent, tells why he may now become a multi-millionaire while many of his friends on the raft will be struggling in dead-end jobs.
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