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Jack Hammersley and Jorge Gill were criticised for using a pulley system to wakeboard in an underground carpark

Nathan B. Forrest High School named after Ku Klux Klan leader will be renamed

Duval County Public School Board voted unanimously to replace the name on Monday evening at a school where over half of the pupils are black

Family values: 'It's a Wonderful Life'

It's a Wonderful Life - the sequel: Dream town or dystopian vision?

It's a Wonderful Life is a classic 1940s feelgood movie; what might its sequel tell us about the modern world?

Opera review: Grimes on the Beach, Aldeburgh, Suffolk - an extraordinary spectacle at the water's edge

The Independent joins 1,800 opera-goers on a freezing English beach as Benjamin Britten's opera Peter Grimes competes with the crash of the waves and the whistling wind. The result? Spectacular

Newcastle Falcons coach Dean Richards

Jimmy Gopperth's boot fires Newcastle into top flight and ensures Dean Richards' redemption

Dean Richards' return to rugby's top table was confirmed last night after Newcastle posted a 49-33 aggregate Championship play-off victory over Bedford Blues.

Newcastle lead in play-off final

Newcastle moved a step closer to a return to the Premiership after claiming an 18-9 lead over Bedford in the first leg of their Championship final.

Long-term renting is 'damaging children's lives'

One in 10 renting families have had to change their children's school in the past five years because they had to move home

Measles could hit two million children

As many as two million schoolchildren are susceptible to measles due to their lack of the MMR vaccine scare, a leading health expert has warned.

Ronnie O'Sullivan has missed ranking tournaments in China and Australia since landing his fourth Crucible title

Snooker: Ronnie O'Sullivan will return to defend world title

O'Sullivan has been on sabbatical

Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins remanded in custody after appearing in court accused of conspiring to rape one-year-old girl

Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins has been remanded in custody after appearing at Cardiff magistrates' court to face child sex abuse allegations.

Plenty of welly: Alastair Cook draws admiring glances as he and his bride ride off in a tractor on their wedding day

The Last Word: Let's all raise a glass to the Young Farmer down my local

After his exploits in India, Alastair Cook is about to go from ordinary local lad to global celebrity

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Dickens, the Bloomsbury group and two tales of a city

The pensioners, from Bedford, planted the drug in their garden, unaware that what they were growing was illegal.

Elderly couple accidentally grew the biggest cannabis plant police had ever seen

An elderly couple have accidentally grown a huge cannabis plant, described by police as the largest they have ever seen.

Nicole, Duchess of Bedford

Nicole, Duchess of Bedford: Résistante who went on to help secure Woburn Abbey's future

The Duke and Duchess were both in TV ads, she for hair gel, he for Flash and Jaffa Cakes

Bedford’s Geoff Irvine says teams cannot afford to get promoted

Skewed finances leave Championship a poor second best

News of the agonising decision facing poor old Theo Walcott – the Arsenal player who can barely sleep at night, worrying whether he might sell himself catastrophically short by signing a new contract worth a mere £75,000 a week – puts the second tier of English rugby and its business model into some kind of perspective.

Why We Build, By Rowan Moore

If you build it they will come, but they might be a bit of a shock

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After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

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Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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