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fashion: Second skin

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Miss America rethink on `women with a past'

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Parliament: No way to treat a dog, say MPs

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Leading Article: We must recognise the destructive power of the Net

AN AMERICAN court has fined anti-abortion activists $107m (pounds 66.5m) for an Internet campaign that publishes a "hit list" of doctors. The site was certainly highly offensive. Many websites are. This one, though, was a thinly veiled incitement to hatred, violence and murder. The website's graphics featured dripping blood, and "wanted"-style posters of doctors on the so-called "Nuremberg Files". The list of target doctors had their addresses attached. The names of doctors who had been killed in anti-abortion violence had a line struck through their names; those injured were listed in grey. Truly abhorrent. In a lesser vein, Andy Sinton, a Tottenham footballer, had his phone number posted on a site for Arsenal fans, leading to the inevitable torrents of abuse until his number was changed.

First Night: Getting a laugh out of death

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Letter: Labour turmoil

Sir: The torrent of vulgar publicity concerning the peccadillos of leading politicians is a reminder of how much better the country was governed when major policy decisions were taken behind closed doors during country-house weekends. Don't any of our new masters read Trollope?

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