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A minimum target of three medals has been set - with as many as seven a possibility

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Keen skiers and snowboarders can find unprecedented bargain basement prices this season as tour operators begin to launch cuts in the face of a serious slump in advance bookings. Some operators are quietly confessing that reservations are as much as 40 per cent below the same period last year.

Obituary: William E. Fredeman

THE EARLIEST memory of Dick Fredeman (characteristically, he kept the Christian name he was given at birth, even though he wrote under that given him by his adoptive parents, William) was waking on his mother's veranda to find the barrel of a gun pointed at his face. It was held by an angry acquaintance of hers. Surviving this, he spent his life in determined independence, pursuing his goals with unrelenting energy to become the foremost scholar of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, expert in all things Victorian, of which he was also an omnivorous collector.

Colleges slash grades in rush to fill places

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British hitchhiker shot dead by US border patrolman

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