Arts and Entertainment Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon singing 'The Sound of Silence'

'The voice is back', the singer said in a statement

Grandmother's family make plea to find killer

The daughters of a frail widow who was found strangled in bed before her home was set on fire in an attempt to hide evidence today appealed for the public's help in catching their mother's killer.

Beatrix Campbell: Now we can hope to halt the tragedies of the future

Naming Baby P’s killers helps us understand what produced them

Album: Joshua Radin, Simple Times, (Mom Pop)

Fans of the TV show Scrubs will know Joshua Radin already with five, count them, five of this Cleveland-born singer-songwriter's songs having fought for attention against all that hospital-based "zaniness".

Postcode lottery on rape convictions

Rape victims still face a "postcode lottery" over whether their attackers are brought to justice, according to a report published today.

The tragedy and courage of first US face transplant

'Don't judge people who don't look the same as you,' says the woman whose features had to be rebuilt after she was shot by her husband

First face transplant patient in US shows face

Five years ago, a shotgun blast left a ghastly hole where the middle of Connie Culp's face had been. Five months ago, she received a new face from a dead woman.

Doctor Willem Kolff: Physician who invented artificial hearts and kidneys

Willem Kolff, who was known to friends and colleagues as Pim, was the father of artificial organs. He invented the first artificial kidney (blood dialysis) machine, pioneered blood transfusion in Europe, invented the heart-lung machine and co-invented the Jarvik artificial heart.

Can The Simpsons ever be beaten?

As Homer and Bart embark on their latest adventure in Ireland, a whole host of shows are aiming to replace the Springfield crew as the kings of the animated TV sitcom. Gerard Gilbert tunes in to the contenders

Observations: Can we sing it? Yes we can!

It was only a matter of time. In this case, surprisingly little time. Barely a third of the way into his first 100 days in office, Barack Obama is set to appear on the London stage – in a musical. OK, the man himself won't actually tread the boards – nor will an actor have the impossible task of living up to the immensely popular President. Rather, Obama on My Mind, which will play in North London's charming Hen and Chickens pub next month, is a political comedy about the determined individuals behind the campaign to get Obama into the White House, set to 14 pop, gospel, jazz and Motown tunes. Teddy Hayes, a Cleveland-born crime-writer and film-maker who has been living in London for 13 years was inspired to write the piece when he started canvassing overseas Americans in the run-up to the election.

Salting it away: The suppliers cashing in as Britain grinds to a halt

As stocks deplete, councils are turning to table salt – it's cheaper

Album: Sun Ra, Live in Cleveland, (Leo/Golden Years)

The recording is far from hi-fi but this 1975 session catches the Arkestra on absolutely stonking form and at a musical juncture – Sun Ra meets disco and proto-rap – that emphasises the continuities linking much black music.

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The surburban nightmare that haunts McCain

Republican candidate faces middle-class backlash in crucial swing state of Ohio
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