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Six NHS trusts have “persistently” high death rates for patients who die in hospital or within 30 days of discharge, according to new data.

Hull City 1 Colester United 1: Colchester buoyed by Jackson as Hull can only tread water

Although Colchester are third from bottom in the Championship, they have now lost only once in seven games in 2008 and their manager, Geraint Williams, believes they do not have to fear anyone.

Point-to-Point: Barber's runners look razor sharp at Larkhill

Richard Barber should again be the man to follow at Larkhill today where Oracle Des Mottes (1.15) can repeat his recent course success in the ladies' open. The nine-year-old missed last season but looked in superb condition for his comeback three weeks ago and had only to be shaken up on the run-in by Rachael Green to beat Raregem, who is entered again.

Bristol City 1 Colchester United 1: Johnson left hungry for more after brief taste of life at top

A compelling encounter, which sent one side, albeit briefly, to the summit of the Championship and the other to its foot could give cause for rejoicing in the strength of this vibrant division. It certainly makes for an enthralling title race. But the Bristol City manager, Gary Johnson, knows his side may only get one shot at the Premier League and history suggests they must take it.

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: Liar liar

Dear Virginia, I am in despair because I have found that my six-year-old son has been lying to me. I've only caught him out twice – once when he said he hadn't broken something when he had, and once when he said he'd finished his supper and it turned out he'd put it in the bin when I wasn't looking. I really worry. Should I punish him next time he does it? Yours sincerely, Claudia

Hotting up: Skye Gyngell's zingy ginger recipes

From seafood to syllabub, there are not many dishes that won't benefit from a sprightly injection of flavour from fresh ginger, says Skye Gyngell

Colchester United 2 Watford 3: Priskin caps comeback for unstable Watford

Watford, whose eight-point lead in the Championship had dwindled to one in the space of the previous month, pulled out of their stall impressively last night as they stretched the gap again after recovering from being two goals down within half an hour.

Saints and Saracens are punished for ticket sins

Northampton and Saracens yesterday had their international ticket allocations cut as Twickenham continued its campaign against the black market.

Edinburgh proves capital choice for lifestyle

Edinburgh's historic architecture and thriving cultural and academic reputation have earned it the moniker Athens of the North. Now it has been named the best city in the United Kingdom for quality of life.

New planes on way for the Queen and Blair

Tony Blair and the Queen are to get two new dedicated aircraft, senior Downing Street sources said today.

'Cameron effect' gives Tories seven-point lead

David Cameron's rejuvenated Conservative Party has opened a seven-point lead over Labour, according to The Independent's latest "poll of polls".

James Lawton: Petulance in Paris proves Wenger is still world's worst loser

With a sad and even crushing predictability, Arsène Wenger did win one title in Paris this week. Really it was more a case of a successful defence of the crown he has worn, unabashed, through all his years of glory and near misses. He remains the world's lousiest loser.

Soldiers' Iraq murder trial collapses

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