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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.

A view of Leyton Orient's Brisbane Road

League One preview: Sheffield United to buckle against Leyton Orient

Sheffield United were given a good going-over by a bruising Hartlepool side in midweek and Leyton Orient can benefit from the knock-on effects by beating the battle-weary Blades at Brisbane Road on Saturday. Take the 5/2 about the Londoners prevailing.

Baker: generous of spirit and ever-optimistic

Mike Baker: Highly respected education correspondent

He was in his element at conferences, juggling stories for different BBC news outlets

Arthur Ochs Sulzberger:

Arthur Ochs Sulzberger: New York Times publisher who fought for press freedom

He championed free speech and his stance on editorial independence made him a hero

Colchester confirm Joe Dunne as new permanent manager

Colchester have confirmed Joe Dunne as the club's permanent manager following the dismissal of John Ward last weekend.

Still no sign of 'Essex lion' as police helicopter joins the hunt

Police searching for a lion in Essex said today they were taking the hunt seriously.

Rory Burns hit a second century in his eighth first-class match

Surrey pair break batting records against arch-rivals

In a bleak season, some beacons of hope shine for Surrey. Two left-handers, both Surrey-born, combined to set a partnership record with a century apiece at The Oval yesterday to give their side at least a chance of easing their relegation fears with a win over their nearest neighbours.

True grit: Horticulturalist Beth Chatto's remarkably hardy gravel garden

To get to Beth Chatto's house you turn down an unremarkable lane just near a petrol station in the heart of Essex. Here is the celebrated gardener's residence itself: a white suburban bungalow that sits plump on well-mown green turf. And though it's signposted well, it remains a surprising prologue to one of Britain's most interesting and exotically original gardens.

Our man at the palace: Dominic King completes his 50km walk yesterday

50km Race Walk: Last to arrive gets the day's best reception

British competitor takes four hours to finish but wows the crowd

Guard of honour usher in silver hearse at funeral of Pc killed in Clacton shooting Ian Dibell

A guard of honour was formed at the funeral today of a police officer who was shot dead as he tried to stop a gunman.

Clacton shooting: Peter Reeve shunned guns while volunteering at clay pigeon club

The suspect who is thought to have shot dead an off-duty policeman who tried to intervene in a violent neighbourhood dispute shunned guns while working as a volunteer at a clay pigeon club, it emerged today.

Injured paratrooper Ben Parkinson 'proud' of Olympic torch relay

Seriously-injured paratrooper Ben Parkinson was greeted like a rock star today when he carried the Olympic Torch with thousands of people willing him on.

The statue of Herakles, which has only been loaned outside of the United Kingdom since its acquisition in 1805, will be sent to the De La Warr Pavillion in Bexhill, East Sussex this summer for a series of exhibitions about the Olympics.

British Museum to loan out valuable treasures to sites around the country in 'Spotlight Tours' plan

The British Museum is set to loan out valuable treasures, including a Roman bronze of Herakles, to sites around the country as part of what it has dubbed the “Spotlight Tours” to bring them to as many people as possible. This is expected to pave the way to more local partnerships with major galleries and museums.

Lord Newton of Braintree dies at 74

Former Commons leader Lord Newton of Braintree has died at the age of 74, his family announced today.

The new collection from menswear brand Percival is inspired by all things British. Visit asos.com

Called to the bar: How to find your new local

A warm welcome, good food and a fine ale can make living in a commuter village about more than just motorway links and train connections, says Ruth Bloomfield

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