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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.

Letters: Thatcher not to blame for loss of jobs

To blame Margaret Thatcher for the loss "of millions of highly skilled manufacturing jobs abroad", as Alan Hinnrichs seeks to do (letters, 17 December), is like blaming King Canute because he could not stop the tide rising.

Jordan Ibe is already the subject of an offer from Fulham

Liverpool win race for Wycombe's teen star Ibe

Liverpool have beaten a string of other Premier League clubs for the signature of 16-year-old Wycombe striker Jordon Ibe.

Aidy Boothroyd takes charge of the struggling Cobblers

Northampton appoint Aidy Boothroyd as manager

Aidy Boothroyd has returned to management with npower League Two strugglers Northampton.

Dario Gradi, the former Crewe manager has spent his career finding new talent

Paul Newman: Gradi's task still to ensure academy makes the grade

The Football League Column: David Platt, Danny Murphy, Geoff Thomas, Rob Jones, Dean Ashton and Seth Johnson all came through the Crewe system

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been playing for Arsenal sooner than may have been expected

Pearce praises Arsenal winger Oxlade-Chamberlain

The England Under-21s manager, Stuart Pearce, feels Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can only get "better and better", both for club and country.

Camulodunum, Firstsite, Colchester

Colchester's Firstsite has a dramatic new building, a golden curving shell designed by Raphael Viñoly that hugs a garden and gently preserves an ancient Roman mosaic under a glass floor at the heart of the gallery. The Berryfield Mosaic was discovered in 1923 with a human skeleton, oyster shells and pottery, and it can be read as a kind of cornerstone for Firstsite's opening exhibition, Camulodunum (the exhibition title taken from the old name for Colchester). The tone is set by Danh Vo's huge sculpture We the People (2011), part of a larger work in which he is making a replica of each part of the Statue of Liberty in copper. Packing crates, tools and rags are strewn around a huge hand, which will never likely never find its way on to an arm.

Trail of the unexpected: Firstsite exhibition space, Colchester

The new space could put this part of Essex back on the map

Teacher to be sentenced over pupil

A senior female teacher who had a sexual relationship with a teenage pupil will be sentenced today.

Mother denies trying to incite riot

A single mother has denied attempting to incite a riot, saying comments made by BlackBerry Messenger were a joke.

Train collides with man on mobility scooter

A man escaped with just minor injuries after his mobility scooter became stuck at a level crossing and was hit by a train travelling at 100mph.

Bayern Munich bid for Tranmere striker

Tranmere manager Les Parry has confirmed Bayern Munich have made an undisclosed offer for teenage striker Dale Jennings.

The Bargain Hunter: Making a splash with an eco-friendly shower head

We're kicking off with an exclusive discount this week courtesy of Ecocamel, the specialist in energy-efficient bathrooms. Until June 4, Bargain Hunter readers will receive a 25 per cent discount on the brand new Jetstorm shower head – a fantastic product which, if used by a typical family of four, could save them 56,000 litres of water per year and reduce their annual energy bill by up to £240. The shower head normally costs about £50 but readers entering the discount code EC2 on the Ecocamel website can buy one for just £37.45. For more details about the Jetstorm or to make your purchase visit www.ecocamel.com.

Rome: the coming of the king, By MC Scott

A truly riveting return

AV 'not a referendum on Clegg', says Miliband

Labour leader Ed Miliband appealed to voters today not to treat tomorrow's poll on electoral reform as a referendum on Nick Clegg.

Lambert becomes the latest Glasgow graduate to seek top-flight honours

Norwich's return to the Premier League is due to a driven and no-nonsense Scottish manager. Sound familiar?
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