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George W Bush was once president of controversial Delta Kappa Epsilon

Tennis: Hingis in mood for quick trick

MARTINA HINGIS' title defence at the season-ending Chase Championships gained momentum yesterday as the world No 1 crushed France's Mary Pierce, 6-1, 6-2 in 58 minutes.

Letter: Not too sensational

Sir: I see our brave young artist iconoclasts are once again puncturing the conceits and pretensions of the bourgeoisie; this time by way of the "Sensation" exhibition, which looks likely to cause the closure of the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York City ("Hirst exhibition sick stuff says Mayor Giuliani", 24 September).

He's too clever for us, say police

He's too clever for us, say police

Kennedy alarm delayed for hours after control tower was ignored

THE CONTROL tower official at Martha's Vineyard airport tried to raise the alarm over John F Kennedy Jnr's missing aircraft at about the time it was due to land last Friday evening, but the phone-call warning to a Federal Aviation Administration control centre went unheeded.

American Times: Greenwich, Connecticut - Private property is now the 51st state

AMERICA HAS an awful lot of shoreline, enough, you would imagine, to give everyone a spot to plonk down their deckchair and crack open the cool-box on hot summer days like these. You would be wrong. Nearly every oceanside state - Oregon is the exception - allows private homes, associations and indeed whole towns to section off beaches and headlands for the exclusive use of residents and locals.

Mastermind burns evidence of world's biggest insurance swindle

IN THE "back-country" of Greenwich, Connecticut, where stone walls and wooden fences hide grandiose mansions and swimming pools, they are used to people protecting their privacy. Even so, the comings and goings at number 889 Lake Avenue had already been stirring curiosity when, on 5 May, the fire engines roared up its drive to investigate a reported blaze. Since then, residents here have talked about little else.

Rockefeller seeks crop circle answers

ONE OF America's richest men is funding a former Hampshire local government officer to investigate crop circles. Laurance Rockefeller, a business- man and philanthropist member of the fabled political dynasty, is backing research by Colin Andrews into the mysterious shapes that sometimes appear in cornfields.

Nanny murder children to fly back to UK

TWO BRITISH children have been taken into state custody in the United States after their father was charged with the murder of their nanny.

American Times: Greenwich, Connecticut: Greenwich means time

THEY HAVE been lying awake in Greenwich, Connecticut, scratching their well-groomed heads in search of a solution to the great millennium conundrum. Where to spend New Year's Eve 1999, now 12 months and a day away?

Obituary: Alfred Bingham

"GUCCI SOCIALIST" was not the term for Alfred Bingham. Instead of the nouveau-riche associations of such footwear, his own WASP New England radicalism was more "Brooks Brothers Bolshevik".
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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there