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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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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003