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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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