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Police in Quebec say a fire at a seniors' residence in Quebec has left eight dead and 24 missing.

Selena Gomez: Hero or Villain?

When the Beach Boys sang about "Disney Girls" back in 1971, the very phrase evoked a world of "Earlier nights and pillow fights … Open cars and clearer stars". Mention Disney girls these days, and chances are it will be in the context of one scandal or another.

Sophie Lancaster: the murder that caused a subculture to fight back

Today's announcement by Manchester Police is a small but significant victory for Sylvia Lancaster, the mother who has tirelessly campaigned for a more robust police response to attacks against alternative music fans after her daughter was brutally murdered in 2007.

Hoop dreams: Marland Yarde gave up a promising football career at Queens Park Rangers to pursue rugby, much to the delight of his stepfather

Marland Yarde: Hard Yardes on the wing

Exciting Exile loves the big occasion and a date with the Barbarians beckons at Twickenham

The Emperors New Clothes (17/03/13)

When times are hard, at least good grammar and punctation are free. But Jane Merrick spots a new saving...
Juno Calypso, artist, 23

One to Watch: Juno Calypso, artist, 23

The new Cindy Sherman? Perhaps.

Music review: Justin Bieber at the 02 Arena is a pale shadow of the Timberlake-style Justin he wants to be

The music is the usual box-ticking corporate pop

Pensioner batters intruder with pair of crutches

Police have praised the bravery of an 81-year-old woman who battered an intruder with a pair of crutches.

Difficulty making an appointment keeps us from the doctor's, but who can face an NHS receptionist?

It's hard enough to quibble with a hairdresser...

To dye for: Helen Mirren’s Bafta hair was inspired by US television

Helen Mirren's in the pink. We've all been there...

Jane Merrick applauds the Bafta nominee's unqueenly hair colour

The winning team from University of Birmingham l-r: Jonathan Jones, Richard Tasker, Harry Proud and Harry Thorpe

The iQuiz final: '50% More Moustache' victorious by a whisker

On Tuesday night, 18 crack teams of students convened at Birmingham's Ikon Gallery for the inaugural iQuiz. Each team had battled through regional heats in November, lured by an unforgettable prize: a two-week trek across America.

Hairstyle brand to the stars ghd finds a new owner at £300m

Hairstyling brand ghd (good hair day), endorsed by Katy Perry, has been flipped between two private equity houses with a £300m price tag.

The English National Opera's staging of The Barber of Seville calls for 28 wigs

English National Opera's beards smell 'like wet dog'

Take hair from the belly of a yak, wrap it in tissue, wind it around wooden dowelling, secure it with cotton and string, and boil for two to three hours. Before you reach for Heston's cookbook, this is not the latest culinary fad but English National Opera's recipe for curling facial hair. "It smells like wet dog," says Vanessa Davis, wigs and make-up supervisor at ENO."Whenever we do it, everyone complains."

The A26, By Pascal Garnier

The murder highway that turns off into the French provinces

Previous research in America has suggested that redheads are more susceptible to pain

Why should redheads have to endure this vile bullying from so much of the modern media?

Whether we call them 'redhead' or 'ginger', there seems to be little these people can do to protect themselves from persecution in the public domain

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