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Blame Stella Liebeck. It was her ridiculous lawsuit against McDonald's that started the avalanche. Back in 1992, 79-year-old Stella spilled a cup of McDonald's coffee on her lap and burned herself. Everyone laughed when she declared she was suing McDonald's, until a jury awarded her $2.9m.

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Micah P Hinson, Bush Hall, London

"If it weren't for people like you, I'd be back home flipping burgers or selling crack on the streets," says Micah P Hinson as he brings tonight's set to a close. "Back home" is Abilene, Texas, a "small, desolate hell-hole", from whose deadening clutches Hinson has managed to escape through recording albums such as 2006's Micah P Hinson and the Opera Circuit and the recent Micah P Hinson and the Red Empire Orchestra, collections of flyblown indie Americana sung in a baritone croak that sounds like Smog's Bill Callahan marooned in an emotional dustbowl. Hinson's biography is a litany of dissipation and poor decisions, involving drug addiction, bankruptcy, shady supermodels and chronic back pain. So there's at least one thing we have in common.

Boxing: Calzaghe agrees Hopkins fight date over a hamburger

The fight was made six weeks ago but it was made official yesterday at a hamburger restaurant in London when Frank Warren confirmed that Joe Calzaghe will meet Bernard Hopkins for The Ring magazine's light-heavyweight belt in Las Vegas on 19 April.

New McDonald's deal marks Torex recovery

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