Arts and Entertainment Sherlock Holmes portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch in the BBC series

A long-running legal battle in the United States could change the way Sherlock Holmes and other characters are portrayed in future books and films

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Public hearings begin in Illinois today into how a mass murderer who was jailed for life for the killings of eight student nurses in 1966 was allowed to lead a life of sex and drugs while behind bars - and make a film about it.

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Horse trial

Chicago (AP) - Three years after US agents caught him breaking a horse's leg, a stable hand has admitted killing show horses for money and agreed to testify against other defendants.

Baby tug-of-war puts O J out of the news

A YEAR ago it was Baby Jessica. Now America is transfixed by Baby Richard - another protracted and convoluted adoption custody case which has caused uproar in Chicago, anxiety among adoptive parents across the country, and an astounding clash between the Governor of Illinois and his state's Supreme Court.

Letter: My kind of town

Sir: I am from Chicago. I have lived in London for 14 years. I grew up under Mayor Richard J. Daley (the man who gave John Kennedy the presidency of the United States) and Chicago machine politics.

Primary test for Rostenkowski

Voters turned out to decide the fate of the powerful Congressman Dan Rostenkowski, whose primary re-election effort is clouded by a federal investigation of his finances, Reuter reports from Chicago. Voter turnout in the city, which contains much of Rostenkowski's hotly contested fifth district, was estimated at 41 per cent.

Votes could kill off Chicago fixer: Congressman Dan Rostenkowski may lose his power in a primary election tomorrow, writes Rupert Cornwell

IN THE snow-covered streets around the church of St Stanislaus Kostka, lodestar of the old Polish neighbourhood whence he sprang, Rosty's believers are still legion. 'Yes, maybe he's done something wrong,' admits Stephen Roycewicz, tossing his Alsatian puppy a supplementary winter ration of unmistakably Polish salami. 'But don't all politicians do that? He's no worse than anyone else.'

Health Update: Violent cats

GROWING numbers of cats are developing neuroses in response to stress, according to Alan Parker, a US veterinary scientist at the University of Illinois. Tensions in the home, he says, can lead to feline hyperaesthesia syndrome (FHS), in which the cat engages in violent or self-destructive behaviour, such as chewing hair off its body, biting itself or attacking its owner.

Sick America

Almost a third of Americans are mentally ill in any given year, according to the most far-reaching report on US mental health in 10 years, AFP reports from Chicago. The survey found that almost half of Americans have suffered some sort of mental illness. Researchers conducted interviews with 8,098 people, looking for 14 of the most common illnesses, including depression, alcoholism and fear of mixing with other people.

FILM / Sleeping your way to the top

There are a number of versions of the old Hollywood story about breaking into the movies. You wait tables, hoping to serve a studio big cheese. You play bit parts and spare parts on TV or straight-to-video features. Or, like Ginger Lynn Allen, you take the horizontal route via hard-core skin flicks and pray for the day when you're recognised with your clothes on. That day, she tells Sheila Johnston, has come. But at what cost?

Obituary: Albert A. Dahlberg

Albert A. Dahlberg, dental anthropologist, died Illinois, aged 84. Professor Emeritus of the Zoller Dental Clinic at the University of Chicago, he collected casts of prehistoric human teeth by the hundreds of thousands.

Deluge returns

A leaking floodgate foiled efforts to stem floodwaters threatening the 18th-century Illinois town of Prairie du Rocher as the Mississippi's destructive onslaught headed south after passing St Louis, Reuter reports from Festus, Missouri.

Midwest braces for new floods

The swollen Mississippi River broke through a major levee south of Quincy, Illinois, yesterday, flooding thousands of acres, as volunteers worked feverishly to contain the devastating floods that have killed 41 people in the last six weeks, Reuter reports from St Louis, Missouri.
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