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

Old-fashioned

A cloth fragment dating back to 7000 BC was found at an archaeological site in southeastern Turkey, AP reports from Chicago. The semi-fossilised material is at least 500 years older than any cloth ever found before.

BOOK REVIEW / Ethics for people like us: Making the Right Decision, Ethics for Managers - William D Hall: John Wiley & Sons, dollars 14.95

According to William D Hall, 'too many people think there's no ethical issue unless someone is caught with his hand in the till'.

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Today's Number: 365

The number of days remaining before the 1994 World Cup kicks off at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Sharelink expands

SHARELINK, the share dealing service, has expanded its traded options service to include direct dealing on the Chicago Board Options Exchange.

I took my lawyer and he fired me: William Donaldson's Week

IT'S AS well that I've got Roger from Chicago working on the new Root television series, since I've been fired already and Pete the Schnoz doesn't know who Sam Malone is. We can't expect our best young writers to match their American counterparts, of course, but it would not be unreasonable to hope that they might watch Cheers on a Friday night, rather than Have I Got News For You.

MUSIC / Upbeat: Coda

MOST played work of the season? The oratorios and carols apart, there's a fair chance it is by a living composer: Howard Blake's children's favourite, The Snowman, will have clocked up 23 performances this month. Two of them are in Germany, one in Helsinki, and one by the North Suburban Symphony Orchestra of Winnetka, Illinois. This weekend alone, three of Britain's professional orchestras are breaking the ice with it: the Northern Sinfonia (twice), the BBC Scottish and the BBC Philharmonic.
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