Sport New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady

A look ahead to this weekend’s Divisional Playoff match at Gillette Stadium in New England

Great-grandmother beats the scientists

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OBITUARY : Shannon Hoon

The rock band Blind Melon's last show in Britain was at the Mean Fiddler club in London on 8 September. Shannon Hoon, the lead singer, appeared on stage wearing a false moustache and glasses, and a red, flashing clown's nose. He looked like a man with an insatiable lust for life. It is the image by which he will be best remembered.

Pesticides' global threat

Some of the most dangerous environmental pollutants have been found in the some of remotest parts of the world, from the Arctic to the Equator, writes Steve Connor.

Obituary: Orville Redenbacher

Orville Redenbacher, agricultural scientist; born Brazil, Indiana 1909; married (two daughters); died Coronado, California 19 September 1995.

BAA spreads wings in Indianapolis

BAA yesterday signed a management contract to run Indianapolis airport in the US, and said its ambitions to expand in Australia could cost up to pounds 300m.

Let the cyber-guardians wade through the rubbish

They've already trawled the whole Net for you - and they'll post you the results on free e-mailing lists. Subscribe, advises Andrew North

Merger of US banks to form $120bn colossus

Consolidation among American banks moved up another gear yesterday with the announcement of an agreed mega-merger between First Chicago Corp and NBD Corp. The completed deal would forge a Midwestern banking colossus with $120bn in assets.

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Lugar joins presidential hopefuls

Lugar joins presidential hopefuls

Boxing: Tyson fuels bid for early release

Mike Tyson, the former heavyweight champion, has improved his chances of an early release from prison. Tyson is at present serving a six-year sentence for rape at the Indiana Youth Centre in Plainfield and is scheduled for release next May. However, he has just completed a six-week substance-abuse counselling programme, the completion of which Indiana law states qualifies an inmate for early release. Among the reasons why an earlier petition had been unsuccessful was his failure to complete any such programme.

Good Answers: Verbatim erudition

AROUND 300BC, Romans ceased wearing beards, writes William Hartston. Indeed, the first Roman known to have shaved daily was Scipio Africanus (237-183BC). That is the sort of thing you learn from reading Verbatim, the Language Quarterly, published in Indianapolis.

Boxing: Lawyers deny Tyson 'deal': Rumour of former champion's early release knocked down

RUMOURS that Mike Tyson, the world former heavyweight champion, might get out of jail early appeared yesterday to be ill-founded.

Motor racing: Mansell not quick enough

Nigel Mansell went out late in the qualifying session for a desperate attempt to take pole position for today's Milwaukee Mile but the best he could do was a lap four-tenths of a second slower than the Brazilian Raul Boesel, writes Toni Toomey. In a tight session only half a second covered the top 10 qualifiers, which did not include Al Unser Jnr. He maintained something of a tradition for Indianapolis 500 winners by lapping the one-mile circuit at the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds well off the pace.
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Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
Shipping container hotels: Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
5 best waterproof cameras

Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
Will Gore: The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series

Will Gore: Outside Edge

The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series
The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz