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IN A TALE befitting a Shakespearean tragedy, an Indiana man appeared in court yesterday to face charges that he killed his own seven-month- old baby in a meticulously planned act of revenge against his wife.

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It was an occasion so outwardly civilised that it might have taken place in the days of the old SDP, the party which first propelled Charles Kennedy to prominence as the youngest MP this century and which, in 1987, he played a pivotal role in smashing for good. For one thing the claret was among the finest the Reform Club - where else? - had to offer, a premier cru Chateau Kissac. But when Mr Kennedy sat down to dinner last week, with his fellow Liberal Democrat MPs Menzies Campbell and Archy Kirkwood, it was rather more than a mere gathering of old friends.

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Motor racing: New safety plan for Indianapolis

ORGANISERS WILL be trying everything in their power tomorrow to ensure that the Indianapolis 500 tomorrow goes safely and that the 400,000 fans are well protected.

Racing: Mujahid heading for the French Guineas

MUJAHID, THIRD to Island Sands in the 2,000 Guineas, headed five British acceptors yesterday for Sunday's Poule d'Essai des Poulains (French 2,000 Guineas) at Longchamp. John Dunlop's colt is joined by Chris Wall's Undeterred, Godolphin's Rhythm Band, Sir Mark Prescott's Triple Dash and Brian Meehan's Indiana Legend among 15 declared for the mile contest. Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien relies on Lavery from his four declarations.

Tornado Disaster: Ten Key Facts On Twisters

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Bryson's America:The United States, in 50 easy lessons

MY FATHER, who, like all dads, sometimes seemed to be in training for The Most Boring Man In The World competition, used to have the habit, when I was a boy, of identifying and reporting the state of origin of all the cars on any highway we happened to be travelling along.

Obituary: Gerald `Bounce' Gregory

TODAY'S TEENYBOP and rhythm 'n' blues acts may include several vocalists but none (not even Dru Hill or Another Level) are organised along the traditional lines of the doo-wop groups of the Fifties with a lead, one or two tenors, a baritone and, most famously, a bass singer. Gerald "Bounce" Gregory hit the distinctive low notes on the Spaniels' 1950s classic "Goodnite Sweetheart Goodnite".

Basketball: Robinson's jump-shot lifts Bucks

GLENN ROBINSON'S 18-footjump-shot with a 10th of a second remaining enabled Milwaukee to come from behind to beat Philadelphia 93-92.

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American Association: Careers - Bad news for workaholics Part-timers win promotion

HIGH-FLIERS who yearn to work fewer hours but fear damaging their career prospects can take heart from a study showing that professionals who went part-time still managed to get promoted.

Motor Racing: Formula One circus invades Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS, THE symbol of American motor racing, was confirmed yesterday as the venue for Formula One's return to the United States in 2000.

Literary Notes: So many beans spilt, they spilt the lot

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