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Often comic, never heartless: Edmund White

Jack Holmes and His Friend, By Edmund White

When I interviewed Edmund White for a newspaper profile, that supremely gifted photographer Jane Bown came along to take the pictures. In a swift stroke of impromptu genius,she turned the straggly greenery behind a London hotel patio into an antique bower, with White as a sprite – half-Puck, half-Pan – grinning out from between the leaves. If mayhem and upheaval often follow in his spirit's wake, then their passage will leave, beyond the heartbreak and bewilderment, happiness and even some hilarity behind.

The science that helped convict Gary Dobson

The key piece of evidence that convicted Gary Dobson was a microscopic spot of blood soaked into the fabric of his distinctive jacket discovered during an exhaustive £3.8m scientific review of the case.

Tiny forensic details prove key in Stephen Lawrence case

Success in cold cases including the death of Damilola Taylor sparked a new review which uncovered key forensic evidence in the Stephen Lawrence investigation.

Stephen Lawrence: How the case breakthrough came

DCI Clive Driscoll was in church to mark the 15th anniversary of the death of Stephen Lawrence when the breakthrough finally came.

Phyllida Lloyd: 'Movie making is an extreme sport on many levels. It requires stamina such as I had never imagined'

Phyllida Lloyd: Prime mover

With Mamma Mia!, she directed the most successful British film of all time. Can she bring the same magic touch to her portrait of Margaret Thatcher?

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Men's fashion: Fine and dandy

Is it possible for men to dress for a night on the town without reaching for a rented tux or a novelty waistcoat? Yes, says the expert Adam Welch

The former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, who died this weekend, and his successor Kim Jong-un, front right, pictured earlier this year

A dictator who brutalised his people, destabilised the world, and then left it all to his son

The man who presided over the state too crazy to fail is dead. Kim Jong-il, the pint-sized tyrant who never outgrew his khaki jumpsuits, is said to have died from a heart attack while on an inspection tour on board a train, aged 69 (or, more likely, 70).

Championship round-up: Two off in red mist at Brighton

Brighton spurned the chance to break into the Championship's top six in spectacular fashion when two players were sent off early on against Burnley at the Amex Stadium by referee Craig Pawson. Romain Vincelot saw red after six minutes when he punched Marvin Bartley in the ribs, and six minutes later Ashley Barnes was dismissed for lashing out at Chris McCann. Brighton's nine men held out for 20 minutes until a short corner saw Kieran Trippier score from the edge of the area. The Clarets won 1-0.

Murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence

Stephen Lawrence items 'not tampered with'

Exhibits in the Stephen Lawrence murder trial were not tampered with despite one officer deliberately sabotaging his own records, a court heard today.

Murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence

Stephen Lawrence blood trace 'microscopic'

Traces of Stephen Lawrence's blood linked to a jacket belonging to one of the men accused of his murder totalled just two cubic millimetres, a court heard today.

Bloodstain on jacket links it to Lawrence crime scene, court told

A tiny bloodstain found on the jacket of a man accused of murdering Stephen Lawrence could have come from the knife pulled from the teenager's body during the fatal attack by a racist gang, the Old Bailey heard yesterday.

Stephen Lawrence was killed in South London 18 years ago

Stephen Lawrence jacket stain 'made by fresh blood'

A bloodstain found on a jacket belonging to one of the men accused of murdering Stephen Lawrence was caused when the blood was fresh, the Old Bailey heard today.

Jeweller fights off knife raider with broom

A jeweller used a broom to fight off a knife-wielding attacker who held the blade to his female assistant's throat.

Stephen Lawrence was killed in South London 18 years ago

Stephen Lawrence friend's tearful testimony

Stephen Lawrence's best friend wept in court today as he described the black teenager's heartbreaking final moments.

Stephen Lawrence was killed in South London 18 years ago

DNA traces 'link' two men to Lawrence's death

Two men accused of murdering the black teenager Stephen Lawrence in one of Britain's most notorious racist crimes 18 years ago have been implicated by new scientific advances that identified microscopic traces of his blood and fibres on their clothing, the Old Bailey heard yesterday.

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