Independent Plus Hair today: David Cameron with a bouffant style (left) and his current cut

Few get closer to the Prime Minister than his barber, so no wonder Cameron's has been awarded with an MBE. And hair has always been big in politics, explains Andy McSmith

Mountain of clues in the JFK mystery: Conspiracy theorists plough through newly released papers

CITIZENS of the United States find themselves once again opening a wound that has not healed in 30 years, and may not until they understand how it was inflicted: the assassination of John F Kennedy.

The Week Ahead: JFK death secrets to be revealed

WASHINGTON releases an avalanche of documents today about the assassination of President John F Kennedy in 1963, and the National Archives are bracing themselves for an onslaught by investigators agog to clear up nagging uncertainties, including whether Lee Harvey Oswald was linked to the US government.

Mates and Kennedy: the plots thicken

JOHN CONNALLY's body lies a-mouldering in its grave. It seems unlikely, however, that

Connally plea fails

The former Texas governor, John Connally, has been buried despite calls from researchers that bullet fragments be removed from his body to determine whether more than one gunman took part in the assassination of John F Kennedy in 1963. Connally's family and friends were not interested in the request and the government made no attempt to halt his burial on Thursday. Mr Connally was wounded during the assassination of Kennedy.

Connally clue to Kennedy killing

Private researchers asked the US Attorney General, Janet Reno, on Wednesday to have bullet fragments removed from the body of the former Texas governor, John Connally, who was wounded in the assassination of President John F Kennedy, AP reports from Washington. The researchers believe that the bullet fragments lodged in Connally's wrist and thigh could prove that more than one assailant opened fire on the limousine carrying Kennedy, his wife Jacqueline, and Connally in Dallas on 22 November 1963. Connally died on Tuesday of pulmonary fibrosis at the age of 76.

BOOK REVIEW / The generation that slouched towards Camelot: 'Years of Discord' - John Morton Blum: Norton, 10.95

'The New Frontier is here whether we seek it or not.' So, unheroically, the 43-year-old John Fitzgerald Kennedy told the Democratic National Convention in August 1960 when he accepted nomination for the Presidency of the United States. Set aside the mythology: the voters were not reaching for the future with enthusiasm. America slouched fearful and reluctant towards Camelot. Bill Clinton's victory last November was a landslide in comparison.

BOOK REVIEW / Some like it hot, some like it dull: 'Marilyn Monroe' - Donald Spoto: Chatto, 17.99 pounds

THE paperback edition of Anthony Summers's 1985 book Goddess: The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe carries the flash: 'The ultimate biography of the ultimate star'. But the copywriter must have known that, with Monroe, every pen is at best the penultimate. There will always be one more biography. At 750 pages, Donald Spoto's is this month's heavyweight contender.

Clinton delays Northern Ireland envoy

WASHINGTON - President Bill Clinton said he was temporarily holding back on his plan to send a special envoy to Northern Ireland, saying such a move would be inappropriate, AFP reports.

Obituary: Carlos Marcello

Carlos Marcello, gangster and tomato salesman, died New Orleans 3 March, aged 83. Known as the 'Little Man', he was thought to have headed organised crime in Louisiana and along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. His name was associated with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, but no official link has ever been made.

Wrong film

Dan Johnson, a projectionist sacked after accidentally showing JFK instead of The Addams Family lost his claim for unfair dismissal from the UCI Cinema, West Thurrock, Essex.

Negative response

A cinema projectionist was sacked after he showed the film JFK instead of The Addams Family at a complex in West Thurrock, Essex, an industrial tribunal was told. Dan Johnson, 41, of Grays, who claims unfair dismissal, said the cinema's only customer did not complain until the mistake was realised and JFK was stopped. The hearing was adjourned.

BOOK REVIEW / How a Boston-Irish boy became St Jack . . .: JFK: The Life and Death of an American President. Vol 1: Reckless Youth - Nigel Hamilton:, Century, pounds 20

NO LEGEND is more bewitching than the legend of Jack Kennedy. Seldom has a romantic myth of so little substance gripped a nation's imagination so firmly, or been re-told so frequently, or with greater indifference to the reality.

FILM / The Last Detail: What's in a name? Initial thoughts on the letters of the law and the numbers game

L 627. That, as it happens, is the technical term for the Article in the French Public Health Code relating to the police custody of detainees, specifically drug addicts. Let's see it again, this time in italics: L 627. That, now, is the title of the new procedural thriller by Bertrand Tavernier which opens here in January. Odd, isn't it, how much snappier it sounds when you know that.

BOOK REVIEW / Portrait of the statesman as a young dog: Godfrey Hodgson on the weight of research behind the new biography of John F Kennedy: JFK: Life and death of an American president - Nigel Hamilton Century pounds 20

I WAS leaning on the outside of the door into the Fish Room, in the West Wing of the White House, when it was suddenly opened from the inside. I fell, as one is apt to do when that happens, rather heavily on top of the person who was coming out, who turned out to be the King of Morocco. He is about a foot shorter and several stone lighter than I am. The resulting pile-up vastly amused the person who had opened the door, John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

TELEVISION / The house that Joe built: James Rampton on The Kennedys and Shakespeare

Hardly a week seems to pass without some new book or film exclusively revealing that JFK was a Venusian who was murdered by a sect of Morris Dancing Martians. This week's contribution, The Kennedys (ITV), two and half years in the making, rescues 'America's Royal Family' from such National Enquirer-style speculation and re-establishes them as historical fact.
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