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After the tightly-focused spotlight on the late Nina Simone's repertoire that was Just Like A Woman, Barb Jungr returns to her wide-ranging selections from The Great American Songbook with The Men I Love.

Are we still in Kansas? Topeka changes name to tempt Google

A city in America's Midwest has taken the battle to be chosen as a test site for Google's new ultrafast broadband network to extremes. In a bid to be noticed, it has changed its name to the search engine giant.

Donizetti, The Elixir of Love, English National Opera

You may wonder what the most archetypally homespun of Italian operas is doing in Kansas? But then again what sense does Italy make when they don't speak our lingo?

Album: Los Campesinos! Romance Is Boring (Wichita)

Like a drunken Lord's spectator floored by a cover drive six, I didn't see this coming. Cardiff collective Los Campesinos! have previously erred on the side of twee and irritating, but the Bis-like hyperactivity of their early releases is now only half the story.

Militant convicted of murdering abortionist

The right-to-life militant who rose from his pew in a Wichita, Kansas, church one Sunday last May and shot dead a local abortion provider, George Tiller, was found guilty of first degree murder yesterday. As controversial as the trial was – and as fraught as the debate over abortion remains – the jury took just 37 minutes to deliberate.

A death sentence for abortion doctors?

Anger at revelation that anti-abortionist who killed medic may make so-called 'necessity defence'

Jacob Appel: Allowing a manslaughter defence brings risk of anarchy

Law-abiding Americans on both sides of the abortion debate were horrified when George Tiller was shot dead outside his church. They should be equally disturbed should anti-abortion extremist Scott Roeder be allowed to present a voluntary manslaughter defence at his trial for the crime. Should this decision stand, the defendant can avoid a murder conviction if he proves he had "an unreasonable but honest belief that circumstances existed that justified deadly force".

Simon Carr: Predicting weather is a mug's game

Three days out and the forecasters are guessing – and it's been proven so

DVD: Bandslam (PG)

Will (Gaelan Connell), a gawky, David Bowie-fixated teen, hates Cincinnati, where he's picked on, but fortunately his sweet mum (Lisa Kudrow) moves them to New Jersey, where, even more fortunately, he hooks up with two pretty girls (Alyson Michalka and Vanessa Hudgens) who compete for his attention.

DVD: Supernatural: Season 4 (15)

The boys from the dark side are not only decking demons but, God forbid, kicking angel ass through season 4 of Supernatural.

Joyce DiDonato - A diva with joie de vivre

The irrepressible mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato didn't let a broken leg upstage her at the Royal Opera House this summer. She talks to Jessica Duchen

Album: The Cribs, Ignore the Ignorant (Wichita)

Last heard wielding guitar for American alt.rockers Modest Mouse a year or two ago, Johnny Marr continues his outreach programme dedicated to bringing a touch of intrigue and style to otherwise unremarkable indie rockers by now turning up as the second guitarist in The Cribs.

Album: Simian Mobile Disco, Temporary Pleasure (Wichita)

The first secret of any great party is the guests,and James Ford's choiceof invitees on the second SMD album is inspired.

Pro-life zealot on trial over US murder of 'hated' doctor

It was at a church in rural Kansas in May that the doctor who had become the ultimate hate figure for the United States's "pro-life" movement was shot dead. Yesterday a court in Wichita began hearing evidence against the man accused of murdering him.

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