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Kansas state sues Marotta for $6,000 in child support for four-year-old girl

Books: Plain talk from the prairies

Penelope Lively treks to the frontier but finds the Old West more mild than wild; The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton by Jane Smiley Flamingo, pounds 16.99, 452pp

Cheltenham Festival: Talking about a revolution

Feminism, horses, sex and slavery - Jane Smiley's novels are a potent mixture of all of them.

Huck revisited

The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton by Jane Smiley Flamingo pounds 17.99

Art: Fields of vision

Nothing mystical, nothing paranormal. Just a tractor, some seeds and imagination. From the wide plains of Kansas, and now, for the first time, to an English hillside, American crop artist Stan Herd creates giant 'earthworks' that blend agriculture, art and a love of landscape. By Sharon Amos

Travel America: Land of wheat and rodeos

If you yearn for the romance of the rodeo, a glimpse into frontier days and a chance to see Ike Eisenhower's childhood home, then follow Anne Perret to Kansas

Books: The golden shoveller

TRUMAN CAPOTE by George Plimpton, Picador pounds 20

Style: Move over McQueen - here comes the Kansas ranger

It's a long way from the Prairies to Paris, but there was no stopping Jeremy Scott on his trajectory to the fashion capital of the world. Forget Cool Britannia, he says, and as the loudmouth on everybody's lips, he should know. Melanie Rickey met him.

Safe landing for unconscious pilot

A Kansas pilot blacked out while flying his plane, only to be jarred awake 300 miles later when his aircraft struck a tree after running out of fuel and landing itself safely in a field.

Style: Zip code

Dark indigo jeans with a selvage seam first became fashionable in the 1950s, when turn-ups were huge. Almost half a century later, there's no sign of the bottom falling out of the market. Turn-ups have become fold-ups and Lee's 101z jeans are the new favourites

Box office: EDINBURGH FESTIVAL: 97

We have five free pairs of tickets to each of the following shows. To receive yours, just take this copy of The Independent to the venue. First come, first served.

Collins rides the putdown

Steve Collins duly retained his WBO super middleweight title last night in less than three rounds, but not before having to to ride out one of the rockiest moment of his career against the courageous challenge of the American, Craig Cummings.

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US ELECTIONS: Weary old warrior ends last crusade

Breast implants cleared of danger: Letter

Sir: Suzanne Moore's claim that breast implants have been found to be dangerous is inaccurate ("Time we reclaimed what is rightfully ours", 11 October)
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By performing as African Americans or Indians, white people get to play act a kind of 'imaginary liberation', writes Michael Mark Cohen

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The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
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Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

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Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

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Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

Adrian Heath's American dream...

Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes