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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.

Altman in a minor key

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of a country that has ceased to care

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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Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget Heysel

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Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

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Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

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How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

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Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

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