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LA rebels plan breakaway `white city'

LOS ANGELES is the city that everyone loves to hate - including, it seems, 200,000 of its inhabitants.

Hollywood: Movers and shakers

In Hollywood, you are only as big as the house you own. Andrew Gumbel meets the estate agents making as much money as the stars. Photographs by Robert Gallagher

Monitor; All the News of the World US reaction to the confirmation that Thomas Jefferson had a child with a slave

THOMAS JEFFERSON was human. Now, thanks to the same DNA testing employed to expose Bill Clinton's frailties, we learn that the author of the Declaration of Independence and third president of the United States fathered a child with a slave. It is reassuring, indeed liberating, news that the loftiest and most inspirational American of them all was also torn by the torments and rewards of more base pursuits. Perhaps we'll begin at last to treat our heroes as the complex human animals they've always been, driven by lust as well as idealism, capable of immoral disarray in their personal lives while performing perfectly on the public stage. They should still be heroes for what they accomplished, but they should never be worshiped as idols.

Dead man in California poll

THERE IS a dead man on the ballot in tomorrow's race for sheriff of Los Angeles County. Sherman Block, the 74-year-old incumbent who was gunning for an unprecedented fifth term in office, died of a brain haemorrhage last Thursday - too late for another candidate to take his place.

Athletics: Downfall of a man quick to accuse

Sprinter Darrell Robinson suffered for his outspoken views. By Gerard Wright in Los Angeles

Clinton Crisis: Stand-up comics fail to see funny side of Clinton fiasco

CIGARS, ANYONE? How about a little tearful repentance over breakfast? Much of the White House fiasco sounds like the script of a raunchy, off- the-wall comedy show.

'This humiliation is my mistake, and his fault'

Five years ago the 'American Spectator' published the scandal, and was damned

From lunatic to luminary

HE OPPOSED restrictions on abortion, supported gays in the military, and thought Pat Robertson's religious right was a bunch of "kooks". To hear the television news and read the obituaries, you might have thought that Barry Goldwater was a liberal.

Athletics: Time will be Gebrselassie's main rival

HAILE GEBRSELASSIE came face to face yesterday with the rival he will confront in the National Indoor Arena on Sunday evening. The clock at the head of the back straight was not switched on, unlike the familiar beaming smile of the Ethiopian running phenomenon.

Fate of Clinton hangs on slender thread

Oral sex is not adultery, apparently ... to the man who didn't inhale

Media: Front page meets bottom line as the LA Times expands

The Los Angeles Times is one of America's national institutions. Now fears that the impact of commercialism will turn it upside down have prompted an exodus of top journalists. Tim Cornwell finds out whether their fears for the future are justified

Five years on, LA remembers how war erupted on its streets

Tim Cornwell on how Angelenos have come to terms with the 1992 riots

Obituary: Alfred Sheinwold

Alfred Sheinwold was a highly respected and versatile bridge player and writer.

The White House smells a conspiracy

Is the Paula Jones case an isolated assault on the President's good name? Not a bit of it, says the White House.
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Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

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Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

Get well soon, Joan Rivers

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Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

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Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall...

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Europe's biggest steampunk convention

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Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

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