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Sir: John Thomas (Letters, 11 February) laments that 'it is a pity that America has seen fit (the institutions and the critics) to ignore such a fine artist' as Norman Rockwell. Whatever the critical opinion may be, the New England where Rockwell found his inspiration and subjects shows no lack of appreciation.

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The carpet in the lift said, 'Have a pleasant Saturday'. Ride up or down in Atlanta's Stouffer Concourse Hotel, and you get a timely greeting from the shag pile.

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MEMPHIS (Reuter) - A grand jury refused to grant a hearing on Tuesday to a lawyer who says he has evidence that James Earl Ray was not involved in the 1968 murder of civil rights leader Martin Luther King. Ray is serving a 99-year sentence for the killing.

'New evidence' in Luther King assassination

MEMPHIS (Reuter) - A lawyer yesterday said he was seeking permission to present new evidence on the assassination of Martin Luther King to a Tennessee grand jury. Wayne Chastain declined to disclose material that could be discussed at a hearing. But he said the case will bring to light new figures involved in the 1968 killing.

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LOATH though most people are to contemplate their own deaths, no such reluctance extends to those of others, and especially of the famous.

FILM / NEW RELEASES: Trust accounts: Sheila Johnston is disturbed by a week of suspect innocence and innocent suspects, while . . .

When a child hangs himself for fear of a molester, when a rock superstar dances on a knife's fine edge between philanthrope and paedophile, when the trial for a toddler's murder regularly exhibits new brutalities - how can we, reading these sad stories daily, believe in the innocence of the friendship between adult and child? Thank goodness that, in movieland, we can sometimes snuggle back into this innocence. In the movies a man can still take a child by the hand with impunity.

Jackson's new gospel for the kids

NORTH Carolina - Jesse Jackson is back, but he's back with a new message. Jackson's charismatic personality dominated the Democratic presidential campaign in 1988, and did it no good. In the 1992 campaign Bill Clinton marginalised Jackson, implicitly snubbing him, and thereby won back most of the 'Reagan Democrat' blue-collar, white vote (as well as holding most of the black vote).

Dream rekindled

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The race riot that never was: When Martin Luther King led 250,000 blacks to Washington 30 years ago, panic gripped Kennedy and his men. Nick Bryant has uncovered details of their elaborate preparations

WASHINGTON was stifling in the heat of a humid August afternoon. Martin Luther King, standing before his audience, his back to the Lincoln Memorial, pushed aside the speech drafted in his motel room the previous night and launched extemporaneously into the 'I Have a Dream' sequence.

Never have Americans trusted a government less

THE MALL in Washington is a summer pageant; a constant procession of sightseers, joggers, softball players, and tourists in shorts and bright shirts in the blazing sun. Next week there will be an American folk festival on the grass, and workmen are putting up bandstands for groups that will play in every style of American popular music: bluegrass, Cajun, hillbilly, Mexican mariachi, and blues. The crowds will come and drink gassy beer out of paper cups and eat hotdogs as they listen, whooping happily from time to time.

Leading Article: Harmonised holidays

IF Gillian Shephard and her advisers at the Department of Employment have their way, Britain may celebrate May Day as a public holiday only once more. Mrs Shephard won enthusiastic applause at last year's Tory party conference for attacking the institution of May Day as a piece of socialist dogma cooked up by Jim Callaghan and the TUC.

Letter: Gays on the march

Sir: I wonder what inspired you to combine your comments on the march on Washington with the latest statistical findings of the Battelle Human Affairs Research Center (Leader, 26 April).

TELEVISION / Up to their ears in it

FOR THE first time ever, the Samaritans let television cameras into one of their branches to observe their work. The result, an Everyman programme called 'The End of the Line' (BBC 1, Sunday), was no run- of-the-mill do-gooder jaunt. There were no telegenic, conscience- pricking pictures of the poor or the oppressed, just a vastness of despair poured into sympathetic ears.

James Earl Ray 'innocent'

James Earl Ray's lawyers are planning a campaign to have him freed from jail after last night's television trial cast doubt on his conviction for the murder of Martin Luther King, PA reports from London. A jury in Memphis returned a unanimous not guilty verdict after a 10-day hearing in a Memphis courtroom for Thames Television in association with Home Box Office for Channel 4.

African music and dance marks 25th anniversary of assassination of Martin Luther King

The Amankwaa Sisters, from Ghana, dancing at St Pancras Church, London, in memory of Martin Luther King's death on 4 April 1968. The event was organised by the Bloomsbury Society, whose secretary, Ian Hall, attends the church. James Earl Ray verdict, page 12
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