News Duccini, right, at the 75th anniversary celebrations of 'The Wizard of Oz'

Ruth Duccini was the last of the original female Munchkins from The Wizard of Oz. Uncredited, Duccini, who was four feet tall, played one of 124 Munchkin townspeople in the 1939 classic. There is now only one surviving Munchkin, Jerry Maren.

American Football: Smith puts Falcons in free-fall

THE BEST of the National Football League continued to fall on Monday when the Dallas Cowboys sent the Atlanta Falcons, last season's Super Bowl finalists, tumbling to a 24-7 defeat in Texas.

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Drug-resistant 'superbug' kills 4

A SUPERBUG resistant to antibiotics - which up to now has been confined to hospitals - has escaped into the population, resulting in the deaths of four children, an official report reveals.

Obituary: Barbara Raskin

DOUBT MUST be cast upon the notion of a global village when it turns out that copies of Barbara Raskin's 1987 best-selling novel Hot Flashes have gone to ground. Out of print here and in the United States, and apparently ditched by much of the public-library system, Hot Flashes none-the-less remains well worth the hunt.

Perot in fight for control of Reform Party

THE REFORM Party of the United States, founded by Ross Perot, the Texan billionaire, faces what is billed by outsiders as a `defining moment' at its annual convention this weekend, when it sets out to plan its strategy for the next presidential election.

Words: pork-barrel, adj. and n.

THE BELGIANS must lament that, despite the Common Market's federal aspirations, it lacks a pork-barrel system. Not in the OED, this is a fund which legislators draw upon to finance local matters, such as highways or even problems in the food-chain. Its origins are obscure, perhaps derived from feeding slaves with barrels of salt-pork and hence has connotations of dodgy practice, of buttering up voters.

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Ice skating: ISU to review pairs judging

CONTROVERSY HAS always been a part of the sport of figure skating and this year's World Championships in Helsinki have sparked one.

Serendipity: Hitting on the right note

SOME PEOPLE view serendipity as a form of divine intervention, a notion that is supported by the story of Art Fry, who worked for 3M in St Paul, Minnesota. Fry sang in the choir of his local Presbyterian church, where he was in the habit of slipping scraps of paper into his choir book so that he could find the next hymn more quickly. One Sunday in 1974, a paper marker fell from his book, and he found himself in the embarrassing position of not being ready to sing.

King's cancer treated

KING HUSSEIN of Jordan completed a bone marrow transplant in the United States yesterday to treat a relapse of cancer, but will be monitored closely for two weeks, said Jordan's envoy to the US, Marwan Muashe, last night.

American Football: Atlanta stun Vikings to reach Super Bowl

THE ATLANTA Falcons last night produced a stunning performance in the final of the National Football Conference to defeat the pre-match favourites, the Minnesota Vikings, 30-27, with a field goal deep into overtime. The result means that the Falcons will advance to the Super Bowl for the first time in their history.

American football: Rampant Vikings

THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS became the highest-scoring team in NFL history on Saturday. They needed 12 points to break the single-season scoring record held by the 1983 Washington Redskins and their 26-12 defeat of the Tennessee Oilers in Nashville took them to 556 points.

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Shockwaves as `The Body' becomes Minnesota governor

FORGET ABOUT Democrats and Republicans. Forget about the new seat numbers in the Senate and the House of Representatives. Forget even about President Bill Clinton and his prospects for surviving impeachment. The real story of the 1998 elections is Jesse "The Body" Ventura and his astonishing victory in Minnesota.

Obituary: E. G. Marshall

ONE OF America's finest character actors, E. G. Marshall will be remembered by television viewers of the Sixties for his Emmy Award- winning role as half of a father-son team of lawyers in the superior crime series The Defenders.
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