T-Model Ford: Hard-living blues singer

James Lewis Carter "T-Model" Ford, who died on 16 July at the age of around 90, was a hard-living blues singer who taught himself to play guitar when he was 58 and his fifth wife had left him. "He was known as one of the last really authentic Mississippi blues men," said Roger Stolle, the blues expert and a long-standing friend of Ford's. "He has a story and could back it up."

What a catch: Mississippi hunters celebrate after record-breaking alligator haul

A group of hunters have smashed the Mississippi state record for the largest alligator ever caught.

Album review: Tony Joe White, Hoodoo (Yep Roc)

JJ Cale's back-porch rocker may have stilled, but there's some solace in Hoodoo, which may be Tony Joe White's best album. It's a record full of laidback, shuffling blues and murmured intimacies, with the enigmatic "Holed Up" hitting a Cale-like hypnotic groove."

Witnesses at the 1955 trial with the 18-year-old Willie Reed, second left, and Mamie Emmett, Till’s bereaved mother

Willie Reed reminds us change has come

Out of America: The Trayvon Martin story is horrifying. But the fate of a witness to an earlier outrage helps put it in the proper context

Great getaways: Little Red sale; BA sale; 'Musical road trips; Scilly offer

Empty legs: Virgin Atlantic’s domestic airline, Little Red, is filling seats from Heathrow to Scotland with a short-term seat sale. Just in time for the Fringe, there are returns to Edinburgh for £97 – the lowest BA fare is £111. To Aberdeen, Virgin’s fare is £99 (£150 on BA). Book by 9 July for travel between 15 July and 1 September (virgin-atlantic.com).

Deacon Jones

Deacon Jones: American footballer famous for his 'sacks'

David “Deacon” Jones, who died on 3 June after a short illness at the age of 74, was a Hall of Fame American footballer. A defensive end, he was credited with terming the word “sack” for how he knocked down opposing quarterbacks.

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Letters to New York mayor Michael Bloomberg revealed to contain ricin

Two threatening letters sent to New York City's mayor and his group that advocates for gun control contained traces of the deadly poison ricin, police have said.

US rapper Tim Dog accused of faking his own death

Lack of a death certificate or burial site and sparse obituary information has led to talk in hip-hop circles that rapper Tim Dog, who owes thousands of dollars to women he was convicted of swindling, faked his own death.

Everett Dutschke has been arrested over the poison letters sent to Barack Obama and two other politicians

Everett Dutschke arrested in case of ricin letters sent to President Barack Obama after Elvis impersonator released

Suspect, who ran for the Mississippi legislature in 2007, will appear in court on Monday

Jimmy “Fast Fingers” Dawkins, who died on 10 April aged 76, was a Chicago bluesman known for his guitar playing and his mellow singing voice

Jimmy Dawkins: Blues guitarist

Jimmy “Fast Fingers” Dawkins, who died on 10 April aged 76, was a Chicago bluesman known for his guitar playing and his mellow singing voice.

Elvis impersonator Paul Kevin Curtis was released from a north Mississippi jail on Tuesday and charges against him were dropped

Elvis impersonator blames long-time enemy for ricin sent to Barack Obama

Newest suspect, who ran for the Mississippi legislature in 2007, says Kevin Curtis is 'disturbed'

Jack Thornell helped make history with his photographs

Jack Thornell: 'I was thinking my career is over. I will resign. Or be fired'

The AP photographer managed to take just one picture of James Meredith. It won him a Pulitzer

Hilary Shelton believes much progress has been made

The speech that Martin Luther King didn't live to give: on poverty in America

For Hilary Shelton, President of the Washington bureau of the NAACP, it was the speech that Martin Luther King didn’t give that gets to the heart of the fight for equal rights in America.

Joe Bonamassa

Joe Bonamassa, The Borderline, London

"Thank you for sticking with me all these years," the 35-year-old bluesman acknowledges to his loyal fans before the encore. Occasionally, however, it was a bit of a struggle "sticking" with this two-hour encounter.

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The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
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The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
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Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them altogether

Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them

Jonathon Porritt sounds the alarm
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How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

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Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz
A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
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Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

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