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Ministers want to close three lacklustre schools and open an academy at Barrow-in-Furness, funded in part by the arms giant BAE. But a group of local people is bitterly opposed.

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Four paedophiles who used graffiti to advertise for under-age girls to abuse have been given jail sentences ranging from eight years to life.

William Burroughs: Jungle fever

A new edition of William Burroughs' book 'The Yage Letters' reveals how the writer was transformed by a trip to South America in search of 'the ultimate fix'. Tim Cumming reports

Nanotechnology: A mini revolution

From cars that change colour to windows that clean themselves, the small world of nanotechnology is certain to dramatically alter our everyday lives

Google boss wants to create 'artificial intelligence'

Google's ultimate aim is to create a search engine with artificial intelligence to exactly answer any question a user puts to it, the company declared last night.

British soldiers hurt in Basra bombing and attack by mob

It was another bloody day for British forces in Basra yesterday, with three soldiers injured when their armoured Land Rover was hit by a roadside bomb.

What's Next as Jones the saviour hangs up his boots?

If you were to tell one of Next's stalwart army of shoppers that the man who built the company into one of the country's most formidable retailers, bringing it back from the brink of bankruptcy along the way, is bowing out today they are likely to assume you were talking about George Davies.

Basra carnage escalates as one person killed every hour

One person is being assassinated in Basra every hour, as order in Iraq's second city disintegrates, according to an Iraqi Defence Ministry official.

The World According To... Tony Robinson

The actor Tony Robinson is best known for playing Baldrick in Blackadder, and now presents Channel 4's Time Team. His latest series (and book) is The Worst Jobs in History on the same channel. He lives with his partner, Heli, and divides his time between Bristol and London

Restaurants: Conran's latest: a star player for Chelsea?

NOT SINCE BMW bought Mini has there been such a promising bit of brand synergy. Sir Terence Conran - sleek, precision-engineered, expensive, just a teensy bit bland - has absorbed into his empire the fun, quirky, youthful values associated with his restaurant-owning middle son Tom. Or MiniMe, if you will. Conran Jnr is already crown prince of Notting Hill, thanks to his hugely popular trad-Irish pub The Cow, and other groovy enterprises. But until now he's never worked with his pa.

Faith & Reason: Tolerance is not enough, as the Good Samaritan showed

Neighbourliness demands more than respect and the abstractions of `justice'. It imposes a duty of hospitality

This month's book: 'The Electric Michelangelo' by Sarah Hall

Here's a chance to shadow the Man Booker Prize panel, which last week selected Sarah Hall's second novel, The Electric Michelangelo, for this year's long-list. I ought perhaps to declare an interest, as last year I sat on the Commonwealth Writers Prize jury that first gave Hall - born in Cumbria in 1974 - international recognition for her debut novel of Lakeland life in the 1930s, Haweswater.

Britain's longest bridge 'threatens wildlife'

Plans for Britain's longest bridge across a 12-mile wildlife haven in Morecambe Bay were unveiled yesterday, prompting criticism from conservationists.

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