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The procedure which made West Ham the first choice to move into the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Games was not compromised, an independent investigation has ruled.

More Blood, More Sweat and Another Cup of Tea, By Tom Reynolds

The second collection of Tom Reynolds' bloggings about being an ambulance driver in Newham, east London, this is a catalogue of tragedies, triumphs, comical mishaps, and the best and the worst of human behaviour.

Leading Article: Clever George

Congratulations to George Weller, 17, who has become the first young person to be offered a place at Cambridge University under a partnership where students from Kingsford, an 11 to 16 comprehensive in Newham, east London, are given scholarships to study A-levels at fee- paying Brighton College.

Leading article: A tormented Prime Minister suffers another hail of arrows

Disastrous election results weaken the Prime Minister still further

Strange sights at Eurovision

On Tuesday the first of two semi-final competitions opens from the vast Olympiyskiy Stadium in Moscow, Russia. Eighteen countries will be whittled down as viewers vote for their favourites to go through to the grand final on 16 May. Paddy O'Connell will be providing commentary on the proceedings while Sarah Cawood will meet the hopeful performers from all over Europe.

Amol Rajan: What Councils do

Read any material from the Taxpayer's Alliance recently? Fancy a career in the public sector? A press release drops into my inbox from Newham Council. And see below for the offending signs.

Councils forced to reveal salaries of top executives

Councils in England will be forced to disclose the pay and perks of their chief executives under new measures designed to crack down on town hall "fat cats", it was announced today.

Dr Peter Byrne: People feel greater pressure to succeed

"The increase in self-harm lead us to key questions about social changes: is it harder to be an adolescent in today's society? We are a society of unequals, and health inequalities will continue to fuel the rise. Illegal drug use, family disintegration, crime and the toxic effects of city living aggravate it further. The largest group increase was in women aged between 16 and 24. There are considerable pressures on them to succeed. Self-failure is self-punished.

Teachers strike over academies

The government's flagship academies programme is coming under increasing strain as teachers' leaders escalate strike action aimed at halting its expansion.

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Fuller blames provocation by ‘very rude’ Griffin

Ricardo Fuller has accused Andy Griffin of being "very rude and disrespectful" in the episode which led to the Stoke striker being sent off for slapping his team-mate and club captain in the defeat against West Ham.

Takeaways targeted in 'Food Standards Agency' scam

As obvious targets for extortion scams go, the humble city-centre cafe would not seem to be the most likely choice for con artists.

The Nativity is given a 21st-century makeover

The story of Mary, Joseph and Jesus can be told in different ways. Andy Sharman visits an alternative Christmas show and finds a school that's doing its bit for the community

Day in the Life: Rachel McClelland, label manager at Dirtee Stank Recordings

Rachel dedicates this article to her Dad, Gerald McClelland.

Frances Crook: When prison fails, community sentencing can work

Community sentencing is a vital part of our justice system, yet never attracts the headlines it deserves. The only time the public ever hear about community sentences is when things go wrong. "Young man does unpaid work in community and a course in anger management, and goes on to live law-abiding life" is not a news story. "Young man does unpaid work in community, absconds with van and robs bank" is. Yet the vast majority of the 190,000-plus community sentences handed down each year are successful. Reoffending by those on community sentences has declined 13 per cent over the last five years. That means thousands of potential victims of crime have been spared.

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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas
La Famille Bélier is being touted as this year's Amelie - so why are many in the deaf community outraged by it?

Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

The new film tells the story of a deaf-mute farming family and is being touted as this year's Amelie
10 best high-end laptops

10 best high-end laptops

From lightweight and zippy devices to gaming beasts, we test the latest in top-spec portable computers
Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

The batsman has grown disillusioned after England’s Ashes debacle and allegations linking him to the Pietersen affair
Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

The Williams driver has had plenty of doubters, but hopes she will be judged by her ability in the cockpit
Adam Gemili interview: 'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

After a year touched by tragedy, Adam Gemili wants to become the sixth Briton to run a sub-10sec 100m
Calls for a military mental health 'quality mark'

Homeless Veterans campaign

Expert calls for military mental health 'quality mark'
Racton Man: Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman

Meet Racton Man

Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman
Garden Bridge: St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters

Garden Bridge

St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters
Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament: An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel

Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament

An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel
Joint Enterprise: The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice

Joint Enterprise

The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice
Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum: Objects of Desire

Freud and Eros

Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum