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Ryan Adams, Union Chapel, London

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Union renews calls to sack race row lecturer

Students at the London School of Economics have renewed their demands for the sacking of a lecturer who discussed in a blog "why black women are less physically attractive".

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Thousands of holidaymakers on the US east coast have been ordered to head home as Hurricane Irene approaches after pounding the Bahamas islands chain.

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Hurricane Irene strengthened to a Category 3 hurricane over the Bahamas yesterday as it roared up from the Caribbean on a path expected to swipe the east coast of the US at the weekend.

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Marshall Grant: Bassist at the heart of Johnny Cash’s distinctive sound

With musicians who could scarcely play their cheap and battered instruments, took drugs and drank heavily, fired guns and made bombs, Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two sounds like a punk band from the mid-1970s, but they were the most seminal of the country groups from 20 years earlier. Marshall Grant played bass and can be heard on all their early records including the famed "Folsom Prison Blues" and "I Walk The Line". "We didn't work hard to get that boom-chicka-boom sound," he later admitted, "It was all we could play."

Bitter in the Mouth, By Monique Truong

The work of Asian-American writers is all too often described as "bittersweet", but in Truong's case this label is exactly right. The teen heroine of her second novel is different from the other girls in Boiling Springs, North Carolina.

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Funny lot, you i readers. Funny ha-ha, not funny peculiar. Keep it pithy if you want to get letters published, we said, and you have – mostly.

Mila Kunis too busy for romance

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Edwards indicted over campaign funding fraud

A federal grand jury indicted the two-time US presidential candidate John Edwards yesterday over $925,000 spent to keep his mistress and their baby in hiding during the peak of his 2008 campaign for the White House.

Doughnut chain expands in UK

The doughnut chain Krispy Kreme is to double its number of UK stores over the next five years as the country's desire for sweet treats grows.

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The world did not end on Saturday. The followers of the California evangelist Harold Camping were left dismayed. Others were jubilant. Atheists in North Carolina put on a rapture "after-party".

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