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Makenzie Wethington broke her pelvis, spine, shoulder, several ribs and a tooth in the fall

UK's premier pop music college sets up shop in Oklahoma to show the USA how to get students into jobs

Its name has long had musical associations, but the state of Oklahoma is better known for its cowboys than its boy bands. Not for much longer. Unlikely as it may seem, Oklahoma City is the newest outpost of the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) – a largely unsung British educational success story that, since 1995, has been quietly training up and securing deals for the next generation of pop stars and impresarios.

Bob Bogle: Guitarist with the Ventures

Nowadays, very few instrumental records are successful, but during the late Fifties and early Sixties there was a large following for instrumental groups. At first, they tended to feature saxophones (Johnny and the Hurricanes, the Champs), but then the classic beat group line-up of lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass and drums emerged. The bands that epitomised this were the Shadows in the UK and the Ventures in the US. Both had their biggest successes ("Apache" and "Walk, Don't Run" respectively) in that golden year for rock'n'roll instrumentals, 1960.

Do the twist: Stormchasing in the Midwest

Tornado Alley, the American Midwest: a region where twisters emerge from gigantic 'supercell' clouds and leave destruction in their wake. Will Gray signs up for an encounter with some really wild weather

Police probe Alba over shark poster protest

Jessica Alba... a vandal?

Security a constant worry for US Holocaust museum

Armed guards, metal detectors and X-ray machines greet visitors to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Traffic barriers keep away trucks like the one that blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

Album: Blossom Dearie, Four Classic Albums Plus (Avid)

The divine Miss D, who died in February aged 84, was a singer-vocalist of supreme wit and subtlety who combined camp charm with expert swing. This fabulous-value double CD collects together four LPs from the 1950s with a bonus version of King Pleasure's peerless bop vocal "I'm in the Mood for Love", on which Blossom has a brief cameo. Ray Brown, Herb Ellis and Jo Jones are among the backing trios; she sings partly in French; you swoon.

John Hope Franklin: Pre-eminent scholar of black American history who played a vital role in the fight for civil rights

If America's agonising but ultimately uplifting racial journey found expression in a single person, it was John Hope Franklin: participant, teacher, role model, but above all peerless chronicler of the black man's experience in the story of the United States.

Stroke victim's 'deathbed' confession to 32-year-old murder proves premature

Lying in his bed for what he was convinced were his final moments, James Brewer, a stroke victim, felt compelled to confess to a crime that had weighed on his conscience for more than three decades.

SXSW blog: At the KCRW showcase

As I listen to Peter Bjorn and John soundcheck for their MBE performance this morning, I'm thinking about our fantastic showcase last night. The Boat People kicked it all off with a set of poppy songs, including my personal fave, "Born in the 80's", and charmed the entire room. Next up, were Oklahoma's Other Lives whose music can best be described as orchestral folk. It was packed by the point and the entire room was consumed by the music in the best way.

Paul Harvey: Radio broadcaster who became the voice of Middle America

Out in Middle America, everyone knew and loved Paul Harvey. During a long drive, his was the voice that made you stop spinning the dial for a country and western station. His rich staccato baritone delivered the news to millions twice a day, morning and noon, for decades; he was a national institution, an icon of the American way in the American heartland, in America's imagined golden age.

Tony Hillerman: Writer who won critical acclaim for his tales of Navajo crime fighters

The crime writer Tony Hillerman won critical acclaim as well as professional awards – from the Crime Writers of America (CWA) and the Western Writers of America (WWA) – for his vivid, lyrical and absorbing novels featuring Native American (in his case Navajo) sleuths at work in contemporary America. However, probably the honour he was most proud of was that of "Special Friend of the Dineh" which was conferred on him by the Navajo Nation in 1987 in recognition of his honest portrayals of Native Americans and their culture in the modern world.

Gary Vaynerchuk: The wine world's new superstar

In a spartan room above a New Jersey liquor store, a revolution is fermenting. With his witty, irreverent, in-your-face approach to the time-honoured art of wine tasting, Gary Vaynerchuk, the 32-year-old son of Soviet immigrants,is a megastar in the making. He's a regular on primetime talk shows, he's penned a bestselling book – and he's broadcasting to millions of online oenophiles every week. Stephen Foley meets a man with a lot of bottle

Small Talk: Modern Water aims to clean up by osmosis

As the world faces the incontrovertible truth of climate change, so politicians search for ways of protecting sources of water. In the UK, people could be forgiven for wondering why this is such a big issue in a country which is, after all, surrounded by the stuff. The problem, of course, is that sea water is as useful as a chocolate teapot unless the salt is extracted first. Indeed, President Kennedy was once quoted as saying: "If we could ever competitively, at a cheap rate, get fresh water from salt water, this would be in the long-range interests of humanity and would dwarf any other scientific accomplishment."

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Mark Stratton experiences the (literally) hair-raising thrills of twister-hunting in America's Midwest
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