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Republicans fight over Newt's post

CONTENDERS FOR the top jobs in the United States Republican Party queued up to advertise their talents on television talkshows yesterday, as the leading lights of American political punditry scrambled to make sense of a week that had defied all their predictions.

Obituary: Martha O'Driscoll

EVEN BY Hollywood standards. Martha O'Driscoll was an actress of uncommon prettiness, with blond hair, blue eyes and a slightly pouting mouth. Though strictly a B movie star (her failure to graduate to bigger things is attributed by some to a dispute she had with her studio early in her career), she commanded a loyal following who were sorry when she retired at the age of 24 (after 11 years and 37 films) to marry a millionaire.

Obituary: Gene Autry

1 SEPTEMBER 1939 is imprinted forever as "the day war broke out", thanks to the immortal broadcasts by the then Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, and the radio comedian Robb Wilton. Three days later Louis Ellman, manager of the Theatre Royal Dublin, cabled a somewhat different news bulletin to the President of Republic Pictures:

The Independent Recommends: Talks

SWEETER 'N' CREAM, Maureen Lipman (below) discloses the finer points of barn-raising, butter-churning and baccy-chewing in this afternoon's CelebriTea talk at the National Theatre cafe. In conversation with Al Senter, Lipman discusses the transition from TV agony aunt, phone-bashing Jewish momma and Joyce Grenfell impersonator, to her latest role as wiry old biddy Aunt Eller in Oklahoma! Strictly speaking, Lipman should be unpacking a gingham- trimmed picnic hamper full of blueberry pie, fried chicken and homemade lemonade, but she will get confidential instead over a nice cream tea. As the song goes: "Them stories 'bout the way I lost my bloomers. Rumors! A lot of tempest in a pot o' tea!"

Basketball: Infusion of new blood to bolster Youngblood

THE GREATER London Leopards' coach, Billy Mims, will make an attempt on a third successive Budweiser League title with an almost entirely rebuilt squad for the season which begins in two weeks.

Obituary: Eldon Shamblin

MANY MUSICIANS who helped to make popular music great are forgotten names today, if indeed they were ever known outside of a particular band's followers. However, their contribution is not diminished by that. Eldon Shamblin was not a front man but, 60 years ago, his guitar playing and arrangements helped to establish Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys as a leading country music band, and then, in the 1970s, he played with the top country music act of the day, Merle Haggard and the Strangers.

America bites the bullet

After a slew of school murders, the US gun lobby looked dead and buried. Then it played its joker: Charlton Heston.

Gambling rescues tribe's fortunes

THE SILVER Star casino in Mississippi may not be lucky for all its punters who throw coins into the slot machines, but it is certainly a success story for the Native American tribe that owns it. The state's only Native American- owned casino was opened in July 1994, at a cost of $37m (pounds 23m), by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

Obituary: Jack Grimm

Jack F. Grimm, oil prospector and adventurer: born Wagoner, Oklahoma 18 May 1925; married (one son, one daughter); died 6 January 1998.

Jury indecision is lifeline for Oklahoma bomb plotter

The judge in the Oklahoma City bombing trial said yesterday that he would decide the sentence on the convicted conspirator Terry Nichols after the jury in the case could not reach a decision despite two days of deliberations.

Obituary: Denver Pyle

Denver Pyle, actor, director and writer: born Bethune, Colorado 11 May 1920; married (two sons); died Burbank, California 25 December 1997.

Oklahoma conspirator awaits his fate

The second stage of court proceedings against Terry Nichols - the sentencing hearing - opened in Denver yesterday, with jurors facing the consequences of the divided verdict they delivered last week. They had found Nichols, 42, guilty of conspiring to bomb the US federal building in Oklahoma City in April 1995, but not guilty of murder. The bombing killed 168 people.

Second Oklahoma bomb defendant guilty of conspiracy and manslaughter

Terry Nichols was convicted yesterday of conspiring to blow up the Alfred Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995, and faces the death penalty at the sentencing hearing which begins on Monday. Nichols, 42, was an old army friend of Timothy McVeigh, who has already been sentenced to death for the bombing.

McVeigh handed death penalty for Oklahoma bomb

Church bells tolled in Oklahoma City yesterday as a Denver jury sentenced Timothy McVeigh to death for the bombing of the Alfred P Murrah building in which 168 innocent people died two years ago.

McVeigh's lawyer in plea for life sentence

Timothy McVeigh's lawyers yesterday urged a jury to spare his life, portraying the convicted Oklahoma City bomber as a model soldier deeply disturbed by the government's deadly siege at Waco, Texas. Richard Burr said McVeigh was deeply affected by "seeing the lives of so many people burn away". About 80 people died in the disaster at the Branch Davidian complex near Waco, on 19 April 1993, two years before the Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people.
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