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The race riot that never was: When Martin Luther King led 250,000 blacks to Washington 30 years ago, panic gripped Kennedy and his men. Nick Bryant has uncovered details of their elaborate preparations

WASHINGTON was stifling in the heat of a humid August afternoon. Martin Luther King, standing before his audience, his back to the Lincoln Memorial, pushed aside the speech drafted in his motel room the previous night and launched extemporaneously into the 'I Have a Dream' sequence.

My life on the network: David Frost has emerged from 30 years of broadcasting with a knighthood, the friendship of presidents and prime ministers, and a first huge volume of autobiography. It suggests a substantial figure, but sometimes the screen image seems all there is

JOHN MORTIMER, in his career as an interviewer for newspapers, always used to ask if his subject believed in God. Sometimes the interviewee was energised by the inquiry; sometimes not. But this was not the point. What mattered was that the subject obsessed John Mortimer.

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PRISON cuisine has never been anything to write your censored letters home about, but the Sicilian Mafia's reputed boss of all bosses, Salvatore Riina, has it better than the ordinary inmate of Palermo's Ucciardone jail.

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Mary Courtney Kennedy, 37, daughter of the late Robert F Kennedy, married Paul Hill, one of the Guildford Four, in a ceremony on board a ship in the Aegean Sea, the Kennedy family announced.

Living in the shadow of Bobby Kennedy: America still feels the loss of RFK, writes Rupert Cornwell

THE Ambassador Hotel where he was shot dead in his hour of triumph 25 years ago stands earmarked for demolition, shuttered and empty on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. Since that 5 June, six men have acceded to the presidency and scores have competed for it. Yet none has the hold on the collective American imagination that Bobby Kennedy had.

FILM / This Jack's no ripper

DON'T FRET waiting for the opening credits in Hoffa. There aren't any. Or, rather, there are, but they come at the end. It's typical of a film which, like a boorish host, makes no attempt to make us feel at home, expecting us to find our own way around. We're never introduced to any of the characters or told when and where the action is taking place (none of those helpful sub-titles: 'Detroit, 1950'). We're treated as if we're not there, and pretty soon we wish we weren't.

FILM / Nicholson makes a Hoffa you can refuse: Adam Mars-Jones reviews Jack Nicholson's performance in Danny DeVito's Hoffa, plus Crush and Candyman

AT THE beginning of Hoffa Bobby Ciaro (Danny DeVito, who also directs) gets out of the car in which he and Jimmy Hoffa have been waiting. He gives an exaggerated stiff shrug which is about as subtle as anything in the film. The shrug isn't for Hoffa's benefit, but for ours. And it says 'I'm Italian and I'm not as young as I was'.

What price idealism, as middle age spreads?

TWENTY-FIVE years ago yesterday, thousands of demonstrators marched on London's Grosvenor Square to protest against the war in Vietnam. It was the iconic event of the British Sixties for the generation that was going to change the world. Power to the People] It was instant ideology you could pin on your sleeve, but better than no myth at all; everyone who was anyone came, including a student from Arkansas called Bill Clinton. As the North Vietnamese flags were unfurled against a blue March sky, kids in beads and beards eyeballed cops on horses and, without a hint of irony, everybody shouted 'Ho Ho Ho Chi Minh]'.

FILM / Truth and the American way: Reel life, but not as we know it: Hoffa, hard on the heels of Malcolm X, profiles the legendary hardman of the American unions. It should be filed under 'M' for myth rather than 'D' for documentary, argues Richard Combs

When Hoffa, a bio-pic about the controversial American labour leader Jimmy Hoffa, opens here on 19 March, it will solve a 20-year-old mystery. In the bitter, bloody strikes of the 1930s, Hoffa fought for the truckers' union, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. By 1957, when he became its president, he had made it the most powerful union in the US, and furthered its interests by 'investing' with organised crime.

Citizen Clinton honours his hero in symbolic visit

WASHINGTON - As his top aides struggled to complete key sub-cabinet-level appointments, Bill Clinton yesterday paid a private, but hugely symbolic pre-inauguration visit to the graves of John and Robert Kennedy in Arlington Cemetery overlooking a city poised to enthrone him today as the 42nd US president, writes Rupert Cornwell.

'Hoffa with a halo' film angers Kennedy aides: Phil Reeves in Los Angeles on a row over Hollywood's distortion of history

IT IS MORE than 17 years since Jimmy Hoffa disappeared from a Detroit restaurant car park to end up as part of a sports stadium, in a trash compactor or as fish food at the bottom of a lake, depending on what theory you subscribe to.

The Cuban Missile Crisis 1962: At daggers drawn

For 13 tense days, from Monday 15 October to Sunday 28 October 1962, the world teetered on the edge of the nuclear abyss. Both John F Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev had become locked into positions from which internal political considerations made retreat impossible. 'Withdraw your nuclear missiles from Cuba',

TELEVISION / Little grouse on the prairie

ON THE main street, only tumbleweed was moving. The image met your prejudices so snugly that you wondered for a moment if the BBC had had this iconic commodity shipped in for the occasion, whether a team of tumbleweed wranglers was at work with a wind-machine off screen. It was soon clear, though, that almost everything in Shoshone, Idaho, already fitted the received image of mid-West America - the good ol' boys playing poker in the trackside cafe, the stop-lights swinging in the wind above the empty street, the rusting pick-ups bedded down in fields that had reverted to sagebrush. It was only when States of Mind (BBC 2) got up close that you saw the details which gave the cliches life.

TELEVISION / Shot in the dark

IS THERE any being on earth more gullible than an investigative reporter with the scent of a scoop in his nostrils? The question is prompted by Secret History's (C 4) report on the assassination of Robert Kennedy, which, despite turning up some unsettling discrepancies in the official account of the killing, marred its case by its blinkered attitude to contradictory evidence.

The US Presidential Elections: The Democratic Convention: Reluctant Jackson gives a blessing without heart

FOR a moment, it truly seemed he would stand everyone up. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, of California, had presented him with the bright-eyed excitement of a schoolgirl chosen to introduce Michael Jackson. She was, of course, referring to the Rev Jesse, of that name. But of the moody champion of Democratic conventions past: no sign.
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