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Outlook Congratulations to Mary Barra, who has become the first female boss of a big US car maker by taking over General Motors just as it stopped being unofficially known as Government Motors.

Natalie Haynes: Birmingham: more gastric band than Bull Ring

This week saw the release of figures from the Public Health Observatories which concluded that Birmingham is the fattest city in Europe. Some 29 per cent of adults in the city are obese, which is more than twice the European average. And the prospects don't look good for the next generation either: 25 per cent of 11- and 12-year-olds in the city are obese too.

Happy birthday, chuck! Fifty years of a Northern TV legend

For 50 years, it has enthralled a nation with its hotpot of tears, drama and laughs. Tony Livesey salutes Coronation Street

Deport driver, urges death crash girl's father

The father of a girl left dying under the wheels of a car driven by a failed asylum seeker today begged judges for "justice" for his daughter.

The Feral Beast: Michael White, first with the latest

He has been a political reporter for The Guardian since Pitt the Younger's first belch; these days, Michael White is so grand he can't be bothered with the boring matter of keeping abreast of facts.

He's not Mr Nasty, he's 'Bellam' – and Cardiff loves him

Fans have bought so many Bellamy shirts that the shop sold out of necessary letters. The frenzy is just beginning

Paul Newman: Doncaster and Dagenham rise to dizzying heights after League learns to love social climbers

For those established League clubs that fall through the trapdoor, the Conference offers a route back. Under the old system there was no guarantee of return

Outside Edge (01/08/10)

Muslim clerics have finally come out and said what we've known all along: Manchester United are an evil club. In Malaysia, mufti Nooh Gadot has stated that the club crest with its red devil must not be worn since it will "erode our belief in Islam", and replica shirts must be rejected as gifts – which will not help United's lucrative Asian market. He also outlawed the kits of Brazil and Barcelona as they show crosses. In Chile, proof that the game is going to the dark side after Jose Pedroso of the local Rangers tried to strangle the referee, Marcelo Miranda. Mind you, Miranda had just asked the opposition, Desportes Concepcion, to retake a penalty three times. How would Sir Alex have reacted?

Wolves primed after Smith reads riot act

Warrington can virtually sew up second place in Super League tonight, but only if they do something they manage only once in a blue moon – beat St Helens.

Gordon Brown: There <i>is </i>life after No 10

In his first major interview since losing the election, the former Prime Minister tells Christina Patterson why he's thriving as a constituency MP - and happily living without the trappings of power

Betty Driver: Manchester&rsquo;s oldest barmaid celebrates her 90th birthday

She was one of the brightest stars of British variety, and she's worked with everyone from George Formby to Sir Ian McKellen. Now, after a remarkable 40 years on the set of 'Coronation Street', Manchester's oldest barmaid is looking forward to her 90th birthday

Brown makes apology to WI for 'unsavoury' behaviour

Tony Blair once upset the Women's Institute and was given a stern heckling; now Brown's had to apologise to them. It is, though, Phil of Hull City rather than Gordon of Raith Rovers who has had to say sorry to the jam-makers of Humberside as the problems mount around the KC Stadium at a rate with which the occupant of No 10 might sympathise.

Forest feel Sharp pain as Rovers rally

Doncaster Rovers 1 Nottingham Forest 0

Toddler killed after car careers off road

An 18-month-old boy was killed along with an elderly driver who careered off a busy main road and ploughed into the toddler and his mother, police said.

Matthew Bell: Rescuing old cars is my idea of recycling

Because I drive a Morris Minor, a lot of my time is spent getting to and from the garage. Whole weekends can be taken up arranging for it to be trailered to the specialist in the Cotswolds after blowing a gasket and then, two weeks later, I spend a day catching trains and taxis to pick it up.

The Power keeps his eye on the glory

The king of darts once missed out to a princess in Sports Personality of the Year but he couldn't care less &ndash; instead he's aiming for a 15th world title
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Scientists develop mechanical spring-loaded leg brace to improve walking

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Scientists develop mechanical leg brace to help take a load off
Peter Ackroyd on Alfred Hitchcock: How London shaped the director's art and obsessions

Peter Ackroyd on Alfred Hitchcock

Ackroyd has devoted his literary career to chronicling the capital and its characters. He tells John Walsh why he chose the master of suspense as his latest subject
Ryan Reynolds interview: The actor is branching out with Nazi art-theft drama Woman in Gold

Ryan Reynolds branches out in Woman in Gold

For every box-office smash in Ryan Reynolds' Hollywood career, there's always been a misconceived let-down. It's time for a rethink and a reboot, the actor tells James Mottram
Why Robin Williams safeguarded himself against a morbid trend in advertising

Stars safeguard against morbid advertising

As film-makers and advertisers make increasing posthumous use of celebrities' images, some stars are finding new ways of ensuring that they rest in peace
The UK horticulture industry is facing a skills crisis - but Great Dixter aims to change all that

UK horticulture industry facing skills crisis

Great Dixter manor house in East Sussex is encouraging people to work in the industry by offering three scholarships a year to students, as well as generous placements
Hack Circus aims to turn the rule-abiding approach of TED talks on its head

Hack Circus: Technology, art and learning

Hack Circus aims to turn the rule-abiding approach of TED talks on its head. Rhodri Marsden meets mistress of ceremonies Leila Johnston
Sevenoaks is split over much-delayed decision on controversial grammar school annexe

Sevenoaks split over grammar school annexe

If Weald of Kent Grammar School is given the go-ahead for an annexe in leafy Sevenoaks, it will be the first selective state school to open in 50 years
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A look through the lens: 10 best compact cameras

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Paul Scholes column: Ross Barkley played well against Italy but he must build on that. His time to step up and seize that England No 10 shirt is now

Paul Scholes column

Ross Barkley played well against Italy but he must build on that. His time to step up and seize that England No 10 shirt is now
Why Michael Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Why Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Manchester United's talented midfielder has played international football for almost 14 years yet, frustratingly, has won only 32 caps, says Sam Wallace
Tracey Neville: The netball coach who is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

Tracey Neville is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

The former player on how she is finding time to coach both Manchester Thunder in the Superleague and England in this year's World Cup
General Election 2015: The masterminds behind the scenes

The masterminds behind the election

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Machine Gun America: The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons

Machine Gun America

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The ethics of pet food: Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?

The ethics of pet food

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