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

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Toddler killed after car careers off road

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Matthew Bell: Rescuing old cars is my idea of recycling

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The Power keeps his eye on the glory

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