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A street cleaner who was allegedly stabbed to death by a burglar he confronted with a broom has been praised in court for his “sense of civic duty”.

Dyke unveils his vision of 'inspired' One BBC

Nine programme chiefs join the administrators at the top of new management structure as the Birt regime is dismantled

Pop: Still rocking after all these years

THE WHO SHEPHERD'S BUSH EMPIRE LONDON

Critics' Awards 1999 - Radio: Ambridge: an anomaly among farming communities

The radio industry has its own award ceremony, the Sonys, held every year at the swanky Grosvenor Hotel in London's Park Lane. The Independent on Sunday now has its own Radio Awards ceremony, which is held in my kitchen in Shepherd's Bush over two and a half bottles of cheap red plonk. And so, until a decent sponsor like Laphroaig or, even better, Lagavulin shows up, it is called the Plonkies. The results of this review of the year's best and worst broadcasting were stuffed into an envelope and read out by me in a slurred and trembly voice. And they are:

Chelsfield may sue over White City

CHELSFIELD, the property developer, is expected to make a multi- million-pound compensation claim against the Hammersmith & Fulham council if environmentalists scupper its plan to redevelop White City, writes Dan Gledhill.

Book Review: Mixed company for the lonely Londoners

Andrea Henry visits two sides of the black metropolis - the threatening estate, and the enchanting street; Society Within by Courttia Newland Abacus, pounds 9.99, 310pp; The Street by Biyi Bandele Picador, pounds 10, 292pp

The Diary: Now it's the whites who feel put upon in Johannesburg

Jogging behind my dog in Emmerentia Park in Johannesburg early in the morning, I am ambushed by three police officers. They suddenly materialise at the top of the slope we are panting our way up, their hands raised, demanding we stop. It seems Zola - a cross between a Dobermann, a Labrador and a Pointer, and named after Chelsea's heroic playmaker - has beeped on their radar. Out of breath, I ask if the dog was speeding. No, they reply gravely, but you have taken him into an area of the park reserved for ducks and other wild animals. I apologise and lumber off.

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Film: The death-trap London studio that time forgot

Gainsborough Studios, where Hitchcock shot his early films, was full of horror, mystery and suspense - for the staff.

Property: Hot Spot: Brook Green, West London: An oasis where money grows

Brook Green experienced an evolutionary change last century with the drying up of the stream which provided it with half its name. As a new century approaches, another revolutionary development promises even profounder change. The epicentre of the radical rumblings lies just across the border with Shepherd's Bush.

Pop: Too much of a good thing

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Rugby Union: England left reeling over Dallaglio

Nation's hopes in Rugby Union World Cup may depend on the survival of their leading man.

Football: Francis' hopes for Hoops

Relegated or not, QPR's manager is in for a long haul.

Fast Track: Still crazy after all these years

If you miss that cider-drinking, cheese-paring, bill-splitting student lifestyle, why not prolong it?

Music: He's still the one

From bluegrass to boogie and bankruptcy to backing Bob Dylan, Tom Petty has taken his Heartbreakers through the whole American rock'n'roll tradition. And he's always done it his way. By Andy Gill
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