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Much as we should be disgusted by their crimes, locking people up for a century will not make our country a safer place

Horses head back to the stable after training in preparation for the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita, California

Carla Gaines: From bad blood to thoroughbreds

The trainer quit counselling, after witnessing too much inhumanity, to find redemption with horses. Chris McGrath hears her story

Fright night: New York gears up for Halloween, but fears are all in the mind

The Halloween poisoner has US in his grip

A new study casts doubt on an urban legend, but the myth of the deadly candy refuses to die

Archbishop warns of 'majoritarian tyranny' in elected House of Lords

The Archbishop of Canterbury has spoken out against the House of Lords becoming an entirely elected chamber.

Black people in Britain more likely to be unemployed than those in US

Black people in Britain suffer from higher unemployment than those in the US because of a failure to address social inequality in the labour market, according to new research.

Joan Smith: It's modern masculinity that's in trouble

Two-fifths of lap dancers say that customers are rude or abusive towards them

Soldiers and policemen check a passenger in a Toulouse subway station

If Toulouse killer is not a neo-nazi, then who is he?

Criminologist: 'It is as if he is telling us that we should get ready for the worst, that he is capable of anything'

Professor John Rex: Noted scholar of race relations

Professor John Rex was a leading figure in British sociology, chairing departments at various universities and founding two, at Durham and Warwick. A leading scholar in the field of race or ethnic relations in the UK, he participated in comparative and collaborative studies on the topic in Europe and elsewhere and was well-known internationally for his work in this area, and as a theorist of social conflict.

Sarah Sands: Loudmouths and braggarts have had their day

A former boss once recommended to me hiring a young man he had met at dinner. My heart sank because I knew this man to be bumptious and not that bright. My boss assured me that I was mistaken. The youth was bold, visionary and going places. "Is that what you thought?" I sighed. "No, that is what he told me," he replied.

Terence Blacker: Solitude is the school of genius

It is the time of the year when the great divide between the salaried and the self-employed is at its widest. For one group, there will be the usual pay-slip at the end of the month, while the other faces that painful moment of reckoning which is the tax deadline. And it is not just the employed's financial security which seems enviable, but the suspicion that they have a jollier time than we freelancers down at the end of Lonely Street: the chats they call "meetings", desk-to-desk flirting, those "team-building" weekends.

Far from falling behind, mature postgraduates tend to be more focused

Real late starter: age is no obstacle if you're motivated

Mature students often worry that they're too old to make the grade, but their zeal and dedication can give them an edge over their younger peers

Leading article: There ought not to be a question over gay marriage

Gay marriage simply ought not to be a matter of political controversy in a civilised society in the 21st century.

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The glass ceiling smashers

A look at some of the most influential women on the world stage - female figures who have turned the tides and made history

Sociology degree students to study 'The Wire'

It inspires devotion in its fans, is hailed as addictive viewing - and now television drama The Wire is to become the subject of a British university course.

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