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George Stinney was 14 when executed for a crime his family says he didn’t commit. A retrial may clear his name

Newt Gingrich's resurgence comes after his hopes of winning the nomination appeared dead and buried only a few weeks ago

Cain exit sparks Gingrich poll surge in Republican race for the White House

Former House Speaker now leads favourite Romney in key states

Herman Cain: 'My wife understands that I'm a soft-hearted, giving person'

Wife's verdict awaits Cain as he admits 'friend' was a secret

Herman Cain's bizarre odyssey seemed near an end yesterday as the pizza magnate-turned-White House candidate headed home for discussions with his wife about a woman's claim she had a 13-year affair with him, his former front-runner status in the contest for the Republican nomination no more than a distant memory.

MARCH 1971 v MUHAMMAD ALI: Frazier emerged victorious from a showdown billed 'Fight of the Century'.

Joe Frazier: Boxer forever remembered for his epic fights against Muhammad Ali

Joe Frazier – "Smokin' Joe" – will be remembered as one of the finest heavyweight champions, a fighter of rare will and commitment who played a leading role in what is regarded as the greatest period of heavyweight history, the early- to mid-1970s, in which he held centre-stage with the man with whom his name will be forever linked, Muhammad Ali. In three epic encounters, beginning in 1971 and culminating four years later in "the Thrilla in Manila", Frazier and Ali redefined the term "champion", proving that titles and belts often have little bearing on a fighter's claim to greatness. As Ali put it, "I couldn't be what I am without him and he couldn't be what he is without me."

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The contagion has mutated! Be still, my pumping heart

Steve Connor: A flawed verdict wilfully blind to key considerations

A cardinal rule of science is not to cherry-pick your data to suit your hypothesis. Reading the Royal Society's long-awaited report on the nuclear fuel cycle – delayed because of the Fukushima crisis – it is difficult not to conclude that it has employed a cherry picker of industrial dimensions.

Nick Ashford: Singer, songwriter and producer who penned a succession of Motown hits with his wife, Valerie Simpson

In the late 1960s, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell were Motown's sweet songbirds, duetting on the romantic ballads "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "Your Precious Love", "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" and "You're All I Need to Get By". These odes to the undying, eternal power of love were tailor-made by Nick Ashford and his writing partner and later wife, Valerie Simpson, and mirrored their enduring and happy relationship, the flip side to the tragic fate that would befall Terrell, who died of a brain tumour in March 1970, and Gaye, who was shot dead by his father in April 1984.

One in, one out in Republican race for the top

In what ended up as a revolving door weekend for the Republican presidential hopefuls, the former governor of Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty, exited the race yesterday, citing a poor showing in a non-binding straw poll of party voters in Iowa, just hours after Rick Perry, the Governor of Texas, confirmed that he was coming in. Mr Pawlenty, who had seemed well positioned at first to build support, both among conservatives and social moderates in the party, had been faltering for weeks before he came in a distant third in the much vaunted Ames Straw Poll in Iowa, behind maverick libertarian Ron Paul and the Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.

Buttering up starts in earnest as Palin busses into Iowa

The dreams of all the declared candidates for the Republican presidential nomination – and of a couple not yet formally announced – are about to be burnished, dented or even dashed in a 48-hour blitz of campaign activity among the fried-butter stands and cow pens of the Iowa State Fair.

Professor Trevor Howard-Hill: Shakespearean scholar known for his pioneering work in literary computing

Trevor Howard-Hill, a New Zealand-born pioneer in literary computing and an expert on dramatic manuscripts of the Shakespearean period, was one of the most widely respected scholars in the emerging field of book history and one of the most tenacious and sceptical combatants in the rapidly changing world of editorial theory.

A young man sacrificing his future to shut down Fukushima

David McNeill meets a nuclear worker who sees it as his duty to save the stricken plant – even if it means an early grave

Song Intros: It's the start of something amazing

What's the best way to begin a pop song? Guitar? Drums? Wind? Donald MacInnes chooses 12 of the best intros in pop history

Olympic Diary: Budd rolls back the years but time can't heal Wade's wounds

It took the best part of 27 years, but the runner wearing number 2621 at Granite Regional Park in Sacramento on Wednesday, finally made it on to the podium at a global event in the state of California. Running in the 8km women's age 45 to 49 cross country race on the opening day of the World Masters Athletics Championships, Zola Pieterse finished second in 29min 19sec – 33 seconds behind Soledad Castro Solino of Spain.

Could Jon Huntsman be the answer to the Republican Party's prayers?

David Usborne spends some quality time with the man who may prove the greatest threat to Obama

Mitt Romney announces presidential bid

Mitt Romney formally launched his 2012 presidential campaign today, entering the race for the Republican nomination where he is already the front-runner, but also seen as highly vulnerable.

Gil Scott-Heron is dead, but his unique voice and inspiring words will live forever

Poet, novelist, musician, spoken-word guru, campaigner, thorn in the side of the establishment, victim of his own weaknesses: Gil Scott-Heron, who died in New York at the weekend, was a multi-faceted figure, one of the definitive African American voices of the past 50 years, alongside James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Toni Morrison, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Prince.

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