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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

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From vintage motel chic in Tampa Bay to sleek a Orlando inn and spa with all the mod cons...

Darwin Deez: Evolution of a pop star

He majors in geek chic, yet the indie-folker has just made the NME Cool List. He shows Gillian Orr his dance steps

Everything was under control, except the Welsh weather...

Robin Scott-Elliot on how a nation's moment in the sun was ruined by Mother Nature

Mum's the word as Holden aims to cruise past United

For Moira Holden, watching her son play either involves a nine-hour flight from Houston, which she took to see Bolton Wanderers face Arsenal a fortnight ago, or getting up in the small hours and turning on the television. Stuart Holden has described his mother as one of his sternest critics – certainly they discuss every one of his performances – and today's against Manchester United will be of special interest.

How sitting can make you ill

Hours spent at desks and on sofas could be cutting years from our lives – and it's not just the lack of exercise. Hugh Wilson on the unique hazards of staying seated

Shadow Country, By Peter Matthiessen

For some writers, their own works are, once finished, literally closed books. Like Virginia Woolf, they "shudder past them on the shelf as if they might bite". Not so for Peter Matthiessen, co-founder of The Paris Review, campaigner for the environment and indigenous peoples, and author of over 30 books. In Shadow Country, he has taken his three novels from the 1990s about the real-life American outlaw EJ Watson and reworked them into one giant, though as those novels had been culled from a single 1,500-page manuscript, what we have now must be close to its forbidding conception.

Is Alvin Greene the least likely US senator in history?

He did not campaign, yet won the Democratic primary for South Carolina by a mile. How? David Usborne reports from Manning

The Open Diary: Montgomerie ready to walk the plank

There was no stopping for Colin Montgomerie on the Swilcan Bridge here yesterday; no emotional turn and wave to the crowd behind the 17th green, no teary, smiley poses for the bank of photographers taking their snaps for posterity.

Susan Reed: Singer who inadvertently helped spark Britain’s folk revival

Susan Reed was a part of the US folk scene in the 1940s exemplified by the likes of Richard Dyer-Bennet, John Jacob Niles and Carl Sandburg; her speciality was folk songs, especially Irish ones, on which she accompanied herself with zither, harp and sometimes autoharp. Although her career would be cut short and is generally viewed as period folk Americana, she had an unsung role in Britain's folk revival.

Lanigan backs green Meeznah to take root at the Curragh

It is the most fitting of races for those little acorns, sown by so many young trainers around the land, to take root. In recent seasons, the Oaks has announced the emerging talent of Andrew Balding, with Casual Look in 2003, and Ralph Beckett, with Look Here in 2008. Last Friday, admittedly, it required a second look to identify a parallel breakthrough for David Lanigan, in that his filly was run down by a neck close home. But nobody should mistake the significance of Meeznah's performance, on her first start outside maiden company.

BMW's X5 reaches the million mark

BMW has now produced a million X5 luxury 4x4s at its US plant in Spartanburg in South Carolina.

Donald joins the England top 10 club after putting on masterclass in Madrid

English golf awoke this morning in dreamland. A week after throwing away the BMW PGA Championship, Luke Donald prevailed in the Madrid Masters to break back into the top 10. It means that there are four Englishmen in the top nine of the world; an astonishing representation, particularly when one considers that just a decade ago Lee Westwood was the only Englishman in the top 100.

Britain's honest 'loser' wins over America

Public celebrates golfer who forfeited a $1m prize by calling a penalty on himself

The lives of others: Heather Brooke's new book opens up further fronts in the war to set information free

Brooke's long fight to reveal parliamentary expenses led to a revolution in British political life.
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