Arts and Entertainment David Blunkett thinks shows that mock politicians should be subject to tougher libel scrutiny

Programmes that mock politicians cross the line from satire to comment, he says

Teenager killed in collision with police car

A teenager died today after he was in collision with a patrol car, a police force said.

How to make your anxiety work to your advantage

Parents can help to smooth their child’s move to university

Astronomers discover 'monster' stars

Astronomers have discovered "monster" stars - whose size and brightness exceed what many scientists thought was possible.

Diary Of A Third Year: 'I've spent nearly £30,000 in the name of education'

Despite finishing university, I'm not yet a graduate. Until I don my mortar board and gown,I am a graduand, a grand-sounding title that means I'm in academic limbo, between student and graduate. Only on 19 July will I finally become a paid-up member of the graduate community. Paid-up is certainly the right phrase. In all, my degree has cost me £29,000.

'Pounds for pounds' scheme helps obese people shed stones

The first NHS scheme to offer cash rewards for losing weight has helped more than 100 obese people shed nearly two stone each in a year.

Diary Of A Third Year: 'I haven't picked up a pen since I last did an exam'

The return of sunshine and summer brings sadness for third years. It means final exams are only a few weeks away and every waking hour is spent in the library. This wouldn't be so bad if Sheffield University's library didn't overlook a park filled with first and second years enjoying picnics and drinking cider. Revision is often interrupted by whoops of joy, or a Frisbee crashing into the library's windows.

Passed/Failed: An education in the life of Jessica Ennis, British athletic champion

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Council chief to forgo election fee over poll queues

The acting returning officer in a city where hundreds of people were prevented from voting because of long queues at polling stations said today he would not claim his £20,000 fee.

Burnham 'regret' over organ donor register blunder

Health Secretary Andy Burnham said today he deeply regretted the distress caused to bereaved families of people whose organs were removed without consent following a huge blunder affecting the UK donor register.

No rhyme or reason for black sheep's lighter coats

Global warming explains smaller animals on St Kilda, but not change in colour

Needle IVF method overused, pioneer warns

IVF clinics are using a radical male infertility treatment far too frequently despite the risk of long-term health problems to the babies conceived, according to one of the technique’s pioneers.

Ennis takes on captaincy and world's best

Another day; another title for Jessica Ennis. Two weeks ago the world heptathlon champion was given an honorary doctorate by the University of Sheffield.

Police could face charges 30 years after Blair Peach death

Retired police officers could face prosecution for perverting the course of justice over the death of anti-racism activist Blair Peach 30 years ago.

Father of Belle de Jour admits using prostitutes

The estranged father of a research scientist who outed herself as former call girl and blogger Belle de Jour revealed today he had used more than 150 prostitutes himself and had even introduced his daughter to some of them.

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