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A man has admitted neglecting his four-month-old son who died from “catastrophic injuries” when a television weighing five stone dropped on his head.

Prepare well for a night to savour

Anyone who was around in the 1960s is supposed to remember where they were when John Kennedy was shot. I'll have a small bet that any true- blooded Englishman of that vintage will have far more vivid memories of what they were doing when England beat Germany in the 1966 World Cup final.

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Cockpits and casting couches

He was a film mogul, flyer, hermit and syphilitic. Godfrey Hodgson reads the history of Howard Hughes

Dennis the menace

Kevin Costner would like to get his hands on Dennis Pennis. So would Hugh Grant. And Madonna. But they'll have to catch him first. Mark Wareham meets the clown prince of the hit-and-run interview

It's the time of the month for a drink

Many women who like a drink notice that their ability to handle alcohol varies through the month, but the evidence for this has always been largely anecdotal.

LETTERS : Oh what . . .

I WAS very interested in Hester Lacey's report ("A poem a day keeps dejection at bay . . . '', 1 January) on poetry taking the place of Valium. I am a manic depressive and have been right through the drugs spectrum and none seemed to work the orac le; however, an interesting point is when I am in a manic depression I find it easy to write serious verse, some quite beautiful - here is an example: Last night in the twilight gloom A butterfly flew in my room Oh what beauty Oh what grace Who needs visitors from outer space.

Television (Review): Beam me up, Dr Jim, before I boldly go

LAST NIGHT, Everyman (BBC 1) offered you a psychologist wielding a placard headed, 'All I need to know about life I learned from Star Trek' - a poster which assembles a number of Trekkie aphorisms, such as 'Tribbles hate Klingons' and 'Don't put all your ranking officers in one shuttlecraft'. Dr Jim Goodwin was taking a patient through the finer points of 'boldly going' when you first saw this therapeutic tool, but he must be fond of the can-do spirit of, 'If it can't be fixed - just ask Scotty'. For Dr Goodwin is an engineer of the human soul, a believer in the cure-all powers of the antidepressant Prozac. Not so much engineer, actually, as Kwik-Fit fitter - all his patients receive the same diagnosis and the same treatment, some within minutes of walking through the door.

Smoking clouds chance of a job

SMOKING not only damages your health, it can also damage your job prospects. In a report published today, nearly one- third of all companies said that if they had two otherwise equal job candidates they would choose the non-smoker.

Woman 'scorned after rape in shop'

A WOMAN aged 19 who was raped at gunpoint in front of her brother during a raid on an off-licence has been ostracised by her Tamil community, a judge was told yesterday.

Schizophrenic died after hospital drug injection

A PHYSICALLY healthy man of 29 died in mental hospital minutes after being given an injection of an anti-psychotic drug intended to calm him down.

BOOK REVIEW / Lost in karma water: 'What's Wrong with America?' - Scott Bradfield: Picador, 14.99

IT IS often said that literature can only be judged in the context of the political and social conditions under which it was written. So, for example, Pennsylvania in the 1840s produced a dark tale of murder, metaphysics and the tormented soul, Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-tale Heart. Given largely the same ingredients, California in the 1990s has produced Scott Bradfield's What's Wrong With America.

Britain's Drugs Crisis: 'It's nothing unusual, people do it all the time': The child users

SARAH is 13. She takes LSD and sniffs glue and aerosols - gas lighter fuel and air fresheners are her favourites. 'It's nothing unusual, people do it all the time,' she says, writes Jason Bennetto.

Britain's Drugs Crisis: Vietnam dispels theories on addiction

COCAINE AND CRACK.

OUTSIDE EDGE / Owen Slot on the boom behind Basil Brush

IVAN OWEN is a shy 66-year-old who shrinks from the limelight - quite the opposite from his noisy, abrasive alter-ego, Basil Brush. Yet they get on famously. Owen refers to Basil in the third person, he talks very dearly of Basil and he was hugely pleased for Basil when he was recently asked to return to regular television, 12 years after his BBC1 show ended.

Letter: Prozac is not addictive

SOME of the points raised by Richard Grant's article 'The Prozac Generation' (Review, 30 January) need clarification. Prozac is an anti-depressant. Valium is not. Valium may, under certain circumstances, cause physical dependence. Prozac does not.
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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London