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The rare violin is known as the Lipinski and was on loan to the lead violinist Frank Almond

Who are the superdelegates?

Meet Jason Rae. He is 21 years old, and a student of history and political science at a university in Wisconsin. And he could decide the next President of the United States (which is why Barack, Bill and Hillary are being so nice to him)

Gary Gygax: Creator of Dungeons & Dragons

You are walking down a dark, dungeon corridor. The air is dank and unpleasant and rats scurry across the floor. Twenty metres further on, you come to a wooden door in the lefthand wall that has "Keep Out" written on it in blood. From the other side of the door you can hear scratching sounds and whispering voices. Ahead, a skeletal figure armed with a sword and shield advances towards you out of the gloom.

The Third Leader: When the going gets tough...

Democrats in Hawaii and Wisconsin have chosen Barack Obama as their candidate for US President, in both states by convincing margins. Almost worse news for Hillary Clinton than her latest losses, however, was the pollsters' number-crunching that followed. Mr Obama had been expected to sweep Hawaii, the state where he grew up. In Wisconsin, however, Mrs Clinton was thought to have more than an even chance.

Obama scores 10 to zero with big win in Wisconsin and Hawaii

Barack Obama decisively won the Wisconsin primary last night as well as caucus voting in Hawaii, leaving his opponent for the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton, if not quite in the dust then certainly battling the perception that her once formidable campaign has started to fade.

Obama erodes Clinton's core vote as Democrat deadlock is broken

With eight straight victories in a row, Barack Obama has streaked ahead of his rival Hillary Clinton in his once unlikely campaign to become the next Democratic challenger for the US presidency.

Rupert Cornwell: This could go all the way to a floor-fight at the convention

Could the razor's edge contest between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama hinge on the two "primaries that never were" – last month's contests in delegate-rich Michigan and Florida that the Democratic National Committee refused to sanction?

Peter Benka: Leading amateur golfer

Peter Benka, golfer, administrator and stockbroker: born Harrow, Middlesex 18 September 1946; married 1971 Pam Tredinnick (one son, one daughter); died Chiddingfold, Surrey 27 November 2007

American Football: Brady's pinpoint passing delivers for Patriots

The New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers advanced in the National Football League play-offs with victories in second-round games on Saturday night.

Edwards joins Democratic race for presidency

John Edwards, the Democrats' defeated vice-presidential candidate in 2004, is launching a second run for the White House, bolstered by strong ties to the labour movement and his position as the party's only serious candidate from the South.

Hammond should be 'back to his old self' within six months

Just over a week after he was injured in a 300mph dragster crash, the Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond left hospital yesterday with an upbeat forecast of his chances of making a full recovery.

Caudwell rings up £1.3bn from Phones4U sale

The tycoon John Caudwell yesterday netted £1.3bn from the sale of his mobile phones empire to the private equity firms Doughty Hanson and Providence Equity Partners.

Barbara Epstein

Founder and co-editor for 43 years, with Robert Silvers, of 'The New York Review of Books'

Archer aim fails on the brink of immortality

When your surname is Archer you might hope that something deep within your ancestry would stir itself when you are called on to take aim at immortality. Alas, the six-footer that would have earned an everlasting place in the record books as the first 59 on the European Tour agonisingly popped off the wire.

I walked out of Jamaica camp, claims King

Marlon King claims it was his decision to leave the Jamaica squad to face England this weekend and said he still hopes to represent his country in the future.

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