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George W Bush was once president of controversial Delta Kappa Epsilon

Wanted: Mr Wonderful

Last week, we asked where have all the single men gone? In fact, there is a surplus. So where are they hiding? ask Hester Lacey and Glenda Cooper

Yale looks pink dollar gift horse in the mouth

Yale University, the quintessentially Ivy League crucible of American academe, rarely objects to offers of money from generous benefactors. It pauses, however, when the dollars involved come in a bright shade of pink.

Letter: American ways to fund universities

Sir: In your report (1 May) on the university President Clinton's daughter is assumed to be attending this autumn, Stanford is referred as the "most expensive in the US", suggesting that it is a rich kid's university.

Obituary: Professor Lyman Spitzer

Lyman Spitzer, astrophysicist, plasma physicist, and visionary, had an enormous influence through his own publications, his interactions with students and colleagues, and perhaps most of all through his enthusiastic but hard-headed advocacy of government-sponsored space astronomy and thermonuclear research. The Hubble Space Telescope, launched in 1990 and now feeding back its staggeringly detailed images, was essentially Spitzer's brainchild.

Transformed Oxford to weather storm

BOAT RACE: Oxford are tipped to end Cambridge's run, but strong winds could beat them both, says Hugh Matheson

Chubb seeks key to takeover leak

Senior executives at Chubb Security have launched an internal investigation into the premature leak of news about their pounds 1.3bn agreed takeover by Williams Holdings, writes Richard Halstead.

Chubb price tag hits Williams shares

Williams shrugged off criticism yesterday that it was overpaying for Chubb as the market gave its agreed pounds 1.23bn takeover bid an initial thumbs- down by marking its shares sharply lower. Five years ago Williams narrowly failed to buy Racal, which then owned the locks and alarms group, for little more than half its latest cash and shares offer.

Williams focuses on the future

The Investment Column

Theatre: Knocking their spots off

Pulitzer prizewinning 'feminist' playwright Wendy Wasserstein discusses prejudice, polka dots and her latest play with Georgina Brown

Whatever will the Scots want next?

The return of the Stone of Scone, Scotland's historic symbol of sovereignty, 700 years after it was plundered by King Edward I highlights the auctioning of Scotland's history. Over the years, trunkloads of treasures and objects of historical value have been stolen or sold to the highest bidder.

The not so free lunch

The very rich are, of course, too worried about their silhouettes to eat at all; so are modern stars of stage and screen (in the old days, the Charles Laughtons and Edward G Robinsons, not to speak of innumerable Hungarians, carried weight as though to prove a point). It seems to me today that it is the middling rich who do all the eating, and it gripes me that they are the very people who seldom, if ever, actually pay for a meal.

This weekend 16 million lawns will be fussed, fed and fretted over

...but is the effort, and are the pesticides, really necessary? Anna Pavord extolls the virtues of the alternative, Freedom Lawn

Cox who gets things clear

Hugh Matheson talks to Todd Kristol, who will steer Oxford in the Boat Race

Stoves still on the boil

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The new hatched, matched and dispatched

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Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

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