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'A mother is supposed to know': Sue Klebold on living with the memory of Columbine

One of the first things Sue Klebold does when we meet is apologise for her lack of hospitality. We are at a hotel in Denver rather than her home, not for want of congeniality on the 66-year-old’s part, but because, once you have been the target of large-scale hatred, it is never a good idea to let on where you live. Klebold looks like the last person on Earth for whom this designation might apply – a retired college administrator and community stalwart who describes herself as living a “nice little modest life”. Nonetheless, for the last 17 years, she has been a woman forever on the cusp of a dreadful public encounter. “I can be in a doctor’s waiting room and still hope they call me by my first name, rather than shout out Mrs Klebold,” she says. “Every time I meet someone and give my name, there’s a moment of hesitancy where I watch their face very closely. They may say, ‘Gee, why does that sound so familiar?’”

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Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards: 'In this election, Roe v Wade is on the ballot'

It can be said with some confidence that televised hearings of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, an investigative body dedicated to upholding congressional standards, do not generally break audience records.

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Why self-proclaimed 'type A' personalities are overachieving monsters

One of the things you get used to, when you live in New York, is encountering a large number of people who preface their statements with this phrase: “I’m a type A personality, so...”

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Astronaut Chris Hadfield: In space 'you recognize the unanimity of our existence'

He captured our imagination with a zero gravity cover of David Bowie's Space Oddity, but Chris Hadfield's time in space was a multi-facted, 'enriching' experience. The astronaut and Twitter phenomenon talks to Emma Brockes about the wonder of spacewalking and why he'll never look as good as Sandra Bullock in a spacesuit

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Stephen King slams 'Twilight' franchise as 'tweenage porn'

Bestselling horror novelist dismisses Stephenie Meyer series and 50 Shades phenomenon, but praises JK Rowling

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