'Good Samaritan' Laws and Drug-Overdose Victims

Experts say witnesses of drug overdoses, often users themselves, are afraid to call for help for fear of being prosecuted. Two states now offer immunity for persons who summon emergency assistance, and more are considering it.

Exclusive: Drew Peterson Talks

Under investigation for the disappearance of one wife and the death of another, former police sergeant Drew Peterson tells NEWSWEEK he's anxious for the case to wrap up.

Toddler served margarita in sippy cup

Elisa Kelly thought she was doing the right thing when she bought $340 worth of beer and liquor for her 16-year-old son and more than 20 of his friends. In exchange for the booze, Kelly's son agreed that all his pals would sleep over at his birthday party.

Mean Greeks: DePauw's Sorority Scandal

With membership declining, and the sorority acquiring a campus rep for being more brainy than beautiful, the national officers of Delta Zeta embarked on a fall recruiting effort for their DePauw University chapter in Greencastle, Ind.

Halloween: Beware The Bugs

Here's something new to be scared about on Halloween: pumpkin fungi. August's high temperatures and excessive rain have rotted some 20 percent of the crop from the Midwest to New England.

The Drug War: 'The Best High They've Ever Had'

Street users call it drop dead, executioner, flat-liner, the exorcist, Al Capone, fefe, Teflon and diesel. Cops know it as a deadly mix of heroin and fentanyl, an anesthetic and painkiller far more potent than morphine.

Travel: Score Me a Pizza?

Ohmigod, like, who wants to visit some boring museum! To better serve the acne-and-braces set, some hotels are now offering "teen concierges" to advise their younger guests who are on family vacations.

International Periscope

Earlier this month a group of 23 suspected terrorists dug their way to freedom from a basement compound beneath the Political Security Office (PSO), Yemen's main intelligence service, in the capital of Sana.

Relationships: You Had Me at... 'Wow!'

All alone? if you need more homies, the solution may be as easy as Speed Friending. The service launched last March in New York and is expanding to other cities like Boston and San Francisco ( speedfriending.com ).

Middle Schoolers: Tragic Results From a Deadly Game

A gifted student and a soccer star, Colin Russell, 13, finished his homework, played with his dog and delved into a novel one afternoon this September. After dinner that evening, the Tacoma, Wash., eighth grader, whose mother and father are physicians, stepped into his bedroom closet, put a rope around his neck, tightened it and strangled to death.This was no suicide.

Swift Or Elegant?

This businessman spends about $1 million a year on corporate-jet travel. He's a 47-year-old suburban Chicago executive who likes to be able to fly almost anywhere in the United States for a meeting and be home in time for dinner.

Outdoors: Getting In Gear

Biking organizations are reporting a surge of two-wheeled commuters, crediting (or blaming) the jump in gas prices. But riding to the office for the first time can be a tricky.

SPEED OR ELEGANCE?

He spends about $1 million a year on corporate-jet travel. The 47-year-old suburban Chicago executive likes to be able to fly almost anywhere in the United States for a business meeting and be home in time for dinner with his family.

RED, WHITE & PROUD

What does it mean to be "the best"? In honor of Independence Day, NEWSWEEK launched a nationwide search for people and projects that exemplify American values.

'OUR FAMILY IS IN HELL'

It was no secret that Jerry Hobbs could be mean, especially if he'd had a few belts. This was a man who once stabbed a motorist in the belly for squealing his tires.

SWALLOWING A BITTER PILL IN ILLINOIS

Some Illinois pharmacists say the doctor doesn't always know what's best--or moral. The druggists are refusing to fill prescriptions for emergency birth control, known as the "morning after" pill.

The Brutal Price Of Justice

Joan Lefkow could have taken the easy way out. In 2003, the Chicago federal judge was presiding over a case involving white supremacist Matthew Hale, leader of the World Church of the Creator.

NEWSMAKERS

Q&A: Jeremy PivenJeremy Piven earned rave reviews as a hard-charging Hollywood agent in HBO's "Entourage," and now he's to star in "Lucky 13," a movie about the cutthroat world of bar mitzvahs.

APPEALING A REJECTION LETTER

When Kevin Hua, 18, got rejected by the University of California, Davis, a school he coveted--it felt like the end of the world. "I guess I cried a couple of times," he confesses.

The Witmer Sisters: 'She Had A Job To Do'

After Michelle Witmer was killed in combat in Iraq on April 9, her sisters, Charity, 20, and Rachel, 24--also members of the Wisconsin National Guard--agonized over whether to return to the war zone or ask for reassignment to noncombat positions (allowed by the military when a family member is killed).

PREACHERS AND PORN

Alone in his study at a church in suburban Dallas, Pastor Bernie Anderson toiled on his sermon. Searching for the proper message for his Seventh-Day Adventist flock, the preacher turned to the computer.

'A Tragic Accident'

Zachary Tran was at practice last Wednesday with his suburban Chicago soccer team when his mother, Michelle, saw him hanging on the crossbar of the large, metal goal.

Ads: Mmm, Junk Mail

The stuff that clogs your trash can is getting an image makeover. A new postal rule that goes into effect this week allows mass mailers to send out solicitations in just about any shape or size.

E-Mail: Before Clicking 'Send'...

If you flame, you might get burned. Angry about his wife's affair, Profirios Liapis sent 17 menacing e-mails to the other man, Plato Tzouzalis. Tzouzalis, a 38-year-old biochemist, says he was afraid to look at his computer screen. "I was terrorized," he says. "I would think, 'What kind of e-mail will I get today?'" An Illinois court found Liapis guilty of e-mail harassment last month, the first conviction under the state's anti-cyberstalking law.