Jason McLure

Keeping Up With Wi-Fi

During baseball season, the air at minor-league Raley Field in Sacramento, Calif., is filled with more than fly balls, cheers and the faint aroma of hot dogs and sauerkraut.

Controversy: Read, Write And Scout

Former Eagle Scout Clint Lawton stopped pursuing a business major when he learned that Brigham Young University offered a new major: Scouting. "I thought, 'Oh, you can get paid to do Boy Scouts?' "Gay-rights groups don't share his enthusiasm.

Tears Of Joy

Eight years ago Hillary Goodridge was kept outside a hospital room while Julie Goodridge, her partner of sixteen years, underwent an emergency Caesarian section on the other side.

Skiing: Six Percent Solution?

On Ira Dinkes's second day of snowboarding last winter, he broke his wrist. The injury rendered useless his $319 season lift pass at New Hampshire's Loon Mountain.

Digital 'I Do'

If you've ever gotten wild on the dance floor at a Boston wedding, there's a chance Andy was manning the microphone. Like any topnotch DJ, Andy's got a complete music library, enough sound equipment to get a party started and enough experience to know just when to unleash "YMCA." But those skills will cost you: he charges $140 an hour.

U R Hereby Fired!

Thought those instant-message flirtations you sent at work were private? Think again. Initially the domain of teenagers unsatisfied with gossiping on the phone, IM use is burgeoning at the office.

Home School: The Ring

Among high-school rites of passage, it ranks right up there with the prom and the SAT: getting a class ring. And as more students are being home-schooled, they're starting to want rings, too.

Law: Don't Mess With Art

Artist David Phillips believes his art is in danger of being trashed. Not by reviewers, but by investment giant Fidelity. The company commissioned Phillips to create a sculpture park next to a Massachusetts office building, but after he was done Fidelity wanted to move one of the sculptures and alter a pathway.

Survival: Turn To The Tart

As hurricane Isabel drew nearer last month, Americans braced themselves by stocking up on batteries, water and... toaster pastries? While reviewing sales data, retailers like Wal-Mart and Giant Food discovered a surge in pre-hurricane Pop-Tarts sales; at BJ's Wholesale Club, they jumped more than 20 percent. "We were surprised," says a BJ's spokeswoman.

Periscope

TRADE Cotton, King of CancunWith the world on the warpath against farm subsidies, U.S. cotton was ripe for the pickin' at the WTO summit in Cancun. So why did the $3.2 billion subsidy program survive the talks unscathed?

Changing Habits

The magazine ad is hardly groundbreaking. An attractive, well-dressed young blond woman flashes her pearly whites at the reader; the text asks, "Why am I smiling?" The pastel color scheme and the soft lighting are presumably intended to convey a distinctly feminine air.

Periscope

AFRICAContinental Motives?On his whirlwind tour of Africa last week, President George W. Bush pledged $15 billion to fight AIDS, denounced the American slave trade as "one of the greatest crimes in history," toured a wildlife park, met with African leaders and publicly weighed sending troops to help suffering Liberians.

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