Jesse Ellison

Closure: Harry Whittington

STARTING POINTIn February 2006, while hunting quail, Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shoots his friend, 78-year-old Texas lawyer Harry Whittington, in the face, spraying birdshot into his head, neck and torso.

Talking with Junot Diaz

Junot Diaz talks about authors and ethnicity, the universality of the Caribbean experience and how sweet it was to win the National Book Critics Circle Award (even if he wasn't there).

Containing Multitudes

Literary wunderkind Junot Diaz's debut novel, "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," just netted top honors with the National Book Critics Circle Award. He spoke to NEWSWEEK's Jesse Ellison.

Carbon's Future King

The Chicago climate Exchange is the world's first voluntary carbon credit market. Members get credits for reducing emissions and buy them if they fall short of pledged goals.

Film Explores Iran's Transsexuals

Transsexuals aren't a cultural marker typically associated with religiously inflexible dictatorships, but they are common in Iran—by some estimates, there are 150,000 Iranian transsexuals, and the country hosts more sex-change operations per year than any country outside Thailand.

Q&A: Poor Progress on Forests

The world's rainforests are deteriorating at an accelerating rate, but the Bali conference is only a baby step toward a solution. Renowned forest expert Thomas Lovejoy explains why the forests have gotten short shrift in the climate debate.

Proud As A Peacock

Talk about birds of a feather sticking together. This fall, ostrich, pheasant and even pigeon feathers are popping up on jackets, gowns, handbags and necklaces.

Security: Wiring the Ports

The prospect of terrorists' getting hold of nuclear weapons became a tangible fear in the weeks after September 11. As the United States scrambled to assess its weak spots, customs officials took a closer look at the nation's seaports, and shut them down.

The Cutest New Cops

China's Internet police force has come up with a new way to control Web surfers: adorable cartoon police officers that stand watch at the side of Shenzhen Web sites and bulletin boards--constant reminders that Big Brother is watching.