Karen Breslau

Some Are Found, All Are Lost

First, the ferocious wind ripped off huge chunks of their roof. Then huge waves surged through the Lower Ninth Ward and forced Lisa Moore and Larry Morgan and their 10 children into the broiling heat of the attic.

CRACKING A HORRIBLE CODE

The spiral notebooks have brightly colored covers and look as though they might belong to a schoolchild. But police in San Jose, Calif., who seized the notebooks from the home of a suspected pedophile last week, say they contain the chilling records of a man who may be the most prolific child molester the country has ever known.

BOOKS: MERIT BADGES FOR LIVING

Not long before 9/11, Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas posted a motto on her refrigerator door: "Get busy living or get busy dying." The 38-year-old marketing executive, pregnant with her first child, had recently started work on a book encouraging women to pursue their dreams--no matter how outlandish--even as they struggled with the daily demands of children, marriage and career.

Bawdy First Lady

Who would have known? First Lady Laura Bush would have made a school librarian blush with her bawdy speech at last weekend's White House Correspondents' Association dinner.

NOT QUITE A WRAP

Like millions of California Democrats, Wendy Bokota voted for Arnold Schwarzenegger, even though he is a Republican. "I thought he could make a difference," she says.

The Arnold Sequel

Arnold Schwarzenegger's latest political road show begins with the requisite great visuals and humble-hero-against-the-forces-of-evil storyline. The opening scene features the California governor, standing in front of a mockup of the state Capitol.

BOOKS: ALL OF THE TELL-ALLS

It may take years for California courts to decide whether Scott Peterson will be executed for the murder of his wife, Laci, as a jury recommended in December, but one thing is certain: he won't lack for reading material while sitting in his cell. "Witness," the memoir by Peterson's former girlfriend Amber Frey, has been on the New York Times bestseller list for five weeks and is now in its fifth printing.

WELCOME TO GIRLS' STATE

In 1992, Christine Gregoire, then running for attorney general of Washington, made a pilgrimage to the offices of EMILY's List, the legendary fund-raising network for women candidates.

'I Feel Pain'

NEWSWEEK: Your book is out only four weeks after the trial ended. When did you write it?Amber Frey: It was definitely recently. I wasn't working on a book during the trial, nor was I working on the book when I was testifying.

GAY MARRIAGE: WITNESS AT THE WEDDING

I was skeptical when I headed to San Francisco's city hall on a drizzly Friday afternoon just before Valentine's Day. Mayor Gavin Newsom, then only six weeks on the job, had announced--to the surprise of even the gay community--that same-sex couples would be granted marriage licenses, effective immediately.

WHY WE WATCHED

Jamie Bailey came from Las Vegas. Adrienne Hensen was in from New York. Bill Winnegar drove from across town. "It just felt like the kind of news you wanted to hear with other people," explained the retired accountant, who joined the throngs in front of the courthouse in Redwood City, Calif., last Friday afternoon as word spread that the jury had reached a verdict in the Scott Peterson murder trial.

A HIKER'S NIGHTMARE

It started as a gorgeous fall hike in the Sierra Nevada. Under a blazing sun, Jeff Peacock, his father, Tom, and two friends headed into the Ansel Adams wilderness area near Yosemite, expecting to be home last Monday.

A Miracle In The Snows Of Montana

Last Wednesday, Wendy Becker and her family were planning a funeral for her 29-year-old-son Matt. That was after officials in Montana had announced that Matthew Ramige was one of five people who'd perished aboard a small plane that had crashed two days earlier into a mountainside south of Glacier National Park.

POLITICS: GREETINGS, COLUMBUS

There's not much Arnold Schwarzenegger can do to help George W. Bush in California: polls give John Kerry a double-digit lead. But he can have an impact in Ohio, which Bush strategist Karl Rove once called "ground zero" of the 2004 campaign.

Plea For Clemency

Since his tearful confession in a federal courtroom in Virginia two years ago, the world has heard nothing from John Walker Lindh, the young Marin County, Calif., man who provoked public outrage when he was captured alongside Taliban forces in November 2001.

SHE GLITTERS, BUT IS SHE REALLY GOLD?

Scott Peterson may have told Amber Frey he wanted her to play a big role in his future, but certainly not like this. Taking the stand last week in Redwood City, Calif., as the prosecution's star witness in Peterson's murder trial, Frey cut a more respectable figure than she had as the tabloid siren who had an affair with Peterson in the weeks before his wife, Laci, disappeared in December 2002.

HELPING HAND

It's 10:30 on a Friday night, and a group of California high-school seniors are having a "rap session" about getting into college. Asked by a counselor to describe what's going on as they prepare applications, they unload.

CALIFORNIA: ARNOLD OUTSHINES BUSH

It's not often a politician is so popular that people want to buy his spit. But a cough drop purportedly used and then discarded by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger--and retrieved from a trash can--was fetching more than $15,000 late last week on eBay. "I was kind of disappointed," Schwarzenegger joked to NEWSWEEK. "I thought it would go for $100,000."It's not hard to see why many California Republicans regard Schwarzenegger--rather George W.

A Rising Tide, Rocking Boats

Most Oregon voters have never heard of Rives Kistler. Unless they are legal junkies, they know little about the impressive resume of the justice who sits on the Oregon Supreme Court, who clerked for the late U.S. Supreme Court justice Lewis Powell and has been endorsed in next Tuesday's Oregon primary by nearly every major newspaper in the state.

The Nascar Lifestyle

What could a couple of Bay Area techies know about NASCAR dads? Enough to realize they represent a huge market--and to launch a magazine, American Thunder, to cater to the nation's estimated 75 million NASCAR fans.

Finally, First Lady

Maria Shriver leads a gaggle of reporters through the California State History Museum in Sacramento, proudly showing off her first official project, a new exhibit celebrating the "Remarkable Women" of the Golden State.

Cloning: Nine Lives + One

Can't spend enough on your pet? There's a new way to unload a fortune. For $50,000, Genetic Savings & Clone, a Sausalito, Calif., company, will offer cat owners a genetic replica of their pet later this year. (Dog cloning won't be available until 2005 at the earliest.) The company, which claims that five paying customers have signed on to receive cloned kittens in November, caused a stir two years ago.

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