Karen Breslau

After The Mauling

A horrible crime, a stunning verdict, and unforgettable, Hollywood-defying cast of characters. In the end, the "dog trial"--as the Diane Whipple murder case came to be known--lived up to its billing.It didn't cause a culture-quake on par with O.

In Defense Of John Walker Lindh

When John Walker Lindh was captured in Afghanistan last December, he told reporters that he joined the Taliban because his "heart became attached to them." But according to documents his lawyers filed in federal court in Virginia on Friday, Lindh actually feared his comrades more than he loved them.

Bill Who?

It was just after Christmas, and things were looking grim for Gray Davis. Tarnished by memories of rolling blackouts and a softening economy, the California governor's approval ratings were down to around 40 percent.His most recent splash in the national media had been a disaster: Davis announced that California's bridges, including the Golden Gate, had been targeted by terrorists, a claim later hooted down by law-enforcement authorities.

Lindh's Defensive Play

We've seen the videotape a thousand times: frail and filthy under a wild plume of hair, the wincing young captive is laid on a stretcher. Helping hands wrap him in a hospital smock.

No Bail For Lindh

John Walker Lindh hardly seems big enough to have become a legend in his own time. He is a slight young man: shorn of his beard and famous wild hair and battlefield soot, he looks more like a juvenile offender than a hardened terrorist.

Reporting On United Flight 93

Reporting in the early 1990s from Romania, Yugoslavia and the former Soviet Union, I thought I had seen my share of sorrow and human drama. But none of that prepared me for the emotional impact of covering United Airlines Flight 93.When I started working on the story in the days after September 11, my stomach was in knots.

Courage In The Air

Crash investigators say Madeline Amy Sweeney kept her composure almost to the very end. As terrorists seized the controls of American Airlines Flight 11, the flight attendant phoned a supervisor on the ground in Boston to give the alarm.

Looking Beyond The Dot Bomb

As signs of the times go, this one was hard to miss. At Stanford's Graduate School of Business in California last week, nearly a third of the companies that had signed up to recruit graduating M.B.A.s at the annual Growth Company Career Forum didn't bother to show.

As The Megawatts Turn

When Gray Davis became Governor of California two years ago, he planned to make education the centerpiece of his administration. Instead, he became an energy expert. "I know more about electricity than I ever wanted to know," he recently told a group of Wall Street analysts. "I could give a tutorial at any college in America." But all that wisdom wasn't enough to keep Professor Davis from being blindsided Friday, when Pacific Gas & Electric, the state's largest utility, filed for bankruptcy,...

Hounded By A Dog Attack

It was hardly your typical attorney-client relationship. Nearly every day San Francisco lawyers Robert Noel and Marjorie Knoller wrote doting letters to inmates Paul Schneider and Dale Bretches about the two dogs they were caring for on their behalf--the grilled-chicken sandwiches the pair gobbled as treats, where they went for walks, how many people stopped to tickle the rare Presa Canario mastiffs behind the ears.

Contractor's Delight W/Rm To Grow

Every growing family knows the problem: a couple of kids, some toys and, before long, it's time to add on. At least that's what Bill Gates's architect says in remodeling plans recently filed with the planning board in Medina, Wash., where Bill, wife Melinda and their two tots, Jennifer, 4, and Rory, 22 months, are apparently feeling cramped in their 48,160-square-foot, seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom digs.

Habla Ingles, Por Favor

;Even in a high-tech culture that celebrates eccentricity, Ron Unz is--to be polite about it--an unusual character. A Silicon Valley software mogul who studied theoretical physics and ancient history at Harvard, Unz ran unsuccessfully for California's GOP nomination for governor in 1994, when he was 31.

Another Civil Action

For three years, Jan Schlichtmann wandered the beaches and rain forests of Hawaii, trying to escape the case that made him famous. His failed prosecution of two companies accused of polluting the drinking water in Woburn, Mass., inspired the best-selling ecothriller "A Civil Action." But the 1986 trial also left the flamboyant young lawyer broke, and, he admits, "broken in spirit." A Boston judge had dismissed his case against one defendant on a technicality.

A Pol Feels The Heat

Even before a deranged man plowed his big rig into the state capitol last Tuesday, California Gov. Gray Davis wasn't having a good week. With his state's power supplies dwindling, Davis spent a frantic day in Washington, D.C., pleading for federal intervention.

Meet Nader's Traders

Cindy Layne wants Al Gore to win. That, says the Austin, Texas, financial consultant, is why she's voting for Ralph Nader. Her Gore "vote" will be cast some 1,700 miles away, in a suburb of Portland, Ore., by Charlie Levenson, a man she contacted last week through voteswap2000.com. "I was going to vote for Nader," says Levenson. "But then if Bush won, I would feel really terrible." Instead, Levenson will vote for Gore in Oregon, where the race is tied, while Layne racks one up for Nader in...

Take My Money, Please!

By any reasonable standard, Randy Pond has it all--a great job, a big house and millions in stock options. Until recently, says the 46-year-old Cisco Systems vice president, the hard part wasn't bringing in the money, but figuring out how to give it away.

Newt's New Cyberworld

Celia's, a Mexican restaurant in Palo Alto, Calif., is usually packed with the who's who of Silicon Valley: young dot-comers in black, venture capitalists and Nobel Prize winners in jeans.

Valley Of The Dollars

You've probably never heard of Halsey Minor, but Al Gore and George W. Bush know him well. The 34-year-old founder of CNET, a $4 billion Internet media company in San Francisco, has what politicians call a "good profile." Last year Minor gave $70,000 to Democrats; this year he has donated $50,000 to Republicans.

The Other Comeback Kid

As Hillary and Chelsea Clinton descended from the plane at Asmara, Eritrea--the last stop of a good-will tour to Africa--a group of costumed women on the tarmac began to ululate and dance in celebration.

Running On Fumes

WEARY AIDES TO AL Gore call it his ""Climate 101'' lecture. This week he'll give it once again--an apocalyptic recitation of the dangers posed by melting glaciers, rising oceans and skyrocketing carbon-dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere.

Destination Unknown

SUDDENLY SHE'S EVERYWHERE. ONE day it's Belfast to give a boost to the Northern Ireland peace process. The next it's Chequers--the country retreat of the British prime minister--where she and Tony Blair, joined by top aides from both governments, spend a day discussing their transatlantic agenda.

A Capital Cyber Clash

FOR SIDNEY BLUMENTHAL, NEWLY minted assistant to the president, it was not a good first day on the job. He arrived at his West Wing office one Monday last August to find the corridors abuzz about an item from that day's ""Drudge Report,'' the hip online gossip site.

California, Here I Come

THE YOUNG WOMAN AT Washington's National Airport was trying to get a seat on a packed US Airways flight to Martha's Vineyard. But like dozens of other Labor Day-weekend travelers, Chelsea Clinton was out of luck.