CHINA HITS THE ROAD

For decades, You Xiaoyi rode a bike to his job at a state-run factory in China. In the 1980s he upgraded to a Beijing public bus. But today You, 70, owns his own factory, and he's ready for the ultimate status symbol of China's accelerating middle class: a new car.

AUTOMOBILES: CHINA HITS THE ROAD

For decades You Xiaoyi rode a bike to his job at a state-run factory in China. In the 1980s he upgraded to a Beijing public bus. But today You, 70, owns his own factory, and he's ready for the ultimate status symbol of China's accelerating middle class: a new car.

MARTHA HOLDS OUT A HELPING HAND

As her sentencing date approaches, Martha Stewart is searching for a way to stay out of jail--or at least get out of jail early. NEWSWEEK has learned that Stewart will seek to serve all or part of her sentence helping underprivileged women start their own businesses.

Trailblazer By Design

Many fathers and sons bond over baseball. For Ed Welburn and his father, it was cars. Beginning when he was 2, Welburn and his dad would lie on the living-room floor of their Philadelphia home, scribbling away for hours.

BUSINESS: GETTING A BEAT ON BMW

In the image-conscious luxury-car business, BMW has always been the car to beat. The Ultimate Driving Machine doesn't sell the best, but it laps the competition when it comes to cachet.

TYCO TRIAL: IT WASN'T 'OK' AFTER ALL

A juror in the Tyco case did not flash an OK sign to the defense during deliberations, NEWSWEEK has learned. Juror Glenn Andrews told NEWSWEEK that his fellow juror Ruth Jordan "did not do that.

LAW: DEATH, OR LIFE IN A 'RUBBER ROOM'?

Will Charles McCoy Jr., the man arrested in the Ohio shooting spree, face the death penalty? It's not an easy call. McCoy, 28, who surrendered last Tuesday in Las Vegas after a brief manhunt, is no Beltway sniper.

ROLLING OFF THE LOT

Here's a sign of economic resurgence: it's OK again to drive a Rolls-Royce. When Rolls introduced the lusciously appointed Phantom a year ago, the car dazzled and daunted in equal measure.

MARTHA'S NEXT FIGHT: KEEPING HER JOB

Martha Stewart is working hard to stay out of prison. After a visit to the probation office last Monday (to submit a urine sample, among other things), she sped off to tell the directors of her $250 million company that they still need her as a "creative force." After all, her new line of garden merchandise is flying off shelves, and her Turkey Hill furniture is selling briskly. (Never mind that CBS dumped her TV show and advertisers are fleeing her magazine.) Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia...

SHELTER FROM THE STORM?

Chiara Edmands strolled the pastel aisles of Kmart in Manhattan last week, filling her shopping cart with Martha Stewart kitchenware. She knows the domestic diva was just convicted of four felonies at the federal courthouse a few blocks away.

Martha's Fall

SHE WAS ALWAYS THE MASTER OF MANAGING HER IMAGE. BUT IN THE COURTROOM, SHE WAS AT THE MERCY OF HER LAWYERS AND THE JURY. HOW TEAM MARTHA BLEW IT, AND WHAT'S AHEAD

The World According to Trump

JUST A DECADE AGO, HE WAS A PUNCH LINE, A COMBED-OVER RELIC FROM THE DECADE OF GREED. BUT HE'S BACK, AND BIGGER THAN EVER, THANKS TO HIS NEW HIT REALITY SHOW 'THE APPRENTICE.' WHY WE STILL LOVE TO OGLE HIS HOUSES, HIS HELICOPTERS AND HIS HAIR--AND TO HEAR HIM SAY: 'YOU'RE FIRED'

A DIVA IN DISTRESS

It had been almost three hours since the last break in the Martha Stewart trial. The marbled federal courtroom in Manhattan was stuffy and the jurors were restless.

THE SOFT SELL

During the third quarter of the Super Bowl on Sunday, 90 million viewers will get a break from the rough- and-tumble. A languid 60-second commercial will open with a middle-aged couple in side-by-side bathtubs on a mountain bluff, taking in a golden sunset.

MARTHA'S MAKEOVER

As Martha Stewart prepares to go on trial this month, she's carefully crafting a new, homespun image. Forget the high priestess of domesticity; she's now Martha From the Block.

DETROIT'S HOT BUTONS

In a darkened room deep inside Ford Motor Co.'s top-secret design studios, Elizabeth Baron slides behind the wheel of the $140,000 GT sports car. She adjusts her seat and reaches for the stick shift.

A New Campus Crusader

Growing up in Georgia, Mary Sue Coleman was caught in the school-desegregation battle. After the Supreme Court's landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling in 1954, hard-line segregationists threatened to padlock public schools before they would admit black students.

Sedan Begone

When he's on the road selling banking software, Mark Oliver of Houston typically rents a Ford Taurus. But recently he took a ride on the wild side: he splurged on a 2004 Cadillac DeVille.

Three For The Road

Robert Baller is an American everyman. The earnest 40-year-old software engineer works out of his stucco-style home in suburban Sacramento, Calif. He has a wife, a 13-year-old daughter and an 80-pound Labrador.

Road Test: Ford F-150

As I nosed the brawny Ford F-150 into a jammed parking lot before a Detroit Lions game, the attendant sighed. "It's getting harder and harder to fit big SUVs like yours in my lot," he griped.

A Rebel With A Car

Behold, the Nissan Quest. Awash in the glow from four skylights, the Quest was inspired, oddly enough, by the airy, contemporary homes of Frank Lloyd Wright and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

Road Test: Nissan Quest

I realized there was something different about the Nissan Quest when I drove it to my daughter's Saturday-morning soccer game. As we tried to leave after the match, we were blocked by a crowd of curious moms.

Business's Killer I.O.U.

With car sales surprisingly strong, J. T. Battenberg III, CEO of auto-parts maker Delphi Automotive, would like to expand his factories and hire some workers.

Chrysler Shifts Gears

Pity the poor Chrysler execs at the Frankfurt Motor Show this month. They traveled to Germany to show off their steroidal new 300C Hemi luxury sedan and wagon.

The Competition: Zero Is A Gm Hero

General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner is a pretty laid-back guy. But after Ford and Chrysler execs kept carping that GM was driving Detroit off a cliff with its zero percent financing deals, he decided he'd had enough.

Road Test - Infiniti Fx45

Sometimes a wheel is just a wheel. As I drove around in the Infiniti FX45, with its long nose and huge 20-inch wheels, reaction divided evenly along gender lines.

The Price Of Darkness

The Blackout's Toll On The Economy May Be Small And Short-Lived, Thanks To Resilient Consumers And Some Lucky Summer Timing

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