A BELOVED BOOT KICKS OFF

Jeff Stultz is having a rough winter. As boot manager of the Army Navy Store in normally laid-back Anchorage, Alaska, Stultz has been cursed, harassed and harangued--and the season hasn't even hit its stride. The source of the rancor? A shortage of Sorel boots, a brand so revered in snowy climates that the name has spawned an almost cultlike following. Last summer Kaufman Footwear, the Canadian company that made the pricey rubber boots with a removable felt liner, declared bankruptcy, stopped...

An Earlier Att Spinoff Sputters

Lucent technologies burst onto the scene in 1996 and quickly became Wall Street's golden child. The telecommunications-equipment maker was the supplier of choice for one of the fastest-growing sectors of the economy. A year later, the company tapped Richard McGinn--an AT&T veteran so aggressive he once plunged into cold water to untangle his fishing line rather than lose his catch--to be its CEO. And McGinn managed to hook Wall Street. By 1999, Lucent's stock price had climbed to more than $77...

A Shark In Kid's Clothes

Jonathan Lebed was something of a legend at his high school in the leafy suburb of Cedar Grove, N.J., even before last week, when he became the first minor ever to be charged with stock fraud by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The 15-year-old possessed that most coveted brand of 21st-century schoolyard cachet: he knew how to make big money on the Internet. Famous for toting his black leather briefcase wherever he went, Lebed, who counts Bill Gates among his heroes and likes his friends...

Business Plan In A Can

Moving out to Silicon Valley without a business plan is like going to the beach without a swimsuit. While all your friends are whooping it up in the surging tides of the New Economy, you're stuck on dry land with nothing to talk about over the wine and cheese. The upshot: get an idea, fast. Of course, few of us have M.B.A.s to help us when the light bulb clicks. Which is why PlanWrite Business Plan Writer Deluxe ($99.95; 800-395-6682), a program that helps you crank out your own customized...

Berkeley's New Colors

It's the first week of school at the University of California, Berkeley, and Sproul Plaza, the campus's main thoroughfare, is bustling with the usual lunchtime crowd: protesters clanging garbage-can lids and plinking cowbells; upperclassmen blaring boomboxes; a jazz ensemble luring potential recruits with a Miles Davis standard. It's a portrait of diversity in every way but one: skin color. A disproportionate number of the students walking around Sproul are Asian-American. Amy Tang, a...

Aryan Nations In The Dock

It's Sunday morning at the Aryan Nations compound in Hayden Lake, Idaho, and Richard Butler is on his way to church. The 82-year-old leader of one of the nation's highest-profile white-supremacy groups stalks up the hill from his house, past the guard tower and the cook's shack with the giant swastika painted on the roof. He lingers for a moment outside the church, chatting with muscle-bound, tattooed skinheads in fatigues, who are smoking cigarettes just outside the door. As his congregation...

Gold In Them Thar Hills

When Bill and Betty Kerns decided to build the Big One, they came to Los Altos Hills, one of the hottest addresses in Silicon Valley. After carving out a small fortune in the high-tech world, the Kernses snapped up a 21-acre swath of land and hammered out plans to plunk a 7,000-square-foot, 1920s-style Spanish Colonial atop the ridgeline, where the views stretched from the San Francisco skyline down to San Jose in the south. The only hitch: almost as soon as they had drawn up the blueprints,...

Cyberscope

HOT PROPERTY Net Some Fish on the Net Two years ago the Museum of Science in Boston opened its "virtual fish tank" exhibit that let visitors create an animated fish complete with real-life behaviors. Last week the museum added an online component that lets you design your fish in the comfort of your home and release it into the museum's public tank. Go to the Web site . Designed as a lesson in fish interaction, you can control your fish's behavior by adjusting various sliding scales that...

She Hot-Syncs

Palm announced last week that it would team up with ubermodel Claudia Schiffer to create a signature-edition Palm Vx: metallic aqua blue with exclusive "lifestyle" software add-ons which are yet to be finalized. The message from Palm is that PDAs are more than just productivity tools for time-crunched executives; they can be fashion statements and lifestyle accessories. The news to us was that Schiffer uses a Palm PDA. "Of course she does," says a spokeswoman for Schiffer. "She has an...

More Options

It's official: "intern" is no longer a dirty word. In Silicon Valley's revved-up job market, summer schleppers are commanding the kind of big bucks usually reserved for loyal veterans. At a recent lunch of pizza and soda at Cisco Systems' San Jose, Calif., headquarters, CEO John Chambers told a group of 1,000 interns they would get 500 Cisco stock options each as a bonus for their summer service. "When he announced it you could hear a pin drop," says Katie Dahmen, a 20-year-old engineering...

Calling For Cola

In San Francisco--a city famous for its optimism about anything smaller, faster or smarter--wireless Internet technology is the talk of the town. So when industry heavyweights got together for the annual Unwired Universe conference here this week, you could cut the irrational exuberance with a knife. "The hype in this market is extraordinary, even by Silicon Valley standards," said one conference participant.Not that it's totally unreasonable. The value of wireless companies are going through...

Visions Of The Virgin

Ivan Dragicevic is getting mobbed. At the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic church in a suburb of Boston, people are lunging, straining to get their hands on him. "I'm a friend of Ivan's," claims a white-haired man jockeying to get closer; Dragicevic doesn't know him. Another man railroads his way through the congregation and pleads for a picture; Dragicevic demurs. Dragicevic's wife, a former Miss Massachusetts, is poised nearby as flashbulbs flicker. Ivan looks overwhelmed. An aide whisks him away...

Visions Of The Virgin

Ivan Dragicevic is getting mobbed. At the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic church in a suburb of Boston, people are lunging, straining to get their hands on him. "I'm a friend of Ivan's," claims a white-haired man jockeying to get closer; Dragicevic doesn't know him. Another man railroads his way through the congregation and pleads for a picture; Dragicevic demurs. Dragicevic's wife, a former Miss Massachusetts, is poised nearby as flashbulbs flicker. Ivan looks overwhelmed. An aide whisks him away...

Men Behaving Badly

Things are getting hairy at Basketball City. It's a recent playoff game in one of Manhattan's most popular corporate basketball leagues, and the elbows are flying. These bankers and traders, lawyers and brokers, are black and blue, many sporting "Rocky cuts" under their eyes. And now, after being smashed on the chin on a rebound, a man runs to the sideline in a rage, picks up a metal chair and chases his opponent around the court. He hurls the chair, but misses. On a bad night, not even the...

Ridiculously Premature Oscar Predictions

In a big studio year with no "Shakespeare in Love" lurking about, where's your surest bet for Oscar nominations? The best-actor category: Spacey, Carrey, Russell Crowe and Denzel look like shoo-ins. What's the buzz on the other noms? Out With the Old Warhorse directors (Kubrick, Scorsese, Reiner) struck out. New talents (Spike Jonze, David O. Russell, Sam Mendes) earned respect, and maybe a shot at noms. Which Tom Cruise? 'Eyes Wide Shut': Shut out. But don't pity Tom--he'll get a...

Closing In On A Tycoon

Three years after an Asian money scandal rocked Bill Clinton's re-election campaign, the Justice Department is closing in on Indonesian tycoon James Riady as the alleged "central figure" in a wide-ranging scheme to circumvent U.S. election laws. NEWSWEEK has learned that prosecutors, armed with details provided by Riady's top U.S. lieutentant, John Huang, believe they have enough evidence to charge Riady--and possibly some subsidiaries of his Lippo Group conglomerate--with funneling illegal...

A Moment For Flag Wavering

South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges has walked into the crossfire over a 138-year-old battle flag. Last week the South Carolina Baptist Convention and the state chamber of commerce both said the Confederate banner that flew at Bull Run--for many a symbol of the South's slave-owning past and civil-rights defiance--should be removed from the statehouse dome. Perhaps counting on that cover, Hodges called on the NAACP to end a flag-inspired boycott that's prompted 80 groups to cancel conventions and...

A Saint Hits The Road

It's not how most people spend their free time, but then, Victoria Torres isn't most people. Torres is a saint buff. And Saint Therese of Lisieux is her favorite subject. Last week Torres paid a visit to the French saint--to her bones, actually--at three separate New York churches. "I have a lot of things to ask her for," says Torres.New York is the latest stop on a tour that has taken the saint known as the "Little Flower of Jesus" across 14 countries on three continents. Roman Catholics can't...

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