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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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