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Drug Raid

You don't hear much about Austrian Nordic skiers in America for two reasons: they're Austrian and they're Nordic skiers. Maybe, possibly, you've read a story about Austrian alpine skier Hermann (the Hermannator) Maier, who bronzed in Monday's Giant Slalom.

Sex and the Single Baby Boomer

More middle-aged people than ever are single, and they're finding the rules have changed. STDs and Internet dates. Aging bodies and kids at home. Who knew?

Remember Me as a Writer, Not a Survivor

My oncologist's nurse found out I was a writer. "You must keep a journal!" she said. "I have nothing to say on this subject. I have no comment .""But it could help other women.""I don't care about them," I said.That was true enough in the first few months after I discovered I had ovarian cancer, but what I didn't say was that writing had long ago lost its glow.

Sex & Love: The New World

More middle-aged people than ever are single, and they're finding the rules have changed. STDs and Internet dates. Aging bodies and kids at home. Who knew?

Money: Give Me A (Tax) Break!

Funny how congress keeps ranting about the need to streamline the income-tax code. Yet whenever legislators hunker down in the back rooms with lobbyists, they make things worse.

Holiday Countdown

The reason we loved holidays is kids isn't just because we got all those presents. It's because we didn't have to do anything! Children don't have to stay up writing cards while baking 12 dozen cookies for 13 different social events and wrapping gifts between batches.

Technology: High Speed On The Go

Sorry, but your mobile phone is so yesterday. When it comes to the most coveted wireless gadget, it's no longer the slimness of the handset that matters but the speed of the network.

Love Me, Love My Hogs

John Price is six feet tall and ruggedly handsome. With a quick wit and successful career, the 35-year-old bachelor would be a prize on the urban dating circuit.

The Gospel According to Anne

Sometimes Anne Rice won't leave her bedroom for days on end--and neither would you. Glass doors open onto a terrace that looks over the red-tiled roofs of La Jolla, Calif., to the Pacific Ocean.

Harriet's Hail Mary

For 25 years, Tom Rath has been the Bush family's New Hampshire go-to guy: an affable lawyer, member of the Republican National Committee--and prize catch for any would-be contender in the GOP's next presidential race.

A Movie Classic For a New Age

Given his fondness for movies, it's not surprising that Reed Hastings thinks about the future of home entertainment in terms that sound like they're drawn straight from "Star Wars." The story line, according to the founder of the DVDs-by-mail pioneer Netflix, goes something like this: as DVDs slowly give way to online movies, consumers will face a stark choice.

Just The Ticket

Given his fondness for movies, it's not surprising that Reed Hastings thinks about the future of home entertainment in terms that sound like they're drawn straight from "Star Wars." The story line, according to the founder of the DVDs-by-mail pioneer Netflix, goes something like this: as DVDs slowly give way to online movies, consumers will face a stark choice.

GETTING MORE BRRING! FOR YOUR BUCK

Sure, e-mailing drunken photos from your cell phone can be fun. But not when you're blowing your semester's budget on the bill. To save, follow these tips:^ Go for a deal that lets you rack up daytime minutes, since you're not likely to limit your calls to nights and weekends.

MAIL CALL: PROTECTING YOUR PRIVACY IN A DIGITAL W

For some readers, our July 4 cover story on identity theft hit all too close to home. One who said the article "brought back bitter memories of my brush with this crime" added that his "worst experience was the callous attitude shown by the local police and my bank, which allowed my checking account to be drained of all my money." For such reasons, many readers suggested new legislation mandating stiff penalties for banks and credit-card companies. "If companies are not held financially liable...

QUICK READ

Why Business People Speak Like Idiots: A Bullfighter's Guide by Brian Fugere, Chelsea Hardaway and Jon WarshawskyAnyone who's read a corporate report knows how boring business jargon can be.

BOUND, TORTURED, KILLED--AND CAPTURED?

He called himself BTK--short for "bind, torture and kill." It was a gruesomely accurate description of the serial killer's method of murder. For more than three decades, he remained at large in and around Wichita, Kans., where investigators say he took the lives of at least eight people, and possibly two more.

MONEY: THE TOUGH NEW JOB HUNT

Robert Reid is looking forward to spending his upcoming 50th birthday at work. After 19 months of unemployment and more than 1,000 applications, he landed the job he wanted, as a technician for a Silicon Valley firm. "My biggest birthday present is going to be sitting at my desk," he says.

Living Politics: The 'Media Party' Is Over

Now the AMMP is reeling, and not just from the humiliation of CBS News. We have a president who feels it's almost a point of honor not to hold more press conferences--he's held far fewer than any modern predecessor--and doesn't seem to agree that the media has any "right" to know what's really going in inside his administration.

'I'M GOING TO LEARN'

It was a little after 7 p.m. on election night 2004. The network exit polls showed John Kerry leading George Bush in both Florida and Ohio by three points.

Extreme Measures

One boy's struggle to lose weight and the new surgical procedure he hopes can save his life

MAIL CALL: YASIR ARAFAT'S LONG AND COMPLICATED LE

Readers wrote of renewed hope for Mideast peace with the passing of Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat, profiled in our Nov. 22 cover story. One lamented his methods. "How could Arafat's policies of teaching hate in schools and preaching a culture of death to the youth possibly establish the future for a real state?" Another speculated on his people's reactions. "They are crying because he took $3 billion of their money to the grave or left it to his wife.

FACE TO FACE

The BC04 high command, Karl Rove and Karen Hughes and their top aides, watched the first debate on TV monitors set up inside a racquetball court at the University of Miami's Wellness Center.

TALKING THE TALK

The BC04 high command, Karl Rove and Karen Hughes and their top aides, watched the first debate on TV monitors set up inside a racquetball court at the University of Miami's Wellness Center.

Exorcising the Demons

For a sign of how fired up Florida's voters are on Election Day, consider Eddie Denson. He arrived at First Methodist Church of South Miami at 5 a.m.--two hours before the polls opened--as a half-moon gleamed in the velvet night. "I didn't want to be caught in line," said Denson, 42, a law-enforcement officer. "I have to get to work shortly."He was soon joined by other early-risers equipped with lawn chairs and books to pass the time.

SWIMMING UPSTREAM

For shopaholics, the village of Freeport, Maine, spells danger. The main street is lined with merchants offering all manner of temptations, from $285 Allen Edmonds shoes at one end to the $2,500 Thos.

A CLEAN COUNT?

It's just about impossible to stop Claude Hawkins from voting. The 24-year-old supply store clerk from Kansas City, Mo., was so enthusiastic about this year's election that he registered to vote three times, just to make sure his application wasn't lost.

Perspectives

"This will be Arkansas if you don't vote." Text from a Republican National Committee mailing sent to Arkansas and West Virginia residents stating "liberals" would seek to ban the Bible if elected"I've never seen anything like it.

RED STATE, BLUE STATE: IT'S ALL IN THE FAMILY

No president since Abraham Lincoln has had to put up with so much personal abuse as has George Bush.""The only thing Bush has in common with Lincoln is his party.""You and others who believe as you do are so far out, there is no logic of any type that can prevail.""I can only conclude that you live behind a huge wall of denial.

McGreevey: Affair to Regret

HE WANTED TO CLEAN UP POLITICS IN THE JERSEY CAPITAL. IT DIDN'T WORK OUT THAT WAY. A SERIES OF SCANDALS, AND A GAY SECRET LIFE, CUT JAMES MCGREEVEY'S CAREER SHORT

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