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A Thanksgiving Rebellion

The workers' rebellion ignited like a brush fire on Thursday morning. Incensed that some of their colleagues had been fired in recent days, Latino laborers at the Smithfield Packing Company's hog-killing plant in Tar Heel, N.C.

An Evangelical Identity Crisis

It was a cold Halloween in Colorado Springs--The high barely hit 27 degrees--as Dr. James Dobson went about his work last week on the sprawling Focus on the Family campus he built in the shadows of the Rockies.

Looking for a Lifeboat

As President George W. Bush jets across Red State America this weekend, Republican candidates are falling further behind Democratic rivals, according to the new NEWSWEEK poll.

For the Faithful, A Trying Time

In Florida, you drive North to reach the South. The "I-4 Corridor" is a Mason-Dixon Line in reverse. I crossed it the other day headed north out of bland, Disney-fied Orlando on a state road with four numerals--past the BBQ shack with palm trees in the dusty parking lot and the Brazilian "ground fighting" school, past orange groves and cow pastures, to the turnoff for the dog track.

In Rove's Footsteps

In a darkened edit room in downtown Dallas, admaker Scott Howell is tinkering with his latest political firebomb. The ad starts with illegal immigrants running across the border.

Dishing On Asia's Food

Dining is a joy in Singapore. And in Hong Kong, Taipei, Tokyo, Hanoi… And yet food criticism in Asia is, relative to the West, still in its formative stages.

Harvard Opts Out

While many educators fretted over Harvard's announcement last week that it was rescinding its Early Admissions policy, Azusa Pacific University stood firm.

Plastic Predicament

Credit-card debt has nearly tripled in the last two decades, leaving many Americans stuck in a sinkhole of fees and penalties. Who's to blame, irresponsible spenders or predatory lenders?

Perspectives

"I am not in any doping process." Tour de France winner Floyd Landis,' denying using any performance-enhancing substances after testing positive for high levels of testosterone."Wow!" Rusty Yates, after his ex-wife, Andrea, was found not guilty by reason of insanity; in 2001, she had drowned the couple's five children.

'Makes No Sense'

Why did the federal government cut the amount of antiterrorism money allocated to New York and Washington? The Department of Homeland Security announcement this week regarding the national distribution of $1.7 billion in grants has left many analysts puzzled—and, in some cases, angry—over what they see as startling anomalies.

Building Success

By the time Jonathan Reckford was 42, he'd crafted a corporate résumé that would inspire envy: he'd earned a Stanford M.B.A. and done stints at Goldman Sachs, Walt Disney and Best Buy.

Minimizing Your Risk

Research groups indicate that identity theft affected more than 9 million Americans last year. But despite those numbers, the revelation this week that the personal information of 26.5 million veterans had been stolen from the home of a Department of Veterans Affairs employee came as a shock.

Why Privacy Won't Matter

A friend takes your picture with her cell phone, and puts the phone back in her purse. But the gadget isn't dormant. It gets to work figuring out who you are, and sends that information, along with your precise location, to an organization that adds the data to a file it keeps on where you go and who you hang out with, as well as other things.

Speak It in Chinese, Hear It in English

Alex Waibel doesn't understand Chinese, but he can read street signs when in Beijing. A team of engineers led by Waibel at Germany's Karlsruhe University has developed a heldheld device called the Sign Translator.

The Good Life

The living room used to represent the showcase for style and comfort in a home. These days, the bathroom is quickly taking its place. New technologies and materials make it easy to linger ever longer.

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...

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