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Seeing A Virtual Shrink

When Rita Lowitt, a Berkeley marriage and family therapist, isn't meeting clients in her office, she's treating them from home. Some nights, she might comfort a nervous new mom.

MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL...

It's more than fitting that Bill Clinton announced recently that he won't make a trip to North Korea before leaving office, explaining that time was too short to hammer out an agreement to curtail that country's missile program.

The Hawk Takes Flight

It's Saturday morning at Ariel Sharon's ranch, and the buoyant candidate for prime minister is calling for his maps. Political advisers wander in and out of the kitchen taking instructions, entreating him not to say too much in his interview. "We can't find the maps," complains Omri, Sharon's 36-year-old son, who runs his election campaign and is starting to assume the burly dimensions of his father.

Second Coming

To most Mexicans, their new straight-talking, cowboy-boot-wearing, 6-foot-4-inch president is a practical businessman who will dedicate himself to fighting crime and poverty.

Maybe It's Not The Economy...

We are now testing a cardinal rule of American politics: that a presidential election is essentially a referendum on the economy. If the economy is thriving, then the incumbent party keeps the White House.

The Lessons Of History:Elections Are At Stake

The 1936 presidential election was fought over Social Security. Late in the campaign, the Republican candidate, Alfred M. Landon, a good man, made a bad mistake attacking the new program as "unjust, unworkable, stupidly drafted and wastefully financed," its contributory features "a cruel hoax." Kenneth S.

On The Other Side

The Sydney that Olympics visitors will see is at first glance so breathtaking that its own residents seem fixated on its reflection in the harbor. It's like a 19th-century utopian experiment that worked, a mesmerizing urban Xanadu.

The New Power Breakfast

Forget Wheaties. In corporate America these days, the breakfast of would-be champions is dog food. Or so it seems, given the current popularity of the phrase "eating your own dog food." Like the hair of a shedding pooch, it's everywhere, showing up in newspaper headlines, computer-industry magazines and executive sound bites. "It's important for us to eat our own dog food," a spokesman for Internet consultant iXL Enterprises was quoted saying recently.

Decoding The Human Body

The Secrets Of Life: It Is The Most Expensive, Most Ambitious Biology Mission Ever. The Human Genome Project, At $250 Million And Counting, Is Biology's Moon Shot.

Darling, It'll All Be Yours--Soon

The inheritance boom is quietly reshaping how we think about death. Only a few decades ago, most Americans didn't own enough to worry much about what they left behind.

A High-Tech Accounting?

We may have gotten a small foretaste last week of the endgame of the Internet investment boom. The hallmark of any boom is unbridled confidence, which conceals and condones practices that--in a less giddy climate--would seem sloppy, unethical or illegal.

Om On The Range

The landscape around Alto Paraiso (which means Upper Paradise in Portuguese) offers dramatic waterfalls and rugged hiking trails. But most people come to flex their minds.

Let The Show Begin

Back in the 1890s Thomas Edison predicted that the phonograph he'd invented and the moving pictures he was tinkering with would combine to provide high-class home entertainment for the wealthy.

Starting Over Again

Soldiers began to drill one day last week in the center of Abuja. Squads of men representing all the Nigerian service branches wheeled and stamped as their officers barked out commands.

Sunrise--Or False Dawn?

What we know about the global financial crisis is that we don't know very much. At every stage, it has surprised. Hardly anyone saw it coming in mid-1997.

It's Time To Open The Doors Of Our Prisons

Americans, once so kind-hearted, have become lusty punishers. Since President Nixon's "war" on crime, the public has become increasingly intolerant of wrongdoers, a group with no lobbyists or spin doctors to look out for them.

The Friendly Virus

A digital contagion has brought John Sculley to his knees. The former head of Apple Computer is kneeling at the side of Eyal Gever and watching the 28-year-old founder of an Israeli start-up called Zapa.com demonstrate his latest software.

Why I Am Not A Manager

In 1997, reports the Labor Department, there were 18 million executives, managers and administrators in the United States. I am not one of them. I have never "managed" anyone or anything.

Kubrick's View

A naked woman stands before a mirror, her back to the camera. She is swaying softly to the sounds of Chris Isaak singing, "Baby done a bad, bad thing." Her head with its tousled red curls is lilting to the twanging guitar, her eyes fixed on her long, curved body, which we see reflected in the mirror.

Death In The Mountains

For Philip True, Mexico was not just another stopover in a career as a foreign correspondent. It had become his home. And it was there that the 50-year-old American, a man who never abandoned the values he had embraced in the 1960s, indulged his two passions: writing about the poor and hiking into the jagged reaches of nature.

How We Work Now

Trailblazers: They're freelancers and entrepreneurs, low-key bosses and border surfers of the global marketplace. Some work for big corporations, some work only for No. 1.

Denver's No-Flash Back

HE HAD HIS FIRST TASTE OF football stardom at the age of 8 when he earned the nickname ""Boss Hogg'' as a bowl-'em-over running back on a Pop Warner team in San Diego.

The Sporting Life

Rupert Murdoch is a sports fanatic. No, you won't find the media tycoon hanging over the rail at a horsetrack, rolled program in hand, or screaming with the lager louts at a football match. (He was reportedly last seen inside a British football stadium in the 1970s.) Murdoch's love for sports is purely financial.

All I Want For Christmas. . .

. . .is a slinky dress to fondle and a Welshman singing Handel. A David Niven movie, Dusty Springfield sounding groovy. And a tape of Anna K. and some cool CDs to play.

Surgeon, Drop That Scalpel

IT HAS BEEN A CENTURY OF MEDICAL WONDERS. Vaccines have all but vanquished such killers as polio and diphtheria. We've learned to control our moods, fertility and blood pressure with pills.

Will He Get Up?

AT 5 A.M. THE ONLY LIGHT OUTside is the neon haze hovering over the nearby Vegas strip. Mike Tyson fairly bounds through the gates of his sprawling estate on the hilly outskirts of the city and takes off into the darkness.

The Day The World Shuts Down

Drink deep from your champagne glasses as the ball drops in times square to usher in the year 2000. Whether you imbibe or not, the hangover may begin immediately.

Gamers

THE BIG QUESTION for multiplayer online gaming sites last year was "How much will people pay to play?" Now that the major services--Mplayer, Total Entertainment Network (TEN), Engage--are up and running, each has devised a slightly different way of dipping into your pocketbook.

Dreaming Of A Green Christmas

Last summer Hollywood executives released too many movies, took a beating and promised to change their ways. So how did they spend their Christmas vacation?

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