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Liang Lianchun sells turtles—and she\'s got the bite marks on her wrists to prove it. In the grocery section of a Wal-Mart in north Beijing, the 25-year-old beckons shoppers to stop at her tidy little stand at the foot of an automatic ramp. She hasn\'t had many takers today, but says she\'ll sell about 20 in the course of a weekend. The turtles, $12 a piece, are drained of their blood and, if the customer wants, the blood is made into a drink with Chinese fermented rice wine. \"Good for...

Seattle Reigns

WARD DUFT MOVED TO SEATTLE IN THE SPRING OF 1991 AND HE liked it right away, even though it was all a mistake. He arrived at the wheel of a 1978 Volkswagen with two friends and all the gear they'd need to spend a summer fishing in the Gulf of Alaska. They left Raleigh, N.C., and drove for two weeks, arriving just two days after the fleet had left for the season. No problem! It was the day that spring that the sun was shining; the mountains loomed across the dappled bay and on the corner you...

Hell Week

THE RESORT TOWN OF CORONADO HAD settled down for the evening. A strand jutting just across the bay from San Diego, Calif., Coronado was the ultimate in exclusivity. All week, yachts competing in the America's Cup trial races had sailed off Point Loma. Late diners finished their pricey meals at the historic Hotel Del Coronado, where the movie "Some Like It Hot," with Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe, had been filmed. It was Sunday, 9 p.m.KABOOOOOOOM! From the south side of the strand came the...