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ON THE COVER 70

Six years after shocking allegations closed their school and brought about their arrest, Raymond Buckey and his mother, Peggy McMartin Buckey, are acquitted of most charges of sexually abusing small children, convincing their angry accusers that justice is blind

UP FRONT 30-40

Gone quietly, without the fanfare of a show-business funeral, Barbara Stanwyck dies at 82, demonstrating by her absence the meaning of presence

Rock and roll honored its greats, including The Who, Hollywood honored its Who’s Who; afterward, everyone treated themselves to some serious partying

An alleged weakness for women and drugs—specifically ex-model Rasheeda Moore and cocaine—led District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry into a humiliating bust that may put an end to his political career

TROUBLE 43

Marvelous Marvin Traub, Bloomingdale’s chairman, battles to keep his fashion flagship afloat as its overextended Canadian owner submerges in Chapter 11

TUBE 51

Starring in an unforgettable American tragedy, L.A. Law’s Blair Underwood plays doomed civil rights worker James Chaney in TV’s Murder in Mississippi

HERO 63

Laszlo Tökes, the outspoken Romanian pastor who helped topple Ceausescu, makes a dramatic return to his hometown church

ROYALS 69

Kept under wraps back home in England, Princess Beatrice does a snow job on royal watchers while on holiday with mother Fergie in Switzerland

IN THE MONEY 83

Seattle’s Jerry Larsen got his family business off the ground when he began selling aerial photos of private homes

COUPLES 89

Novelist Ann Beattie, high priestess of angst and ennui, met her match in painter Lincoln Perry; together, they could write (and illustrate) the book on love

HAPPY 97

Former CBS correspondent Jane Wallace swaps her on-the-go news career for single parenthood with a newly adopted baby boy

MAIL 4

PICKS & PANS 7

INSIDER 29

PASSAGES 57

CHATTER 100