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MAIL 4

PICKS & PANS 7

TAKE ONE 25

STAR TRACKS 106

CHATTER 108

ON THE COVER 50

The furious debate over surrogate parenting approaches a climax in the tragic case of Baby M and her contending mothers, Elizabeth Stern and Mary Beth Whitehead, but for other kids trapped in legal limbo, the trouble is just beginning

UP FRONT 26

As the historic 100th Congress gains momentum, the institution’s dramatic past is thrown into high (and sometimes comic) relief

Blasting TV’s pricey new interactive toys, critics are taking aim against Captain Power, the Moto Monsters and, soon, maybe even good ol’ Teddy Ruxpin

SCREEN 42

Unmasked at last! It’s Robert Englund, the killer of Nightmare on Elm Street 3!

JOCKS 48

High-flying Tony Hawk, 18, defines the state of the art in the hot sport of skateboarding

STAGE 61

The story of Eugene O’Neill’s tempestuous widow, Carlotta, takes Barbara Gelb on a long and arduous journey into playwrighting

BODY 65

At West Point, self-defense instructor Marian Rockwell teaches a course nicknamed “kill and maim”

SONG 68

Rock mama Chrissie Hynde packs up her band and babies for a U.S. tour

IN HIS OWN WORDS 77

Psychotherapist Jerry Rothman warns that bereaved brothers and sisters may be emotionally shattered by the death of a sibling

SPIRIT 82

In Tutwiler, Miss., a one-doctor town, the sick call for Sister Anne Brooks

COUPLES 90

Far from being a prince, Princess Stephanie’s latest consort is a man with a considerable past

COPING 95

Iowa deejay Saul Lubaroff suffers a rare disorder that makes him say the damnedest things

ON THE MOVE 101

The hottest numbers in video—including all of Janet Jackson’s—have been choreographed by 23-year-old Paula Abdul