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STAR TRACKS 6

Rod Stewart rocks the cradle. Will Smith hoops it up at a high school fund-raiser. Eric Stoltz meets the family Fonda, and more

UP FRONT

42 Michael Jackson may not be Dangerous or even Bad, but allegations of child abuse and confessions of addiction to painkillers lead to confusion about where the superstar’s career can possibly go next

48 Joey Buttafuoco is sentenced to six months in jail for bedding down an underage Amy Fisher

50 Outspoken political operative Ed Rollins helped Republican Christine Todd Whitman become New Jersey’s first female governor, but his boasts about the tactics he used could cost her the job

52 Inviting guests to her adopted daughter’s christening, Michelle Pfeiffer and her fiancé, David Kelley, add a surprise: their wedding!

HEIRS 57

Michael Landon Jr., carrying on a family tradition, stars in Bonanza: The Return, in a role that shadows his strained relationship with his father

PAGES 63

Both in life and in his controversial new book, The Culture of Disbelief, law professor Stephen Carter longs for more respect for religion

CONTROVERSY 67

Two months after his 60 Minutes segment blasted modern art as “worthless junk,” Morley Safer is still doing battle—with the art critics

TUBE 73

With the death of her beloved brother, Lance, rapper and Living Single actress Queen Latifah struggles to regain her former buoyancy

ON THE MOVE 76

Newsman Ed Gordon, a ubiquitous presence on cable’s Black Entertainment Television, is rapidly taking a place among Washington media heavies

COUPLES 81

No, the devil didn’t make him do it, but actor Wings Hauser has made room in his heart—and on his sailboat—for The Exorcist’s Linda Blair

TEACHER 85

When an alleged drug dealer toting an assault weapon took refuge in his New Jersey school, principal George Hirschberg ran him right out again

TO THE TOP 87

Bell Atlantic CEO Ray Smith may be creating the country’s largest company on the information superhighway

HAPPY 91

No Mr. Right doesn’t mean no children for Susan Ruttan and a growing number of single, adoptive, celebrity mothers

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? 97

The hippie funnymen of Firesign Theatre light up again with a new CD and a national tour

WINNERS 100

San Francisco votes to allow police officer Bob Geary to keep working with his wooden sidekick. Brendan O’Smarty

FLASH 102

Since her appearance in Blind Melon’s hit video, 10-year-old Heather DeLoach has made a beeline for cult status as the Bee Girl

ON LOCATION 106

With the TV movie There Are No Children Here, Oprah Winfrey, talk show host and force of nature, tries to shed a little light on the plight of very troubled inner-city kids

RECOVERING 115

After a hellish ordeal as a captive in Somalia, chopper pilot Michael Durant savors a joyful homecoming

ON THE JOB 123

Brazil’s Amazon jungle has everything: Indians, gold miners, prostitutes—and Avon ladies

SEQUEL 129

Writer Deb Price explores the ins of being out in the first nationally syndicated weekly column on gay life

IN COURT 133

After more than a year of silence, 13-year-old Desiray Bartak slaps a civil suit on the man who sexually abused her

FAREWELL 138

H.R. Haldeman, who took a fall for Richard Nixon during Watergate but couldn’t prevent the President’s disgrace, dies at 67

INTRODUCING 141

Move over, Bert and Ernie: male-dominated Sesame Street has a zesty new female kid on the block, a thoroughly modern Muppet named Zoe

AT EASE 144

Back on PBS in Cooking with Master Chefs, Julia Child hosts a lively lunch in her Cambridge, Mass., kitchen

MAIL 4

PICKS & PANS 9

THE INSIDER 41

D.C. BUZZ 70

PASSAGES 105

PUZZLER 118

CHATTER 148