August 24, 2009 12:00 PM

21 SCOOP

Paula Abdul ponders her post-Idol options … Renée Zellweger and Bradley Cooper enjoy a summer fling … Chace Crawford gets cozy with a Twilight actress

58 COVER

Brad Pitt answers your questions! The family man talks about his kids, life with Angelina and his new film Inglourious Basterds

64 Less than two months after she filed for divorce, Kate Gosselin opens up about her complicated feelings for her ex, Jon, and her plan to turn over a new leaf

71 Julie & Julia costars Meryl Streep and Amy Adams dish about their favorite Julia Child recipes and playing foodies

78 John Hughes—the reclusive director of beloved ’80s films like The Breakfast Club, Weird Science and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off—dies suddenly of a heart attack at age 59 while visiting family in Manhattan

80 Mystery on the Taconic State Parkway: Friends and family refuse to believe that Diane Schuler—who drove onto a New York State highway the wrong way and killed eight people, including herself, her three young nieces, Emma, Alyson and Kate, and her own 2-year-old daughter Erin—was drunk and high on marijuana while behind the wheel

86 After years of drug abuse, arrests and a stint in rehab, Michael Douglas’s troubled son Cameron is arrested at a hotel in New York City for alleged drug trafficking

96 Eunice Kennedy Shriver—sister to President John F. Kennedy, mother of California First Lady Maria Shriver, and founder of the Special Olympics—dies at 88 at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, Mass.

98 Good Morning America news anchor Chris Cuomo talks about life as a family man at home in N.Y.C.

108 HEROES AMONG US

They deliver your mail—and save the day! These eight postal workers rescued people on their routes

113 Can dogs detect ovarian cancer? Researcher Michael McCulloch—and his five canine lab workers—are trying to find out

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE

MAILBAG 6

PEOPLE.COM 8

STAR TRACKS 10

SCOOP 21

INSIDER 26

REVIEWS 33

PASSAGES 74

GREAT IDEAS 91

PUZZLER 102

SECOND LOOK 104

BODY WATCH 106

STYLE WATCH 117

CHATTER 122

ON THE COVER

Photograph Kevin Winter/Getty Images. Insets (Gosselin): Melanie Dunea; (Schuler) Schuler Family/AP

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