December 24, 2001 12:00 PM

46 Up Front

Residents of Fallon, Nev., unite to fight a mysterious cancer cluster taking hold among their children at a rate more than 20 times the national average

52 Together with other World War II POWs, 81-year-old Bataan death-march survivor Lester Tenney sues for reparations for 2½ years of slave labor in a Japanese coal mine

56 Prince Edward’s wife, the former Sophie Rhys-Jones, hopes for another chance to bear a child after suffering a life-threatening ectopic pregnancy

59 Controversy

Captured in Afghanistan fighting for the Taliban, 20-year-old American and convert to Islam John Walker faces serious questions—as well as a possible trial on charges of treason

62 Trends

The Sex and the City diamond horseshoe pendant necklace worn by Carrie on the show brings good fortune to designers Mia Koniver and Lizzie Scheck

65 In the Money

Once homeless, Mary Margaret Cannon now sells tree ornaments with a renewed Christmas spirit

70 Cover

Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, George Clooney and others enlist in a global effort to boost the morale of U.S. fighting men and women

87 Angels

A Sept. 11 widow in Brooklyn gets a Down East-flavored windfall from Maine restaurateurs Gary and Carolyn Brouillard

89 Where Are They Now?

Northern Exposure inspired Cynthia Geary to leave L.A. and start a family in the Northwest

92 On the Job

Students rocket to new heights in Jayne Lawson and Celisa Edwards’s Star Trek-themed classroom

95 Olympics 2002

On or off the hill, skiing champ—and adrenaline addict—Daron Rahlves knows where to find hair-raising world-class thrills

99 Oh, Baby!

It’s a girl! Faith Hill and Tim McGraw welcome their third daughter, Audrey Caroline, who made an unexpected early debut

101 In Her Own Words

On the hunt for each year’s Best American Recipes, editor Fran McCullough is willing to try virtually anything once. Beer Can Chicken, anyone?

104 Stage

Louise Pitre proves she’s a dancing—and singing—queen in Broadway’s new hit ABBA musical Mamma Mia!

1 Mailbag

4 Online

6 Star Tracks

15 Scoop

27 Picks & Pans

45 Insider

69 Passages

83 Style Watch

90 Puzzler

108 Chatter

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