December 02, 2002 12:00 PM

60 UP FRONT

ABC’s Bachelor Aaron Buerge finally makes his pick—and pops the question

62 What’s it like to sit on death row for a crime you didn’t commit? Exonerated ex-cons share their harrowing stories

68 Back at Oxford and in love with Ian Klaus, former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton takes both the old world and new by storm

70 Known for his tough-guy roles in such classics as The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape and Charade, Oscar-winner James Coburn dies of a heart attack at 74

190 Hero Pets

Let’s paws to honor heroic pets, ranging from Arnold the potbellied pig to Nikita the shepherd mix, who have saved their masters from fires, muggers—and even an alligator

199 Body

Generously proportioned scientist Steve Blair weighs in with some surprising findings: Heavy people can be healthy too

211 Update

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling prepares for the birth of another sequel—and a baby as well

215 Married

After years of un-wedded bliss, Richard Gere and Carey Lowell finally say “I do”

217 To the Top

Democrat Nancy Pelosi becomes the first woman to lead a party in Congress

220 Party

The fur flew at the Victoria’s Secret fashion show, where Gisele, Tyra and Co. strutted their stuff

MAILBAG 1

ONLINE 6

STAR TRACKS 8

SCOOP 19

PICKS & PANS 33

INSIDER 59

PASSAGES 189

STYLE WATCH 203

PUZZLER 208

CHATTER 222

73 COVER: The Sexiest Man Alive

He could get by on looks alone, but Ben Affleck is brainy, caring, generous and loyal to family and friends. Plus, meet 23 other sexy guys

123 Hot, Hot, Hot!
Women celebs tell us which male stars light their fires

136 Men on the Verge
Be on the lookout for these 12 new talents

156 Men of Action
When the going gets tough, Bond, Jones and now Xander Cage carry the day

165 Knock Around Guys
These men win big points for their dressed-down style

171 Specs Appeal
The results of a People Online poll are in: Glasses work wonders for some famous faces

172 Surprisingly Sexy
Thanks to their quirky charms, these eight actors have drawn legions of female fans

186 Sex(O)Meter
Even the fairest—and this crew certainly qualifies—have their good years and their not-so-good ones

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