September 08, 2003 12:00 PM

56 UP FRONT

For families like the Holcombs, with both parents serving in Iraq, the war grinds on

60 As summer comes to an end, celebs suit up for some splashy August fun

64 Actors speak out on an ailing friend’s behalf—and money often follows

72 Tube

Russell Crowe look-alike Benjamin McKenzie heats up The O.C.

75 Screen

So what’s going on with Ashton Kutcher? Does the rising star have the power to make it to the top? Is he living with Demi Moore? Answers to 10 burning questions

78 Spirit

Protesters from around the country rally in support of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s monument to the Bible’s Ten Commandments

81 Split

After nine years of seemingly happy marriage, daytime talk show host Ricki Lake separates from her husband, illustrator Rob Sussman

82 Farewell

Weepy former tennis ace Pete Sampras walks away from center court celebrity and into full-time fatherhood

85 On the Move

After serving 22 years for her role in the deadly Brink’s robbery, ’60s militant Kathy Boudin is heading home from a New York state prison

89 Controversy

Massachusetts biologist Robert Lanza’s bold idea for saving the world’s endangered animals? Clone them

92 Pages

Dragons, elves and an evil king help 19-year-old novelist Christopher Paolini make literary magic with his precocious debut, Eragon

96 COVER

PEOPLE unearths explosive new details in the Laci Peterson murder case

109 Scene

A panel of experts gives readers the scoop on America’s favorite ice creams

113 Animals

Think your dog has shaggy-delic star quality? Bash Dibra can predict a pooch’s Hollywood appeal

115 Trouble

Angry dealers accuse top-selling painter Thomas Kinkade of fraud

133 On the Job

Some people have the career of their dreams. For others? Better you than us

138 Style

Three style experts turn the mirror on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy‘s fashion guru Carson Kressley

MAILBAG 6

PEOPLE.COM 8

STAR TRACKS 10

SCOOP 21

PICKS & PANS 33

INSIDER 55

PASSAGES 95

STYLE WATCH 119

PUZZLER 130

CHATTER 140

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