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AUGUST 6, 2001

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Page One
  The energy crisis that wasn't
  While weather and an economic downturn have lessened demand temporarily, the United States is still in a power deficit, which prolonged extreme conditions could expose. By Mark Sappenfield
  In codes of privacy, new cracks
  As lawyers debate their confidentiality code, the ethos of privacy is increasingly seen as obsolete, or even dangerous to society. By Craig Savoye
  In two years, Falun Gong nearly gone
  After two years of arrests, reeducation programs, and media attacks, most of the sect's top echelon of leaders are in camps or behind bars. By Robert Marquand
  Rangers begin to unbuild, unpave national parks
  Strained ecosystems and public outcries are prompting parks to remove buildings, unpave parking lots, and make the nation's natural paradises just a little more natural. By Daniel B. Wood
  Mexico protests US truck rules
  The dispute could prove a harbinger of protectionism and an increasingly testy trade relationship as the US and Mexican economies continue to slow. By Dan Murphy
  Bosnian newspaper crosses ethnic divide
  In Bosnia, where newspaper readership is divided along ethnic lines, one Bosnian Serb journalist is demonstrating the transcendent power of the pen. By Arie Farnam
  US ambassador starts off on stern foot with Germany
  Criticism of Germany's military funding and NATO commitment is causing German leaders some consternation about the prospects for relations with the Bush administration. By Daryl Lindsey
  Reporters on the Job
  Our international correspondents share personal tales from the field.
  Tough time to sell mix of stocks, Social Security
  Bush will need the help of a bipartisan commission to convince Americans to invest Social Security in a sagging market. By Ron Scherer
  In New York, waiting in line is a white-linen affair
  People queue up all night for free Shakespeare in the Park tickets, with mini-bars, lamps and tiffs between East Siders and West Siders. By Sara B. Miller
  The maturing of Bush as lobbyist-in-chief
  Bush's new hands-on style is beginning to elicit favorable comparisons with famous arm-twisters like President Johnson and charmers like President Reagan. By Gail Russell Chaddock and Abraham McLaughlin
  Next Stop, the Senate
  The House version of Bush's energy bill does about as well on close inspection as a Mexican short-haul truck.
  Privacy Alert
  Individuals should be their own first line of defense for privacy on the Internet. But activists and public officials alert to any undermining of this basic value are indispensable.
  Today's cartoon
  Why children must forage
  A community safe for children to forage not only improves its livability, but ensures the conservation sensibilities of the generation to come. By Ed Hunt
  The little guy v. HMOs
  If we are going to curb the ability of ordinary Americans to seek legal redress, then we should do so for the big boys, too. The right to sue helps ensure that most people won't have to. By Jonathan Rowe
Work & Money
  Company lines
  Shoppers these days expect to conduct business 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To cope, large corporations and small retailers are outsourcing customer service to third-party specialists. By Noel C. Paul
  The limits of outsourcing
  Mercenary customer service representatives may not always share their client companies' missions, or have a real stake in preserving the loyalty of customers. By Clayton Collins
  A sector fund in your future?
  With the US stock market slipping and sliding and clawing its way through 2001, bold investors can take another avenue to eke out gains: buying into sector funds. By Guy Halverson
  Home buyers seek agents, too
  With the increasing high-stakes of home-buying, more shoppers are turning to knowledgeable agents to "kick the tires" for them. By Leah G. Rothschild
  Avoiding a house of (credit) cards
  Q & A with Robert Manning, an expert on the long and short-term consequences of America's "addiction to credit." By Silja J.A. Talvi
  Reformers wrangle over Social Security tack, timeline
  The Lewinsky scandal wrecked Clinton's efforts to introduce private accounts into the social security system. The federal tax cut may ruin Bush's attempts to do the same. By David R. Francis
  Minimizing taxes in the wake of a divorce
  Q & A with the Monitor's financial expert. By Guy Halverson
  A Week's Worth
  In the pipeline
  What's new and maybe useful. By Noel C. Paul
  Keeping Track: trends in hiring
  Small companies no longer generate most new jobs. Compiled by staff
  Americans short on investor know-how ...
  A survey finds America's investors sorely lacking in the knowledge of their craft. Compiled by staff
  Americans need help on spending
  A survey shows that Americans are closer to their credit cards than their budgets. Compiled by staff
  Market Monitor
  A week's look at stock indexes and interest rates.
The Home Forum
  A sculptor makes great hedgeway
  British sculptor David Nash's art crosses conventional boundaries separating arboriculture from sculpture, plant life from art life. By Christopher Andreae
  Why feathered friends flock to my lawn
  Mr. and Mrs. Ibis like my yard, because for 23 years I've done nothing to the grass but cut it. By Richard LePelley
  Words of Note
  Today's Article on Christian Science: Just the way we are
News in Brief
  Business & Finance