ON THE COVER 28
A grieving Reba McEntire describes in an exclusive interview how she is coping with the loss of seven band members and a beloved tour manager in an unexplained California plane crash

UP FRONT 34-38

Country mouse visits sitcom mouse when Shalynn Arnold of Evening Shade, Ark., meets Burt Reynolds of Evening Shade, CBS

With America's foremost daily tabloid facing extinction, it's media tycoon Robert Maxwell to the rescue

SCENE 41
In little Deadwood, S.Dak., the hills are alive with the sound of gambling

OUT OF THE PAST 47
A film buff finds the set of Cecil B. DeMille's original Ten Commandments under a California sand dune

SPLIT 50
TV-miniseries siren Jane Seymour and husband David Flynn try living apart

VOICES 51
A dream vacation turns deadly for nine skiers high in the Canadian Rockies

HOST 57
Kids are seen but not heard in Denver's A Piece of Quiet

SCREEN 62
Preparing for their roles, Jodie Foster and Scott Glenn learned the frightening truth behind Silence of the Lambs

TEACHER 73
High school principal Susan Bridge shows her senior class to the world in the daring documentary series Yearbook

TRAGEDY 76
A horrifying accident claims the life of Eric Clapton's 4-year-old son, Conor

TUBE 79
Arsenio's Party Machine has hot music, writhing bodies and host Nia Peeples

HAPPY 83
Marine pilot Russell Sanborn, a gulf war POW, is back home and flying high

PAGES 87
Once known as Margaret Drabble's sister, A.S. Byatt makes a name for herself

SEQUEL 91
Two years after a shattering accident, actor Lane Davis, 14, makes a courageous TV movie comeback

ROYALS 96
All crowned up with no one to go home to, Japan's Prince Naruhito seeks a wife

MAIL 6
PICKS & PANS 9
THE INSIDER 27
STAR TRACKS 61
PASSAGES 94
CHATTER 98