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UPDATED 12/15/1997 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 12/15/1997 at 01:00 AM EST

48 COVER
PEOPLE reporters and photographers fanned out across the nation to bear witness to a single day's battles in the war against child abuse

61 SPLIT
After a scandalous court battle, Earl Spencer and his wife, Victoria, reach a divorce settlement

67 TO THE TOP
Her sharp looks and reporting skills have made CNBC's Maria Bartiromo's stock soar

71 SONG
Singer Mark Miller of the country group Sawyer Brown is on the rebound—as a basketball pro

75 ON THE JOB
John Dobson revolutionized telescope design using scrap materials and, with a decades-old sidewalk show, brings the heavens closer to the people

79 BODY
Karate star Billy Blanks invented his own form of aerobics—and helps Brooke Shields, Ashley Judd and Carmen Electra fight the good fight

82 ARTS
Portraitist George Vlosich, 18, scratches out a nice living with Etch-A-Sketch

87 HOST
Forget the foie gras. What plain-talking L.A. restaurant owner Cynthia Hirsh dishes up is down-home cooking for the stars

93 IN HIS OWN WORDS
With violent crime on the decline, sociologist Wesley Skogan urges Middle America to overcome its fear of the urban landscape

97 DOUBLE TAKE
Taking architectural matters into his own hands, businessman Dave Longaberger is putting all of his workers in one basket

99 SCREEN
Unhappy as a child star, Stand by Me's Wil Wheaton finds his grown-up footing in Flubber

105 STYLE
Tiffany Lerman's handbags are in the clutches of Hollywood's stars—from Demi Moore to her own mother, bestselling novelist Jackie Collins

109 BIO
Author Jamaica Kincaid—born poor in Antigua, now raising a family in Vermont—has spent her life passionately defying expectations

117 HO HO HO
Christopher Radko's handmade Christmas ornaments adorn the trees of Whoopi Goldberg, Elton John and Arnold Schwarzenegger

119 CONTROVERSY
Tom Cihlar knows he's the father of 6-year-old Sean, but an arcane Tennessee law may keep them apart forever

126 UPDATE
Three years after President Ronald Reagan disclosed his Alzheimer's disease, wife Nancy is living with the difficult task of caring for him

134 WORKOUT
Stephanie Jackson shows how to get meow out of your exercise in Catflexing

139 ANGELS
In gang-ridden East L.A., Father Gregory Boyle's Homeboy Bakery is a fresh idea

151 ON THE MOVE
A star on NBC's Profiler, Julian McMahon, once a member of Australia's First Family, comes out swingin'

155 COPING
Twenty years after she had sex with director Roman Polanski as a 13-year-old, Samantha Geimer sets the record straight

163 RECOVERY
Doctors said that car-crash victim Amy Moeller would probably not awaken from her coma. But thanks to a song, a dog and her family, she did

167 SEQUEL
Former Milli Vanilli member Fabrice Morvan is singing a new tune—with his own voice

170 MAKEOVER
Rebecca Whitlinger wears her 1988 bridesmaid's dress everywhere, even parasailing in Cancun

4 MAIL
6 STAR TRACKS
15 PICKS & PANS
47 THE INSIDER
130 STYLE WATCH
132 PASSAGES
136 PUZZLER
174 CHATTER

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