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UPDATED 07/24/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 07/24/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT

50 Up Front
In pursuit of their dreams, five young Americans overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles

56 Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi and hockey player Bret Hedican skate into wedlock

58 On an emotional mission to Africa, AIDS activist Mary Fisher delivers hope amid great despair

63 Screen
Mel who? As Mr. Gibson's son, Heath Ledger proves he's a star who earns his stripes in The Patriot

67 Tragedy
Cory Erving, son of basketball great Dr. J, is discovered dead—less than a mile from home

69 Crusaders
Their son's suicide leads Dar and Dale Emme to start a prevention program

73 Sequel
Bad-boy rocker Sebastian Bach reveals his mild side, belting out show tunes in Broadway's Jekyll & Hyde

77 Trends
No longer just for kids, a new generation of scooters gets a push from fun-seeking commuters

81 Body
A destination for dieters, Andrea Halperin's Manhattan grocery store serves up all things fat-free

83 Jocks
With a gorgeous girlfriend, a spiffy Porsche and a huge U.S. Open win, the very private Tiger Woods is at the top of his game and calling his own shots

89 Crime
A jury finds millionaire Allen Blackthorne guilty of arranging the brutal slaying of his ex-wife Sheila Bellush

95 Style
Fed up with a scarcity of cosmetic products flattering to Asians, Susan Yee creates shades of her own

100 Cover
Rebutting rumors of a troubled union, friends of John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette offer an intimate look at the pair's tumultuous yet love-filled marriage

110 Kin
Polly Judd Rideout—Naomi's mom and Ashley and Wynonna's feisty grandmother—takes on city hall

113 Pages
After years of rejection slips and one very odd job, gritty Tawni O'Dell hits a home run with her best-selling Back Roads

122 Angels
Businessman James Ayers creates a scholarship fund that helps teens in a poor Tennessee county go to college

126 Local Heroes
His role as Joe the Canadian in a hip beer commercial turns actor Jeff Douglas into an overnight sudsation

129 Adventure
Treasure hunter Sue Hendrickson, a.k.a. Indiana Bones, digs up one terrific T. rex

135 To the Top
Chicken Run codirector Nick Park finds success to be finger-lickin' good

139 Song
Eminem's hip-hop jests about domestic violence strike too close to home as wife Kim attempts suicide

146 Winners
With dazzling skill and flair, Venus Williams brings splendor to the grass courts of Wimbledon

4 Mailbag
6 Star Tracks
16 Scoop
25 Online
29 Picks & Pans
49 Insider
99 Passages
117 Style Watch
124 Puzzler
144 Royal Watch
148 Chatter

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