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updated 07/22/1996 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/22/1996 AT 01:00 AM EDT

STAR TRACKS 8
Reel hero Tom Cruise comes to the rescue. Lisa Marie Presley shares a Versace moment with Elton John. Denzel Washington sees Fire, and more

UP FRONT

36 After 16 weeks in space with two Russian cosmonauts, veteran American astronaut Shannon Lucid is still flying high and orbiting into the record books

40 Ireland mourns its most celebrated investigative journalist, Veronica Guerin, a young mother murdered by the drug lords she dared to expose

44 As her new novel heads for the bestseller lists, crime-writer Patricia Cornwell is cast as one of the central players of a gripping nonfiction drama: Is she "the other woman" in a messy Virginia divorce?

ENGAGED 48
A former blind date successfully pops the question to pop diva Paula Abdul

SOAPS 51
He's gone to Jamaica and back as Noah Keefer on All My Children, but the real-life Keith Hamilton Cobb likes to stay very close to home

HAPPY 57
Put away the rice. Rick Mikula's butterflies are a colorful new accompaniment to the wedding ceremony

ATLANTA '96 61
Depressed after his 1992 gold medal failed to change his life, diver Mark Lenzi springs back to make the U.S. Olympic team

COVER 64
The Fresh Prince has abdicated—and weathered a divorce. But with Independence Day a smash and actress Jada Pinkett by his side, rapper-turned-actor Will Smith enters a new realm

CRIME 75
Twenty years ago, Stephen Scher was present when his best friend was shot to death; he married the widow—and now he's accused of murder

PAGES 81
Journalist John Darnton went scouting for contemporary Neanderthals and dragged back a million-dollar movie deal for his first novel

COUPLES 87
Finding herself a prisoner of love, ex-model Anna Eriksson plans to marry her pen pal, convicted murderer Lyle Menendez

SONG 93
With his country ballads topping the charts and raising fans' temperatures, singer Bryan White is as hot as he is handsome—and wholesome

SCENE 96
Lonely singles in the nation's capital have a new meeting place: Jon Han's dry cleaners

MAIL 4
INSIDE PEOPLE 6
PICKS & PANS 15
THE INSIDER 35
PASSAGES 85
PUZZLER 90
CHATTER 98

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