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updated 11/05/2007 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/05/2007 01:00AM

21 SCOOP
Trouble at Oprah's school in Africa ... Leonardo DiCaprio is single again ... Owen Wilson joins pals (and races a lawn mower!) at a video shoot

64 COVER
Queen Latifah The singer-actress opens up about losing her brother, going under the knife and being a "bodylicious" role model

60 After months of are-they-or-aren't-they, Rendition costars Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal finally go public with their romance during a trip to Rome

68 Firestorms engulf vast tracts of Southern California, spreading destruction and fear

73 The Bold and the Beautiful star Hunter Tylo's 19-year-old son Michael drowns in a pool after suffering an epileptic seizure

77 Ellen DeGeneres sparks a huge controversy by adopting—and then giving away—a rescued Brussels Griffon mix named Iggy

83 Singer John Mayer sits down with his dad, Richard, for a father-son chat

86 An antibiotic-resistant superbug called MRSA stalks schools across the country

88 Marcelle Shriver launched a campaign to send 100,000 cans of Silly String—to help detect bombs—to the troops

91 Why Did I Get Married? star Tasha Smith reveals her rough road to success

95 A jury convicts doctor's wife and PTA mother Mechele Linehan of masterminding a murder 11 years ago

98 France's First Lady Cécilia Sarkozy leaves the President for a new life

102 HEROES OF THE YEAR
Meet some inspiring people who defied the odds and overcame all obstacles to make a difference. Plus: Celebrities salute their personal heroes, and tales of amazing rescues

122 Gossip Girl's heartthrob Penn Badgley dishes on his dream girl—and how he'll win her heart

127 Long-lost family members are finding each other on social networking Web sites like MySpace

133 Dirty Sexy Money's Candis Cayne talks about her life as a transgender actress

145 Hanging out with tween rock stars the Naked Brothers Band

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE

MAILBAG 8
INSIDE PEOPLE 11
STAR TRACKS 12
REVIEWS 31
INSIDER 59
PASSAGES 100
PUZZLER 124
STYLE WATCH 135
BODY WATCH 141
CHATTER 148

ON THE COVER
Photograph by Albert Watson. Hair: Julie Baker. Makeup: Roxanna Floyd Doe Illusions/Click Models NYC. Stylist: Susan Moses/Get Dressed Inc. Shirt and Pants: INC Woman. Earrings: Alexis Bittar. Necklace: Shelia Fajil. Insets (from top): Bauer Griffin; Chris Pizzelo/AP

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