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Person of the Week
A SAVING FACE? Junichiro Koizumi is a sharp-dressing, head-banging, Richard Gere-coiffed rebel—and Japan's 11th Prime Minister in 12 years. Unlike his cold-pizza predecessors, he's a popular—not the pols'—choice. And he, too, could make a quick exit if he can't rev up the economy


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DENISE RICH
Refutes rumors of trading sex for her ex-husband's presidential pardon, becoming perhaps the first woman to deny bedding Clinton
PHOENIX
Two-week-old British calf found alive amid the foot-and-mouth slaughter sets off a nationwide flood of sympathy—and is...

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