COVER: After years of shame, alcoholics are facing their complex illness openly
As the stigma of chronic drinking fades, scientists begin to decipher how alcohol ravages the body and the mind. The hunt for genes that predispose certain individuals to the disease is on, and though the development of treatments lags behind research, there is a new message of openness and hope for alcoholics and their families across the nation. See MEDICINE.
NATION: The "domestic summit" ends with a fizzle -- and a half- baked budget deal
Congress and the White House agree on a shaky deficit- reduction plan...