SECOND ACTS

INTEREST IN MOST NEWS STORIES (O.J. EXCEPTED) FADES AFTER A WEEK OR TWO. BUT LIVES, CASES AND ISSUES KEEP UNFOLDING. WE REVISIT SOME OF 1996'S MOST INTRIGUING STORIES

STILL IN CONTEMPT

Even a real estate huckster like Susan McDougal would have a hard time selling this Los Angeles home: a 6-ft. by 9-ft. cell in the county jail with a metal-frame bed and no television or reading material. This was where McDougal, a former partner with Bill and Hillary Clinton in the Whitewater Development Corp., spent the week before Christmas. She was awaiting a pretrial hearing related to charges that she embezzled money from the family of renowned conductor Zubin Mehta. But last Friday she was granted permission to return by year's end to the Federal Medical Center...

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