In Brief: Oct. 9, 2000

WHY TO BUY AMERICAN The biggest innovation of the 2001 auto season may have to do less with in-dash satellite-navigation systems than with lower sticker prices. Consumers last year rushed to buy foreign cars, and economists now predict an overall spending slowdown. The combination has forced Detroit's Big Three to offer sizable rebates--up to 35% higher than last year's--on next year's models.

OPEN ACCESS While both church and state have recently wavered on how to acknowledge same-sex partnerships, private industry has taken the lead. According to a recent Human Rights Campaign study, 25% more employers--including 46% more FORTUNE 500 companies--are...

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