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Are you planning to raise a baby Mozart or an infant Einstein? You'll find lots of purported methods and expensive programs out there, but you'll also run into a lot of myths about "perfecting" your child. And is it really a wise thing to attempt? What if you were to get a smarter but meaner kid? That's what child care may produce, according to a new study. And remember the old saw that all work and no play can make Johnny a dull boy? Well, that one is not a myth

 

LETTERS

: Mixing it at the match

: Family ties can be a bind

NOTEBOOK

MILESTONES

UNITED STATES
THE WHITE HOUSE: Mr. Fix-It...
He is Dubya's radar for political trouble, he keeps the faithful happy, and he can make over the President's image in a flash. Why Karl Rove is Washington's man to see

FREQUENT FLYER: Bush's Trade Guru... Joshua Cooper Ramo on the tasks facing Bob Zoellick

EUROPE
RUSSIA: Putin Stops the Presses...
The Kremlin's crackdown continues, but does the public care?

FRANCE: The Communists Rebrand...
The hard left hopes a new look will stop the red flag from fading

GERMANY: Why Deniz Can't Read German The children of Turkish immigrants are tongue-tied

MIDDLE EAST
TERRORISM: The Jihad's New Alliance... Hizballah and Hamas join forces against their common Israeli foe

AFRICA
WEST AFRICA: Little Parcels...
An alleged slave-ship snafu reveals the awful market in children



BUSINESS
KODAK: Is It a Snap?...
Photography's iconic corporation has yet to prove it can master the new digital technology New Developments: Finding an online photolab

SCIENCE AND SOCIETY
SPACE: The $20 Million Joyride...
NASA reluctantly clears the way for Dennis Tito's liftoff

MEDICINE: Is St. John's Worthless?... Discouraging news about the "natural" antidepressant
The Titanium Heart: The latest mechanical pump

QUACKBUSTER: Stephen Barrett has a nose for nostrums...

TIME IN DEPTH: Gone with the Wind?... The American Civil War ended 136 years ago. Or has it only been a long cease-fire? Steve Lopez travels the South seeking answers as Mississippi votes to keep the Confederate emblem on its state flag

THE ARTS
: Mel Brooks' The Producers hits Broadway...

: Ani DiFranco and her righteous Reckoning...

: Tupac lives!...

PEOPLE: Kissin' Friends; Gore's expanse; bulletproof beauty...

ESSAY: Roger Rosenblatt on Alzheimer's...