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M aking money the easy way. Isn't that the American dream? It became one American's nightmare after he got involved in one of the biggest non-drug money laundering scams ever. Read all about it in "One Man's Gamble."

Once you get rich, you become the coolest cat on the street. You can even make Polish jokes about the Pope (or so thinks Ted Turner). Find out more about the lifestyles of the rich and famous in "Mogul This!"

We all know about the environmental problem the world is in. This week we have two stories about what can be done. First up is a look at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in "Can the Smokies Be Saved?" Next up, take a look at one couples ideal way to build a home--straw bales--in "Straw Bale Bash."

Also this week: another revolt against Microsoft, geeky homepages on the web, gizmos around the house, and more.


Columns
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System Wars [6]
Linux users confront Microsoft and demand a refund for their unwanted copies of Windows.
— James Hanback Jr., NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Web Extra [7]
What could possibly be geekier than having your own personal homepage?
WEEKLY ALIBI
 
Gizmos and Indulgences [8]
Walter Jowers further explains his electronic catbox, as well as explores a sports drink for dogs and an anti-dildo law in Alabama.
— Walter Jowers, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Zut Alero! [9]
The '99 Oldsmobile Alero GL is here, and its makers hope it can compete with its European counterparts.
— Marc Stengel, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Unsightly Sweat [10]
60 Years Ago This Week.
— Sue Schuurman, WEEKLY ALIBI
 

Volume II, Issue 36
March 1 - March 8, 1999  
 
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One Man's Gamble [2]
How Jake Gamble, a country lawyer from Tennessee, pulled off the biggest non-drug money laundering scheme in U.S. history...until he got caught.
— Willy Stern, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Mogul This! [3]
America has always had a certain soft spot for the entrepreneur, but why are today's wealthiest businesspeople enjoying the kind of adoration traditionally reserved for movie stars and sports heroes?
— Jason Gay, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Can the Smokies Be Saved? [4]
America's most popular national park struggles for survival.
— Debbie Gilbert, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Straw Bale Bash [5]
Tucson is on its way to becoming the world's center for straw-bale construction.
— Kay Sather, TUCSON WEEKLY
 

Teeny Tidbits
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Odds & Ends [11]
Timed-release news capsules from the flipside.
— Devin D. O'Leary, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
Mr. Smarty Pants [12]
Our resident know-it-all unearths the latest trivia.
— R.U. Steinberg, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

Now What? [13]
Can't get enough news? You're in luck -- more news is created every day. Our Now What? page offers a plethora of recommended links to help keep you living in the present.
WEEKLY WIRE
 

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