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With the Olympics upon us it is inevitable that people will
reflect on how the games have changed.  Wired looks at the
current and future technologies athletes can use to gain an
U.S. News looks at the issue of money for Olympic atheletes.
Has the amateur ideal been lost?
---U.S. Election---
Side-by-side comparisons of the candidates have been popular
this week.  TIME compares the medicare and prescription drug
plans of the candidates:
Fast Company interviewed Al Gore and George W. Bush to get
their views on how the new economy affects the role and
operation of government and how to deal with the digital
Fortune finds that CEOs and economists disagree over whether
Bush or Gore would be best for the economy.
A tight fuel supply coupled with the weak euro (crude is
priced in dollars) has boosted fuel prices in Europe enough
to spark disruptive protests.  TIME Europe links the
protests to an increasing demand that European governments
fix problems created by the marketplace.  The article
examines the responses of the various governments.

---Social Issues---
An article in The Economist proposes that child labor in
poor countries is a problem of liquidity.  Families need
money now, so they require their children to work instead of
making the long-term investment of getting an education. 
Good solutions must address the liquidity issue.
In Lingua Franca two law professors examine the issue of
race and the law.  They clash over the balance between
arresting minorities and protecting minority victims.
U.S. News reports that the easy communication provided by
the Internet is helping neo-Nazi extremist groups to unify.
Love him or hate him, it's hard to ignore Bill Gates.  Red
Herring features an exclusive interview where Gates talks
about .NET, Linux, the DOJ, and technology trends.
There has been a lot of buzz lately about bar code scanners
than can be plugged into your computer to allow you to jump
to a web page by scanning a printed bar code.  Salon takes a
look at the CueCat scanner.  Does it serve a purpose?  Does
it even work?
XML is a hot technology buzzword (buzzacronym?).  It is
hyped as being the solution to the interoperability problem.
Business 2.0 looks at what XML really is and what it can

---Business & Finance---
The Economist analyzes the merger between Chase and J.P.
Will Firestone's poor handling of the tire crisis be its
downfall?  TIME examines the problem and the future of the
Firstone brand.
How much is a customer worth?  Business 2.0 takes a look at
spending on customer acquisition by dot-com companies.
The current issue of Business 2.0 features the opinions of
25 prognosticators on various aspects of the future.  The
series kicks-off with an interview with Alvin Toffler, the
author of Future Shock.
Red Herring is in the predictions game too.  Their article
foretells of the decline of the mutual fund industry.
In the mood for a hip car?  Popular Mechanics surveys seven
Salon provides an article every youngster will love.  It
questions the value of homework.
Education Week discusses Britain's experience with moving to
a system with more accountability
and autonomy for school leaders.

Research finds health benefits in taking a nap.  This Salon
article talks about proper napping
and the social and work issues of sleep.
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