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SEC Chairman Arthur Levitt is on a mission to wrest power from the Big Five accounting firms
COVER IMAGE: The Investor's Champion
TABLE: The SEC vs. the CPAs: Battleground Issues
TABLE: Top Bean Counters
TABLE: When Audits Fail, Investors Lose
TABLE: Arthur Levitt: Career Highlights
TABLE: Political Green from the Green-Eyeshade Crowd
"I Want It Crystal-Clear Who's to Blame" (extended)
Did the Auditors Cross the Line at MicroStrategy?
TABLE: MicroStrategy: Key Dates
CHART: The Rise and Fall of MicroStrategy
ONLINE ORIGINAL: Q&A with Michael J. Saylor
Commentary: Where Levitt's Plan Falls Short
INTERNATIONAL -- COVER STORY
Korea's Digital Quest
The country has become a cyberleader, but will the Old Economy culture hold it back?
COVER IMAGE: Korea: Its Digital Quest
CHART: Digital Korea
TABLE: An Economy at War with Itself
Slammed into the Pavement (int'l edition)
CHART: The Unraveling of Kosdaq
Breaking Away: Success outside the Chaebol (int'l edition)
Did Hancock Go a Mom Too Far?
The Sweat of Small Brows
Will Grade-A Beef Get Left Behind?
TABLE: Home Sweet Home
Honest Sumo? Fat Chance
Go Online. Then Go on Trial
All Stirred Up about Taxes
CHART: Why Work?
There Is More Than One Way out of Airport Hell
''Green'' and ''Growth'' Are Not Mutually Exclusive
The Wrong Way to Wipe Out Poverty
Bashing Business Just Doesn't Wash Anymore
Internet Success Is Driven by Demand
''Attention, Kmart Managers''
CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS
''Riding high on little wheels'' (Marketing, Sept. 4, 2000)
LETTER FROM ARIZONA
If You Can't Stop Wildfires, Tame Them
Pulp Nonfiction at Archer Daniels
PHOTO: Cover, ''The Informant''
Ringmasters of the Financial Circus
PHOTO: Cover, ''The Fortune Tellers''
TECHNOLOGY & YOU
...But What I Really Want to Do Is Direct
Productivity: All Signs Are Go
CHART: How Information Technology Is Boosting Growth
More European Men Opt Out of the Workforce
CHART: Earlier to Pasture
Women in the Boardroom
U.S.: Sure, the New Economy Gospel Is Winning More Converts
GRAPHIC: How Business Economists See 2001
CHART: U.S. Foreign Debts Continue to Swell
CHART: The Fire under Heating Oil Prices
France: High Rates Put a Big Dent in the Economy
CHART: Growth Takes a Small Spring Break
NEWS: ANALYSIS & COMMENTARY
Revenge of the Old Economy
CHART: Energy Prices Have Soared...But Traders Expect Them to Fall
TABLE: How Bad a Hit? Three Price Scenarios
Commentary: Big Oil's Priority: Pump Up the Stock Price
TABLE: Drilling Is Down
The Chase to Become a Financial Supermarket
TABLE: Are Mergers Good for Bank Customers?
Commentary: Hollywood Won't Lobby Its Way out of the FTC Report on Violence
Would You Buy an Explorer?
A New Blowup over Bridgestones
Bush: Is the Problem the Message--or the Messenger?
Bush's California Conundrum
TABLE: What Hangs in the Balance
Commentary: HP's Consulting Bet: Why Investors Are Anxious
CHART: Depressed Stock
Cable vs. DSL: Which One Is the Tortoise?
CHART: DSL: Gaining On Cable?
IN BUSINESS THIS WEEK
Sears' Alan Lacy: From the Storeroom to the Store
The FCC Gets Tough on AOL's Messaging
A Blow to Microsoft's .Net
Tech Investing Has Vroom to Go
American Tackles On-Time Woes
It's FastForward for Inktomi
CHART: SCI Stock Price
Ford/Firestone: An Election-Year Double Whammy
Farmers for Free Trade
Boost for Deutsche Telekom
Fasten Your Seat Belt--It's Going to Be a Bumpy Quarter for Europe's Economy
CHART: The Euro's Steady Slide
Mitsubishi: Conquest or Quicksand for Daimler?
TABLE: Mitsubishi Motors: Needs Work
Here a Truck, There a Truck (int'l edition)
TABLE: Daimler Dominates
''The Kremlin Is Making a Profound Mistake''
TABLE: How the Kremlin Is Trying to Control Russian TV
Why NATO Is Bracing for Another War in Yugoslavia
China Spotlights Corruption
Riding Herd on Telmex
Nader and Buchanan: What You Won't Hear in the Debates
On the Left: What Makes Ralph Run (extended)
On the Right: Buchanan's Last Stand? (extended)
What Burst Pop.com's Bubble?
TABLE: Net Losses
Big Brother Calling
TABLE: Location Is Everything
Now Anybody Can Be a Paparazzo
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Millennium: A Pharma Star Is Born?
CHART: King of Biotech Deals
TABLE: How to Make a Genomic Drug for Obesity
DEVELOPMENTS TO WATCH
Slivers of Carbon That Could Break a Chip's Fever
Teaching Rocket Scientists a New Trick
Needle-free Injections: This Won't Hurt a Bit
CHART: Schools Have Rushed to Install Computers...And Plug into the Net...But Most Students Don't Use the Web Much...And Most Teachers Don't Either
TABLE: Schools of the Future
TABLE: The Explosion in e-Learning
ONLINE ORIGINAL: Intel's Craig Barrett: "Let's Get the Teacher Comfortable"
ONLINE ORIGINAL: AOL's Steve Case: "It's Critical That No Kids Get Left Behind"
ONLINE ORIGINAL: IBM's Lou Gerstner: "Lots of People Seem to Be Looking for Panaceas"
ONLINE ORIGINAL: Al Gore: "Without Teacher Training...Technology Isn't Much Use"
ONLINE ORIGINAL: Apple's Steve Jobs: "Our Vision Is That We Have Just Begun"
Wish Everyone Used Dial? The Soapmaker Does
CHART: Dial's Stock Slides on Management Slip-Ups
TABLE: Soap Opera
The Business Week 50: Finance Muscles Its Way to the Top
CHART: The Business Week 50--Six Months Later
TABLE: The 10 Best Performers
TABLE: How the Rest Stacked Up
Can CMGI Stop the Bleeding?
TABLE: The New CMGI
Telecom's Wake-Up Call
CHART: Why Telecom Companies May Disappoint Investors
TABLE: How Telecom Companies Will Fare
Global Crossing's Harrowing Trek
TABLE: A Global Upstart
It's a Mid, Mid, Mid Market
CHART: Small Breakthrough
ONLINE ORIGINAL: Q&A with Aaron Harris
Speaking the Customer's Language--Literally
THE BEST OF BUSINESS WEEK ONLINE
Is That a Virus in Your Hand?
Mitsubishi: Failed Vision
This Studio Is a Sequel Itself
''You Called Our Widget a What?''
No Kidding! Teens Are Trading Big-Time
TABLE: Tuning in on Teen Investing
Who Wants to Be a Teen Millionaire?
Explaining Money's Mysteries to Your Children
TABLE: Family Reading Matter
Teach Wisdom with $20 a Week
TABLE: How to Manage an Allowance
Majoring in Debt
TABLE: Hey Kids! Before You Charge, Surf
Mom, Can I Have a Cell Phone?
TABLE: How Family Plans Stack Up
Hey, Kids, Investing Is Cool!
TABLE: Kid-Friendly Funds: A Sampler
You Might Prefer These Preferreds
TABLE: Want a Tax Break?
BW INVESTOR -- THE BARKER PORTFOLIO
How Good Is Your 401(k) Plan?
TABLE: Assessing the Providers
BW INVESTOR -- INSIDE WALL STREET
A Buyout at Xerox?
CHART: In a Jam on Many Fronts
Coming in Clearer at Qualcomm
CHART: Last Year's Gain Evaporates
Dressing Up the Gap
CHART: That Bedraggled Feeling
FIGURES OF THE WEEK
Figures of the Week (.pdf)
Production Index Components
HISTORICAL DATA: BW Index Back to 1992
Levitt vs. the Bean Counters
Schools Need a Lot More Than Computers
INTERNATIONAL -- SPOTLIGHT ON FINLAND
A Haven for Tax-Free Shopping...Searches for an Economic Spark (int'l edition)
INTERNATIONAL -- READERS REPORT
Let's Not Whitewash the Indonesian Cabinet (int'l edition)
The Wrong Way to Wipe Out Poverty (int'l edition)
Natural Dietary Supplements: Purified Poison? (int'l edition)
INTERNATIONAL -- CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS
''Stand up and fight'' (Asian Business, Sept. 11, 2000) (int'l edition)
INTERNATIONAL -- ASIAN BUSINESS
Traditional Advertisers Burst onto the Net (int'l edition)
CHART: Online Ads Are Booming
Commentary: Hong Kong: The High Price of Ignoring Democracy (int'l edition)
INTERNATIONAL -- EUROPEAN BUSINESS
It's Going to Be a Bumpy Quarter for the European Economy (int'l edition)
Oil Prices: Putting the Fire to Politicians' Feet (int'l edition)
CHART: Europe's Sky-High Gasoline Prices
Football's Rich Clubs May Run the Rest off the Field (int'l edition)
TABLE: The Game's Woes
INTERNATIONAL -- LATIN AMERICAN BUSINESS
Argentine Telecom IMPSAT Goes Toe-to-Toe with AT&T (int'l edition)
CHART: Wired for Growth
INTERNATIONAL -- FINANCE
Deutsche Börse on the Prowl (int'l edition)
TABLE: Seifert's Options
Trade Online? Not Me, Guv (int'l edition)
TABLE: Why the British Don't Pick 'n' Click
INTERNATIONAL -- INT'L FIGURES OF THE WEEK
International Figures of the Week (.pdf) (int'l edition)
INTERNATIONAL -- EDITORIALS
Don't Buy Off Fuel Protesters (int'l edition)
Germany: Stop Bullying Wal-Mart (int'l edition)
Chaebol Still Drag Down Korea (int'l edition)
Online Highlights from page 10 of this issue
Cover Photograph by Katherine Lambert
International Cover by Gene Greif
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The New Avon Lady
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