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DECEMBER 20, 1999 VOL. 154 NO. 24

C O V E R   S T O R Y
The Best (And Worst) of 1999
Year in Review: When we look back, we'll remember our fin de siecle as the moment the world went online
Cybertech: eBay turned into an economic force
Science: Discoveries that paved the way for more
Books: A thriller that offered more than gripping plot
Sports: Two Americans sped into the record books
Design: Sir Norman Foster's renovated Reichstag acknowledged both Germany's horrific past and its democratic future
Music: Rage Against the Machine made rap/rock resonate
Cinema: Another wonderful Almodovar menagerie
Scandals: Hot secrets nearly sparked another cold war
Business: Competition needed a helping hand
People: La Vida Loca visited the little, the big and the immensely big-hearted
Environment: The threat of a boycott saved a forest


A S I A
MACAU: With a Whimper
The Portuguese colony's return to China lacks the flash of its neighbor Hong Kong's but is filled with anxieties no less great
Interview: The new chief says, "We need to diversify"

JAPAN: Glad Tidings
After more than six years of marriage, the commoner who became a Princess returns to the spotlight with news that she may be carrying an heir to the Chrysanthemum Throne




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