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OCTOBER 16, 2000 VOL. 156 NO. 15

Spotlight

PROVOCATEUR? With calm shattered in the Middle East, Israeli opposition leader Ariel Sharon denies that it was his visit to one of Islam's holiest sites that sparked the worst violence between Arabs and Jews in years, leaving more than 70 dead and 2,000 injured. Illustration for TIME by Henrik Drescher.

Winners
MAXIMUS
Gladiator's Roman general (a.k.a. Russell Crowe) tops fan poll as sexiest film character ever
J.K. ROWLING
Thanks, Harry! Standing up for fellow single moms, British writer gives $730,000 to charity
ELLEN DEGENERES
Rebound? Comedienne has new gal pal, just months after breakup with Anne Heche
  Losers
RALPH NADER
U.S. Green Party candidate is seeing red after being barred from first presidential debate
MARK DAVID CHAPMAN
Killer of former Beatle John Lennon is denied parole and branded a menace. Let it be!
"TOMMY" SUHARTO
Clemency rejected after son of Indonesia's ex-strongman pleads guilty to graft

Verbatim
"We have to help each other. Even thieves must be compassionate."
HUN SEN, Cambodian Prime Minister, appealing for criminals to take a break as the country copes with its worst floods in 70 years

"Drugs are the dirty little secret of the dotcom world."
ALEX STALCUP, American physician, noting that 40% of patients at his drug-addiction center come from the high-tech workforce
  "It was the most awesome, monumental experience of our life. You'd think there would be thunderbolts and lightning, but it was calm."
LISA NASH, U.S. mother, who created a test-tube baby to provide stem cells to save her ill daughter

" We need to learn how to live with earthquakes. Jumping from balconies is never a solution."
AHMET METE ISIKARA, Turkish seismologist, after 31 residents injured themselves in desperate leaps during the country's latest quake

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