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Hurts So Good

Rasheed Wallace is not what people have come to expect from a Dean Smith-coached player. Wallace himself admits he attracts as much vitriol as he does admiration. He's been called a "bad boy," a "Jailblazer" and a "cancerous lesion" on the league by his detractors. But his supporters say he's misquoted, misunderstood, a marvel - and possibly the greatest basketball player Carolina has ever produced. So do you dare to love Rasheed Wallace? And if you don't, should you?

Rye Barcott Goes to War

Two o'clock in the morning and the noise is deafening. Rye Barcott gets dressed, grabs his machete. It sounds like war coming down outside his shanty in Kenya, and swarms of people are running toward the railroad tracks on the border of the Kiberan slums. Barcott follows the candles, the flashlights, the moonbeams that shine like an interrogation lamp; he follows the banging, to a man who lies bloodied in the middle of an enormous mob. He's a thief, a mwizi, and his tale makes Barcott lose his voice. A villager stands over the mwizi. He appears to be flicking something at him. Seconds later, the thief is in flames.

Desperation Shot

Nikki Teasley went home that night, her mind dark with thoughts. She was to leave the next day for Charlottesville to play Virginia. She began to consider all the ways she could end this torment. She had spent many a night before this one, praying that she would get seriously injured so she wouldn't have to play anymore, thinking about how she could hurt herself. But now she was cooking up a scenario about taking her own life, and, trembling, she started praying that someone could stop her.

Educating Michie

Your wisdom says that Greg Michie, a middle-class white man from Charlotte, and these men, gang members and high school dropouts in Chicago, the sons of Mexican immigrants, all wish to be somewhere else tonight. And perhaps you are correct. But a man can find himself in the strangest places when he can't find himself in convention. A man can ache for Tuesday night.

Governer on Guard

Gaston Caperton overcame dyslexia to become a millionaire and rise to West Virginia's highest office. Now he leads the venerable College Board into a new century - and, he hopes, a new relevancy - on the Web.