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W hat does it mean that the Internet will be channeling not just communications, but retail sales transactions and bandwidth-intensive multimedia as its data pipes thicken and become ubiquitous? Are we served by this technology? Or served to it? A group of Austin digerati take on the questions.

As the median age of nuns hits 67, some religious communities have stepped up their recruitment efforts, and are now being rewarded with candidates -- including some Generation Xers -- who are flocking to the life's seemingly radical vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

Controversial protein diets are all the rage these days, and the Alibi's food editor chats with two doctors promoting their latest book in support of the diet. The downside to fad diets? They might kill you.

Also, remembering Tucson's first female architect, getting a compulsion to exercise, surveying gym culture, hitting below the legislative belt, and more.

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Flush with Freedom! [10]
In America the freedom to flush is right up there with freedom of speech.
— Captain Opinion, WEEKLY ALIBI
The Hard Way [11]
A Mississippi law may make it illegal for a man to have an erection in a strip club. What's happening to our country?
— Walter Jowers, NASHVILLE SCENE
Grading on the Curve [12]
Two "near-luxury" midsize sedans.

Teeny Tidbits
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Odds and Ends [13]
Time-released news capsules from the flipside.
— Devin D. O'Leary, WEEKLY ALIBI
Mr. Smarty Pants [14]
Two-for-one holidays in Lithuania.
— Mr. Smarty Pants, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Volume III, Issue 32
January 31 - February 7, 2000  

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Don't Believe the Hype [2]
Austin Digiterati on the Good, the Bad, and the Internet in Between.
Role Calling [3]
With the opportunities open to women, why do some still opt for the church?
Remembering Rockfellow [4]
"Pioneer co-ed" Annie Graham Rockfellow designed many of Tucson's important public buildings.
— Margaret Regan, TUCSON WEEKLY
Protein Power [5]
An interview with the authors of "The Protein Power Lifeplan."
— Gwyneth Doland, WEEKLY ALIBI
Dead Weight [6]
Low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets may help you lose weight... all of it.
— Mike Ratchett, WEEKLY ALIBI
The Sick Jock Guide [7]
Marion Winik has discovered yet another addiction, but this time, she probably won't quit. The Sick Jock Guide outlines her 10-step plan to late-life fitness.
The Naked Gym Ape [8]
Stuart Prestidge wades into the exotic jungle of the Corporate Gym and surveys its creatures.
— Stuart Prestidge, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
Natural Selection [9]
Responding to market demands and consumer pressure, Whole Foods decides to banish genetically modified ingredients from its store-brand product lines.
Now What? [15]
Can't get enough news? You're in luck -- more news is created every day. Our Now What? page offers a plethora of recommended links to help keep you living in the present.

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