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Bee, a new national magazine for women who are more interested in world news and financial advice than makeup and dating, hits the stands this month with articles on China (the country, not the dishes), the price of shopping till you drop, a woman who has a $30,000 Hermes bag collection (and what that says about her) and the life of a lobbyist. And Atlanta author Hollis Gillespie writes about the problem of finding an affordable inner city house in a neighborhood before it gentrifies from "dangerous" to "fashionably dangerous."

Bee Editor in Chief Ana Maria Castronovo says the magazine's mission is to help women achieve their goal of being financially secure, finding jobs they love, learning more about the world and discussing lifestyles --- "The way we live, not the way we decorate." Based in Dallas, Bee will be published quarterly with an initial circulation of 100,000.

Telling secrets: In this week's issue of The New Yorker (Nov. 7), Nicholas Lemann explains how the case of CIA agent Valerie Plame became a scandal. Lemann writes that the indictment of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby on perjury charges exposed a murky aspect of the relationship between reporters and their sources in Washington. In the past, Lemann writes, journalists sought to expose wrongdoing on the part of government officials. This is a case, he says, "where talking to the press was precisely the crime being investigated, where the anonymous sources were not whistle-blowers taking on an administration but an administration taking on whistle-blowers. . . . "

Newsweek (Nov. 7), Time (Nov. 7) and U.S. News & World Report (Nov. 7) also weigh in on the Libby indictment and the damage it could do to the White House. Although President Bush faces a tough challenge and a plummeting approval rating, Newsweek says that may not affect his legacy. Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan each suffered slumps and recovered.

So how can Bush get back on track? Robert Caro, Lyndon Johnson's biographer, tells Time that the president should admit that his fundamental policies have failed and must be radically changed. And author Doris Kearns Goodwin advises him to break out of his scripted meetings and start talking to the public. Also in this issue of Time, the staff reports on the crisis in global health and what people like Bill and Melinda Gates are doing to deal with it.

Who makes what: Think you're underpaid? See how your paycheck stacks up against Jeff Francoeur's ($300,000), Sonny Perdue's ($128,903) or waiter James Prentice's ($31,200) in Atlanta's (November) cover story on salaries and hot careers. As you might expect, the pay gap between corporate executives and working folks is enormous. While Home Depot CEO Robert L. Nardelli is pulling down $7,700,000 a year, a starting teacher in Fulton County makes $37,584.

Quick reads: O, the Oprah Magazine (November) addresses the gap between the haves and the have-nots with a series of articles aimed at dissolving the "barriers of fear and anger." Valerie Monroe writes about what it takes to turn "them" into "us" and Aimee Lee Ball talks with U.N. peace ambassador Jane Goodall, movie director Paul Haggis and TV commentator Bill Maher about ways to bring people together. . . . Denise Richards, Britney Spears and other celebrity moms tell People (Nov. 7) how they shed pounds so quickly.. . . The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) didn't have to deal with that problem, but he does have to keep in shape. The wrestler-turned-actor talks with Men's Journal (November) writer David Hochman about his workout routine and diet, which mostly consists of egg whites, boiled potatoes, spinach, broccoli and chicken, accompanied by a gallon and a half of water every day.

Copyright 2005 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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