Pg… 16 The Big Picture: Farewell to a pair of American heroes; an unforgettable history lesson of Japanese youth; proof that Wall Street is for the birds.
Pg… 24 . LIFE goes…: Why 30 million Americans are dying to get into ER each week.
Pg… 32 Almanac: Grave pursuits for the hollowing season; one of baseball's heavy hitters was colorblind; rough sledding for a movie mogul.
Pg… 42 Journey: Last October, the world was shocked by the murder of a young American boy on a highway in Italy. His family struggles to change heartbreak into healing offers an important lesson in grace and courage
Pg… 56 The Way We Live: Folks in Bahama, N.C., may not be big John Travolta fans. But when the band tunes up at Parrish's general store each week, they can't help being struck by Thursday night fever
Pg… 64 LIFE Special: Are they "cruel and unusual" punishment or a cure for our failing prison system? Love them or hate them, chain gangs are back.
Pg… 74 Face to Face: On the eve of the singer's 80th birthday, pictures of a new book about Frank Sinatra by his daughter Nancy revealed the intimate side of an American icon.
Pg… 84 LIFE 60 Years: To celebrate our 60th birthday, we began a year–long series of our favorite subjects with a look at democracy's many faces
Pg… 100 Tribute: Alfred Eisenstadt's pictures captured a changing world's dazzling variety. On his death at 96, LIFE looks back and remembers : Cover photograph by Michael Ochs archives