04/30/2002 - Updated 03:17 PM ET

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'Gunsmoke' Anniversary
Impressed by The Sopranos and other 'mature' dramas? Check out this site celebrating Gunsmoke, the western radio & TV drama that started it all by exploring the human condition. The series first hit the airwaves 50 years ago this month.


'Things fall apart' pretty much sums up this study in Manhattan entropy. Photographs of a variety of objects from dented mail boxes to torn awnings serve, in the site's words, as 'a memorial to the things in this city that are so cheap in human estimation as to be barely worth fixing.'

A handy Web surfing companion, the new Alexa Web Search quickly pulls up the stats on any Web site, as well as reader-written reviews and a 'people who visit this page also visit' index to similar sites, courtesy of venture partner


At last, a reason to dig your chatty Billy Bass out of the hall closet. This site gives you all the computer code and instructions you'll need to expand the vocabulary of your annoying little novelty fish by using the power of Linux. Try that with Windows.

The ICanDream site is a heart-swelling demonstration of the human spirit if it doesn't turn out to be your typical Net scam. Nathan & crew are out to make their dream to buy a large yacht and sail it from Sydney to Greece come true. Chart their progress online.

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Net life


Hemingway set to join the e-books library.

Sale of some dot-us domains deplored.

Cigarette maker tweaks image online.

U.S. sues site over historic Kennedy map.




Sports enthusiasts host shows online.


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World Cup trophy


Highlights to be shown online for a fee.


Web Celebs


Web Celebs


'Spider-Man' star Maguire spins a wider Web.