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Table of Contents:VOL. 157, NO. 10 - May 12, 2008
Features
"The best advice I ever got" From tech (Larry Page) to Wall Street (Peter G. Peterson) to the military (David Petraeus) to entertainment (Tina Fey), 19 accomplished people tell Fortune about the advice that most influenced their lives. more
Breakthrough ideas are around the corner, says the Google co-founder. But most of us are failing to take a chance on them. more
That's how much American Airlines is losing in an era of insane fuel prices. What's a CEO to do? more
Aubrey McClendon has built once-floundering Chesapeake Energy into the country's hottest natural-gas company. And the Swift Boat Veterans - funding, governor-attacking billionaire isn't backing down from anybody now. more
Optimistic but practical, CEO Ron Williams defends the U.S. health industry.  more
A short-seller's book argues that companies - and the SEC -stifle bearers of bad news. more
First
Bag revolution
Plastic-bag monsters take to California's streets to urge consumers to try reusable bags instead. By Telis Demos 
Copter crisis
The oil boom has created a shortage of whirlybirds. By Telis Demos 
The dangers of ethanol: Rising gas and food prices show the risk in economic miracles.  more
Lehman is one of many firms that now have a meteorologist-in-chief. more
Forget cheap imports. China's rise will soon be a force on Wall Street and Main Street and in Silicon Valley.  more
Technology
Can Ray Bell save the grid? Our clunky, brownout-prone electricity distribution system is about to enter the Computer Age, and an entrepreneur's smart meter could be the key.  more
It takes more than leading-edge technology and a Stanford MBA to make it big in high tech. Apparently it takes whiskers. more
Behind the scenes with a new gadget that's a real globetrotter - the Nokia N810.  more
Investing
Funds that let you sleep at night Portfolios that combine stocks and bonds provide a smoother ride without sacrificing returns. more
Update: Akamai's servers and software help enhance the flow of video streams and other online data - and if that's not a high-growth business, nothing is. more
The short answer is yes. But there are risky securities lurking in some portfolios. more
Life at the Top
How to bet on Bordeaux Each spring the wine world descends on southwest France to taste, judge, and set in motion capitalism's most liquid market. more
Road Warrior
Casa Cuervo's Juan Domingo Beckmann. By Eugenia Levenson 
Mercedes takes its flagship two-seater to new heights - but pure sports-car status remains elusive. more
Book Review
A physicist attempts to explain the role of randomness in our lives. By Daniel Okrent 
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