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January 8: President Bush signs the "No Child Left Behind Act."
April 17: Pamela Polston passes the torch to new music editor Ethan Covey.
June 19: Paula Routly interviews part-time Vermonter Judith Levine about her radical writings and national reaction to her new book Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children from Sex. Levine later becomes a columnist for Seven Days.
July 31: In Inside Track, Peter Freyne outlines an "Enron-style conspiracy" at Fletcher Allen Health Care overseen by CEO Bill Boettcher.
August 7: Paula Routly bares all to get the scoop on a nudist camp in Sheldon Springs. "Undercover Story" makes the cover.
August 28: In Inside Track, Peter Freyne predicts that Jim Douglas will be the next governor of Vermont.
September 7: In honor of Seven Days' seventh anniversary, Burlington Mayor Peter Clavelle proclaims September 7, 2002, to be Seven Days Day. "Seven Days has become essential reading for anyone wanting to stay current with Burlington's — and Vermont's — cultural happenings and political shenanigans," he says.
September 25: Peter Kurth pens final Crank Call.
October 30: For the first Work, a monthly column about Vermonters on the job, Susan Green interviews a gravestone guy: Tony Socinski of Densmore Monuments.
November 5: Republicans win majorities in both the U.S. House and Senate. Jim Douglas elected governor.
November 6: Former Vermonter Hayden Carruth is honored with four readings around the state — and a spot on the cover of Seven Days. Paula Routly delivers "The Whole Carruth." VPA (1st Place, Best Feature, nondaily)
December 18: In the Winter Reading Issue, seven short-fiction writers serve up scenarios that take place at the abandoned Panda Inn on Shelburne Road.