Land of legend, purveyor of myth, the Western United States occupies a role as one of the world's most influential political and economic regions. How successfully it meets the challenges of environmental conservation, immigration and water management will help determine America's future.

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    A Team to Remember

    Led by a luminous star, the Stanford women's basketball team defied predictions and advanced to the national championship game.

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    Heard This One?

    Inventor, composer, professor and performer, Mark Applebaum makes music unlike anything audiences have ever heard. They like the sound of it

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    Farm Aid

    Under Stanford's new financial aid program, all families earning less than $100,000 get tuition free. How can the University make that commitment, and why is it necessary? Provost John Etchemendy and dean of admission Richard Shaw provide the answers.