Our Front Page stories on the maneuvers of Microsoft and America Online are only the latest manifestation of a definite trend. Online business suddenly is the 800-pound gorilla.

What happens on the internet has been a subject of intense interest to Wall Street for some time. But now it's beginning to matter just as much to Main Street--not to mention the street where your office is.

Educators and analysts have told our reporters how this latest mega-merger might affect our schools directly, but AOL Time Warner also stands as a harbinger of a latter day tectonic shift.


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