Editor's note: Every Sunday Fortune publishes a favorite story from its magazine archives.This week, we turn to a 1979 feature about Puerto Rico's attempt to gain statehood, and the economic ramifications of that quest. Nearly 35 years later, the commonwealth is struggling with debt and is being called the next Detroit."Operation Bootstrap" has begun to look more like "Operation Welfare," and the advocates of creating a Spanish-speaking fifty-first state want to keep that MORE Nov 3, 2013 9:00 AM ET
China's air quality has reached crisis state. Or has it?
By Adam Lashinsky, senior editor-at-large
FORTUNE -- I visited China for the first time in nearly 20 years this past summer. Everyone talks about how much has changed, and it's true. There were mule-drawn carriages in the streets of central Beijing the last time I was there. Today, not so much.
What hasn't changed is the air pollution. In fact, it has MORENov 1, 2013 12:29 PM ET
A lawyer explains why he quit working for the Ecuadorians suing the oil giant in the high-profile environmental case.
FORTUNE -- In dramatic testimony, a New York attorney testified Thursday that he dropped involvement in an environmental case against the oil company after learning that a key "independent," court-appointed expert's report had been secretly ghostwritten by the team's U.S. lawyers and consultants
"It was a shocking event and I remember it clearly," MORERoger Parloff, Senior Editor (Legal Affairs) - Oct 31, 2013 4:55 PM ET
Fantex plans to launch an exchange on which investors can buy and trade shares of their favorite athletes. Whether it will succeed is a big question.
By Daniel Roberts, writer-reporter
FORTUNE -- At first glance, the ability to invest your money in an individual football player, much like betting on a horse, might seem like the kind of thing that would ruin the sanctity of American team sports. After all, MOREOct 31, 2013 2:31 PM ET
It's time to address the uncomfortable questions we face after each natural disaster.
By Lori Bertman
FORTUNE -- A burning question for domestic disaster professionals -- and just about anyone with a wandering imagination -- has always been, "What would happen if a catastrophic event hit the island of Manhattan and its surrounding boroughs?"
Last October, Superstorm Sandy made landfall in the Tristate Area, prompting a mandatory evacuation order for hundreds of MOREOct 31, 2013 11:29 AM ET
It's a team rivalry of a different color: The Budweiser Clydesdales vs. Wells Fargo's stagecoach horses.
By Daniel Roberts, writer-reporter
FORTUNE -- The Budweiser Clydesdales are iconic. They're featured in ads during most Super Bowls, and they have a stable outside the St. Louis brewery. But banking giant Wells Fargo has been beefing up its horse supply to pull stagecoaches that travel the country, visiting parades and community events with public MOREOct 31, 2013 7:18 AM ET
Six months after launching, Roc Nation Sports has a formidable client list. But the agency's potential will rest on the new contract it gets for its first star.Oct 30, 2013 1:43 PM ET
Yandy.com founder and CEO Chad Horstman talks about his company's offbeat getups and its viral marketing strategy.
By Colleen Leahey
FORTUNE—Amid the thousands of skimpy Halloween ensembles cluttering the Internet this year, one shone brighter than the rest. Featured on The Daily Show, Today, and countless blogs, the Sexy Pizza costume – skin tight with screen-printed pie toppings and padded crust shoulders – is either a sharp parody of women's ritual MOREOct 30, 2013 9:26 AM ET
To keep up sales growth, car companies need to enter the so-called "beyond BRIC" markets -- which include countries as large as Indonesia and as small as Belize.Oct 29, 2013 5:00 AM ET
An ex-judge from Ecuador testified that "most" judges of the provincial court where Chevron was hit with a $19 billion judgment took bribes, and that he participated in 20 to 40 of them as both attorney and judge.
By Roger Parloff, senior editor
FORTUNE -- A key witness in Chevron's racketeering trial against environmental lawyer Steven Donziger, who won a $19 billion judgment against the oil giant in Lago Agrio, Ecuador MOREOct 28, 2013 10:55 AM ET
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