Barbara Kantrowitz

Stories by Barbara Kantrowitz

  • Still Shocking After A Year

    The color photographs displayed in a Manhattan courtroom last week were unsparingly graphic. Jurors were clearly stunned as prosecutors displayed images of the Central Park jogger's battered face, her bloody torso, her bruised legs. It was the third week of testimony in the trial of three youths accused of raping and beating the 30-year-old investment banker. Despite more than a year of sometimes lurid news coverage, the case still has the power to shock. That's why defense lawyers objected strenuously to the pictures. "I think the photos have a definite effect on [the jurors]," says Michael Joseph, who is representing 16-year-old Antron McCray. "The question is whether they can put aside the effect and weigh the evidence." ...
  • Glossy Home Companions

    When the French magazine Elle crashed onto these shores five years ago the reverberations were felt by everyone from the editors of mighty Vogue to fashion writers on local newspapers. The magazine was filled with unorthodox pairings of haute couture and street flash. Who else would put a humble T shirt under a $1,000 tunic? Elle's success spawned a legion of copiers. Vogue's current cover girl, for example, is adorned with a few artfully placed sea shells and not much else. ...
  • The Dangers Of Doing It

    Street wisdom drives 16-year-old Meta Jones crazy. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are at record-high levels among teens, yet the kids Meta knows at Coolidge Senior High in Washington D.C., have more faith in superstition than science. "They believe in the 'quick-withdrawal method'," she says. "They think you can't catch anything if he pulls out quickly enough." A lot of boys don't worry, she says, because "they think it's the girls who catch [diseases] more easily." And everyone seems to think STDs are someone else's problem. "They say, 'We're young. This isn't going to happen to us'." ...
  • High School Homeroom

    Cambridge Rindge and Latin School is only blocks from Harvard Yard, but it is really a world apart. The only public high school in Cambridge, Mass., Rindge and Latin's student body is a cross section of the city behind the privileged university. Nearly 70 flags hang from the ceiling of the cafeteria, representing the national origins of the 2,100 students. The day begins early here just before 8 a.m., when the streets in front of Rindge and Latin begin to fill up with kids. Some are chatting with friends, others hear only the rhythms of their Walkmans. Even amid this diversity, a few students stand out. They are girls like Charlene. unwillingly trapped in a time warp between adulthood and youth. ...
  • The Push For Sex Education

    In the past few years, many communities have tried various initiatives aimed at preventing teen pregnancy. No single approach works for every child or every school, but experts say that the most effective measures consist of a combination of education, health care and--most important--strong parental support. ...

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