Eve Conant

Stories by Eve Conant

  • The Pope's Sex Abuse Apology

    Benedict talks to bishops about the wounds of the sex abuse scandal. But many victims want an explicit apology—and action.
  • Spitzer in Mind, the D.C. Madam Makes Her Case

    If there's one woman who might take some small comfort in the Eliot Spitzer sex scandal, it's Deborah Jeane Palfrey, a.k.a. the "D.C. Madam." Her trial on federal charges of prostitution-related racketeering and money laundering is set to begin in April. Palfrey's "Pamela Martin & Associates" escort service boasted some 10,000 clients, including powerful D.C. figures. Sen. David Vitter, a family-values Republican from Louisiana, admitted he was on Palfrey's customer list and apologized. Deputy Secretary of State Randall Tobias, an anti-prostitution crusader, resigned last year after admitting he was also a Palfrey client. He insisted that he received only massages, not sex.All along, Palfrey has claimed she was running a perfectly legal "adult fantasy" service that stopped short of sex; the Feds say it was an old-fashioned call-girl ring. If she's found guilty, she could face 55 years in prison. But now, she hopes, Spitzer's fall may give her claims an unexpected credibility...
  • Teens: Branding for Beginners

    Chanel Vamp Lip Gloss, Jimmy Choo heels, Gauloises cigarettes, Absolut vodka: they're the kind of brand-name products you'd expect to find in a glossy magazine. But they're popping up with astounding frequency in novels aimed at teen girls, according to a new study by Naomi Johnson, a communications studies professor at Virginia's Longwood University. Johnson looked at six best-selling novels from the "Gossip Girl," "A-List" and "Clique" series, and found that brand names appeared an average of more than once per page: 1,553 references in all. Among them were 65 allusions to brand-name alcohols, cigarettes or prescription drugs. The brand names helped drive plotlines and define characters, says Johnson, who also noticed a degree of snobbery at work: almost all 22 references to Keds served to label the girl wearing them a loser. Other lessons: don't wear Target bikinis; do wear Chanel. (A spokesperson for Alloy Entertainment, a marketing-firm subsidiary that holds the copyright for...
  • Seeking Common Ground on Abortion

    Can evangelicals and liberals come together over abortion, gay rights, and the role of religion in public life?
  • A Shot Through the Art

    Randolph College needs cash, so it's selling some paintings. Some say the school is also selling its soul.
  • The Miracle Workers

    For 25 years, evangelicals have voted Republican. But the Democrats are courting, and their efforts may have a prayer.
  • A Doctor's Searing Fiction

    A physician's arresting debut short-story collection sheds light on the dark corners of doctoring—and tells good tales in the bargain.
  • On Collapsed Bridge, Warning Signs Were There

    Survivors of Minneapolis’s bridge collapse said there was little warning. But the warning signs were in place years before.Long before Wednesday’s accident, which killed at least four and injured around 80, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MDOT) had warned about problems with the bridge. The structure had a "structurally deficient" rating since 1990 and has been inspected every year since, according to MDOT. Don Dorgan, an MDOT engineer, says, "We thought we had done all we could—obviously something went very wrong." In a 2001 report, engineers wrote that the bridge’s deck truss had many fatigue details on the main truss and floor truss system. Still, the report concluded the bridge “should not have any problems with fatigue cracking in the foreseeable future.” Then, in 2005 and 2006 the bridge was deemed “structurally deficient,” meaning that the bridge doesn’t need to be closed but is in poor condition and ill-equipped to handle current traffic loads. Apparently that...
  • Man's Journey Sparks Fear, Outrage

    An Atlanta lawyer with a potentially deadly contagious disease talks about a journey that has triggered fear and outrage.
  • TB Scare: The Public-Health Slip-Ups

    Public-health and homeland-security officials admitted to slip-ups in their handling of the Andrew Speaker TB case. Will the government be ready next time?
  • In Search of a Political Savior

    They'd come to pay their respects to the past, but the talk soon turned to the future. The country's leading conservative Christians convened in Lynchburg, Va., last week to bury the Rev. Jerry Falwell, the televangelist who, decades ago, fused politics and religion and helped define the GOP as the party of the faithful. Now, as the mourners straggled out of the church, some wondered aloud about the 2008 presidential election. Did any of the 10 Republican candidates deserve their coveted blessing? "Ralph Reed asked me who I was interested in," says Richard Viguerie, the longtime conservative political consultant. Viguerie had no good answer. He turned the question back on Reed, a Republican operative who once led the Christian Coalition. Reed shrugged his shoulders. "There's just nobody out there," says Viguerie.Surveying the crowded GOP field, many evangelicals are feeling unloved, and unsettled. Conservative Christians were crucial in sending George W. Bush to the White House—and...
  • TB Man Tells His Side of the Story

    Andrew Speaker says he's being unfairly attacked for his decision to fly to Europe and get married after being diagnosed with a rare form of tuberculosis
  • What's Next for 'The D.C. Madam'?

    So, now what? The woman nicknamed the “D.C. Madam,” who faces racketeering charges for running what federal authorities believe was an illegal prostitution ring, has given the phone records of her escort business to several news agencies. Deborah Jeane Palfrey, who maintains that she ran a legal adult fantasy sex service, had hoped that concern over the names of her clients appearing in the press would help shore up her case; Montgomery Blair Sibley, a lawyer working with her on civil suits, has said she hoped to have clients called as defense witnesses. But the press has, by and large, not gone that route—at least not yet. So where does that leave Palfrey, 51, who faces a fresh court hearing May 21? The diminutive and dark-haired Palfrey, dressed all in black save for a gold heart-shaped pendant, chandelier earrings and pink nail polish, met with NEWSWEEK's Eve Conant last week in New York to discuss her next legal steps, ABC News' decision not to go public with her clients' names,...
  • God, War and the Presidency

    Jewish and Muslim chaplains have dual roles: tending to their flocks and educating everyone about different traditions.
  • Books: A Memoir of Adoption and Autism

    We’re told to pick our battles if we want to make a difference in the world. Activist and writer Ralph James Savarese thought he and his wife, Emily, had done just that. For her it meant working with a Florida center for disabled and autistic children. For him it meant writing and teaching college students about responsibility and social obligation. But in the late '90s they found themselves forgoing these larger causes for the smaller one staring them right in the face: an abused, autistic toddler named DJ.The American Psychiatric Association describes autism as a disorder of impaired communication and social skills (including the delay or total lack of spoken language) and restricted or repetitive behavior such as flapping of the hands. But that view, argues Savarese in “Reasonable People: a Memoir of Autism and Adoption,” robs people with autism of their humanity and in return offers little hope. “To many experts, the non-speaking autist resembles the old version of a black hole:...
  • A Trapped Student's IM Trail

    A student trapped in a locked-down building Monday morning exchanges anxious messages with her family, as the violent ordeal unfolds.
  • To Catch a Thief at the National Archives

    With its stacks of yellowing historical documents and staff of earnest archivists and librarians, the National Archives doesn’t seem like a typical setting for intrigue. So workers at the Philadelphia branch have understandably been shaken by a whodunit that has unfolded in their normally placid corridors during the last few months.The unusual crime began to unravel last September, when Dean Thomas of Gettysburg, Pa., had the sensation of déjà vu while reading an eBay offer for three Civil War documents from 1861 and 1862 that his brother was bidding on for him. Thomas, who publishes Civil War and American Revolution history books, got up from his desk and looked into one of his many black binders, the one that holds the letters he photocopied some 20 years earlier at the Philly National Archives. There, he found the same ones he was seeing on eBay, being sold by a private seller, “hchapel.” His brother won the bid on a Sunday night and the purchase went through for $298.88. Payment...
  • When Training Iraqi Troops Turns Deadly

    Iraqi troops turned their rifles on Americans on a joint patrol, exposing the risks for embedded U.S. military advisers. One mother's quest for justice.
  • U.S. Kids Bombarded By TV Food Ads

    A new study reveals that American kids are exposed to as many as 50 hours a year of TV food advertising—much of it for sugary snacks. Are the ads exacerbating the national obesity problem?
  • Hundreds of Iraq Vets Are Homeless

    Night is when suicidal vets usually show up at the emergency room of the San Francisco VA Medical Center. But a few weeks ago, the ER had one who came in at 10 a.m., frantic and saying he had a gun. "He was haunted, desperate," says Chad Peterson, medical director of the center's posttraumatic-stress-disorder team. "He was going to be redeployed to Iraq and said suicide was his only way out." Peterson managed to talk the man out of killing himself and into a program, but weeks later the counselor is still struggling with memories of what the man told him. "How can you sleep after something like that?" he asks. Peterson has spent thousands of hours treating vets who came home from Iraq and Afghanistan with PTSD, and their horror stories have gradually rubbed off on him. "I'll hear about the things they've seen or done, the close calls, and my pulse quickens," he says. "I'll get agitated or feel hopeless because I can't take this person's pain away."The problem afflicts thousands of...
  • A Mother's Crusade Against the Iraq War

    You might not know her name, but she’s fast become a fresh face of the antiwar left. Missouri mom Tina Richards became an overnight YouTube sensation last week, when an encounter she had with Rep. David Obey in a Capitol Hill corridor went viral—just as Congress was debating a bid to rein in spending for President Bush’s surge in Iraq. During the encounter, Richards approaches Obey, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, to discuss her son, Marine Cpl. Cloy Richards—who suffers from undiagnosed traumatic brain injuries following two tours of duty in Iraq and a failure by the military health-care system to provide adequate treatment, his mother says. Obey responds patiently, at first, but the congressman grows agitated as the conversation continues, and he tells Richards that “liberal idiots” were pushing Congress to defund the war—which, Obey argues, would further hurt the cause of veterans whose health-care needs are already being shortchanged.Richards, the CEO of...
  • Coping With a Shortage of Cancer Doctors

    Who will care for America's baby boomers when cancer strikes? A new study predicts a shortfall of as many as 4,000 oncologists by 2020, with no easy solution in sight
  • Adult Drugs for Children: A Growing Problem?

    A new study finds that close to 80 percent of children in U.S. hospitals are receiving drugs that have been approved only for grownups. The growing problem of 'off label' prescriptions.
  • Shortchanging Veterans’ Health Care

    Sen. Patty Murray speaks out on why she thinks the Bush budget shortchanges VA health care--and what Democrats in Congress should do about it.
  • A Bombthrower's Life

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali moved to the United States last September when she was invited to join the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C. Last week her controversial memoir, "Infidel," was published here. With armed guards just outside her office, she sat down with NEWSWEEK's Eve Conant to discuss the Muslim extremists who have threatened to kill her, life in America and whether she's a "colonial feminist": ...