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  • Mrs. Thatcher's Munich

    Let me tell you about Joan Tong. Joan is an attractive, 23-year-old Hong Kong Chinese who happens to be smart as a whip to boot. When I lived in Hong Kong she was my secretary, but now she brightens up the office of Martin Lee, leader of the colony's newly formed pro-democracy party. Like most of Hong Kong's 6.8 million inhabitants, Joan considers her home a sort of Chinese paradise and doesn't want to leave--ever. But she knows that working for Mr. Lee has put her and her family at risk come Beijing's 1997 takeover of Hong Kong, and she would thus like an insurance policy. So when the Thatcher government announced that only 50,000 Hong Kong households would have a right of abode in the United Kingdom she asked the obvious. "Do you think I am on that list?" ...
  • The Wealth Of A Nation

    There's a fairy-tale quality to West Germany's economic takeover of East Germany. The fable goes something like this: ...
  • Hot Couples

    Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder and former nude model-turned-socialite Pat Kluge. Wilder says he and Kluge are just "friends." But Kluge, separated from her billionaire husband, John Kluge, and Wilder, who is divorced, have reportedly weekended together on Nantucket, on Maryland's Eastern Shore and at Virginia Beach. Wilder earlier this year named Kluge, a high-school dropout, to the University of Virginia's Board of Visitors. The Kluges, who now live in separate houses on the same estate, were Wilder's chief campaign contributors.
  • The 10 Most Obscure Congressmen

    The congressional newspaper Roll Call recently picked the Hill's 10 most invisible congressmen. Heading the list is GOP Rep. Clarence Miller of Ohio who Roll Call says is virtually unknown--despite 23 years in Congress. The others: Herb Bateman (R-Va.), immersed in legislative detail.Robert Borski (D-Pa.),immersed in favors for home folksJoe Early (D-Mass.), who recently held his first press conference.Charles Hatcher (D-Ga); Tip O'Neill once said he'd never heard of him.Dennis Hertel (D-Mich.) backs losers for chairmanships.Ray McGrath (R-N.Y.), a former phys-ed teacher.Henry Nowak (D-N.Y.), interested in protecting Buffalo.Richard Schulze (R-Pa.), interested in protecting mushroom growers.French Slaughter (R-Va.), uninterested in any public speaking.
  • Aftershocks In Teheran

    For survivors of the earthquake that killed nearly 40,000 people in Iran and the West European rescuers who flocked to help them, relief efforts sometimes became an exercise in mutual incomprehension. Burrowing through the rubble with their high-tech equipment, search teams were puzzled by the resignation of rural Persians, most of whom passionately mourned their martyred dead but quickly gave up hope of finding anyone buried alive. In Manjil, where 90 percent of all dwellings were leveled, a British team arrived at a house where a missing girl was said to be buried. They dug in with their bare hands. The child's uncle began his own search--for money. He rummaged through books, tossed aside a poster of the Ayatollah Khomeini, and finally extracted a case of papers and cash. When the British found his niece's body, the uncle simply asked if somebody else could dispose of her. ...
  • Wisconsin Is Talking...

    About fallen dairy princess Lori Esker, convicted in the "moomoo murder" of killing the fiancee of her former boyfriend. The 20-year-old Esker, Marathon County's reigning dairy princess until her arrest last September, was found guilty of using a belt to strangle Lisa Cihaski, 21, in the parking lot of a Howard Johnson Motor Lodge. Trial testimony disclosed Esker killed Cihaski to prevent her from marrying dairy farmer Bill Buss, 26. The murder has embarrassed state dairymen. "It's unfortunate the industry gets a black eye in the situation," said Dan Borschke, president of the Wisconsin Dairy Council.
  • Delays And Dollars

    Blurred vision is the most recent obstacle encountered by the Hubble Space Telescope since Congress first funded it in 1977. Budgetary and managerial woes--as well as bad luck--have plagued the 13-ton instrument from the start. ...
  • Singh For His Supper

    Who's sari now? Not Peter Singh, a Pakistani-born Elvis wannabe. When he's not running a carry-out food shop in Wales, Singh croons cross-cultural originals like "My Popadum Told Me," "Bhindi Bhaji Boogie" and "RockingWith the Sikh" to rapt Londoners. Singh got his inspiration from the King himself, who appeared to him in a dream and passed the mantle. Now, says Singh, "I don't smoke dope. I don't drink bourbon. All I want to do is shake my turban."
  • Acting Frisky At Comiskey

    The Chicago Cubs used to be the team of the trendy. Celebrities, an ex-president included, did play by play. Bryant Gumbel and George Will were avid fans. Even the ballpark was perfect: with its ivy-draped brick, it had a certain collegiate panache. But no longer. The hot ticket in Chicago this season isn't the fifth-place Cubs, it's the White--hot Sox. That's right, the White Sox--the humble team from the South Side, the team that once took the field in shorts, for God's sake--last week grabbed the lead in the American League West. ...
  • A Bigger Bite For The George

    The town fathers of Kennebunkport, Maine, home of George Bush's summer White House, have solved a problem the president has been unable to manage. They're cutting the tax rates but taking more out of the taxpayers" wallets. Since land values in the area have more than doubled over the past eight years, the latest assessment on Bush's compound has soared to $2.2 million, from $892,000 in 1982. Even at the new rate of $11 per $1,000 valuation (down from $22.40), Bush will owe $23,20--up from $17,832 last year.
  • Fans, Start Your Engines

    Summer movies are nothing if not fun so let's have some fun with Days of Thun. den This is the one in which Tom Cruise plays a race-car driver on the NASCAR (stock car) circuit. So why is his name Cole Trickle? This is worth thinking about, especially since Cruise himself is credited with I the story, along with screenwriter Robert Towne. Why would a sex bomb like Cruise want to be called Trickle? Sounds more like an oil leak. His erstwhile rival and eventual buddy (played by Michael Rooker) is called Rowdy Burns--now there's the quintessential race driver's moniker. ...
  • French Revolution, Family Style

    The collapse of socialism has brought Europe into a postrevolutionary age. Louis: Malle's May Fools can be called the first postrevolutionary comedy. It takes place in May 1968, when the left-wing student demonstrations in Paris were shaking all of France. In Malle's delicious film those events are reflected and parodied in the hurried reunion of a family in the wine country of the southwest. The octogenarian matriarch, Madame Vieuzac (Paulette Dubost), suddenly dies, leaving her estate in the care of her dreamy 60-year-old son Milou (.Michel Piccoli). Promptly, several generations of Vieuzacs converge on the family villa. As the radio blares out ominous bulletins on the political upheavals in the cities, the family spars and spats about the disposal of the estate. Since the local gravediggers have caught the anarchic fever, the body of Madame Vienzac goes unburied. She becomes a kind of ironic spirit, surveying the mini-revolution in her fractious family. ...
  • A Princess For The People

    It was a joining of many kinds: old and new,elegant and simple, man and woman. When Prince Aya(second son of Emperor Akihito) and his college friend, a commoner, Kiko Kawashima, were married last week on the grounds of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, the nation rejoiced. Here was a couple anyone could love. Princess Kiko and the newly named Prince Akishino will live in a modest home. They will continue their studies: she in social psychology, he in catfish. If there was any unhappiness at all, it was only Japanese sorrow that the heir to the throne, Crown Prince Naruhito, remains a bachelor.
  • Mandela, A Great Stone Face

    The exterior of New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine already displays limestone carvings of Moses and Abraham Lincoln. Next year Nelson Mandela will join this distinguished historic company-along with a carving of a Zulu warrior in combat with a dragon (symbolizing apartheid). The stonecutters and carvers who are working on the cathedral decided to include Mandela while the leader of black South Africa was still in Victor Verster prison farm, long before his U.S. visit. The Mandela carving, which was executed by Emmanuel Fourchet,24, will be installed on the cathedral's south tower--facing Harlem.
  • Extra, Extra!

    The first independent U.S. Soviet newspaper hits the kiosks in Moscow this week. Called We/Mbl, it is a joint venture by the Hearst Corp. and Izvestia. A colorful mix of hard news, scandal, sports and comics, the first issue of the weekly has stories about a scheme to sell Soviet tnaks abroad for condoms and pantyhose, the AIDS epidemic in the U.S.S.R., (the lambada and X-rated video clubs) and the first U.S. soccer player to sign with a Soviet team. Hearst trained four Izvestia journalist in Western-style reporting and provided the paper and presses for the maiden issue.
  • Waiter! Get Me A Picture Phone And A Fax!

    It looks like the setting for a power lunch. But inside Electronic Cafe International in Santa Monica, Calif., you can get a lot more than a cup of espresso and a piece of quiche. How about a fax from India, or a teleconference call from London? Located in Santa Monica's 18th Street Arts Complex, Cafe International is more than an eatery; it's the latest wrinkle in global communications facilities. ...
  • Rjr Tries To Salvage Its Junk

    Was it only last year that financier Henry Kravis and his partners borrowed a whopping $28 billion to buy R JR Nabisco in the biggest leveraged buyout in history? It seems like an age--namely, the age of excessive debt. Now, only 17 months later, the landscape is littered with casualties of overborrowing--Robert Campeau, Merv Griffin, Donald Trump. Kravis, whose name became synonymous with leveraged buyouts in the go-go 1980s, seems determined to avoid the same fate. Adapting to the pay-as-you-go 1990s, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts is planning to put IWR on a sounder financial footing. The firm indicated that it would I plow $1 .7 billion of new equity into the food and tobacco giant and retire some $4 billion of high-yield junk bonds. Said a Shearson Lehman Hutton trader, "It's the official end of the junk-bond era." ...
  • A White-Male Lament

    You know us. We're everywhere and we drive you crazy. We turn up where you work, at parties and next to you in airplanes. We're the ones who debate the merits of leaf blowers, comparison shop for car polishes and file every warranty for every purchase. We're the ones who can't clap to the beat, who wear awkward smiles, the kind of guys you hope won't try to start a conversation. We're BMCWM--boring, middle-class white men. How did so many of us wind up so boring Well, we didn't ask to be this way. Being boring is a role thrust upon us. ...
  • A Home Away From Home

    Every morning except Sundays, Dorothy Frutiger kisses her husband, Dick, goodbye and watches as he boards the van to the Cedar Acres Adult Day Care Center in Janesville, Wis. It's a long drive--30 miles--and Dick spends the time chatting with the other passengers who are still able to respond. Lately, he's taken to consoling a younger man, an Alzheimer's victim like himself, who doesn't like the idea of adult day care. A lot of the conversation seems nonsensical; some sentences stop in midthought. But the effort helps keep their minds active. And what is the alternative? Though he's only 62, Dick Frutiger would be watching TV in a nursing home if not for Cedar Acres. "He gets better care there than he would at home," says Dorothy, 58, who works full time as a typesetter. ...
  • The Nixons Go For The Gold

    Richard and Pat Nixon met in 1938, when both landed parts in an amateur production of George S. Kaufman's "The Dark Tower." Watergate reporters Woodward and Bernstein later wrote that the Nixons had a loveless marriage. Maybe so, but last week they celebrated their 50th anniversary. It was a quiet family affair, the only social splash was made by the Nixon grandkids in the swimming pool.
  • Piece De Resistance

    On June 18,1940, Gen. Charles de Gaulle launched the valiant French Resistance movement with a stirring radio broadcast from London, urging French people to continue the struggle against the Nazi forces. Last week France marked the 50th anniversary of the broadcast with a startling temporary monument in Paris. A team of 21 artists painted a gigantic replica of the popular 1940s DucretetThomson radio and wrapped the canvas around the renowned Obelisk in the Place de la Concorde. World War II speeches poured from nearby speakers--and then the creation was dismantled, and the radio days were over.
  • No Common Ground

    Abortion: The Clash of Absolutes. By Laurence H. Tribe. 270pages. Norton. $19.95. ...
  • To Russia, With Movie Deals

    The movie is pure Hollywood thriller, complete with a leaking nuclear reactor, panicking townspeople and an allstar cast, including Jon Voight and Jason Robards. But as filming began last month on "The Final Warning," a re-creation of the 1986 Chernobyl meltdown, the real drama was the choice of location. Cast and crew assembled before a nuclear plant in Kruchatov, 300 miles south of Moscow. In an unprecedented deal made possible by glasnost, the Soviet government has teamed with Carolco--best known, ironically, for financing the anti-communist Rambo pictures--to make the $4 million movie for Turner Network Television. ...
  • Bad Time For Terrorists

    Colleagues at East Germany's People's Geothermic Enterprise knew the nondescript record keeper as "Dieter Lenz." During seven years in the plant's record-keeping department, Lenz worked odd hours and kept to himself. But the quiet 31-year-old allegedly had a violent past. Last week East German police took him away in handcuffs. They charged that he is really Henning Beer, a top entry on West Germany's most-wanted list as a suspected member of the Red Army Faction (RAF) terrorist gang. He was one of 10 RAF suspects arrested in East Germany in the last two weeks. A German investigative reporter noticed that during three RAF attacks, including the murder of Deutsche Bank chairman Alfred Herrhausen last fall, Dieter Lenz happened to be on vacation. ...
  • Fixing The 'Between'

    When it first appeared three decades ago, the field of family therapy was considered revolutionary for its view of the family as as "system" in which members collide with one another in predictable ways. Today family theraphy is undergoing a small revolution of its own. Spurred by feminists in its midst, the profession is being forced to re-examined its persistent sexual stereotyping of family members--a tendency all the more curious in a brand of theraphy that all places heavy emphasis on gender roles. One of the more familiar, and problematic, family constellations, for instance, is the so-called persuader-distancer couple, consisting of an "over-involved" mother and an "unavailable' father who between them, stir up a witch's brew offamily tensions. Such concepts have come under attack by feminist who believe that a mother's expressive way are somehow being turned into a liability by therapist. ...
  • Not-So-Square Squires

    In the peerage of pop, British rocker Roger Daltrey is already royalty. Beyond the bandstand, though, the lead singer for The Who has found a place in an entirely separate Who's Who: he's become a country gentleman. The good Mr. Daltrey is the proud owner of a comfortable estate near the English village of Burwash--and not shy about it. For a recent American Express ad, he strolled around his private lake doing the famous, "Do you know me?" routine dressed in a Barbour jacket, cloth hat and Wellingtons. "I run this trout fishery," says the man who made millions singing "We won't get fooled again." He then makes his way . . . not to a limo, but a Land Rover. ...
  • How The West Was Tamed

    As Petruchio, Morgan Freeman is a true cowboy suitor in the New York Shakespeare Festival's frontier version of "The Taming of the Shrew." The production, set in the old Southwest, began previews in Central Park last week. Ever the deadeye, Freeman uses a lasso to tame the prairie virago Kate (Tracey Ullman). "She's someone I know," says Ullman. "She's 40, intelligent, witty but has no man because there's no one to match her." Freeman "may think he's tamed me," she adds, "but I don't think he really has."
  • Keeping The Pressure On President Bush

    Keep the pressure on," chanted the adoring throngs after Nelson Mandela stepped off a jetliner in New York last week and invoked the main theme of his six-week, 14-nation tour. The demand raised questions all but forgotten since the emotional sanctions debate of 1986: how much pressure, and for how long The South African government was hoping for a reward for its relaxation of political repression, including Mandela's release. Pretoria may soon meet the legal test that would enable President Bush to begin lifting U.S. economic sanctions, the most stringent imposed by any of South Africa's major trading partners. But Mandela insists sanctions should stay "until fundamental and irreversible changes take place"--and that will take years, at best. "[South African President F. W.] de Klerk has done nothing," Mandela said. "What are you rewarding him for?" ...
  • Mandela

    At a historic crossroads in Harlem Nelson Mandela staked his claim. One by one, he invoked the black heroes and martyrs whose words had echoed there before him: Marcus Garvey, Paul Robeson, Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. There were perhaps 100,000 people pressed against the barricades, filling the streets in all four directions from the platform, and the roar swelled louder as each of the great names sounded. "I am here to claim you because ... you have claimed our struggle," Mandela said. "Harlem signifies the glory of resistance. We are on the verge of victory ... Death to racism! " That brought the loudest roar of all, a mighty ovation in the gathering dusk.With his regal bearing, his smiling serenity and his unbroken spirit after 27 years in South African prisons, Mandela was an authentic heir to the heroes' mantle. And in New York last week, the Harlem rally, a ticker-tape parade, a United Nations address and an ecstatic, chanting celebration in...
  • Congress: The Flag Boosters Get Burned

    George Bush and the GOP's congressional leadership had hoped to fete the Fourth of July with the first step toward a new-and-improved Bill of Rights. But last week the House of Representatives rained on their parade, defeating a proposed constitutional amendment to ban desecration of the American flag. For several days, congressmen debated the issue with a mix of passion and parody. While Illinois Rep. Henry J. Hyde invoked people who "paid for [the flag] with their blood," Rep. Gary L. Ackerman of New York displayed items with a flag motif, including panty hose and garbage bags. "How about American flag napkins?" said Ackerman. "What if you blow your nose in one? Have you broken the law?" ...