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  • Upside Down From Down Under

    Circus Oz contains no animals ("Don't need 'cm"), no ring, no sawdust, no wizard even. But this combo of 21 muscular and multitalented Aussies puts plenty o' wizardry into its postmodern version of the big top. Oz specializes in death defying stunts done with disarming humor to the rhythm of rock and roll, played by the acrobats themselves. On their current U.S. tour, they blithely blast "girl scouts" from cannons and unfold entire musical skits on the ceiling. Says manager Susan Provan, "It's all done with magnets."
  • Mob Rule In Romania

    Bucharest was a battlefield once more. Police moved to disperse a small antigovernment rally in a downtown square last week, and protesters replied with stones, then fire. The government matched force with force. When protesters stormed Romania's lone television station thousands of club-wielding coal miners were brought in to quell the "fascist rebellion. " The miners beat anyone suspected of opposing the regime, punching a young man to the ground for having long hair and whipping a woman with chains after finding an antigovernment leaflet in her bag. ...
  • Interrogating The Prisoners

    Drug czar William Bennett has a new strategy in the war on drugs: systematically interrogate the captives. The Justice Department is preparing a major effort to build a comprehensive CIA-style database on the Colombian drug cartels by questioning hundreds, perhaps ultimately thousands, of drug dealers serving time in U.S. prisons. "We have a big human intelligence resource sitting in cages right here in the United States," says a senior administration official. "We don't even have to go hunt for them. " FBI and DEA field agents will thoroughly grill drug traffickers about their operations, with the possibility of earlier parole for those who cooperate with the program.
  • Inside The Invasion

    At 12:56 a.m. last Dec. 20, five minutes before U.S. forces' biggest battle since Vietnam, Lt. Col. Lynn Moore sat tensely in an OH-58 scout helicopter, circling the cloudy skies above El Renacer prison and eying his target through night-vision goggles. Moore's mission: to rescue the 64 prisoners inside, including two Americans. The jail bristled with guards, but the colonel had told his men they could take it without a single loss. For the past nine days, 80 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division had been rehearsing the assault, sometimes right outside the prison walls. ...
  • Cloudy Future

    It's hard to keep Patrick Ewing earthbound. In "The Exorcist III: Legion," the "official" sequel to the head-spinning original, the basketball whiz has a silent cameo role as an oversize angel. The seven-foot Ewing appears in George C. Scott's dream about the afterlife. And if his acting career doesn't take off? Well, he still has his job as the demon center for the New York Knicks.
  • S&Ls: Blaming The Media

    Who's to blame for the savings and loan scandal? The owners and regulators of the industry have had their turn, in a new Hotline poll, the public faults both George Bush (by 59 percent) and Congress (64 percent). Now, inevitably, anger is building at the media for failing to sound clear warnings about the worst financial mess in the nation's history. That failure is "a scandal in itself," concludes Ellen Hume, executive director of Harvard's Shorenstein Barone Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, and there should be "embarrassment and soul-searching at the highest levels of journalism." ...
  • Do You Speak Deals?

    He is an optimist by nature. And why not? Michael Sumichrast fled Czechoslovakia in 1948, after the communists took power, then made millions in Ohio real estate. Now, 42 years later, he's back--the first of a new breed of American pioneers hoping to cash in on the revolutions in Eastern Europe. He brings money, know-how and an unshakable capitalist faith. And, partly because he is first, he has had a hero's welcome. He sits in on government cabinet meetings. He's featured on the nightly news. Taxi drivers refuse to take his money. The reason, as one cabby put it: "I think it's great that you're trying to bring America to Czechoslovakia." ...
  • Gorbachev Takes Out His Federalist Papers

    One nation or 15? Confronting his nationalities crisis last week, Mikhail Gorbachev tried to have it both ways. In order to preserve the Soviet Union, he proposed to dismantle it, replacing the present arrangement with a new, looser federation in which the current Soviet republics would have the rights of "sovereign states." The danger in Gorbachev's gambit was that his central government might end up presiding over an empty house. ...
  • Sub Deal

    Colorado Sen. Tim Wirth learned on a recent trip to South Korea that the Soviet Union has made a deal in which three Soviet Whiskeyclass subs will be scrapped in South Korea. The payment for the scrap? Several products, including running shoes and toothbrushes. . . . House members are scrambling for a way to get around paying staffers overtime. Congressional aides were exempt from overtime until the new minimum-wage act last year. This fall they will be entitled to it. Worried that overtime pay will balloon payroll costs, Pennsylvania Rep. Austin Murphy is proposing "comp time"-or extra days off-in lieu of cash.
  • Buzzwords

    Executive headhunters have their own vocabulary--and it's not always flattering to the job candidates: On the beach Unemployed, so harder to place. Class A, Class B Class A, the best candidate, a.k.a. a "walking fee." Class B is as it sounds. Stalking horse Class B candidate: sent to a prospective employer to make the Class A candidate look even better. Positioning Getting the client firm focused on the right candidate. Usage: "Let's send in a couple of stalking horses and then we'll have them positioned for the walking fee." Knockout A mistake that instantly knocks a candidate out of contention. Examples: Being too enthusiastic about a job or demeaning one's current employer.
  • 'When You're Serious, Call Us'

    It was meant to shock, and it did. Needled by a congressman who blamed President Bush for the collapse of the Middle East "peace process," Secretary of State James Baker last week delivered a U.S. administration's sharpest public rebuke to an Israeli government since the 1966 Suez crisis. First he detailed how Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir scuttled his own peace plan and brought down the misnamed "national unity" government in March by balking at a compromise formula for talks with Palestinians. Baker complained that Israel's new right-wing government was posing more obstacles to talks. Then he offered the White House phone number: 1-202-456-1414. "When you're serious about peace, call us," he said. ...
  • The Junk Kings Auction Off Their Junk

    It was a bargain hunter's dream. "Over 2,000 offices!" exclaimed the auction ad. "Private offices including high-quality desks with matching credenzas, leather sofas ... exquisite corporate board & conference rooms . . . hundreds of tastefully appointed managerial & secretarial offices!" Even the kitchen sink--or, to be exact, "five complete corporate cafeterias." ...
  • The Journey Up From Guilt

    Some developments that may seem as different as chalk and cheese actually are part of a single change: The middle class has begun giving up guilt. This moral movement, still gathering strength, is apparent in such disparate phenomena as California's primary and the career of Margaret Thatcher. And to any American making the journey up from guilt, there must be an amusing obtuseness in this headline from The Chronicle of Higher Education: ...
  • Living A Life After John

    He was a lovable character," says Judith Jacklin Belushi of her husband, John, "but human, with his own struggles." While writing "Samurai Widow," the new book about her marriage and widowhood, she wasn't sure how to end it. Then she met writer-producer Victor Pisano. "I knew the book had ended when we got engaged," she says.
  • Cruising With Fergie

    Being Mum to two tots has not chastened the Duchess of York. Last week, touring Jaguar's new headquarters in Mahwah, N.J., Fergie sported a microskirt as racy as the company's cars. Urged to climb into an XJR10 with Prince Andrew, however, she exercised the royal option of not making a fool of herself.
  • Laughing Until It Hurts

    Jules Feiffer's new play Elliot Loves begins with a monologue delivered by Elliot (Anthony Heald), a fortyish Chicagoan. With his darting eyes, his tense jaw, his mouth moving in desperate twists, Elliot is like a living Feiffer cartoon, with that famous squiggly line that looks like the handwriting of anxiety. Elliot is trying to organize his thoughts on love, but the best he can come up with is to define it as "a gap, the distance between what you need and what you're getting." Elliot is also trying to pin down his feeling for his girlfriend Joanna, who has, he muses, "an innocent, unspoiled quality," although she's been divorced twice and has two children. ...
  • Japan Answers The 64-Megabit Question

    Advantage: Japan. Last week, Hitachi Ltd. unveiled the prototype for a new semiconductor that leapfrogs over a generation of memory-chip technology. These chips are essential to computers but are also finding use in such products as compact disc players and televisions. Hitachi's new dynamic access memory (DRAM) chip has a capacity of 64 megabits, or the equivalent of more than 500 newspaper pages. That's 16 times more storage than the current top-of-theline, four-megabit chips distributed by IBM and others. The relentless improvement in chip density has led Cypress Semiconductor founder T. J. Rodgers to affect a ho-hum attitude: "You hear about the newest generation I of chips, and you look down at your watch and say, is it 1991 yet?" But the crushing cost of | developing each new generation of DRAM chips is forcing American firms out of the process, giving dominance to the more well-heeled and patient Japanese. ...
  • Keeping A Deadly Secret

    In the '50s and '60s, at the height of the cold war, Raymond Joe mined uranium to help meet the demands of the booming nuclear-weapons industry. For a total of 15 years the Navajo worked in the mines throughout the Southwest, at the outset earning as little as 90 cents an hour. Two years ago Joe was diagnosed with lung cancer, a victim, he believes, of the radiation in unventilated mine shafts. Doctors removed part of his right lung, but the cancer has recurred. At least 450 former uranium miners have already died of lung cancer, five times the expected average. And, as the miners and their families allege, for nearly 20 years the U.S. government knew the danger--and suppressed it. Says Joe, 57, who now lives in Shiprock, N.M., "We were never told that the work we did could affect our health." ...
  • Breaking Ice In The Pacific

    At San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel, South Korean President Roh Tae Woo beamed with excitement. Beside him stood Mikhail Gorbachev, tired and stiff. It was hard to believe the two leaders attended the same meeting. "Prospects for peace and eventual unification of the Korean Peninsula are growing brighter," Roh jubilantly told reporters. Gorbachev was far more restrained. Asked if last week's meeting would hasten Moscow and Seoul toward full diplomatic relations, the Soviet leader responded noncommittally. "Let the fruit grow ripe," he said, "and when it grows ripe, we shall eat it." ...
  • Bad Manners In Minnesota

    Mikhail Gorbachev's visit to Minnesota after the summit was supposed to be a PR coup that would give Gov. Rudy Perpich a much-needed lift in the polls. Instead, what the visit raised was eyebrows. U.S. protocol chief Joseph Reed was quoted as saying the Democratic governor "behaved very badly" by failing to invite the state's two Republican senators to the lunch he gave for the Soviet president at his mansion. (Reed later said he had merely called Perpich's behavior "regrettable.") Sens. Rudy Boschwitz and David Durenberger had to eat with the B list in the St. Paul College Club. "They showed up at the mansion and were turned away," said Reed. Perpich did manage to find room for his daughter and son, as well as for a florist and his wife. ...
  • The Fame Game: Why Everyone's Gloating

    Whatever his financial future, Donald Trump is doomed to be a has-been. The die was cast not last week, but years ago, when he slipped the bounds of conventional notoriety and became a major star. Beyond the normal love-hate relationship Americans have always had with their celebrities (and without which a huge chunk of journalism couldn't exist), Trump is the victim of his own peculiar naivete about the way life works. Couldn't he (or anyone else?) see what all of his shameless self-promotion was setting him up for? Schadenfreude--a German word for glee over the misfortune of others--is actually as American as casino gambling. Famous as he is, Trump never understood the arc of fame. The boxing promoter never understood the point of that great boxing movie "The Harder They Fall". ...
  • Yo, Adrian! Is This Art?

    So there he stood, frozen in time, looking down over his city like a bronzed colossus. Clothed in his boxer's garb, his arms forever upstretched in jubilation and triumph, Rocky Balboa had laid claim to the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art once again. And the City of Brotherly Love--the scene of his triumph, the birthplace of the Rocky saga, the epitome of serenity and boredom--is a city at war with itself. ...
  • Tough Tactics By Ex-Troublemakers

    Call it poetic justice. Czechoslovakia's Communists used to round up opposition troublemakers before important national events. Now the troublemakers are in power, and last week, two days before the country's first free election in 44 years, police investigating corruption and "other criminal activities" pulled in half a dozen hard-line Communist leaders for questioning. They included former president Gustav Husak and party chief Milos Jakes. The next day, the government of Vaclav Havel accused the leader of another rival political party of being a secret-police informer, seriously damaging its chances on the eve of the all-important vote. ...
  • Nintendo And Beyond

    With flashy graphics, dazzling sound and ever-zippier software, the leader in video games--and its two chief rivals, NEC and Sega--looks to the future ...
  • Trump: The Fall

    Once a symbol of cocky '80s wealth, Donald Trump is now tarnished by marital scandal, mired in debt and negotiating with banks to retain control of his empire. Even if he succeeds, the Trump "mystique' may never recover. ...
  • High Style And Low Comedy

    The misadvantage of Mr. Wilt is incredible. What's incredible is that this brand of repressed, dotty, English humor is still around. You would have thought the anarchic Monty Python gang would have blown away the kind of comedy once exemplified by Terry-Thomas, Ian Carmichael and the "Carry On" movies. Even more incredible is that I like this sort of humor. The sort where the thickheaded cop, Inspector Flint, grilling an innocent man, shoves a bunch of papers at him and says: "Did you write this, Mr. Wilt?" Wilt: "Yes, I did." Cop: "Don't try to deny it, Mr. Wilt." As David Letterman would say, that's comedy. ...
  • The Champion Of Passion

    D. H. Lawrence.By Jeffrey Meyers.446 pages. Knopf. $24.95.As the tide favoring censorship of the arts rises once more in this country, a new life of D. H. Lawrence takes on a certain poignancy. Lawrence was only 44 when tuberculosis felled him in 1930, but like James Joyce he's one of the great survivors of our century's frequent government-versus-art conflicts. In 1915 the British government, unprepared for candor about lesbianism and women's sexual desires, suppressed "The Rainbow." In 1929, the police closed down an exhibition of Lawrence's paintings, and from 1928 to 1960, customs officials on both sides of the Atlantic protected decent folk from "Lady Chatterley's Lover."It's hard to think of another modern novelist who preached loving life as incessantly as did this coal miner's son, yet he was constantly battered by it. Weak as a boy and often ill as a man, Lawrence was so dominated by his mother that during her life he could never love another woman. Later, feeling that...
  • Ivana: Success Is The Best Revenge

    It is dinner time in the atrium of The Plaza hotel. Darla Welsh, chaperon for a high-school prom group from Tenafly, N.J., is busy surveying the splendor: vaulted ceilings, crystal chandeliers, palm trees all around. "Beautiful," exclaims Welsh, who is decked out in a black taffeta gown with a huge white bow. But what are she and her students really dying to see? "We're hoping to catch a glimpse of Ivana," she says. ...
  • The Rusk Family War--And Peace

    The diplomat sits behind a professor's desk, an old man in a gray suit and maroon tie, working quietly under photographs of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Baines Johnson. The trucker sits behind the wheel of an International tractor-trailer, a young man in a sweat-stained cap, T shirt and work pants, hauling cigarettes, candy and soda pop across the South. Both men are Rusks. Dean, the father, helped design and defend a conflict in Southeast Asia that killed 57,000 Americans and more than 1 million Vietnamese. Richard, the son, has spent the past 20 years brooding over how such a decent man could have ensnared himself in such a lousy war. Now they have collaborated on a fine exercise in reminiscence and self-redemption: As I Saw It (672pages. Norton. $29. 95), an honorable, no-apologies defense of Dean Rusk's career--and America's lost crusade in Vietnam. ...