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  • So Many Ways To Say Goodbye

    At Junior Funeral Home in Pensacola, Fla., they know how hectic life can get. That's why you can pull up to the drive-in viewing window, give your dearly departed the once-over, sign the handy register and get on to your next appointment. A spokesman admits it's not a hit: "Most people haven't fallen into this yet." ...
  • Read His Lips

    Jiro, the Japanese performing monkey, brings his act to the United States this weekminus his aping of President Bush's fainting spell in Tokyo last January. Jiro will perform on Capitol Hill, and possibly at the White House. "Jiro," says trainer Taro Murasaki, "hopes to be friends" with the Bushes.
  • Still Separate After 20 Years

    In 1971, Captain Shreve High School in Shreveport, La., had been fully integrated for only a year, and black and white students eyed one another uneasily. It was still the Old South-symbolized by the Confederate monument that occupied a place of honor in the courthouse square. That spring, Captain Shreve students added their own chapter to the city's divided history. When no black girls were elected by their classmates to the cheerleading squad, about a third of the school's 566 black students stormed out of the building. By the next day many of the 969 white kids were also at home. Their parents feared the protest might incite violence. ...
  • Lonely Guys

    First there was software featuring still-life nudies. Then the lovelies moved. Now, thanks to state-of-the-art CD-ROM discs, some companies are taking the genre one step further. SeXXy Software of La Canada, Calif., peddles full-length computer "movies" that help you "create your own erotic fantasies about friends and lovers:' SeXXy's president says he began marketing the software as a "stress reliever" for hardworking computer programmers. Hey, boys, try Valium instead.
  • From Zagreb Zelda To Guns N' Roses

    For November Company of the Royal Canadian Regiment, keeping the peace in the ruins of Yugoslavia means absorbing the violent spasms of a dirty little war. One day last week Lt. Kevin Cameron's platoon was manning a U.N. roadblock on the Serbian side of the border with Croatia. "Zagreb Zelda" was on the air, broadcasting music and propaganda over Radio Croatia. Suddenly a drunken Serbian soldier thrust his weapon in Cameron's face. "If you no shut off," he said, " I kill you." Cameron slammed in a tape of Guns N' Roses, turned up the volume and offered the drunk a smoke. Diversions help. ...
  • Master Of The Power Lines

    In August 1973, years of quiet backstabbing finally got Henry Kissinger the job he wanted. Secretary of State William P. Rogers, the victim of his endless undercutting, decided to quit. Richard Nixon didn't want to put Kissinger in his place; he preferred former treasury secretary John Connally or lawyer-diplomat Kenneth Rush. But eventually the president was convinced of Henry's inevitability. Paddling in his pool at San Clemente, Calif., he brusquely informed Kissinger of his promotion. "I hope to be worthy of your trust," murmured Kissinger. The next day, at a press conference to which Kissinger was not invited, Nixon heaped praise on Rogers. His announcement of Kissinger's elevation was terse. "Dr. Kissinger's qualifications for this post, I think, are well known by all of you," he said. Kissinger, watching the press conference on television, missed his brief moment of triumph. He was distracted by a phone call from Liv Ullmann. ...
  • After The Storm

    In Dade County, Fla., once comfortable suburban sprawl was reduced to a trail of rubble. The storm splintered housed, flattened cars, toppled trees and whipped power lines around like children's jump ropes, causing $20 billion worth of damage. At the weekend, 22 people had died as a result of the storm, many crushed to death within their own homes. After the rains stopped, Andrew's victims tearfully surveyed the damage. Many were without food or water, and federal aid was slow in coming. "Where the hell is the cavalry on this one?" one local official demanded. "We need food, we need water, we need people."
  • Hardheads

    Is the United Auto Workers shooting itself in the footagain? The UAW sanctioned a strike by about 2,300 workers at General Motors' Lordstown, Ohio, stamping plant. The strike still underway Saturday, is in reaction to GM's plans to eliminate more than 50,000 UAW jobs soon. But the move halts production of one of GM's few big hits, the Saturn. At one time the UAW and GM were the coconspirators in creating a secondrate U.S. car industry. Now the union seems intent on continuing on that path alone.
  • The Battle Of The Rag Mags

    A fashion magazine is a wish book, a jewel box of ideas, a guide to ease women through fierce trajectories of changing allure. Editing one takes nerve. As Cecil Beaton, archdeacon of the soigne, once put it, "Those who work in fashion's sphere must expect the worst and should provide for an early demise." Especially right now. With September's plump issues of Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar and Mirabella on the newsstands, Regis Pagniez of the flagging Elle published a little note in some New York dailies. It read: "Dear Anna, Grace and Liz, Seven years ago Elle woke up the slumbering fashion magazines of America. The fashion action is heating up. This is going to be fun. Love, Regis." Quel guy. Between the lines, Anna Wintour, the Ice Princess of Vogue, sunny Elizabeth Tilberis of the resurrected Harper's Bazaar and amazing Grace Mirabella, survivor extraordinaire, could read a declaration of war. Around the rag mags, behind every kiss kiss and YOU are FABOO!, it's bang bang-you're...
  • Scorecard

    In the world of celebrity workout videos, it is an epic accomplishment: Cher's first video has Jane Fonda's historic first tape. But there's no time for gloating. Now everybody to be donning tights and making a video. PERI surveys the current competition: In clingy togs, shows some great... moves. If this doesn't get men exercising, nothing will.A nuts-and-bolts vid featuring two relentlessly smiling helpers. Quirk: puts Vaseline on feet (for calluses).Boogies with kids (not Ken) thanks to computer animation.No word on her performance--the tape is still under wraps. But we're sure it's Broadway caliber.Looks natural stretching huge rubber bands while (barely) wearing lingerie-style outfit.
  • Wheeler Dealers

    Los Angeles has the toughest gangs, but Miami may have the saddest. The Singer Plaza housing project, located near three hospitals, was designed to house elderly and disabled poor people. But a few months ago, residents began complaining that drug dealers were terrorizing them. Then, during an undercover sting, the cops chased down the suspects: a gang of gun-toting handicapped residents who were allegedly part of a larger drugdealing operation. "The Wheelchair Posse" included a quadriplegic AIDS patient and a 70-year-old with muscular dystrophy. The hoodlums received light sentences-two days in jail-but now the city wants to evict them.
  • The Sins Of The Fathers

    In 1979, TV producer Arnold Shapiro filmed hardened criminals inside New Jersey's Rahway State Prison, lecturing juvenile offenders about the horrors of jailhouse life. the result was a syndicated program called "Scared Straight," which outdrew the networks in many cities and won an Oscar for short subject matter. Now Shapiro has put together another harrowing documentary, "Scared Silent: Exposing and Ending Child Abuse," intended to reveal the emotional costs of molestation. This time, the broadcast networks have wised up: four are airing the program this weekend (PBS, NBC and CBS on Friday at 10 o'clock). Narrated by Oprah Winfrey, "Scared Silent" presents graphic case studies of sexual and physical abuse, along with observations by therapists and hard facts about the pervasiveness of childhood victimization. ...
  • When Rap Meets Reggae

    Clive Campbell was 12 when he moved from Kingston, Jamaica, to the Bronx in 1967. Tall and athletic, he ran track and attended Alfred E. Smith High School, a vocational school for auto mechanics. And he gave parties. Following the model of the Jamaican reggae acts back home, he assembled a sound system-a powerful mobile PA setup and a crew of emcees, or "toastmasters," who would chat up the crowd and protect the gear if things turned heavy. He called his featured dancers the Nigger Twins and his sound system the Herculords; he was Kool DJ Herc. In a Bronx club called the Hevalo, Herc and the Herculords made musical history. From these parties-from this casual synthesis of Jamaican toasting and American funk--came the most significant popular innovation of the last 20 years: rap. ...
  • The Latest Magical Mystery Tour

    Now, this is a class trip: over the continental shelf, through coral reefs, to deepsea vents where giant clams and tube worms live-all in a clunky yellow school bus. It's the latest adventure of Ms. Frizzle, the star of the Magic School Bus series of children's science books and it's nothing like the usual kiddie-science fare. "The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor," published this week, is the fifth in Scholastic's biggest-selling nonfiction series (5.5 million copies in print). And like the earlier books that took kids through the human body and the solar system, inside a waterworks and the earth, it makes science as whimsical as the bus that doubles as submarine or rocket ship. "They have taken a subject that can be very dry to kids and made it exciting," says Donna Pohl, a library consultant in Texas. ...
  • The Old Spy Network

    The CIA old-boy network is alive and well. Thanks to a hung jury, a mistrial was declared last week in the case of Clair George, the former CIA spymaster accused of lying to Congress and a federal grand jury. NEWSWEEK has learned that George's defense team owes part of its success to 10 former intelligence officers who-working as unpaid volunteers-analyzed close to a million pages of government documents prosecutors intended to use against George. The team may have saved George as much as $500,000 in legal fees-and provided expertise no civilian lawyer could have. Meanwhile, a network of former spies has raised $300,000 from 2,000 different contributors to help defray George's estimated $1 million legal bill. "None of these CIA chaps have anything more than a mortgaged house," says John Waller, one of the fund raisers. "We have to help them." They'd better keep hustling. Prosecutor Lawrence Walsh plans to retry George on Oct. 19.
  • An Iraqi Move

    As U.S. fighter jets flew over southern Iraq, Saddam Hussein decided last week to change his country's diplomatic team at the United Nations. NEWSWEEK has learned that Foreign Minister Nizar Hamdoon--one of Iraq's most popular and effective envoys during the 1980s Will soon become the new U.N. ambassador. Sources in Baghdad say Saddam has ordered Hamdoon to cultivate his many American contacts in order to open private channels to Washington. Iraq's current U.N. ambassador, Abdul Amir al-Anbari, will be moved to UNESCO in Paris, where he will try to improve relations with the EC countries.
  • The 'Homeless' Candidate

    If Bill Clinton becomes president, let's hope he really enjoys vacationing at Camp David. The Democratic nominee owns no substantial real estate-just a share of a modest Little Rock condo used by Hillary's parents. He and Hillary sold their Arkansas home in 1977 when Bill became state attorney general. When he became governor in 1979, the family moved into the governor's mansion, where they have remained-save for the term he was voted out of office in 1980 (they rented a home). Aside from trips to the Ozarks or Hilton Head, S.C., Clinton rarely vacations, so another home wasn't needed. A Clinton spokeswoman says house-hunting is "something he'll have to think of later."
  • Next, The Death Penalty Wing

    It's another gorgeous day in San Francisco, but forget Fisherman's Wharf and Ghirardelli Square. The town has a new tourist attraction-just over the Golden Gate and just this side of macabre. Bring the whole family, especially if your last name is Addams. Welcome to the museum at San Quentin State Prison. ...
  • Iraq: Try, Try Again

    The leaflets fluttered to earth around military bases in southern Iraq. The basic message: "Don't fly or you'll be shot down." Others told the Iraqis they would suffer the consequences if they aimed their antiaircraft radar at allied warplanes patrolling overhead. As the United States, Britain and France established a "no fly" zone below the 32nd parallel last week, Iraqi military men were forced to back down-for now, at least. Nearly all of Iraq's warplanes were withdrawn from the area before the deadline. In the early days of the ban, none came back. The only response from Baghdad was simmering resentment; Iraqi newspapers steadily fulminated against "the cursed Bush" and his "criminal plan." ...
  • The Dollar In Dumpsville

    The American dollar took it on the chin last week, and it wasn't just currency traders who were reeling. The greenback's glory has been fading ever since 1985, when it hit 3.4 7 German marks to the dollar. But last week the dollar sank to record postwar lows, hovering at 1.40 Deutsche marks. Stock markets stuttered, and U.S. economists did a little financial mudslinging, blaming the Germans for keeping their interest rates so high that investors deserted the dollar for the mark. American tourists abroad, drinking espresso at $5 a cup, were ready to choke. ...