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  • A Lightweight Takes On The Big Boys

    Not all success stories are as painful as Sheri Poe's. Conceived in 1987 as an answer to Poe's backache, RYKA's athletic shoes have labored through a series of mishaps and bad timing that would have knocked out a weaker competitor. Money-lenders hooted at her business plan. Quality problems hobbled the first shoes. There were times when sheer survival seemed so dicey, Poe says, she began to pray that the periodic rumors of a takeover were true. Today RYKA, the only producer of women's athletic shoes actually run by women, is racing toward $12 million in annual sales-small by Nike's standards, but undoubtedly healthy. ...
  • Texas Two-Step

    In 1957, when Ike was president and sputnik had put the fear of God-or godless communism-into America, two lanky young men teamed up on a tennis court in Houston. They were ideal doubles partners: lefty and righty, excitable and cool. They were products of the same world: of boarding schools, the Ivy League, military credentialing. They shared a knack for business, a hunger to lead and a desire to build the Republican Party as their vehicle. ...
  • What Went Wrong-Campaign '92

    It was just another meeting, the same old meeting, with the same players ... and the same result. John Sununu had called the president's top domestic-policy advisers to his White House office and asked for guidance: was there anything George Bush should do differently now? Budget director Richard Darman said no, the sluggish economy was about to boom. Pollster Bob Teeter said no, the public wanted the president to pursue his foreign-policy initiatives and, anyway, people didn't trust government activism very much. Someone mentioned that Jack Kemp, Congressman Newt Gingrich and the usual wild-eyed activist suspects thought it was the perfect time to launch a domestic-policy blitz-push a growth package, push school choice, an urban agenda. But no one took that seriously. Kemp was a blabophiliac. And Gingrich had lost his place among George Bush's 3,000 closest friends by turning tail on the president's budget summit. ...
  • A Mixed Record

    Yes, substance counts-and in 1992, George Bush's hopes for victory probably depend on a large bloc of upscale "swing" voters who are plainly fed up with talking-point campaigners and sound-bite politics. A selective look at key areas of the Bush record: ...
  • 'The Media Isn't Doing Its Job'

    In an interview at the vice president's residence, Marilyn Quayle greeted NEWSWEEK'S Ann McDaniel and Clara Bingham with barely a smile and a limp handshake. She made no secret of her dislike for the press as she talked about a wide range of issues. Excerpts: ...
  • The Little Prince

    She was single when she became a mother-to-be, thanks to a certain lack of protection by the father-to-be, her former bodyguard. Princess Stephanie of Monaco, 27, still wasn't guarding her body too carefully when a photographer recently caught her airing the royal belly on the French Riviera. The baby, a boy, is due in November. Stephanie and sweetheart Daniel Ducruet have no immediate marriage plans-but say they eventually expect to move on from bedding to wedding.
  • An August Surprise?

    Bush administration officials are furious about the Sunday New York Times story that broke the news of a U.N. plan to confront Saddam Hussein over U.N. inspections of government-ministry buildings in Baghdad-and they're really mad about the Times's suggestion that the showdown was timed to boost Bush's image as the GOP convention opens in Houston. "Christ almighty," a senior U.S. official said. "Now we're giving Saddam Hussein early warning." ...
  • Targeting Bush's Family

    While George Bush's aides work overtime peddling draft and infidelity allegations against Bill Clinton, the Democrats are about to get personal, too. NEWSWEEK has learned the Clinton campaign will use Barbara Bush's GOP convention speech on "family values" as an excuse to go after Bush family members. Emboldened by a private poll showing the public considers Bush's sons "fair game," Clinton's team will remind voters of Neil Bush's role in the collapse of the Silverado S&L, of which he was a director. Aides say Jeb Bush-who's had business ties to an indicted Florida executive, now on the lam-and George W. Bush will be hit for having allegedly cashed in on their father's name. The Clinton camp also put out word last week that it's readying a "big line of attack" if Secretary of State James Baker moves to take over Bush's reelection effort. A likely target: Baker's holdings in a Houston oil-shipping firm that has run afoul of local pollution-control authorities.
  • Up, Up And Away

    The Olympics fortnight in Barcelona ended with some extraordinary bursts of speed. The world's finest athletes raced for gold and glory, splitting seconds and stretching centimeters, pursuing titles that would last four years and memories that would linger a lifetime. Carl Lewis leapt into history, winning his third consecutive gold in the long jump
  • Let Them Eat Cake

    So what's in a diet? A cup of cottage cheese, four ounces of water-packed tuna, a few carrot sticks maybe a glass of skim milk before bed. It's low fat, it's low calorie, but let's face it: you can't live on a regimen like that, and it won't make you a thin person-at least not for more than a few minutes. Yet dieting is as American as apple pie a la mode. Right now, almost half of all women and teenage girls in the United States are trying to shed pounds. Most of them aren't even overweight by medical standards-so why do they deprive themselves? There's the constant push toward taut thighs and concave stomachs from the fashion world the fitness craze-and of course the $3 billion diet industry. But "dieting is more than losing weight," says Yale psychiatrist Dr. Judith Rodin, author of a new book called "Body Traps" (299 pages. William Morrow. $22). "It's a clean slate, a new beginning, rejuvenation. That's why it's so hard to give up." ...
  • 'Extinction Spasm'

    How seriously threatened are the world's ecosystems? Edward O. Wilson, a renowned Harvard biologist usually regarded as a conservative, is worried. "We are in the midst of one of the great extinction spasms of geological history," he writes in "The Diversity of Life," excerpted in September's Discover magazine. If current deforestation continues to the year 2022, half of the rain forest will be gone-and with it 10 to 20 percent of all plant and animal species, he says. Biodiversity is key to maintaining the world as we know it, says Wilson. Without the "amenities" provided by the ecosystems, "the remaining tenure of the human race would be nasty and brief," he warns.
  • Sports, Race And Politics

    Jack Kemp had just emerged from the airport terminal in New Orleans when a 6-foot-3, 255-pound black man came up to him, bowing and shuffling his feet, his head tilted down in deference. "Mr. Kemp, sir, is it all right for us, sir, to ride in your cab?" the man asked. The year was 1965 and Kemp, then quarterback for the Buffalo Bills football team, recognized the sarcasm of his friend Carlton Chester (Cookie) Gilchrist, the team's star fullback. "Quit kiddin'," Kemp said. The cabby, Gilchrist explained, said he wouldn't take him as a passenger unless he was with Kemp's group of white men and they didn't mind sitting with a black. "He was very innocent and naive," Gilchrist remembers of Kemp, now secretary of housing and urban development. "He was stunned." ...
  • Making Book Behind Bars

    In prison, some inmates take up ornithology or body-building. But billionaire drug-trafficker Pablo Escobar collected art. Before he broke out of a Colombian jail last month, he gathered up newspaper cartoons of himself for a book and managed to get 5,000 copies printed. The back jacket bears this mid-'80s picture of Escobar and son sightseeing in Washington-an early example of his devotion to family values.
  • Let's Have No More Free-Trade Deals, Please

    The ink isn't even dry on a new trade agreement among Mexico, the United States and Canada, and a waiting line is already forming at the door. A dozen more Latin American countries, from Argentina to Venezuela, want to sign "free trade" deals like Mexico's. President Bush likes the idea, too. He shouldn't. Nothing against Argentina or Venezuela, but the Western Hemisphere's sudden attack of free-trade-itis demands two aspirins and a good night's sleep. ...
  • Car Crackdown

    Oakland drug users now have something to worry about besides prison, overdoses and track marks. Local police, acting in coordination with the FBI, are seizing the cars of suspected drug buyers in an attempt to curb crime in the drug-plagued California city. The new offensive, mounted by Mayor Elihu Harris, is an extreme application of a federal law that allows authorities to confiscate property used in the drug trade. During the first weekend this month, police seized 43 cars in one neighborhood. The ACLU is looking into the program's legality.
  • The Dangerous Power Vacuum

    We can only hope that the tragedy now unfolding in the former Yugoslavia is not a harbinger. If it is, we can expect cascading chaos-driven by ethnic strife, economic collapse and political breakdown-in Eastern Europe and much of the former Soviet Union. Beyond the immediate horrors of Bosnia, the deeper problem is that Western Europe barely seems to care about what's happening in the East. The result is a dangerous power vacuum that encourages all the most destructive forces for social and economic disintegration. ...
  • Jail Break?

    Federal Judge Kimba Wood angered many securities cops last week when she sharply reduced junk-bond king Michael Milken's prison term. Milken, who may be home by March now, earned Brownie points by graciously cooperating with various prosecutors (a point disputed by incredulous Securities and Exchange Commission officials) and by being a nice guy in prison (he tutored fellow inmates). Wood's decision may be puzzling, but this much is clear: Milken lawyer Alan Dershowitz can expect a lot more business.
  • She Gores Al

    Susan Thomases, a high-powered New York attorney, has been a friend of Bill Clinton's since 1970. She and Hillary are especially close. But as chief of scheduling for Clinton-Gore, she has become a source of friction in a campaign that has experienced little infighting. On a recent conference call, for instance, Thomases belittled Al Core's ideas for where the second bus trip should begin. Gore later asked, "Who the hell does she think she is?" Both Gore and Thomases now downplay the incident and say they get along well. And Clinton has always valued tough women flak-catchers. "I'm a New Yorker," says Thomases, explaining her confrontational style.
  • The Crooner Connection

    In a summer of celebrity bios, if Marilyn Monroe is queen, Sinatra (no, not Elvis) must be king. On the 30th anniversary of her death, Marilyn has inspired five books. Frank just keeps popping up in other people's stories. But then, everybody seems to have known everybody else. ...
  • Ethnic Cleansing

    Most of the horror stories were impossible to confirm and came from hurt, frightened people. In the north Bosnian town of Trnopolje, it was said, Serbian irregulars rounded up 100 prisoners for a move from one detention camp to another. Along the way, they pulled about 30 men out of the column and shot them. At a makeshift camp in Prijedor, the family of one starving prisoner tried to bring him a food parcel. The guards took the food and beat the prisoner in front of his relatives. In Doboj, the Serbian irregulars sprayed insecticide on loaves of bread and fed them to Muslim boys, who became violently ill. Near Tuzla in eastern Bosnia, a distraught eyewitness saw three Muslim girls who were stripped to the waist and chained to a fence "for all to use." After three days of rape, the witness said, they were doused with gasoline and set on fire. Doctors reported that other Muslim and Croatian girls had been held for months as sex slaves, and when they became visibly pregnant, they were...