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  • The Man Who Disappeared

    Victor Norris Hamilton's relatives had given him up for dead. He was fired from the top-secret U.S. National Security Agency for psychiatric reasons in 1959, the government said, and defected to the Soviet Union in 1962. Last week he was found, in a Russian psychiatric prison. Now 75 and suffering, his wife says, from problems," he is apparently unaware of the changes around him. His wife wants him back-if Washington won't prosecute.
  • More About Eve

    How many times did Homo sapiens evolve? Once, say fans of the out-of-Africa model: in Africa. Often, say critics: Homo erectus migrated from his African birthplace and developed independently in Asia and Europe. Two 350,000-year-old skulls from China, described in last week's Nature, support the second idea. They show a mix of erectus and sapiens features, perhaps a missing link between the species.
  • Perot Vs. Bush: Campaign Of Vendetta

    Ross Perot denies any personal animosity toward George Bush. "Nice man, nice family," he chirps, with all the enthusiasm he might use to compliment the cut of Bush's golf pants. Privately, Perot has told friends that Bush is "whiny and hand-wringing." Perot, an expert needler, knows how to get the president's goat. At a rally last month in Little Rock, Ark., Perot declared, "I don't have to prove my manhood by sending anybody to war." The remark, predictably, set off a seismic reaction in the White House. "The president is ready to deck him," says a campaign aide. ...
  • Getting A Kick Out Of Soccer

    America's suburban teenagers may exercise too little and sleep too late, but they love the sporting life. You have your doubts? Well, just walk into any mall and count the kids wearing soccer shorts-you might think you were midfield at a match between Manchester United and Arsenal. ...
  • Wiring Up The Age Of Technopolitics

    There was nothing especially high tech about Ross Perot's rally in Orlando, Fla., last month. Phone hookups and satellite feeds, staples of presidential campaigning for years, carried his speech to five other cities. The real story was in the fifth paragraph of a USA Today article previewing the event earlier that week: "Telstar 302, transponder 9, vertical, channel 17."Those were the coordinates of the satellite that beamed Perot's image back to Earth. It meant that anyone with access to a satellite dish (there are nearly 3.7 million now) could have Ross the Boss on screen, unfiltered and unspun by journalistic chatter. ...
  • Clinton In The Twilight Zone

    When Ripley's mounts its "Believe It Or Not" exhibit about the 1992 campaign, the strangeness of last week should get its own booth: ...
  • Commercially Speaking

    --JEFF SMITH (advertisement)The Frugal Gourmet has selected a juicer...(advertisement)I might just as well tell you about my favorite equipment ... brand names and all. I must be careful with this since you might think I am getting a little too commercial.--JEFF SMITH, "The Frugal Gourmet Whole Family Cookbook"A little too commercial? Jeff Smith, TV's most popular chef and the author of numerous best-selling cookbooks, has been endorsing products for nearly a decade, fulsomely praising everything from a garlic press to a garbage disposal. "These are products that we recommend," says Smith. "I don't like the word "endorse'."Sorry, Frug, you're a flack. And your new "The Frugal Gourmet Whole Family Cookbook," just published with 350,000 copies in print, is an especially shocking example: here at last is the cookbook as infomercial. "This book is certainly less complicated than anything else we have done," you write, explaining that its purpose is to help families prepare simple...
  • The Grinch Of Rio

    For months, heads of state, environmental activists and United Nations officials called in every chit and twisted every arm to get George Bush to attend the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. What would be the point of a conference on the future of the planet, after all, if the globe's only superpower stayed home? Rio's partisans got what they wanted. But when Bush shows up this week for a 40-hour appearance, even many of America's allies are going to greet him as the Grinch who stole the eco-summit. First the White House weakened the climate-change pact, angering European countries that wanted an agreement with teeth. Then the administration refused to sign the biodiversity treaty, which is supported by more than 120 nations from Germany to India to Brazil, and publicly snubbed its own delegation chief when he made a last ditch attempt to get the White House on board. Finally, to cap off the chaos, Washington sprung a June surprise: a forest-preservation proposal that alienated just...
  • A Chrome-Plate Special

    You won't see George Michael in his new video, "Too Funky," on MTV this week because he's the codirector, not the star. What you will see is a nightmare vision of a Thierry Mugler fashion show in which topflight models like Linda Evangelista endure a backstage trip through hell. Instead of gowns, they wear RoboCop-type outfits and Harley-Davidson breastplates. In one lesbian seduction scene-if the network's editors don't snip it-model Shana Zadrick opens Evangelista's dress and fondles her plated breast. Michael is donating profits from the single to various AIDS charities. And the video is supposed to carry a message about safe sex. But just in case viewers don't get it, hunky male models flex tattoos that plainly read: WE MUST PROTECT OURSELVES. Hey, George, whatever happened to "I Want Your Sex"? The message is the massage: Michael with Zadrick, Evangelista, Nadja, Beverly, Peele, Estelle, Lefebure and Tyra
  • A New Aids Alert

    Has the World Health Organization been underestimating the explosive spread of AIDS? A Harvard University report says there may be 110 million people Infected with the HIV virus 2000, not 40 million, as WHO has reported. (WHO stands by its figures.) The study says the most rapid expansion of the epidemic will take place in Asia, which by 2000 will account for 42 percent of all HIV infections.
  • And Baby Makes Controversy

    Natalie Earl is only 5 weeks old, but one day, like most kids, she'll probably ask her parents how they met. It was 1978, Leigh and Bill Earl might tell her, at a nursing home in Grand Rapids, Mich. They were 15. They had cerebral palsy and they lived there. ...
  • Broken Promise?

    White House trade negotiators may go to the mat with Tokyo over the failure of Japanese electronics manufacturers to buy American-made computer chips as promised. In a 1988 deal, the Electronics Industry Association of Japan (EIAJ) pledged to increase their foreign imports to 20 percent by 1992. But the foreign market share--most of it from the United States-has been stuck at 14 percent for three years. "We are going to force a showdown over this failure to keep a promise," says a White House official. "We definitely will retaliate." In response, the EIAJ has passed an emergency measure to buy more foreign chips.
  • 'Death Struggle' In The Sky

    Pilots tend to be a chummy bunch. They'll let fellow pilots from a competing airline hitch a ride in one of the vacant seats in the cockpit-"jumpseating," they call it. Now the skies are getting a lot less friendly. Last week a pilot for America West refused an American Airlines pilot's request for a hitch. "No," he said, "I'm not going to let you jumpseat because Bob Crandall is trying to run us out of business." ...
  • Many Stars Are Born

    Way out there, some 230 million light-years away, may be a galactic harbinger of our own destiny. The Hubble Space Telescope has revealed a new class of object in the universe. A "starburst galaxy" is a group of star clusters resulting from the collision of two galaxies. The energy created is greater than 500 billion suns. Can it happen here? The Milky Way seems to be headed straight for the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. Goodbye, Earth-in 5 or 10 billion years.
  • America's Ugliest Home Videos

    TV news president in Paddy Chayefsky's "Network"There are several ways to look at NBC's "I Witness Video." You could be flip and call it "America's Grisliest Home Videos." You could be nasty and say that if Jack the Ripper had access to a camcorder, his work would be showcased here, too. But you really should be scared, for both television and the rest of us. Because just as Paddy Chayefsky sardonically prophesied 16 years ago, "I Witness Video" packages real death as home entertainment. On Sunday nights, by the way. For the whole family.This hair-curling twist on the reality craze, consisting almost entirely of amateur camcorder footage, unwound over the past few months as a trio of high-rated specials. Since NBC has decided to turn the concept into a weekly series starting next fall, those specials require a second look. A few of the highlights:Cop tapes own murder! To record his arrests, a Texas constable mounted a video camera above the dashboard of his patrol car. As he...
  • Muddled On Abortion?

    With only three weeks left in the Supreme Court term, the pressure is on to reach a decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the Pennsylvania case that could reverse the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion. NEWSWEEK has learned that the justices have not yet begun the process of circulating opinions to each other for comment and review. But sources say at least three of the nine justices are planning to draft opinions in Casey. That suggests the possibility of a murky, perhaps inconclusive, decision. No matter what the outcome, sources at the court expect the decision will be handed down the last day of the term. According to clerks, the justices are pushing to release all opinions by June 29. Moreover, the abortion decision will come during a particularly frenetic period for the court. It still has 38 other cases to decide-about one third of the court's nine-month total. Expect an onslaught of decisions in coming weeks on such subjects as bans on offensive...
  • Bashing The Press

    Three years ago China's rulers put down the democracy movement in Tiananmen Square. They marked the occasion last week by arresting and roughing up nine foreign reporters; a Chinese man was dragged away while unfurling a protest banner. The timing was embarrassing for Washington: 24 hours earlier, it had recommended a one-year extension of China's most-favored-nation trading status.
  • Perot's Jungle Fever

    Ross Perot seems to have hijacked the 1992 presidential campaign. It is, for the moment, all about him. His two main opponents are increasingly desperate. Bill Clinton played the sax on "Arsenio" last week much as he's campaigned all year, trying to hit too many notes with not enough feeling. The president of the United States called a prime-time press conference and was snubbed by the three broadcast networks. Both Bush and Clinton were loath to mash Perot for fear of offending his splendid constituency, the Great American Middle. Their hope, perhaps vain, was that the political prairie fire would eventually burn itself out. But how-and when? ...
  • Japan Trashing

    Few people enjoy picking up garbage, but some ecoconscious Japanese are apparently willing to pay for the privilege. Last month, 119 people shelled out $36 for a bus tour to Lake Tanuki, 60 miles west of Tokyo, to remove litter left by other vacationers. Day-trippers, who were provided with plastic bags and gloves, hiked around the lake and collected four tons of cans, plastic wrappers and other assorted trash. "We don't make money from this," said Kenichiro Iki of Kinki Nippon Tourist, which organized the trip, "but we felt we had to start where we can. It's a good ecoeducation."
  • Women In Power Edition

    With California on the brink of having two women senators, the CW looks back on its long, strong support for women's rights. You've come a long way, baby. (Oh, shut up.) ...