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  • Down And Out

    For every triumph, there was also a poignant tale of disappointment. Muscles and tendons tore, luck vanished, favorites fell. The pain in Spain was all too plain. But if arms and legs sometimes flagged, hearts never quit. Picture of the week: A hobbled Derek Redmond finishing the 400 with the help of his father, Jim.
  • Bush: Back To Basics

    The last time Ray Price wrote a speech for a president, they ear was 1974, his boss was Richard Nixon and the topic at hand was resignation-Nixon's. Price evidently enjoys the close air of a political bunker. At 62, the New York author and PR man has come out of speechwriting retirement to craft George Bush's address to the Republican convention next week. GOP strategists and foot soldiers think the speech is make-or-break. "It has to have vision," says Connecticut Republican chairman Richard Foley. "Not a vision 'thing' or a vision mode,'but vision." ...
  • It's All Too Easy To Got Sucked Into War

    On the frontier between Italy and Yugoslavia between 1945 and 1953, dozens of American servicemen were killed, wounded or captured when Harry Truman's grunts and airmen exchanged shots with Tito's guerrillas. Perhaps the first KIA of the cold war in Europe was Pvt. Robert Shinn from my unit, killed in a partisan ambush. His death told me the cold war was real and the Yugoslavians were tough. In a half century of wandering around battlefields, I've never met fiercer fighters. They could easily suck the United States into a ground war-hook, line and body bag. ...
  • A Room With A Point Of View

    There are people who look at a bare window and see ... a bare window. And there are people who look at a bare window and see an opportunity for valances, draped swags and pelmets, Austrian blinds, Roman blinds, slatted blinds, roller blinds and mini-blinds. If you're one of the latter, PBS has a show for you: the new 13-part series "Decorating With Mary Gilliatt," which is running on stations around the country at various times this summer and fall. The show begins where "This Old House" leaves off-with bare walls aching for just the right touch of paint or paper-and PBS obviously hopes to capture "House" aficionados along with new-home buyers. ...
  • The Divine Sandra Takes It All Off

    "I'm gonna hang out my wares while they're firm, fresh and fun to look at," proclaims Sandra Bernhard, 37, in the September issue of Playboy. The sexually ambiguous comedian--erst while companion of Madonna-parades nude across a six-page spread, sometimes with a man, sometimes with a woman and once in a tangle of bodies that looks like human vermicelli. Suffering for her art, the newest Bunny even submitted to a full-body gold-paint job that required a team of five to remove. To accompany the photos, Bernhard wrote an assessment of her allure. "This sex-goddess stuff comes as second nature to me now." It is, of course, purely tongue in cheek.
  • Life And Death In The Camps

    They were living cadavers-silent men with jutting bones and terrified stares. Packed 600 to a stable that measured 230 feet long by 30 feet wide, they jumped to attention as one group at the bark of a prison officer when the commander of the Manjaca detention center in northern Bosnia escorted a reporter inside. Many of the inmates had recently arrived from nearby Omarska, a Serb-run prison camp that reportedly had held 11,000 Muslim and Croat prisoners-until the Western media exposed it as a place of starvation, torment and death. Few Manjaca inmates agreed to talk. One who did-in the presence of the commandant-was an emaciated Canadian who had fought on the side of the Croats. He lay on a cot in the camp's infirmary, covered in a hip-to-knee cast. What was his name? He couldn't remember how to spell his last name. How had he lost so much weight? In a shaky voice, he blamed it on hospital confinement-not starvation. As he turned his head, the reporter noticed that the man's left...
  • A Woodstock For Post-Punks

    The freak show was going in earnest on the second stage: the Torture King, Matt the Tube and Mr. Lifts, who hefted concrete blocks and metal weights with chains attached to his nipples and privates. On the fairgrounds, young capitalists we piercing ears and noses, and painting temporary tattoos on the flesh of all takers. The bar was pumping nonalcoholic "smart drinks" with names like "Orbit Juice" and "Quantum Punch," loaded with vitamins, amino acids and choline, promising to feed the brain and heighten awareness. A 10-foot-high gyroscope, approximating weightlessness, whirled its riders wildly around three axes at once. There was exotic ethnic food, voter registration and political pamphleteering, and an ACT-UP stand distributing free condoms. And on the main stage, Pearl Jam, an impassioned punkish band from Seattle, was thrashing out swirling, cathartic hard rock. Lollapalooza '92, the traveling concert event of the summer, was in full swing. And then, just as Pearl Jam lit...
  • The School For Scandal

    For generations, one of the attractions of New Hampshire's Phillips Exeter Academy has been the intimate learning environment, with no more than a dozen students in most classes. But now parents at the prestigious coed boarding school may worry about where that intimacy could lead. Last week a drama teacher was indicted on federal child-pornography charges after police raided his home. It took five officers six hours to cart away 650 videos, picture books and photographs from the apartment of Larry Lane Bateman, who had taught at Exeter since 1980. According to court papers, Bateman's tapes feature at least one former Exeter student, along with shots of a pupil Bate man taught at a Glen Head, N.Y., school in 1979. ...
  • Kids, Don't Try This At Home

    OK, kids, how about some "great storytelling reminiscent of the Gothic tales of yesteryear"? That's how Herb Scannell, senior vice president of programming at Nickelodeon, describes the new "spooky stories" show, "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" Yesteryear? No wonder it's such a stiff. In the first episode, two brothers-the younger one running on nerdiness, the older on contempt-get lost in the woods and take refuge in a cabin. Unfortunately, it's occupied by a menacing hermit who looks like Kenny Rogers dressed up as Dr. Demento. To escape, the boys must solve his riddle ... ...
  • The Old Man And The Wind

    The Son of the Wind lay back on his elbows by the track, watching Mike Powell run by him to jump into the Catalan night. He didn't turn to watch Powell fly out from the ground, only listened for the crowd to advise him if he could rise and accept his sixth individual gold medal. ...
  • Unleashing The Campaign Attack Dogs

    When President George Bush spoke by satellite hookup to Republicans in 27 states last month, he had more than a little help warming up his audience. Education Secretary Lamar Alexander spent the day in North Carolina tweaking the Clinton-Gore ticket. "Their accents are wrong for the North and their issues are wrong for the South," he said at a press conference in Raleigh. Interior Secretary Manuel Lujan was in Dallas for lunch with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. His message, according to talking points provided by the Bush-Quayle campaign, was that Bush "uniquely shares Hispanic values." In fact, no fewer than a dozen other administration appointees and congressional leaders-including Health and Human Services Secretary Louis Sullivan and U.S. Trade Representative Carla Hills-were dropped into key states by Bush-Quayle strategists that day. ...
  • In The Cross Hairs

    Four months of steady bombardment have savaged Sarajevo and its people, and no one can say how or when it will end. Last week Serbian gunners in the hills surrounding the city unleashed one of their heaviest barrages yet on the city's central business district. Eventually the shattered masonry and glass will be hauled off and replaced. But the human scars, just as obvious, won't disappear so quickly. The spark has gone out of the eyes of the children; they seldom smile. A park near the city's main hospital has been turned into a cemetery. A thousand simple wooden crosses now stand there, and another round of funerals begins at 10 every morning-when the neighborhood isn't under fire. Enemy sharpshooters have turned the city's main highway crossing into a killing zone. Despite a handwritten sign warning BEWARE SNIPER, people desperately looking for food risk a dash across the street. Ducking for cover, dodging mortar fire-this is the way errands get done when you live in the cross...
  • When Is It Genocide?

    Would there have been such a furor over the war in Bosnia last week if New York Newsday had not used the phrase "death camps" in its front-page headline? Maybe not. The existence of miserable and murderous Serb-run camps for Muslim prisoners and deportees had at least been rumored for some time, and certainly the camps are not the only places in Bosnia where Serbs are killing and torturing people as part of their campaign of "ethnic cleansing." Yet in Western society there is something uniquely evocative, and politically potent, about the image of a concentration camp and the charge of genocide. The ghosts of Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot flit through Western consciences. And once again the world is haunted by the vow "Never again." ...
  • Video Death

    A New York ex-con charged last week with slaying six women said he killed for the first time after renting a video-tape of "RoboCop," a violent thriller. True or not, there's more televised violence than ever before, according to a study in next week's TV Guide. During a random day (April 2, 1992) in one city (Washington), researchers counted 1,846 acts of TV violence. Children's cartoons are the most violent, the survey found, followed by movies, toy commercials and music videos. Serious acts (murder, assault) were more frequent than lesser types of mayhem. Overall, 20 percent of the violent acts involved guns.
  • Saddam Rearms

    Saddam Hussein can read the polls, too. The Iraqi leader is taking advantage of what he sees as George Bush's political weakness to accelerate an arms buildup, U.S. intelligence reports indicate. U.S. spy satellites recently spotted new Scud bunkers in western Iraq, and intelligence agencies picked up signals from a radar they believe is used to provide weather reports for Scud batteries. In Baghdad, intelligence sources report smuggled shipments of gas masks and AK-47s. Bush last week threatened to retaliate if Saddam again thwarted U.N. inspectors. But Saddam thinks Bush is so weakened by the campaign he won't attack, U.S. officials say. "Saddam thinks he won the last crisis and can now up the ante," says one official.
  • It's Only Moroccan Roll

    The astonishing Master Musicians of Jajouka, in Morocco, have long fascinated Western ears. The beat writers, expatriated to Tangier, embraced the tribe of musicians in the '50s. The late Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones became infatuated with them in the '60s and recorded an album called "Brian Jones Presents the Pipes of Pan at Joujouka." They played with jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman on his 1977 album "Dancing In Your Head," and with the Rolling Stones on the 1989 "Steel Wheels." Now, for the first time in two decades, the Master Musicians have an album of their own available here on a major label. ...
  • The Emerging Nations

    No Olympics would be complete without controversy. In the men's 10,000-meter race, judges stripped the gold medal from Khalid Skah of Morocco, who finished first after a countryman appeared to interfere with his rival, Richard Chelimo of Kenya (photo, left). A day later, the decision was reversed. There was no doubt about Cuba's emergence as an Olympic power. Its athletes, led by boxer Felix Savon (above), won more gold medals per capita than any other nation.
  • By Our Writers

    The End of Equality. By Mickey Kaus. 293 pages. New Republic/Basic. $25. Liberals should stop trying to use taxing and spending policies to narrow the gap between rich and poor, argues NEWSWEEK contributing editor Mickey Kaus in this readable, provocative book. Instead, they should embrace a "Civic Liberalism" that strengthens the "public spheres" in which social classes mingle. Kaus suggests adopting compulsory national service, European-style national health care and communal day-care centers. But neighborhoods and schools won't be mixed until society erases the urban underclass and the fear it generates. For that, he offers an ambitious plan of abolishing welfare but giving a job to anyone who wants to work.
  • Juror Revolt

    Could African-American anger over a controversial shooting seriously snarl the criminal-justice system in east Texas? A Smith County grand jury last month failed to indict a white police officer for the killing of a bedridden black widow during a botched drug raid. The officer said the shooting was accidental, but black leaders contend he should have been charged with criminally negligent homicide. The case was recently cited by some black jurors as a factor in their decision to deadlock a verdict in the trial of a black defendant. "If African-Americans are going to choose jury duty as a forum for protests, it will be impossible to convict black defendants in this county," says Smith County assistant prosecutor David Dobbs.
  • Old Too Soon, Wise Too Late?

    Perfect 10s were scored by Lavinia Milosovici of Romania in floor exercise and Lu Li of China on the uneven bars.The teenage girl takes a deep breath, expanding her powerful yet flat chest. She flexes her short, sinewy legs, tensing from her tiny toes through her overdeveloped hamstrings, all the way up to her hips, which are hidden, preternaturally hollow. She breaks into a run; her arms slam at full tilt into a vaulting horse, 3 feet 9 inches high. She flies through the air like a careering javelin and then lands with a disturbing thud on a padded mat, the shock absorbed by what little is left of her ankle and knee cartilage.Was that a feat of athletic daring? Or was it child abuse?Child abuse? That's the label that was affixed to women's gymnastics last week by sportswriters from, among other places, The New York Times, the Detroit Free Press, The Boston Globe and The Washington Post. The sport, thundered the Times's Dave Anderson, "steals a kid's life." The occasion for this...