• The Publicist Did It

    Jack Fenno is the pseudonym of some "long-established literary figure" who's written a mystery called "The Small Bang:' Random House won't reveal his or her identity until after publication (Aug. 10). Then, at the book party, one of the guests will be revealed as the culprit. Can we stand this much fun? Fenno, we're told, isn't quite as famous as Norman Mailer, is well traveled, and once owned a dog named Stalky.
  • Who's Minding Our Children?

    It's 6 o'clock, that time when Mom used to ask Dad, "How was your day at the office, dear?" But now she's coming home from the office herself, and asking the kids, "What did you do in day care today, sweetie?" Chances are, their answers aren't very enlightening-and most parent's are too harried to delve very deeply. ...
  • Of Carnage And Comedy

    Jack Ryan, the White Knight of Tom Clancy's novels, is conceived in a superheroic mold, and Alec Baldwin played him that way in the submarine epic "The Hunt for Red October." Harrison Ford, no stranger to superheroes, takes over the role in Patriot Games, and he brings Clancy's boys' adventure tale down to earth (or is it up to earth, after that last one?). Weathered, considerably older than the novel's 31-year-old hero, Ford gives Ryan a pensive, internalized air. When this Ryan springs into action, saving the life of a British royal from a terrorist attack just outside Buckingham Palace, he's graceful, but you feel the human effort that gives his heroism some poignancy. Philip Noyce, the gifted Australian director of this installment, seems to have adjusted the rhythms of "Patriot Games" to Ford's slowed-down beat. Though it has its fair share of gun-blazing mayhem, it's a quieter thriller than is the current fashion in would-be summer blockbusters. Will audiences conditioned to...
  • The Grip Of The Octopus

    It was a day of driving rain and bitter tears. More than 10,000 distraught Sicilians tried to force their way into the funeral of a heroic public prosecutor who had died as he'd lived, fighting the Mafia. Giovanni Falcone, Italy's leading anti-mob crusader, was killed on May 23, along with his wife and three bodyguards, when a half ton of TNT blew up a section of highway on which his car had been traveling. "Father, forgive them-they know not what they do," sobbed the 22-year-old widow of one of the bodyguards. But in Palermo's Basilica of San Domenico last week, the dominant emotion was anger. "Murderers! For shame!" the mourners cried each time a politician arrived. Finally, as Mozart's "Requiem" echoed, the church exploded in an outpouring of frustrated rage: "Justice! Justice! Justice!" ...
  • Gorilla Warfare

    The latest victim of civil war in Rwanda is a rare, 400-pound mountain ape. Mrithi--a male silverback who appeared in "Gorillas in the Mist"--was apparently caught in cross-fire between rebel and government soldiers. The slaying is bound to hurt Rwanda's thriving tourist trade, which has helped subsidize the effort to save the most endangered gorilla subspecies from extinction.
  • High And Mighty

    She had chased the German-born pilot through a couple of dizzying loops, and Snow Denise Brigham had him in her cross hairs. As Brigham banked the sleek fighter over the Georgia countryside, she slowly squeezed the trigger of her laser gun. A trail of white smoke swirled from the other plane's tail. "Alriiiight," whooped Brigham. "I got him!" The next day she was back on the job-as a programs analyst for L.L. Bean. ...
  • Her Brilliant Career

    Ever wonder how Pia Zadora got her start? We didn't, either. But this week in Florida the 5-foot-2 trouper opens in "Too Short to Be a Rockette!" a self-celebration starting from her debut (at the age of 6). The $600,000 extravaganza includes testimonials from Frank Sinatra, Burgess Meredith and Tommy Lasorda. This could catch on: a claque that gets to skip the show.
  • Radio Free Beltway

    This is Radio Free Beltway. They are coming after us again. You can hear the guns in the distance. We will never surrender. We will ultimately prevail, as we always do. Good nigh& and God bless the Hatch Act ...
  • Playing On The 'V Word'

    For those who wanted details about what Ross Perot would do as president, here are the first few, disclosed in his chat with Barbara Walters on ABC: He'll uphold the ban on gays in the military. No homosexuals in the upper ranks of his administration. He will not "knowingly" hire an adulterer for any job. " I put a very strong store on strong moral values," said Perot. "The American people deserve better than that." ...
  • For Sun Lovers: A Yellow Badge Of Caution

    The ozone layer may look more like Swiss cheese than a protective blanket this summer, but Americans still crave the sun's potentially lethal kiss. Heedless and hedonistic, they aren't thinking about wrinkles or skin cancer as they begin the annual ritual of turning from alabaster to bronze. But this year some of the beach baskers are playing it ever so slightly safer with a new product that warns them when it's time to head for the shade. ...
  • Harried By The Mob

    Japanese movie critics are getting out of hand. Three thugs recently attacked Juzo Itami, the 59-year-old pre-eminent filmmaker ("A Taxing Woman," "Tampopo"), inflicting inch-deep knife wounds on his face and neck. Reason: Itami's newly released "Minbo No Onna" satirizes the yakuza, Japan's notorious organized-crime gangs. The attack raised troubling questions about a tough new anti-mob law-and the climate for free speech. Itami, says a source close to the yakuza, "should watch out even if he recovers from his wounds."
  • '92 Campaign Edition

    The CW is inclined to spell Ross Perot's name slightly differently: that's P-e-r-o-n as in Juan, the Argentine strongman. Adios, constitucion? NETWORKS Conventional Wisdom Perot (+) CW beginning to have its doubts, but not enough to turn his arrow yet. Bush (-) Nostalgia for Sununu: at least his "pussycat mode" had claws. Will Skinner get skinned? Clinton (-) David Frost, Hillary at Wellesley; nothing registers. Put his mug on a milk carton. J. Brown (-) You made your point. Now beat it and let your sister take over. P.S.: Au revoir, Jacques. J. Baker (+) Old CW: Won't save Haitian boat people. New CW: Will he save White House Bush people? M. Quayle (+) Articulate point person for GOP Perot-bashing. More in common with Hillary than Dan.
  • Hello, Mr. Chips

    If casino gambling is legalized in Chicago, will Native Americans get a piece of the action? Wisconsin's St. Croix Chippewa tribe wants a half-block parcel of a proposed $2 billion casino and theme-park project in the Windy City. Hilton, Caesars World and Circus Circus Enterprises first proposed the mammoth complex, which has the support of Mayor Richard M. Daley but still faces hurdles at the state level. Bally then said it wanted in because it's been based in Chicago for years. Enter the Chippewas-owners of two Wisconsin casinos-who pointed out that they were there before anyone. The original casino proponents have been cool toward the claim, but Indian groups are cheering the prospect of casino jobs.
  • The Best Team Money Can't Buy

    They're having trouble selling their sugar. They're running low on medicine and food. And their political ideology has been left on the dust heap of history. But !Madre de Dios! can the Cubans turn a double play! ...
  • Election-Year Spending Sprees

    George Bush may talk about budget cutting, but in the end he's following the same pattern as his predecessor Ronald Reagan. When an election year approaches, the government shamelessly turns on the federal money spigots to boost the economy and attract voters. Here's a look at the spending pattern since 1980:
  • It Doesn't Rock, Rattle Or Roll

    As any cruise aficionado will tell you, there's nothing quite like a vacation at sea. With all cares left on land, the footloose passenger can lie in the sun, dance till dawn, see exotic ports, be pampered day and night. Sounds perfect-- but what happens if the weather gets rough and everyone starts turning green? The owners of a new ship christened in London last week say they've thought of that. The futuristic Radisson Diamond, they trumpet, will "revolutionize the cruise-ship industry" with a design meant to ensure its 354 passengers smoother sailing. ...
  • Sympathy For The Devil's Foes

    If the Roman Catholic Church provided priests with hazardous-duty pay, those who do exorcisms would be the first to qualify. The hours are long, the work is highly stressful and-to shield themselves from cranks and the virus of vainglory--exorcists must remain anonymous. Worse yet, it now appears, exorcists don't get no respect from their own bishops. ...
  • A Mother's Guiding Message

    Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children's Defense Fund, a Washington advocacy group, is author of "The Measure of Our Success: A Letter to My Children and Yours." The book is a message to her three sons about their family history--she comes from a black Baptist family, her husband is Jewish--and the values she hopes they will follow. Last week she spoke to NEWSWEEK's Eleanor Clift. Excerpts: ...
  • Going Where The Surf Is Always Up

    If you think Rollerblading is too dangerous, maybe this isn't for you. California is now the home of a nascent, decidedly more taxing sport called sky surfing, which is as perilous as it sounds. Enthusiasts jump out of airplanes with five-pound "skyboards" strapped to their feet. Then they surf on wind gusts--routinely flipping upside down-and eventually parachute to the ground. But so far there are no more than 20 dedicated sky surfers in the world, because only expert sky divers are qualified to try it. The light, plastic skyboards are used because anything heavier can cause surfers, negotiating those heavy G-forces, to pinwheel helplessly through the sky. One sky surfer who dared to ride the sky on a clunky snowboard said he looked like a "big blood blister" after he landed. Meanwhile, the inevitable is happening. the world's first skyboard company is in the works in California.