• Get Out To Vote

    If you are thinking of voting but have not registered yet, there's still time. Deadlines for registration are shown in red type: TennesseeAlaska, D.C., Florida, Ga., Hawaii, Mich., Miss., Mont., Nev., Pa., R.I., S.C., Texas, Va., Wash., W.Va., WyomingAriz., Calif., Ind., Md., N.C., N.J., OhioIll., Kentucky, Mass., N.M.Colo., N.Y.LouisianaConn., UtahArk., Mo., Ore.Dela., VermontSouth DakotaKansasNebraskaAlabama, Idaho, Iowa, New Hampshire, OklahomaMaine, Minn., Wis.N.D. SOURCE: LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
  • America, Stop Your Sobbing

    Most people remember only one promise by George Bush in 1988: "No new taxes." But current economic conditions bring another to mind. In an election-eve commercial, Bush said, "Americans are better off than they were eight years ago, and if you elect me president, you will be better off four years from now than you are today. "On the surface, it looks like President George Bush has broken this promise too. Bush and Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan did bring inflation and mortgage rates down. But the economy has expanded so slowly in the last four years-by just 1 percent annually--that it hasn't even kept up with population growth. The average worker's take-home pay, after taxes and inflation, has actually shrunk. And while Republicans have defeated Democrats on the strength of the economic-growth issue in three straight elections, it looks like the Democrats' turn this time. George Bush is a dead duck, right? ...
  • '92 Campaign Edition

    A sign in the Clinton HQ reminds staffers, IT'S THE ECONOMY, STUPID. Other issues--remember the drugwar?--are nearly dead, but the CW assesses them anyway. ...
  • Coming Clean

    Is the federal government's enforcement of hazardous-waste laws racially biased? After an eight-month investigation, the National Law Journal this week reports that penalties against pollution-law violators in predominantly white areas were about 500 percent higher than against those in minority neighborhoods. The average fine under one federal law for polluters in white communities: $333,556; in minority regions: $55,318. Among other findings: cleanup at Superfund sites begins 20 percent faster in white areas. The Environmental Protection Agency is making it a "priority" to "identify and rectify what we acknowledge as injustices and problems inside the system," said an EPA spokesman.
  • Color-Coded Congressmen

    Follow the long, thin trail of North Carolina's new 12th Congressional District, winding 150 miles down Interstate 85, and the troubled evolution of the 1965 Voting Rights Act becomes clear. To collect enough black voters to elect one more minority representative, the political mapmakers have cut through the middle of another district, chewed off pieces of 10 counties and linked two distant cities, Charlotte and Durham, that never before saw themselves as a team. It may seem messy and hurt white Democrats, said Rep. John Conyers of the Congressional Black Caucus, but "it is the price we pay for freedom." ...
  • Pass The Pepto

    Put enough Europeans in a room, and they're likely to come up with this. An EC draft directive from Brussels may outlaw the use of the dye canthaxanthin in flamingo food-- and thereby turn the birds gray. In the wild, flamingos keep their color by consuming shrimp, a diet most zookeepers can't afford. The new directive might not only disappoint "Miami Vice"-enthralled Europeans, it might make breeding a bit tougher: pastel works almost as well for flamingos as it did for Don Johnson. Frustrated zookeepers are trying to come up with some other way to keep the birds in the pink.
  • The Road To Hell

    "I can't standup," mutters Yussef Sheik Hussein, ignoring the swirl of flies attracted to a half-dozen dying Somalis nearby. "Do you have some medicine?" Hussein's emaciated body seems disconnected from his chiseled, intelligent face. But his eyes and memories are clear: his 75-acre farm was overrun by marauding gunmen a year ago; six sons and one daughter are all dead now. "Some were killed in fighting, and the smallest died of hunger. "Without the needed medicine, his own fate is painfully clear. Beyond his hospital window, one of the morning's many dead is loaded on a donkey cart and led away. ...
  • Prince Of Tides, Queen Of Hearts

    Andre Agassi enlivened a dreary U.S. Open last week with a volley of speculation about a love match between himself and Barbra Streisand. First Streisand sat courtside at two of Agassi's matches. Then she gushed to a TV interviewer: "He plays like a Zen master." Agassi, she said, had called her after watching "Prince of Tides" and they talked for two hours. "He's very, very intelligent-very, very sensitivevery evolved, more than his linear years." Agassi said the two have been "friends" for months. "She obviously has a lot of respect for me on a personal level." A Zen master? "I'm going to have to talk to her about that one." Agassi's longtime girlfriend showed up at his final match, which arrested further developments.
  • The New Rules For College Aid

    What a party it was. The Republicans brought smoke, the Democrats brought mirrors and together they hatched a new law on student aid that's a masterwork of sleight of hand. It appears to raise the size of free student grants, especially for the poor. In real life, however, middle-class kids are going to get more while the poor get less. As for student loans, they'll go not only to the middle class (as is the case now) but to everyone, even the rich. Virtually all students will be able to borrow the full price of higher education, using low-cost government-backed programs. ...
  • The Real War On Drugs

    I recognized Hettie's voice, the musical Guyanese accent, the slight quaver of age. "I just went to go out to mass and there is a man lying in front of my door. I called Farooq but he wasn't home . . ."I was out the door in seconds, a piece of aluminum pipe in hand, my indignation over this threat to my friend and neighbor, an 81-year-old widow, displacing my fear. ...
  • Irreconcilable Differences

    His name is Gregory K., he is 12 years old and all he wants is "a place to be." Gregory has few memories of his childhood, not enough of them happy. His mental photo album holds a depressing collage of fights between his parents, sheriffs with eviction notices and too many foster homes. In the last eight years Gregory has spent a total of seven months in his mother's care. Last October he finally found refuge with foster parents who want to adopt him. But now his mother, Rachel K., wants him back. ...
  • Pow Search

    Since Boris Yeltsin's talk last June of American soldiers secretly held in the former Soviet Union, U.S. officials have searched for information about the POWs. A U.S.Russian team announced in July it had found no evidence of POWs alive in Russian labor camps. Now, along with an ABC "20/20" report and a new book on the subject, the Pentagon is "ramping up" its POW inquiry. Three archivists were recently sent to Moscow, and the special task force at the Pentagon, directed by a retired two-star general, will jump to 40 from 27 by next month.
  • Where The Cold War Grinds On

    It was just a week before Boris Yeltsin's long-planned visit to Japan, and the Russian president seemed primed to deal. In a television interview from the Kremlin, he told a Japanese audience that he was bringing "14 options" to settle once and for all one of the most bitter disputes lingering from the cold-war era: the contested claims to a string of desolate islands north of Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island. Then, just three days later, Yeltsin abruptly chose what one Russian newspaper wryly called "the 15th option." He canceled the trip entirely, citing "a number of reasons," including "gas contracts" with both Japan and South Korea (his other intended stop) that had not yet been signed. ...
  • He's Just Fabioless

    Who's the latest (albeit selfproclaimed) contender for the title "sexiest man in America"? Ford supermodel Fabio. The romance-novel cover boy appeared as the nurse's love interest on the Fox sitcom "Rachel Gunn, R.N." Now he has a new pinup calendar. He's also negotiating for a role in a $25 million action movie. How does it feel to be a sex object? In his thick Italian accent, he says: "I don't pay any attention to it." Yeah, right.
  • New Money

    Here's a nice way to stimulate the dollar. Design Quarterly magazine has commissioned artist Richard Haas to design four dramatic new bills-in denominations of $25, $50, $100 and $200. Each bill features a prominent dead American (as the Treasury Department requires). The honorees: Martha Graham, Duke Ellington, Frank Lloyd Wright and Tennessee Williams. House Banking Committee chairman Henry Gonzalez supports the project because, he says, current cash is too easy to counterfeit. But it's unlikely the Treasury will make any changes.
  • With Gifts Like These ...

    The Red Hot Chili Peppers sizzled last week in Los Angeles at the MTV Video Music Awards, the hippest honor of the year. "Give It Away" won for art direction; "Under the Bridge" earned the Viewers' Choice award. Bassist Flea simulated masturbation while accepting the breakthrough-video award for "Give It Away." Later, in a bit of MTV's trademark hightech video wizardry, host Dana Carvey came onstage as teen rocker Garth from "Wayne's World." Carvey played drums alone in L.A. for a live number with U2, which was pictured on a monitor giving a concert in Detroit. Way!
  • An Intellectual Amazon

    Dizzy with excitement over the success of her first book, "Sexual Personae" (1990), Camille Paglia has emptied her desk drawers of everything but the grocery lists and slapped it all together under the title Sex, Art, and American Culture (337pages. Vintage. Paper, $13). Here are op-ed pieces, lecture notes, excerpts from interviews with her, even a sampling of "cartoons that amusingly satirize either me or my ideas. "She also provides a kind of time line for the buildup of her fame, beginning with the publication of "Sexual Personae" and culminating with a New York magazine cover story "in which I posed Amazon-like with one of my two swords. "Paglia writes about many subjects-sex, how much she likes gay men, sex, movie stars, sex and how stupid most feminists are-but her favorite subject is herself in all her glory. For her idols, such as Madonna and Harold Bloom, she reserves the highest praise: they are "like me." ...
  • Not For Novices

    Some Croatian-Americans are up in arms over White House plans to name a political appointee as ambassador to newly independent Croatia. Overriding the State Department's choice, President Bush is expected to tap GOP loyalist and contributor Mara Letica, a Croatian-American lawyer from Michigan. "Croatia is in crisis," complains one community leader. "This isn't the time to sell this post to a novice." Though Letica recently contributed to Bush's campaign, last year she gave $1,000 to Pat Buchanan.
  • The Legacy Of The Last Czar

    Alone wooden cross marks a muddy pit filled with rainwater. For 73 years this hidden grave in a birch wood near a railroad crossing at Yekaterinburg was the resting place of the last czar, Nicholas II, his wife, Alexandra, and three of their five children. At least, that is what many scientists believe. ...