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  • Serial-Murder Aftershocks

    The voice on the tape was desperate and pleading. "I'm on 25th and State, and there is this young man. He's buck naked. He has been beaten up ... He is really hurt ... He needs some help." So went a taped conversation on May 27 between a neighbor of confessed serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer and the Milwaukee 911 emergency service. The neighbor repeatedly told 911 operators and police-that she had seen a young boy, bleeding and incoherent, on the street near Dahmer's apartment. Police investigated, but after questioning Dahmer in his home, they dismissed the incident as a domestic dispute between adult homosexuals. "Intoxicated Asian, naked male," one was recorded as saying, amid laughter, "was returned to his sober boyfriend." Shortly after the police left, investigators now suspect, Konerak Sinthasomphone, a 14-year old Laotian boy, became victim number 13. ...
  • Trapped On The Oily Sea

    For the puffins, auklets and other rare seabirds that nest in the sea-carved islets and rock cliffs of the Olympic National Park, these are the most crucial days. The springborn fledglings have crossed into the Pacific, where they must learn to swim. But instead of pure sea water, they landed in a nasty mess. The ocean is coated with a spreading oil slick from as much as 100,000 gallons leaking out of a Japanese fish-processing boat that sank two weeks ago. Thus far the fuel has washed up on at least 70 miles of Pacific coastline, including a 57-mile stretch of Olympic Park. ...
  • The Gift Of Gag

    Maybe it was nostalgia for "The Exorcist" that's created this latest Hollywood monster. Whatever the inspiration, everyone on celluloid today seems to be doing one thing: throwing up. Susan Sarandon lost it roadside in "Thelma & Louise." In "Dying Young," a gravely ill Campbell Scott tosses his dinner throughout the film. Keanu Reeves heaves dry in "Point Break." Then there's the upcoming "Barton Fink," in which John Goodman kisses porcelain after seeing a dead body. No word yet on how the trend is affecting concession sales.
  • The Cia And Bcci

    An exclusive look at how the agency penetrated the outlaw bank to spy on drug lords and terrorists ...
  • A Plot To Kill Yeltsin?

    Was Russian President Boris Yeltsin the target of an assassination plot earlier this year? Phillip Petersen, a U.S. military expert studying the Soviet republics, has added new details to earlier reports that during the crackdown on the rebellious Baltic States in January, an "accident" was planned for a plane on which Yeltsin was to have been a passenger. According to Petersen, part of the Interior Ministry security force's planned move against breakaway Estonia included a "rolling coup," taking over one by one the centers of local political authority. ...
  • Papa's Got A Brand-Old Bag

    At Franky Jackson's Soul Kitchen in New York, famous fashion models tote quart bottles of Colt 45, and the basement walls shake to the sound of old rhythm-and-blues records. Aretha Franklin fades into Dyke & the Blazers, King Curtis into James Brown, just the way God intended it. Strictly speaking, Soul Kitchen is the most pleasurable spot on earth. As the crackly sounds blare from the speakers, there's enough grain in the tenor sax, in the booming bass, to absorb as many bodies as the management can cram in. ...
  • The Will To Say Yes

    The Moscow summit produces an arms deal, a new atmosphere of amity--and joint superpower pressure on Arabs and Israelis to talk peace ...
  • For Doctors, An Hiv Safety Net

    As concern about doctors with AIDS grows, an insurance subsidiary of the American Medical Association this week will begin offering a breakthrough policy for physicians infected with the virus. The policy will be available to all doctors regardless of age, gender, medical specialty or place of residence who don't already have the HIV virus. Doctors will receive a lump-sum benefit of up to $500,000 if they subsequently test HIV positive. The payouts are designed to provide a degree of financial security to infected physicians who may want to quit, or limit their practice, before they become eligible for disability insurance. The AMA expects to offer the policy, underwritten by Physicians Mutual Insurance Co. of Omaha, nationwide by the end of the year.
  • Shell Game

    Is the Bush administration covering up the Soviet Union's involvement in Iraq's chemical and biological programs to avoid embarrassing Mikhail Gorbachev? The Pentagon last fall identified some Soviet "advisers" in Iraq as chemical weapons troops. Recently, Pentagon sources say, U.S. special forces in Iraq found an empty shell designed for rocket launchers that Saddam acquired from the Soviets. The shell, bearing Russian writing, was fitted for use as a chemical-or biological-weapon. Sources say U.S. experts studying the shell at a Maryland Army base have orders "from the highest levels" to keep quiet.
  • The Rain Forest At Risk

    If it's not one thing, it's another. First came the rape of the Brazilian rain forest by slash-and-burn farmers. Then gold miners moved in. Now ecologists are warning of a new threat to the Amazon basin: American oil companies. More than a half dozen U.S. firms are venturing farther into the region known as the Andean Amazon, lured by the region's destitute governments. In June, Bolivia agreed to let an international consortium explore and develop a 5,700-square-mile tract. Peru's state-run oil company-too broke even to maintain existing wells-recently sent maps and technical information to 180 foreign companies describing the rich oil deposits underneath the jungle canopy. ...
  • Making Tlc A Requirement

    Doctors shouldn't be totally heartless," concedes Dan Dubin, 26, a fourth year Harvard medical student, "but there's no positive reinforcement for spending extra time with a patient." Handholding and comforting, he believes, are better left to nurses and social workers. Doris Iarovici, a fourth-year medical student at Yale, couldn't agree less. "With really sick patients, there often isn't that much a doctor can accomplish with science," she says. "One of the best things yo can do for any patient is to listen and show that you care." ...
  • What Is Queer Nation?

    For more than 20 years, gay activists campaigned against hate words--and got results. Only the most irremediable bigots continued to use "queer," "dyke" and "faggot." But some members of the choir are now preaching a different message. At gay-rights rallies and marches a militant new chant can be heard. "We're here," it goes, over and over. "We're queer." ...
  • Compromised By Comrades?

    The South African Communist Party threw itself a 70th-birthday party two weeks ago, but there was nothing proletarian about the price of admission. Organizers defended the $70-a-couple tickets to angry rank and file on the ground of party poverty. As a fund-raiser the affair was actually a bit of a flop: Johannesburg's city hall was less than half full, and party general secretary Joe Slovo's table was surrounded by empty chairs. But the presence of senior African National Congress officials like deputy president Walter Sisulu alongside Slovo recalled the SACP's special relationship with the ANC-and highlighted a potential liability for the ANC in its attempts to negotiate a new constitution for South Africa. ...
  • A Return Trip To The Crypt

    Throughout their forced march to reunification, Germans discounted all talk of a Fourth Reich. They avowed sensitivity to the special burdens of their history. Then the Bundestag voted to move the capital from modest Bonn to imperial Berlin. What could raise more eyebrows than that? Try a Prussian jubilee, starring the remains of Frederick II (the Great), the imperial train of the last kaiser and cheering thousands led by Chancellor Helmut Kohl. ...
  • Splendor In The Dress

    Natasha Wagner may be walking in her mother's footsteps, but she's not afraid of her shadow. "She wasn't famous to me," she says of Natalie Wood. "She was Mom. And her clothes, they're just her clothes." Robert Wagner's stepdaughter, 20, is discovering Zelda Fitzgerald, dating actor Josh Evans (son of Ali MacGraw and ex-Paramount chief Bob Evans) and auditioning for film roles. Among them: a part opposite Winona Ryder in "Dracula" and a Disney part she won't discuss. "You never know until the ink's dry," she says. She must have inherited that skepticism.
  • A Lady Vanishes

    The disappearance of the wife of a prominent music figure has Houston police baffled. On July 2 Cecile Ham visited a drugstore, then vanished. She is the wife of Bill Ham, manager of the band ZZ Top and C&W star Clint Black. Over the next week, police say, a convicted thief named Spencer Goodman drove Cecile's red Cadillac and went on a spending spree using her credit cards. (Goodman was IDed by a surveillance camera photo.) He has also vanished.
  • Now Life For An Old Bird

    It was Easter Sunday, 1987. An ornithologist crouched silently in a pit sunk into the plains northwest of Los Angeles. Covered by a chunk of carrion, he waited for the last California condor living in the wild to come to dinner. It did--and fighting back tears, the scientist grabbed its legs and wrestled the great bird to a Sky Kennel. It was a desperate effort to save the Pleistocene-era creature that had soared over North America ever since mastodons and mammoths roamed. More recently, the condor hovered close to extinction, the victim of hunting, pesticides and lead shot in the carrion it ate. ...
  • The Age Of 'Outing'

    The posters pop up regularly on walls along the streets of downtown Manhattan. They're quickly torn away but they always return. They carry household names and faces: actors, writers, television celebrities. The stark black-and-white photos give the subjects the look of fugitives. But instead of a bounty under the pictures, there is a caption: "Absolutely Queer." ...
  • Buzzwords

    August is prime time for golf caddies. Here's what they're saying around the caddyshack and behind the players' backs: A lousy tipper. Usage: "I'm not taking Dr. Leibovich. He's a screw loop."A lousy golfer prone to hitting balls into ponds. Goat track: An unkempt, crummy course.One adept at picking out the big ti Usage: "How did that sniff know Mr. Pit, would give him 20 bucks?"Caddy who improves a player's lie by subtly nudging the ball with his foot. Usage: "The Boyds always tip for a foot mashie."An inattentive caddy. Also known as a fly trap.An overloaded, overworked caddy.
  • Second Thoughts On 'Character Cops'

    Journalistic "outing" is nothing new among heterosexuals. Ask the man in the adjacent photograph. In 1987, Gary Hart and the media made "character cop" reporting-up to and beyond the bedroom wall-a standard feature in our politics. ...