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  • Cheese Whizzes

    It was a square, orange slice of processed cheese, and Ari Weinzweig, president of the American Cheese Society, held it high above the podium for his audience to see. "This is our biggest problem," he said grimly. "Ask anyone on the street what American cheese is, and this is what they'll think of. We've got to change the image." ...
  • A Heart-Healthy Richter Scale

    What does an earthquake have in common with a heart attack? Both are terrifying, and sometimes the first event can even precipitate the second. But now there's a closer link: the same technology that detects the shifting of the planet's huge tectonic plates is being used to identify abnormal cardiac rhythms that may precede a fatal attack. In combination with the familiar exercise electrocardiogram, preliminary studies suggest, a new procedure called seismocardiography can boost ECG's detection rate from 70 percent to as high as 88 percent. ...
  • Baltic Battle

    Look for a battle between the State Department and the boardroom as the Bush administration chooses its ambassadors to the newly independent Baltic States. Career diplomats are lobbying hard for the plum posts, but odds are at least one will go to a wheeler-dealer like Bob Strauss, George Bush's new man in Moscow. The top jobs aren't scheduled to be assigned for about six months, but this week three Foreign Service officers will be named charge d'affaires to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
  • Houston's Sleazy Saga

    Call it "Houston," the miniseries. Socially prominent Houston lawyer Doug Wyatt is accusing his uncle Bobby Sakowitz, who headed the now bankrupt Sakowitz department-store chain, of mishandling trusts established by Doug's grandfather Bernard Sakowitz. In court depositions, Roger Hall, Doug's former confidant, characterizes Doug as an anti-Semitic, woman-hating dupe of the Eternal Values group, founded by a man who claimed to be an extraterrestrial linked to a universal white brotherhood. Another tidbit from the depositions: Doug's mother, Lynn Sakowitz Wyatt, reveals that before her father, Bernard, would allow her to marry Coastal Corp. chairman Oscar Wyatt, he negotiated a reverse dowry giving him $1 million in corporate stock. Stay tuned, folks. The trial hasn't even started yet.
  • Noriega: Not Just 'Walking-Around Money'

    As Rep. Charles Schumer released a report on the bank scandal last week, six BCCI execs, including former CEO Swaleh Naqvi (left), were indicted. Among the latest allegations: ...
  • A Moment For Dreams

    The Red Army is demoralized and the KGB is under assault. The idea of world communist revolution is a faded dream. So what's left of the central purposes of the last four decades of American national-security policy-containing Soviet expansionism and deterring the Soviet military threat? Even the most skeptical Sovietologists see that superpower tensions are evaporating and some analysts think George Bush now has an unparalleled opportunity to make disarmament part of his "new world order." "We've been driven by our fears for so long," says Ralph Hallenbeck, a Pentagon consultant on conventional-force reductions in Europe. "Now is the moment to be led by our dreams. What do we want the world to look like?" ...
  • Bush: The Churchill Scenario

    Democrats have this fantasy of history repeating itself. A patrician leader with globe-spanning contacts presides over the demise of a totalitarian enemy nation. He expects praise and easy re-election. But he has no deep interest in domestic affairs, and his foes seize the opening. Shockingly, he is defeated by a sudden change in the voters' mood and their long pent-up demands for government action on jobs, national health insurance and education. ...
  • An Unpardonable Amnesty

    That is the account of one Pramas Jucinskas, a midlevel Lithuanian Nazi official who pleaded guilty to responsibility for the murder of 7,500 Jews. His was a familiar tale. Throughout World War II, the Lithuanians earned a reputation as being among the worst Nazi collaborators anywhere-quite a distinction. They worked with "indescribable brutality," a German officer who witnessed mass killings told the 1946 Allied war tribunal at Nuremberg. The llth and 12th Lithuanian Police Battalions, paramilitary units that collaborated with the Germans, were known for the fearsome efficiency with which they helped to liquidate Jews. Lithuanian forces also aided in the extermination of Poland's 3 million Jews.Jucinskas is among 1,800 Lithuanians-some dead, some still alive-who have been pardoned during the past year by Lithuania's newly independent government. Coming so soon after independence, the news had the power to sicken, particularly for Jews, who have cheered the fall of communism but...
  • 'He Never Went Away.'

    It was a sweet spot in the kind of week that no one born during the Truman administration had a right to hope for. Jimmy Connors had just defeated-reduced to a red-eyed condition usually called tears, actually-a 25-year-old Dutchman named Paul Haarhuis. In doing so, he'd put his unseeded, recently written-off self still deeper into the U.S. Open, not to mention the hearts and minds of the American public. Connors's whole raucous run through the tournament he first won in 1974 by defeating the 39-year-old Ken Rosewall was a testament to his rock-solid tennis skills, which are both his meal ticket and his license to cavort. Haarhuis had trouble returning shots that landed low to his forehand side; when Connors wasn't exploiting that flaw with merciless precision, he was using his tacky-looking neon-green racquet to loft balls into the lights. "I had problems with the sky," Haarhuis later said. But the sky is one thing; it ends on either side of Louis Armstrong Stadium. The crazed 39...
  • 'Yo, Yogi'

    Yogi Bear-furry, dopey, square Yogi Bear-is back. Now, however, he has a hipper incarnation. This week NBC will begin airing a "prequel" series called "Yo, Yogi," in which said bear is a 14-year-old mall rat replete with high-tops and a Bart Simpson-esque attitude. Hanna-Barbera Productions, Yogi's original creator, is handling the updated version, which is designed to attract a new generation of preteen Yogi fans. For the record, Officer Smith heads security at Jellystone Mall and Boo Boo is an 8-year-old skateboard whiz.
  • Cleaning Up 'The Club'

    In a packed hearing room on Capitol Hill last Wednesday, Salomon Brothers Inc. chairman Warren Buffett stepped up his desperate campaign to staunch the bleeding at his wounded firm. Sounding by turns apologetic and outraged, the rumpled investor, who owns 14 percent of Salomon, tried to assure a congressional subcommittee that illegal bids on government securities were the misdeeds of only "a few." The behavior of Paul Mozer, Salomon's brash, 36-year-old ex-government-bond chief, was "not the act of a rational man," said Buffett. He termed the response of ousted top management, including former chairman John Gutfreund, who waited months before reporting Mozer's abuses, "inexcusable." And he called for tighter scrutiny of the freewheeling treasuries market, which seems destined for a major shake-up. Said Buffett: "I have no problem with tough rules, tough cops and tough execution." ...
  • Desperately Seeing Akio

    For months Akio Ninagawa has been wooed. He has been wined and dined and sweet-talked. He has piles of letters from all his suitors stashed away at home. He hasn't taken any money, but some of his peers can't say the same. Who's so hot for him? Corporate recruiters. And by now Ninagawa, like many other young Japanese men in his position, is thoroughly tired of dealing with them. ...
  • Spiking A Scoop

    The New York Times had a chance to break the BCCI story more than two and a half years ago-but killed an article about the bank. So instead of being ahead of the story, it fell behind. In late 1988, Times investigative reporter Jeff Gerth traveled to the bank's Luxembourg headquarters and reported on how BCCI had mysteriously escaped regulation worldwide, funded arms deals and forged ties to Clark Clifford's First American Bankshares-all details that would become newsworthy later on. The article languished in the business department before finally being published in altered form this summer. Gerth was never told why the story wasn't published earlier. Business editor Fred Andrews says he doesn't recall why the article didn't run: "At the time it was not a bombshell. In hindsight, it looks like a fine piece of work."
  • Kaliningrad: The Old-Guard Hangs On

    Resign!" shouted an opposition deputy, pointing his finger at the chairman of Kaliningrad's parliament. "I am not a criminal," the infuriated Communist Party boss replied. It came down to a vote of confidence. When Kaliningrad's Communists lost, the chamber shook with cheers-then angry protests as party hard-liners refused to resign. "If this were the West, these thugs would be out immediately," said one indignant opposition leader. "Here, they hang on to power at all costs." ...
  • How The West Can Win The New World Order

    As the Soviet Union is crumbling, so is a basic conception which has guided Western foreign policy for the better part of five decades: that a single government would enforce its writ across the gigantic land stretching between Poland and Vladivostok. In the pre-Gorbachev past, a seemingly permanent Soviet Union served as the common enemy whose menace kept Europe and the United States together. More recently the New World Order was also premised on the existence of a unitary Soviet Union: this time as a partner that could make and keep deals with the West. ...
  • The Withering Of Politics

    Marx said the coming of communism would mean the withering away of the state. Communism's collapse means the withering away of the first state founded in Marx's name. True, much communism remains. Most of those who suffered under it three years ago suffer even more today: they are Chinese. Still, the Soviet Union was the mutation of Western ideas and was lodged in Europe, seedbed of Western civilization, so its disintegration matters more to us than the coming fall of China's regime will. ...
  • This Time, Being Outside Is In

    Russian President Boris Yeltsin transformed an empire when he stood on a tank and faced down the Soviet old guard. Now that the whole world has seen the power of outsider politics, the question for the Democratic Party may well be: can anybody jump on the tank? Big-name Democrats have concluded the '92 presidential nomination isn't worth much. But the latestarting race is made for an unconventional candidate with a megamessage. ...
  • Boston Is Talking...

    About the bag lady who bequeathed a fortune. Before she died in 1985, Mary Guzelian wandered Boston streets-but her bags were filled with cash. Massachusetts House Majority Whip Kevin Fitzgerald and his aide Patricia McDermott, who took financial conservatorship of Guzelian, have now inherited her $500,000 estate. The pols deny they did anything wrong.
  • Buzzworks

    Kids aren't the only ones who use slang in school. Here's some vocabulary that teachers aren't teaching: A nosy grown-up who's always hovering around. Quick to offer a teacher unwanted help.In big trouble. Usage: "Kevin's in deep sneakers for skipping phys ed."The administration building. Also, "the temple."Talented and gifted. An ace pupil.Another repulsive parent.Sustained Silent Reading period. Students call it Sit down, Shut up and Read.