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  • '92 Campaign Edition

    As a public service, the CW once again tries to help the Super Tuesday spin doctors figure out who did Better Than Expected (BTE) and Worse Than Expected (WTE). CANDIDATES Conventional Wisdom Bush BTE: Holds Buchanan under 15% everywhere. WTE: Loses Louisiana outright. Buchanan BTE: Bush spooked, kisses Rush Limbaugh. WTE: Loses to David Duke. Clinton BTE: Wins big in Fla. Close in Rhode Island. WTE: Loses big in Fla. Almost blows Texas. Tsongas BTE: Wins big in Fla. Close in Tenn., Miss., La. WTE: Finishes-second in hometown Lowell, Ma. Brown BTE: Wins any state without mountains. WTE: Finishes third in college towns. Harkin BTE: Gets out later. WTE: Gets out sooner.
  • Other People's Money

    The American Cancer Society succeeded in collecting an impressive $408,145 in donations from one recent charity ball in Washington. Of course, they did have a few bills to pay off before they could send the money toward those who suffer. There was the cost of the all-you-can-eat lobster bar. The dancers - the ones on stilts - had to be paid, as did the ones on roller skates with the dragonfly wings fastened to their backs. What did the Cancer Society have left after paying for the ball a year and a half ago? A mere $194,771. ...
  • The Senator, The Sex Stories

    The senator was an old family friend, so the 24-year-old congressional aide thought there would be no problem. Kari Tupper said U.S. Sen. Brock Adams invited her to his house on March 27, 1987, when his wife was out of town. After a couple of drinks, Tupper said, Adams began to make lewd advances. "He said he was going to lick me all over," she later told The Washingtonian magazine. She said she began to feel unusually woozy from the drinks-and blacked out. When she woke up hours later, Tupper said, Adams had undressed her and was caressing her. Eighteen months later the young woman told her parents about the alleged incident; they pressed charges, claiming Adams gave Tupper knockout drugs and molested her. But prosecutors dropped the highly publicized case for lack of evidence. ...
  • A New Missile Crisis

    The United States and North Korea are engaged in a high-stakes cat-and-mouse game over two North Korean ships loaded with Scud-C missiles and equipment bound for Syria, perhaps via Iran. The Bush administration considered boarding the ships if they entered waters shared by Iran and Iraq-using the U.N. embargo against Iraq to justify the move. But U.S. officials conceded that unless they found evidence the cargo was headed for Iraq, they had no authority to divert the ships. By the weekend, NEWSWEEK has learned, Bush's men were trying to persuade Syria not to accept the shipment-with little hope of success. For now, the ships are under surveillance by navy subs and reconnaissance planes. Intelligence officials say the Koreans are using decoy vessels to confuse the U.S. trackers and sneak the Scuds into Syria. The officials fear the shipment includes material for two secret underground plants Damascus is building to make its own Scuds.
  • Ask Your Boss About This Idea

    Leading the list of desirable employee benefits in the 1980s was help with child care. Now RJR Nabisco is pioneering what could become this decade's most sought-after perk: college-tuition assistance. Executives of the cigarette and snack manufacturer say their lofty goal is to eliminate financial barriers to higher education for all their employees' children. Starting in the 1992-93 academic year, RJR Nabisco will offer a range of financial aid, including scholarships and loan subsidies. Under a tax-deferred savings plan, the company will match annual contributions of up to $1,000 for each of a child's four years in high school. The plan is available to all of RJR Nabisco's 35,000 U.S. employees-except for the top 147 executives. "We have no doubt that those people ought to be able to pay for their own children's education, "said a spokesman. "This is not meant to be a perk for senior management." ...
  • Finding Work After 50

    For 24 years Henry M. Wallfesh was Retirement Advisors, Inc. He helped build the firm into a leader in corporate retirement planning and he counseled thousands of retirees on how to enjoy their leisure time or start over in new careers. Then last year, in the midst of a corporate shake-up, Wallfesh found himself, at 54, in what he terms an "amicable mutual parting of the ways" with his company. "Here I was, one of the top guys in the field--I never thought I'd be looking for work," he says. "I've mentored so many people over the years, now I have to mentor me." ...
  • Tuberculosis: A Deadly Return

    If an evil scientist wanted to concoct a perfect environment for spreading disease, he would do well to study the New York City Criminal Courts Building in Brooklyn. The basement houses 10 "pre-arraignment holding pens," where, on a typical day, more than 200 suspects contend for standing room as they wait to be charged with offenses ranging from turnstyle-jumping to murder. Cramped and windowless, each 10-by-15-foot cage holds at least a dozen detainees, many of them homeless, drug-addicted and sick. Thousands pass through the pens each month, some staying two or three days before returning to the streets or moving on to prison or jail. Yet no one screens them for conditions that might pose a health hazard. One of the city's few concessions to disease control, a ventilation system installed in 1932, hasn't worked for at least six years. A huge fan pushes the same fetid air through the cages day and night. ...
  • Grande Dame, Grand Deeds

    When Brooke Astor visits even the neediest recipients of her philanthropy, she wears haute couture and jewels, she says, because "people expect to see Mrs. Astor, not some dowdy old lady. "And she didn't disappoint the 2,500 guests at her 90th-birthday fete in New York last week. Henry Kissinger, Barbara Walters and others paid up to $2,500 a plate to benefit the Citizens Committee for New York City. All praised the guest of honor: "She's what I want to be when I grow up," said Joan Rivers. Doesn't everybody?
  • Video Verite

    It may not win any awards, but a new video called "The Fine Art of Dumpster Dining" aims to save lives. Produced by Project Dignity, an Orange County, Calif., activist group, the video provides health and safety advice for the homeless who must forage for food. Among the tips: stay away from meat and milk, which may be contaminated by bacteria; look for fruit and vegetables with thick, unbroken skin; watch out for the broken glass and bleach many restaurants pour on discarded food to discourage scavengers. "It's an art to stay well and continue the activity," says project director Linda Dunlap.
  • Money Talks

    Bribery has always been a way of life in Russia. Now, with shortages more severe than ever, there's a new "how to" book with tips on whom to pay off and how much. Authors Ryurik Povileiko and Ivan Stepanov recommend bribes from 10 rubles (or a bottle of vodka) for a newsstand dealer selling porno magazines to 10 million rubles (only hard currency in numbered foreign bank accounts) for top state officials. For the fainthearted, the authors suggest the "bribe without bribery" technique: arranging sexual favors for government officials or presents on their birthdays.
  • Not Too Much Of A Headache

    Now Michelangelo is just another Ninja Turtle. After a fortnight of extraordinary hype, the much-feared computer virus that was supposed to strike the globe's hard drives last Friday simply fizzled. So many warnings were sounded that most computer owners either fed antivirus programs into their systems or refused to turn the power on during the dreaded M-day. They dodged one disease, but more strains are on the way. The eponymous Friday-the-13th virus is due to strike this week, and the Maltese Amoeba may detonate on March 15. ...
  • Overworked Americans?

    As I write, I am feeling severely overworked. The deadline for this column looms, and it looks as if I won't make it, although I know I will because I always have. But my writing isn't getting any faster, something I can't seem to change. I have fallen so far behind on so many things that my office-normally an organized clutter-is now so strewn with piles of papers and books that it's virtually inaccessible. ...
  • The Recession's Over (Shhh!)

    Relax, folks. You may not have realized it at the time, but the recession ended Rat 3 p.m. on Feb. 17. Or at least that's when Edward S. Hyman Jr. first announced that the economy had turned around. And despite some mixed signals, Hyman says flatly today that "we're off and at least trotting. We're into several years of steady if unspectacular growth." ...
  • Lead, Lies And Data Tape

    Scientific misconduct is exceedingly rare and extremely serious. Charges Shave been brought alleging plagiarism or faking data or falsifying results. The latest case, however, involves the manner in which a researcher strung together a set of equations in order to find a message hidden in a stack of raw data. To reach for a metaphor, this is like bringing a felony indictment for jaywalking. ...
  • When You Can't Get Into Spago

    In Los Angeles, popular restaurants come and go like so many Jean-Claude Van Damme movies. Undaunted, PERISCOPE takes a look at some of Tinseltown's hottest eateries--the first in an occasional series of culinary guides to cities around the world. If you're near the Hollywood sign, sample the modest Beachwood Cafe, where screenwriters breakfast before pitching concepts to producers. Speaking of breakfast, eat it at night at Roscoe's Chicken 'n Waffles, the place to be for young actors and execs from nearby Motown Records. Granita in Malibu is the newest Wolfgang (Mr. Spago) Puck creation. Designed by his wife, it features mosaics, shells, crystals and a koi fishpond. Then there's Ivy At The Shore, a.k.a. the other Ivy (there's another in Beverly Hills). Julia, Jason, Demi: they're all there, doing the casual thing in Santa Monica. Chaya Brasserie has a Soho feel, with its artsy dishes and vaulted ceiling. For traditionalists, there's Morton's, where powerful people devour red meat.
  • A Gift For The Little Guys

    Kalman Stein wants your money. As head of Earth Share, a federation of environmental organizations, he solicits workplace donations for groups like the Sierra Club and the Wilderness Society. But Stein's job is no walk in the woods. He is frequently turned away at the door by companies that prefer having only the United Way canvassing their employees. And he is often cut off from funding by local United Way groups, which give largely to health-and-human-services agencies. While some United Way locals allow donors to substitute other charities for those on the United Way roster, few people are aware of the option, Stein contends: "It's like being a write-in candidate in a one-party election. If people don't know you're on the ballot, they rarely think of voting you in." ...
  • Having A Beef

    The same kind of campaign that brought smoke-free-restaurants and airplanes will soon take on beef Next month, a coalition of health, consumer, environmental, anti-hunger and animal-rights groups headed by environmental gadfly Jeremy Rifkin will launch a drive to cut world beef consumption in half. The group will push to substitute grains, fruits and vegetables for a diet high in beef. Mainly because of its high fat content, "beef ranks up there with cigarette smoking as a health threat," says Rifkin. The cattle industry is organizing its own "Food Facts Coalition" to fight back.
  • Keep Schools Open To All

    Ellsworth, a public elementary teacher for 18 years and a freelance writer, lives in Prescott, Ariz. ...
  • Slice Of Life

    If you live on St. Paul Island, Alaska--in the middle of the Bering Sea--you can now order in junkfood. Many fast-food joints in Alaska's bigger cities will deliver to the nether regions--assuming you can wait a couple of days. "Fries don't travel well," says Julie Shane, who lives on the aforementioned island, "but pizzas always do great." Domino's Pizza in Juneau delivers to fishermen at sea. The guys call franchise--and boat--owner Fred Tallmadge on a marine radio and off he sails.