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  • Disaster Fatigue

    Calamities in Bangladesh, Kurdistan and Africa vie for aid-and public attention ...
  • A Cuomo Truth Squad

    When much-mentioned (though unannounced) '92 Democratic presidential contender Mario Cuomo hits the road on his speaking tour this spring, he'd better cheek his rearview mirror. Former drug czar William Bennett is appointing himself a one-man truth squad to trail the New York governor around the country and challenge him on such issues as welfare, education and racial quotas. Cuomo earlier this year declined Bennett's invitation for TV debates. Though his sharp remarks make some GOP bureaucrats nervous, top White House officials like the idea of Bennett as the president's surrogate. If the White House wants it, the RNC would pick up the tab. Bennett hopes the verbal pyrotechnics will set the standard for the '92 campaign-and boost his own profile for '96. "[Bennett] has no platform now other than books and a big mouth," says a GOP consultant.
  • The Reluctant Warrior

    The scene will undoubtedly be used in campaign videos when George Bush runs for re-election in 1992. "This will not stand," the president sternly vowed only a few days after Iraq invaded Kuwait. "This will not stand. " Resolute words from a strong leader, sure to move voters and make them relive a famous victory. But at the time, the reaction of the president's chief military adviser, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Colin Powell, was less enthusiastic. ...
  • Going To Court For Hackers

    Game designer Steve Jackson was stunned when federal law-enforcement officers raided his small Austin company in March 1990. Jackson was not accused of a crime, but the feds suspected an employee o criminal hacking. They seized Jackson's computers, shutting down his electronic "bulletin board" and nearly killing the firm. Now Jackson has filed a civil lawsuit with the help of the civil-liberties group Electronic Frontier Foundation. He wants to show that constitutional principles like freedom of expression apply to computers as well as print.
  • Lust And Larceny In Harlem

    Everyone in the comic action movie A Rage in Harlem is slightly larger and loonier than life. There's the quiet, naive, roly-poly hero, Jackson (Forest Whitaker), a Jesus haunted mortician's accountant who discovers the pleasures of the flesh in the eye-popping person of Imabelle (Robin Givens), a con woman who has absconded with a cache of stolen gold. There's Jackson's half-brother Goldy (Gregory Hines), a seam artist fond of passing himself off as a priest. There's crime boss Easy Money (Danny Glover), whose first loyalty is to his adored Pomeranian, and Big Kathy, the madam of a bustling bordello, who turns out to be a man in drag (Zakes Mokae). Readers of Chester Himes novels will recognize Coffin Ed (Stack Pierce) and Grave Digger (George Wallace), his cop heroes, though they are only background figures in this adaptation by John Toles-Bey and Bobby Crawford. ...
  • A Now Cigarette You'll Love To Death

    Finally, a cigarette even a surgeon general might love. It's called Death, and it went on sale in Los Angeles about two months ago, alongside the Marlboros and Camel Lights. The marketing approach isn't what they teach in business school. The package has a logo like a pirate flag and an advisory that goes beyond government warnings: "If You Don't Smoke, Don't Start. If You Smoke, Quit." ...
  • Washington's Revenge

    Bush's chief of staff was seduced by Washington's awesome-burden mystique. It is a potential killer. ...
  • Quayle: All Clear

    Vice President Dan Quayle has publicly defended White House chief of staff John Sununu's travels on military planes. But NEWSWEEK has learned the veep was concerned enough about the fallout from the "Air Sununu" flap that he privately checked with President Bush before using a government plane for a golfing junket to Augusta, Ga., last week. Bush OKed the trip, White House sources say, and off went Quayle and Transportation Secretary Sam Skinner. The likely change in travel policy won't affect Bush or Quayle, officials say.
  • 'War On Wolves'?

    Wildlife groups are fuming over a forthcoming proposal on the future of the endangered gray wolf. The report, sent to Congress by a panel of federal and state environmental officials, endorses the return of wolves to Yellowstone. But the plan sets no timetable. And contrary to the Endangered Species Act, it permits the killing of any wolf believed to be "harassing" livestock in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, outside the national parks. "It's a declaration of war on wolves and on the ESA itself," says Defenders of Wildlife acting president Jim Dougherty, Panel members say it was the price western officials demanded for backing a return of wolves to Yellowstone.
  • Bush's Heart Scare

    A sudden arrhythmia raises questions about his health-and Quayle ...
  • Love In The Nick Of Time

    Admit it. You're happy for Bonnie Raitt. Last year she conquered the music world with a four-Grammy comeback. Now she's found true love. Raitt, 41, married actor Michael O'Keefe, 36 (Simon MacHeath on "Against the Law"), last week in Tarrytown, N.Y. It was a first marriage for both. Daryl Hannah, Jackson Browne and Wynonna Judd were among the 90 guests on hand. The couple wrote their own vows and Bonnie's dad, Broadway singer John Raitt, serenaded them with "My Little Girl."
  • The Commanders

    From "The Commanders, copyright 1991 by Bob Woodward. Published by Simon & Schuster. ...
  • The Steal Of A Lifetime

    Rickey Henderson slid into third base and the record books in last Wednesday's game against the Yankees. It was the Oakland outfielder's 939th steal, and with it he broke Lou Brock's record. The game was halted for a brief celebration and Henderson, never one to let his accomplishments speak for themselves, announced to the crowd: "Until now, Lou Brock was the symbol of great base-stealing, but today I'm the greatest of all time."
  • Fine Tuning

    Ann Reinking's son Chris, who at 1 is taller than most 2 year-olds, is already exhibiting showbiz potential. At rehearsals for "Bye Bye Birdie," "he was mesmerized by the rhythms Tommy Tune was making with his feet," says Reinking. "He immediately went over to the piano and started playing." Chris may get to show off his stuff when he and his mom go on the road with Tune this week to kick off the show's national tour.
  • His Camera Never Blinked-Or Did It?

    Can Alek Keshishian really be as unhappy as he sounds? "I feel miserably underachieved," he told one interviewer. "How old was Orson Welles when he made 'Citizen Kane'? Twenty-five or twenty-six?" He is, he says, "plagued with selfdoubt" and filled with a profound "emptiness" when he completes a project. And what projects. Let's just review Keshishian's own 26 years so far: Beirut-born child prodigy actor and violin player; graduated summa cum laude from St. Paul's prep school; staged the most-talked-about senior thesis Harvard has seen in years, a pop-opera adaptation of "Wuthering Heights" (and graduated, again, summa cum laude); went directly to Hollywood to direct music videos for Edie Brickell and Bobby Brown. ...
  • Hot Clubs

    Nothing fills a disco like war and recession, but a deejay who owns a copy of "Gypsy Woman" (the plight of the homeless lamented at 100 beats per minute) doesn't hurt. Where to wiggle it: ** ShelterDuck the Fashion Police; their "citations" can ruin your night in Chicago.**** DanceteriaOne club, 10 decorators; enough variety for every New York subset.**** Club LuiSlum with the stars in L.A., even the Blond One. No frills, dress to dance.*** VelvetTableaux vivants and fuzzy fabrics in Atlanta. Order a Woo Woo, no ice.