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  • A Case Of Political Flu

    He had traveled through 16 time zones in 10 days and had just been creamed by the Emperor of Japan at tennis. As he stood in the receiving line before a state dinner in Tokyo last week, President Bush had to excuse himself to go into the bathroom and throw up. Most ordinary men would have called it a night and headed for bed. But Bush, ignoring the advice of his doctor, doggedly returned to his duties. Still, the Secret Service was quietly warned that he might not make it through the meal. ...
  • What Causes Impotence?

    Sexual impotence was long thought to be a psychological problem, a theory that helped line the pockets of countless therapists. Now scientists know that in most cases the cause is in the body, not the brain. Last week researchers from the Clark Urology Center at the University of California, Los Angeles, reported in The New England Journal of Medicine that they had for the first time identified the chemical that plays a key role in producing erections. It's a substance called nitricoxide-and lack of it, says urologist Dr. Jacob Rajfer, chief author of the new study, could conceivably be responsible for the type of impotence that plagues over 7 million American men. ...
  • Green, And Lots Of It

    Sure, the local supermarket now stocks phosphate-free detergent, and shops like New York's Terra Verde have sprouted nationwide to cater to the blooming green market. But what about green consumers with lots of green? Do the eco-rich really want to be seen shopping shoulder to shoulder with hippies who never threw out their Earth shoes? Enter posh Naturalis, tucked between Gucci and Brooks Brothers on Worth Avenue-Palm Beach, Fla.'s, Rodeo Drive. The 4,200-square-foot store offers everything from home-delivered recycled-paper toilet tissue to a $132,000 Mercedes-Benz, replete with a chlorofluorocarbon-free air conditioner. "Anyone involved with the environmental movement has always been thought of as underground," says co-founder Hattie Whitehead. "I am trying to make it chic." ...
  • The Stalking Of Saddam

    Remember how President Bush, at the height of the gulf war, called upon the Iraqi people to overthrow Saddam Hussein? And remember how he repeated that appeal as allied ground troops gathered up flocks of surrendering Iraqis in Kuwait? A year after the war, the administration's policy for ousting Saddam still boils down to asking the Iraqis to do what it was unable or unwilling to do itself. As the president's poll ratings on the economy plummet, the spectacle of an unrepentant Saddam, still in power and bent on acquiring nuclear weapons, presents the Democrats with a rare chance to bruise Bush on a foreign-policy issue. To the administration, the failure to oust Saddam has become an embarrassment both abroad and at home. ...
  • Where The Jobs Are

    Robbie Aube is the kind of person sociologists like to say we need more of. For nearly six years he worked to build his construction business in Plum Island in northern Massachusetts. But the New England recession devastated the business and his wife, Judy, sold few homes in her job as a real-estate agent. Aube, 38, analyzed their situation and realized drastic changes were needed. He took out a loan and went back to school for 18 months to retrain as an airplane mechanic. In a few weeks he, his wife and two children will move to Minneapolis to take a job with Northwest Airlines. Did he agonize over the decision? "I said 'yes' right there on the phone," he says. ...
  • 'The Gateway To Heaven'

    From the air, Uchiza is the picture of sylvan serenity-a neat grid of red-dirt roads and green plazas bordered by the meandering, chocolate-brown Huallaga River. But descending into the Peruvian jungle town, tucked into a valley that produces 65 percent of the world's coca, is like entering the heart of darkness. Dozens of unswerving eyes glare from the shacks lining the airstrip. The local drug traffickers, couriers for the Colombian cartels, don't like visitors. Last June, when 80 Peruvian policemen and six U.S. antinarcotics agents stormed into Uchiza to bust labs and disrupt the drug flights, hundreds of stone-throwing locals forced them to retreat. In 1990 a U.S. reporter was abducted on the airstrip. His mutilated remains were found on a roadside nearby. This time, Uchiza's unwanted visitors-a NEWSWEEK reporter and photographer-make sure they have reliable escorts: Peruvian Army officers in cahoots with the traffickers. ...
  • Rethinking The Lessons Of Desert Storm

    Military lesson No. 1 from the gulf war: don't look for sweeping lessons. The United States enjoyed a fistful of advantages it's not likely to have again. They included the support of a broad international coalition, a host country with world-class ports and airstrips, six months to get ready and a vastly overrated enemy who showed little will to fight, The result was a desert cakewalk, not a template for future conflicts. The Army is already treating the campaign as an anomaly, rewriting its war-fighting doctrine to prepare for what Desert Storm wasn't -a lightning, "come as you are" war where troops arrive ready to fight. "When history is written, Desert Storm will be a footnote," says historian Earl Tilford. ...
  • Bold Plans--And Trims On The Edges

    State Capitol offices in Little Rock had barely opened one recent morning when a caravan of wheelchairs rolled up to the office of Gov. Bill Clinton. In less than three minutes, 18 disabled people anchored themselves to the furniture with a logging chain. They were there to protest cuts in the state's Medicaid budget. For Clinton, vacationing in South Carolina, the disturbance threatened to distract from his national image as a caring, reform-minded governor. Fifteen hours later, Clinton restored most of the proposed cuts and created a task force to examine the issue. ...
  • Wisconsin Is Talking...

    About a local politician's crusade against out-of-staters who illegally receive Wisconsin welfare benefits. Rep. David Prosser thinks he's discovered a welfare-fraud strategy that's as simple as a monthly bus ride across the state line. He visited a Chicago bus station on Dec. 2-the day Milwaukee County issued welfare checks-and noticed the line of passengers was far larger than on other days. Prosser's staffers in Milwaukee then watched as passengers got off the bus and took a cab directly to Milwaukee's social-services office. Prosser's mission was not lost on Gov. Tommy Thompson, who will propose public-aid cuts this month.
  • Rambo's Revenge

    Make fun of Rambo at your peril, the folks at the Telluride, Colo., ski resort learned last week. After sending Sylvester Stallone up the slopes, a ski-lift operator said to the next guy in line, "He's not as funny as Bill Murray." But the guy was a member of Sly's entourage and wasn't laughing. Sly's people asked that the lift operator be fired. (Stallone is said to be looking to buy property near Telluride.) The operator was suspended for four days. "In this business, you treat everyone right," said a Telluride spokesman.
  • '92 Campaign Edition

    Attention, primary shoppers! Presidential produce is finally ready for your inspection in aisle 6. Not enough room for all the candidates here, but have patience. ...
  • Buzzwords

    Like everyone else, mass-transit workers can be a little cynical about subways and buses. Here's what they're saying as you read your paper: Person obsessed with streetcars, particularly antiques and retired routes.Subway bag lady.A motorman or conductor's schedule for the day.Derailment.Wet, slippery tracks.Passengers in a crowded train.The space between a subway car and the platform.Collecting tokens from the turnstiles. Usage: "Two punks robbed me when I was pulling the wheel."
  • Every Parent's Nightmare

    Trend spotters, take note. There's a new motif in villainy rumbling through the collective unconscious of Hollywood. The New Ogre, a clever devil, sets out to destroy its enemy by homing in on its enemy's children. This ogre doesn't harm kids; it seduces them into preferring the villain to their own parents. This was Captain Hook's tactic with Peter Pan's kids in "Hook." It was an aspect of Robert De Niro's revenge in "Cape Fear." And it is a primal ploy in the evil scheme of the wicked nanny in The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, a thriller that cannily toys with the fears and guilts of baby-boomer moms. ...
  • Altared States

    Life without Jack Nicholson is shaping up just fine for Anjelica Huston, 40. She's engaged to sculptor Robert Graham, 52. The two were in Manhattan last week for a show of his work. The wedding date is vague"sometime in the spring," he says-but Huston wants kids. "The Graham Family"? Kooky, maybe, but definitely angelic.
  • 'Back From The Living Dead'

    Saddam Hussein swaggered down the line of Iraqi Army officers late last December, pinning newly minted "Mother of All Battles" medals to their chests and showering them with gifts of land and autos. As the Iraqi dictator embraced them in a bear hug, the soldiers stared ahead with the fixed intensity of targets caught in a rifle's cross hairs. Then Saddam rewrote history in front of a national television audience by insisting Iraq's rout in the gulf war had been a heroic victory after all. And he indulged in the sport he likes best-baiting the Americans. The Bush administration talked of an impending coup, but it was wishful thinking. The only way a rebellion could succeed would be if he led it himself. ...
  • Tricky Pick?

    Is Richard Nixon displaying sage political punditry or is he up to his tricky old ways.? On "Nightline" last week, the former president predicted that Patrick Buchanan would win a stunning 40 percent of the vote in the New Hampshire primary. The prediction infuriated Buchanan, who felt his former boss was intentionally setting the bar that high so that anything less would be seen as a loss. Nixon strongly disagrees with Buchanan on foreign policy, and he believes a sitting president should be challenged for the nomination. GOP insiders confirm that the ex-president was intentionally playing the "expectations game" at Buchanan's expense. His real prediction for Buchanan's vote total is far lower, they say.
  • What The Soviet Military Knew

    What was Moscow's view of Norman Schwarzkopf's "Hail Mary" flanking maneuver that encircled the Iraqi Army.? "The plan was not highly original," the Soviet military thought. What about all that high-tech American weaponry that worked flawlessly? "To be objective [it was used under] ideal conditions in the absence of any serious return fire and electronic countermeasures." ...
  • The Fight For Red October

    When the Soviet Union collapsed, the most pressing issue for foreigners was who would control the world's largest military machine. The creation of a new Commonwealth of Independent States only papered over the problem. Last week Russia and Ukraine, the two most important members, were locked in a bitter tug of war over key components of the former Soviet armed forces. The immediate prize, the Navy's Black Sea fleet, inspired angry volleys of rhetoric:"Ukraine is a maritime power," claimed Col. Gen. Konstantin Morozov, the republic's defense minister, "and since we have to guard our borders and our coast, we regard the Black Sea fleet as part of our armed forces.""Excuse me," retorted Russia's Adm. Vladimir Chernavin, commander of the former Soviet Navy, "but when has Ukraine been a great maritime power without ever having its own fleet?"Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk demanded that all 1.3 million Soviet military personnel stationed on his territory pledge allegiance to the...