• A Romantic Revolution

    He's a high-stakes roller in search of the ultimate card game. She's married to an aristocratic revolutionary. It's not your typical boy-meets girl, but "Havana," starring Robert Redford and Lena Olin ("Enemies, A Love Story"), promises to be something of a "romantic thriller," says producer Sydney Pollack. "It's about two outsiders whose lives are changed by the Cuban revolution." Shot in Santo Domingo, and due out December, the film follows the lovers for eight days--from Christmas Eve to New Year's Day--through the dying gasp of the opulent, sensual playground of pre-Castro Cuba.
  • Gold Rush

    If a good start is everything, then the '92 U.S. Olympic bobsledding team is headed downhill fast. During recent qualifying trials held at Lake Placid N.Y., veteran driver Brian Shimer got a big boost from L.A. Raider Willie Gault, Minnesota Viking Herschel Walker and medal-winning hurdler Edwin Moses. Push come to shove, they aim to be the most awesome starting lineup ever.
  • Battling Over The Almighty Beaver

    Sometimes a species other than man plays God with the ecological balance. To build a dam on the Truckee River in downtown Reno, Nev., a phalanx of 120 beavers ravaged a two-mile stretch of cottonwood trees, extending to the outskirts of town. By damaging 90 percent of the trees, the beavers endangered the homes of 135 species of birds and 40 species of mammals, as well as countless fish that rely on the shade to survive in the summer heat. Conservationists demanded action. But when wildlife biologists suggested extermination, other activists put pressure on state officials. "I made it very clear that it was my desire that they exhaust every conceivable option before extermination," says Gov. Bob Miller. "Only the Almighty has the ultimate determination." ...
  • Body Count Ii

    Action movies are inevitably bloodbaths. But more importantly, the sequels, aside from being less entertaining, often have twice the number of corpses as their predecessors. Why show another car wreck when you can blow up a jumbo jet? Here's a look at this year's crop: Movie Original Sequel DIE HARD 15 162 ROBOCOP 27 58 48 HRS. 9 20
  • The Myth Of German Efficiency

    A few costs of the Teutonic ethic: meddling neighbors, sodden pedestrians and wooden tomatoes ...
  • Remembrance Of Ads Past

    Don't be alarmed if you're watching TV one of these days and you suddenly hear a familiar question: "Where's the beef?" Or if an announcer's booming voice declares, "Takes a licking, keeps on ticking." You're not suffering from deja vu. You're witnessing the latest trend in advertising: retro ads. More and more advertisers are turning to successful campaigns from the past to give a lift to sales today. Maypo cereal has revived the slogan "I want my Maypo." And bubbly voices are once again singing "Riunite on ice, Riunite that's nice." Companies are so high on the past that they'll sometimes go to almost any length to re-create it. Coca-Cola hired a detective agency to track down the folks who 20 years ago gathered on a hillside to sing "I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke." ...
  • Quayle Gets A Confidence Vote

    Maybe the pundits were wrong. In a survey of 48 state GOP chairmen, Washingtonian magazine reports this week that 35--or 73 percent--said the vice president should remain as George Bush's running mate in 1992 (two chairmen didn't respond). This is a vindication of sorts for the vice president and might signal a dampening of the dump-Quayle talk that has circulated since 1988. Quayle was roundly praised by the leaders for fund raising, drawing crowds and supporting local Republicans. Two votes apiece went to James Baker, Elizabeth Dole and Dick Cheney; Jack Kemp and Bob Dole each got one nod. But Quayle's runner-up, with 5 votes, was "no preference."
  • Will There Be A 51St Star?

    Puerto Ricans debate whether they can join the United States and maintain their cultural identity ...
  • Time In A Bottle

    Veteran sailor Tom McClean, 47, won't be hitting the bottle for the next 28 days. He'll be riding in it. The Scotsman left New York for England in a motorized 37-foot jug last Tuesday to raise money for children's charities. Provisions for the voyage include 30 cans of beans and 50 pounds of chocolate. He'll need the extra kick; the floating flagon only goes 6 mph.
  • Ways To Win

    With a record number of women candidates this year, the National Women's Political Caucus has put together a practical "Guide to Winning in the '9Os." Among the tips: Get press in ways men can't. Women candidates are more "visually arresting" at traditionally male job locations such as construction sites;Don't smoke in public;Cut back on alcohol. You don't need the calories, the drain on your energy or the reputation as a lush;Don't cry in public. If you start to feel overly emotional, take a deep breath; Schedule as many debates with a male opponent as possible. It's hard for male candidates to find a politically appropriate response to strong women.
  • Government From Below?

    After his landslide defeat in Nicaragua's presidential elections last February, Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega rallied his diehards with a vow to "govern from below." Last week Nicaraguans got a taste of what he meant: a violent general strike led by a Sandinista labor federation paralyzed Managua. For two days the capital teetered on the edge of civil war. Armed Sandinista workers built barricades from the same paving stones they used in the 1979 insurrection against dictator Anastasio Somoza. They traded gunfire, bricks and Molotov cocktails with progovernment forces. When the fighting subsided, four people lay dead and dozens were injured. ...
  • The Right To Die In Dignity

    Americans are confused by the Supreme Court's decision that Nancy Cruzan, a 32-year-old Missouri woman who has been in a coma since a car accident seven years ago, must remain tethered to a feeding tube indefinitely. You might assume that the decision was based on a slim chance that she would one day recover, but it wasn't. Everyone agrees that she will never wake up. Instead, the court denied Nancy's parents the right to remove the feeding tube because Nancy failed to leave clear instructions that this is what she would want. Careless of her. Without such instructions the court saw no reason to override the Missouri court's presumption that people would prefer being vegetables to being dead. although it's hard to find anyone who would. ...
  • Man Makes The Clothes

    Like Michelangelo's David, the statues" muscular forms show off the glory of the male body. But these aren't sculptures of ancient gods or idealized Biblical heroes. They're fully jointed window mannequins designed by artist Lowell Nesbitt for Pucci Manikins of New York--made to reflect the new pumped-up, gym-chiseled man of the '9Os. The mannequins, which are at least one size larger--and much more macho--than the traditional department-store variety, will be introduced at Dayton Hudson's Midwestern stores in the fall. Now, that's the way to sell a swimsuit.
  • A Longing For Liberty

    It was a week of ferment below the Sahara. In the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, a protest against one-party rule ended in looting and at least 20 deaths. From Somalia came reports of government troops opening fire in a soccer stadium after fans stoned the president; 66 people were confirmed dead. Liberian ruler Samuel K. Doe was under rebel siege in his seafront mansion. Meanwhile, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, African heads of state ended the annual Organization of African Unity summit by pledging full democratization. The leaders were forced to acknowledge a new reality in sub-Saharan Africa. Inspired by the revolutions in Eastern Europe and angry at chronic corruption and economic mismanagement, their people are calling for an end to the authoritarian regimes that have ruled them, in many cases, since independence. ...
  • When Life Imitates Bart

    Who said Bart Simpson was white, anyway? In fact, he's kind of mustard-colored. So perhaps it's not surprising that, no sooner had official Simpson products become all the rage when a black version of the cartoon character began popping up on T-shirts from coast to coast. Sometimes this new Bart is funny, as when he appears in Rastafarian dreadlocks, saying, "The Simpsons go funky reggae." Sometimes, as a Michael Jordanesque "Air Bart," he's supercool. Frequently, he's got black power on his mind ("Knowledge is the Key") or Nelson Mandela by his side. ...
  • Pedaling To The Next Century

    On the theory that any activity involving gel-filled shorts can't be dismissed lightly, let us now look into the world of long-distance bicycling. A boom is going on there, big time. ...
  • The Mind Of The Rapist

    A startling rise in sex crimes and the notoriety of cases like the Central Park jogger give new urgency to the question: why do men rape? ...
  • A Future For The Futurists

    Inside the Chicago futures markets, the trading pits can be a Hadean whirl of flailing hands and screaming orders. And for the last three years, events outside the exchange have been just about as dizzying. Ever since the stock-market crash of 1987 everywhere the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange turned, it seemed someone was coming after them. The stock markets blamed Chicago for their volatility. The Justice Department accused their traders of winking at widespread fraud. As Chicago looked to defend itself at home, overseas markets jumped into the futures business. ...
  • More Clear Air?

    Smokers beware. New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg, the Transportation subcommittee chairman who engineered the smoking ban on airliners, has a new target: airport terminals. Lautenberg aides say he has no formal plan yet, but sources close to the senator say his goal is to get rid of the dense wall of smoke passengers now often face when they step off smoke-free planes. It's not clear how such a ban would affect terminal restaurants or bars, but they might become the only oases left for that last puff before boarding.
  • The Saudis Say Hello To China

    Saudi Arabia, which hasn't recognized a communist bloc country since the 1930s, will establish full diplomatic relations with China this week, NEWSWEEK has learned. The arrangement was worked out earlier this month in Beijing by the Saudis' ambassador to Washington, Prince Bandar bin Sultan. Two years ago, Prince Bandar negotiated a deal for the sale of Chinese DF-3 intermediate-range missiles to the Saudis. The Saudis' decision to recognize China is an "adjustment to the post-cold-war world," said a source close to the Saudi throne. The Saudis see China as a lucrative market for petrochemicals. They also want to protect the interests of China's sizable Muslim populations.