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  • 'Voguing'

    What are the results thus far of the effort to modernize the Oxford English Dictionary? When the next edition appears sometime early in the next century, such words as "bummer," "voguing" and "homeboy" will likely be new entries among many others. It's all part of a plan - begun about a year ago - to update the once stodgy dictionary so it better chronicles American colloquialisms and slang. The Oxford University Press, which publishes the 20-volume dictionary, sells about a third more copies in the United States than it does in Great Britain.
  • Lobby? Me? Whatever Makes You Say That?

    To lobby. In Washington, everyone knows what that means: to influence decisions by lawmakers and regulators. Yet some of the most effective lobbyists insist they never practice the art. "I don't do any lobbying," says Clark Clifford, a private lawyer who has more influence than most cabinet officers. "I don't consider myself a lobbyist," says Jack Valenti, head of the Motion Picture Association of America and Hollywood's chief front man in the capital. Bob Strauss, former Democratic Party chair and senior partner of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, a law firm that lobbies heavily, admits he has "influence." "But I don't use it," he avers. ...
  • Kapuscinski's Adventures

    In the eight years since his account of the fall of Ethiopia's Emperor Haile Selassie appeared in English, Ryszard Kapuscinski has emerged as our principal chronicler of Third World entropy. A Polish journalist who says he's witnessed 27 revolutions, Kapuscinski arrives like a bird of evil omen in some African or Central American country, just as that country is poised to fall apart. At great risk to himself, and with a mordant humor, he describes the anarchy that crackles about the periphery of the collapse. In "The Soccer War" (translated by William Brand. 234 pages. Knopf. $21), an early collection of pieces he wrote while a foreign correspondent for the Polish Press Agency and now published here, he recounts his adventures just beyond the limits of the law. ...
  • The Corporate Shell Game

    For taxpayers battling their 1040 forms and legislators peering into the black hole of the federal budget deficit, there's good news: the Internal Revenue Service, armed with fresh troops and new legal tools, is setting out to mine a mother lode of $25 billion in unpaid taxes. But there's also a catch: nobody expects much more than a trickle of new revenue to come from it. ...
  • An Opening-Day Handicap

    Opening Day has finally arrived - and not a minute too soon. Now it's time to get down to the truly important business of handicapping the big stars with the big egos who get the big bucks. Here's a look at some players to watch: You're a utility infielder batting a lusty.210. Whom do you fear most? Doc deserves more than Clemens, baseball's highest-paid Neanderthal.They won't be saying "Ben McWho?" for long. He's taken his lumps. But, at 23, he's taken them against Bo, not the Toledo Mudhens. Fork it over, O's.Mr. Injury's wearing Royal blue this season. He's mean. He's exciting. And, thanks to injuries and hype, he's royally overrated.Meet major-league baseball's second highest-paid Neanderthal. Sure, he's arrogant, selfish and a pain. But then, so was Ty Cobb.
  • Revenge Of The Slide Rulers

    When MIT's new president arrived last fall for his first day at work, his office had disappeared - hidden behind a giant bulletin board plastered with official notices. Charles Vest was the victim of an MIT "hack," a prank in which the jest is generally overlaid with a display of engineering ingenuity. Unlike its Cambridge neighbor, where the Harvard Lampoon sets the standard for sophomoric humor and Hasty Pudding men cavort in drag with Hollywood celebs, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology hardly has a reputation for campus high jinks. ...
  • No Big Names

    New Hampshire schools can usually count on rounding up some big-name politicians as graduation speakers the spring before the state's presidential primary. But this year, with virtually no campaign activity, campuses are making do with the same kinds of speakers that other states' universities attract. In 1987, Franklin Pierce Law Center snared Gov. Mario Cuomo of New York. This spring it has federal Judge Helen Nies. Daniel Webster College, which had Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas four years ago, this year will hear from the state's own Sen. Warren Rudman. And students at the University of New Hampshire, addressed by Vice President George Bush in 1987, will have to settle for Bush's Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander.
  • Critic's Choice

    Actors and directors take note: Frank Rich is going Hollywood. The hard-to-please New York Times theater critic has signed a deal with producer Aaron Russo ("Trading Places," "The Rose") to write a screenplay called, appropriately enough, "Everyone's a Critic." Terms of the deal are unclear, but the movie is described as a Tracy-Hepburn-style romantic comedy. Rich declined to comment through a spokeswoman. He will co-write the script with novelist Rafael Yglesias. It should be completed by this fall.
  • Aids: Grin And Bear It

    "So what is this? A bunch of AIDS jokes? What's so damn funny about a pandemic devastating the world? Well, we have it and sometimes we find it amusing." ...
  • Sudan: The 'Silent Dying'

    In a sprawling camp of mud and cardboard hovels on the outskirts of Khartoum, 2-year-old Rasha Abdel-Said Omar cries as she fingers a bowl of porridge. Around her, dozens of other emaciated children are being nursed back to health, lucky survivors of an odyssey through a land of failed crops, dust-bowl villages and dead livestock. "There was no rain this year, so nothing grew," says one mother at the camp, called Suq Libya. "We came here for life." ...
  • Terror In The New Germany

    Detlev Karsten Rohwedder, the man known as "the manager of German unity," was up late one night last week working in the study of his Dusseldorf home. Suddenly a bullet smashed through the study window and hit him in the spine. Rohwedder died instantly. In a garden across the street, police found a letter bearing the seal of the terrorist Red Army Faction. The message denounced the "imperialist beast" and "reactionary great German plans" to "exploit" the world. ...
  • Race

    The Cignal clothing chain, for recording the race of customers on the backs of personal checks. A Hispanic customer named Jacqueline Perczek discovered the offensive practice recently when a cashed check from a Boston store had an "H" for Hispanic on it. A company spokesman described the practice as "a quality-control mechanism." But after Perczek's complaint Cignal revoked the policy last week, saying it was open to "misinterpretation."
  • Seattle Is Talking.

    who is knocking off felines at an alarming rate. Cats are being kept indoors and away from windows to guard against the sniper, who first hit in early March. Police say the sniper's record includes four cats fatally shot while sleeping in windows, one cat wounded and one stuffed toy cat mistaken for the real thing and blown across a room. Police have little evidence and fear a human could be accidentally shot.
  • Leerbook

    She's hot now, but 1992 will be the year of Claudia Schiffer. The Guess? supermodel will turn up on her own calendar, with each month offering portraits in skimpy swimsuits, wet T shirts, lingerie and, on the cover, not much of anything. Already hundreds of thousands have been ordered (it will be available starting in July), and Patricia Sklar, president c Landmark Calendars, predicts, "It'll stand out on the shelves. It'll say 'buy me'." Others might get a different message.
  • A Bigger Hole In The Ozone

    The nations of the world have never agreed on how to halt the destruction of rain forests or save endangered species. But when it came to saving the ozone layer, which screens out the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays, they knew just what to do. Or so it seemed. In 1987, 24 nations meeting in Montreal pledged that, by the year 2000, they would halve their production of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), chemicals that destroy ozone. That was when the only ozone hole that had been noticed was over Antarctica. But soon after, satellite data showed that ozone above the United States had dropped 1.5 percent. That persuaded more than 90 countries last June to agree to ban CFCs entirely by 2000. Developing nations were given until 2010 to stop producing ozone-damaging chemicals; wealthier countries promised them up to $240 million to help make the switch. ...
  • 'The Hairdo With Anxiety'

    If privacy ends where hypocrisy begins, Kitty Kelley's steamy expose of Nancy Reagan is a contribution to contemporary history. The revelations about the First Lady's "promiscuous" lifestyle as a Hollywood starlet, her "intimate relationship" with Frank Sinatra and her eagerness for daughter Patti to undergo an abortion expose the cracks in the Reagans' family-values veneer. "They told us how to live our lives, and in that light, this is interesting," says Kelley. Interesting doesn't touch it. In the first 100 pages of "Nancy Reagan: The Unauthorized Biography," we are told that Ronald Reagan had an affair that resulted in an abortion, and that he forced himself sexually on l9-year-old starlet Selene Walters. "It was the most pitched battle I've ever had," Walters recalls. "They call it 'date rape' today." ...
  • Stalinism's Last Stand

    The scene: women in sweeping peasant skirts and shawls, hoeing a field. The colorful clothes play off the landscape, creating an arresting tableau. An impressionist painting? No - Albania today. Abruptly, the image changes. A car stops and a man leaps out. "Idiots! Stupid!" he yells at the workers. "They have manipulated you!" The man, an opposition deputy in Albania's newly elected Parliament, turns his wrath on the women's communist keeper, slumbering under a tree. "Parasite!" he snarls at the boss man, called "the Brigadier." "When we take over, you, too, will have to work, not just watch." ...
  • Third Gear, It's All Right

    Well, I guess I ran right off the road and I wasn't even wearing my seat belt," wrote Lee Iacocca about his marriage to Peggy Johnson. Iacocca's second go-round was not a smooth ride: it lasted only a year and a half. But the groom decided to buckle up and get back on that freeway of love. A week ago Saturday, the Chrysler chairman and L.A. restaurateur Darrien Earle wed in a quiet ceremony in Beverly Hills. Earle, 42, wore a white silk chiffon and gold-beaded dress that reportedly cost $23,000. Va-va-va-vroom.
  • Buy Me Into The Ball Game

    For $95 million, here's what you get: the newest - and undoubtedly worst - team in baseball, the chance to be called an idiot by every sportscaster in town, and that dreaded phone call from Aunt Roseanne asking to sing the national anthem. Plus the privilege of leasing a stadium, building a farm system and paying a squad of other teams' castoffs - all at an additional cost of about $40 million. ...
  • A Doctor's Case

    Kurland is a pediatric pulmonologist at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh. ...