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  • Political Overtures

    It isn't over 'til the governor sings - in Connecticut, anyway. Gov. Lowell Weicker had a 12-minute walk-on part as a naval officer in the Connecticut Opera's production of "Madame Butterfly" last week. He wasn't asked to sing, but before going on he warned "that doesn't mean I won't." An opera buff since the age of 12, Weicker called his role "one of the more exciting moments in life for someone who wanted to be an opera singer and ended up a lowly politician."
  • Pushing To Free Pollard

    The Israeli government last week began an intense lobbying campaign for the release of Jonathan Jay Pollard, the former U.S. agent who in 1986 pleaded guilty to stealing secrets for Jerusalem. Sentenced to life in prison, Pollard has yet to reveal the names of his Israeli handlers - information that could be extremely embarrassing to Israel. Well-placed U.S. sources speculate that Pollard may think the Israeli government has abandoned him and be "ready to talk" unless Jerusalem gets him out. Pollard supporters hope for an arrangement with Washington that would allow Pollard to serve out his time doing community work in Israel.
  • Have Rebels, Will Travel

    Early one night last month, two U.S. Air Force C-141 Starlifter cargo planes landed at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and taxied to a spot well removed from the main terminal. The huge planes had just flown across Africa from Lubumbashi, a remote town in southern Zaire. Scarcely noticed in the darkness, a fleet of buses gathered up 354 Libyan soldiers who filed off the planes - all former prisoners of war who had been captured in Chad. Then the mysterious motorcade sped from the airport to a secret destination somewhere in Kenya. ...
  • Gulf Aftermath Edition

    The CW knows there's still a lot of killing going on and all that. Lots of big issues left. But it's, well, a tad bored with the Mideast and looking forward to the NCAAs. PLAYERS Conventional Wisdom U.S. Troops Ain't over 'til it's over. Home? Who said anything about going home? Saddam Hussein Taking a Baath. Goodbye, Hitler; hello, Ceausescu. The Emir Face it, you really can't go home again. Try Beverly Hills. Iraqis Old CW: Pave 'em over. New CW: Those poor souls on the highway! Schwarzkopf Denies political aspirations. Being God is apparently enough. Israel Land for peace? Yeah, and the Brooklyn Bridge is for sale, too.
  • A Jobs Wedding

    She's a student at Stanford's business school. He's one of America's most eligible bachelors. This week Steve Jobs, 36, cofounder of Apple Computer and now president of Next Inc., and Laurene Powell, 27, will be married in a small, private ceremony in Yosemite National Park. Jobs first spotted Powell when he addressed Stanford M.B.A.s in the fall of 1989. Soon, she was tooling around in his Mercedes; he was snapping photos of her in a student play. And the two were seen nuzzling and giggling on campus like kids. The couple will split their time between his homes in California and New York, but Jobs said they planned no formal honeymoon: "Every day with her is a honeymoon."
  • A Main-Squeeze Poll

    No one will ever really know what makes one person fall for another. But here is a stab at some answers from a "main squeeze" poll in which nearly 900 Americans were questioned about their love lives. 32% met their main squeeze through friends or relatives; 5% met at church and only 1% met through a dating service.Although 46% reported that personality was what first attracted them to their sweethearts, 33% said looks counted too.20% of the female respondents thought their main squeeze looked like Tom Selleck, and 21% of the males thought their sweethearts looked like Sally Field.For 70% it was not love at first sight. SOURCE: TROPICANA, INC.
  • The Glitchless Gab Of Silicon Valley

    Silicon Valley, south of San Francisco, looks like an L.A. suburb. But it's home to successful computer companies - Apple, Intel, Hewlett-Packard - as well as thirty something computer millionaires. Their conversations can be as obscure as a computer command. Engineers who prefer pure technology over practical applications.When a computer or a human is required to do extensive thinking.Valley slang for venture capitalists who dine on the genius of others.Next-generation hacker; better dressed, hipper than predecessors.Index of how quickly a new computer company is spending money, as on PR and R&D; high burn rates are bad.A hacker who commits computer crimes.Copying your competitor's product while insisting you never saw it; high-tech plagiarism.Sending hostile messages on electronic mail systems, as in, "Your mama uses a PC Junior."
  • Prof. Spike?

    So, do we call you Professor or Spike? Fifty young Harvard students may be asking that question next spring when they walk into a class taught by Spike Lee. Lee has accepted an invitation by the school's Department of Afro-American Studies to lecture about contemporary movies. He will teach the students for one two-hour lecture a week during the spring semester. The course will not be about Lee's films, though one or two may be shown. "I don't drop down on my knees at the mention of Harvard," Lee said.
  • Fantasies For An Orchestra

    Rich Carter says it's his "first big break," which is rather like calling the Hope diamond a trinket. Earlier this month the Chicago Symphony Orchestra gave the world premiere of "Adagio for Children," a work Carter began writing when he was 16. Last fall. ...
  • Is An Insurance Crisis Next?

    Texas Gov. Ann Richards isn't known as a diplomat. But her comments after visiting the state insurance board last Thursday were positively incendiary. "There are going to be insurance companies that fail in the state of Texas," she warned. "And they are going to fail this year, and they're going to fail next year, and there is not one single thing in the world that I can do about it." ...
  • 'I Thought I Was Going To Die'

    The crippled Warthog lurched through the skies over Iraq. A "golden BB" from an Iraqi antiaircraft battery had pierced the skin of the A-10 attack plane, ripping into the exposed belly under the cockpit seat of Capt. Richard Dale Storr. Titanium armor saved his life. Fumbling for the manual backup controls, he struggled to keep the plane aloft. He didn't want to be taken prisoner. He fought until the battlefield below came looming up toward him. When he finally bailed out, the Warthog was so close to the ground that his wingman didn't see him get out alive. On returning to base, he reported that Captain Storr had gone down with his plane. The U.S. Air Force listed him as killed in action. His unit held a memorial service - and sent his gear back home. ...
  • What Do Monkeys Know?

    For several decades, psychology labs have been busy demonstrating the amazing abilities of animals. We now know, for instance, that chimps can use blue triangles to represent red apples, and that dolphins can learn rules for decoding sentencelike series of hand gestures. Such experiments help illuminate what it means to be human, by showing where we part company from our cousins. Yet they never yield a full picture of an animal's mind at work. They gauge experimenters' favorite aptitudes with great precision, but risk ignoring others altogether. As the British zoologist Nikolaas Tinbergen remarked 30 years ago, "One should not use identical experimental techniques to compare two species, because they would almost certainly not be the same to them." ...
  • Please Shut Up

    Saddam Hussein was highly original, if wrong, when he predicted the gulf land war would be "the mother of all battles." But what others later said wasn't so original. A computer search of the expression spits out a virtual ocean of bad puns and dopey wordplay. Mike Royko, on media coverage of the war: "This will be the mother of all journalistic changes." The Toronto Star, on the war: "...the mother of retreats." The Boston Globe, on TV coverage: "Images are the mother of all words." White House spokesman Roman Popadiuk, on James Baker: "[He will take] the mother of all trips." London's Sunday Times, on the war: "...the mother of all routs." And NEWSWEEK's own Conventional Wisdom Watch, on Saddam's predicament: "...the mother of all corners." This is truly mother of all cliches.
  • Norman: Get 'Em Moving

    A mini-desert storm blew up last week between Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf and the International Committee of the Red Cross. Schwarzkopf wanted the coalition's 60,000 Iraqi prisoners off his hands immediately. But the ICRC, which administers the 1949 Geneva Conventions, insisted each prisoner be asked whether he wants to go home--a process that could take up to three weeks. The ICRC agreed to brief interviews but wouldn't sanction "forced repatriation." There's also a hitch over transportation. Traditionally, the ICRC says, prisoners are flown on Swissair. It declined, possibly fearing an Arab backlash. So they're flying Balair--a Swissair subsidiary.
  • A Tragedy With No Ending

    Randall Kennedy is the editor of Reconstruction magazine, a journal of African-American politics, culture and society. ...
  • Arnie's Humvee

    Like everyone else, Arnold Schwarzenegger has watched the military's all-purpose vehicles--Humvees--zipping around the Middle East. But Arnold is not like the rest of us. Which is why, despite the fact that Humvees aren't for sale, the manufacturer has agreed to sell one to him. The Arnold has his heart set on the armament-carrier model, minus the gun turret. With its all-terrain capacity, it's perfect for L.A. traffic. The Terminator will likely get a modified version of the Humvee in the spring.
  • Secret Treatment

    It is now clear why rightist Salvadoran politician Roberto D'Aubuisson was not heard from just before his country's elections last week: he was in the United States being examined by doctors to see if he is seriously ill. Sources say the powerful politician, long accused of engineering rightwing death squads, was treated and released last week by Houston's Methodist Hospital. The hospital would give no details, but a State Department official told NEWSWEEK D'Aubuisson has a form of oral cancer. A Salvadoran government spokesman denied that the politician has cancer. Except for a brief trip to visit his son in Houston after a 1990 car crash, D'Aubuisson has been denied entry to the United States because of the death-squad charges. The State Department says this visa was "humanitarian."