Adam Bryant

The Cruel New Math

Don Carty, the CEO of American Airlines, wasn't expecting a great week as he settled into work last Monday morning. That would have been too much to hope for after two of American's jets were turned into missiles on September 11.

N.Y.C. Goes For The Gold

Why stop at rebuilding New York's devastated financial district? Why not give the entire city a makeover?It's a pitch--made by a high-octane group of New Yorkers trying to bring home the 2012 Summer Olympics--that's gained new urgency since September 11.

What Now For The Airlines?

The crash of American Airlines flight 587 on Monday, regardless of its cause, couldn't have come at a worse time for the airline industry. Just as airline passenger traffic and consumer confidence were starting to rebound after Sept. 11 in advance of the busy Thanksgiving holiday, this latest tragedy raises anew questions in many travelers' minds about the safety of flying.

The Right Economic Medicine?

Raymond Herbst, a New York firefighter, is going to splurge. He's taking his wife to dinner at Windows on the World atop the World Trade Center. Coren Claborn, a bank teller in Spring, Texas, plans to spend the cash on a CD player for her car.


Carl Statham isn't sticking to the script. In a sputtering economy, consumers are supposed to rein in their spending, particularly on big-ticket items. Yet even with the faltering stock market and headlines about mass layoffs, Statham and his wife, Gloria, recently moved into a new $1 million home near Chicago--complete with an indoor driving range and putting green to lower his 12 handicap.

7 Ways To Fix Air Travel

The busy summer travel season is not yet upon us, and already flying is the pits. It's only going to get worse: the number of people taking to the air in the United States may reach 1 billion a year over the next decade.

Why Flying Is Hell

Clogged Runways. Long Lines. Endless Delays. Canceled Flights. From Airlines And Passengers To Airports And The Fed, There's Plenty Of Blame To Go Around. It's Time To Get Past The Finger-Pointing And Look For Real Solutions.


The 3,700 students at Fontana High School, about 50 miles east of Los Angeles, got a crash course in the economics of power deregulation last week as they sat in darkened classrooms, huddling in blankets, jackets, hats and gloves.

Restyling Nissan

When Kathy Vogel started shopping for a car recently, she figured she'd go for basic black--a professional look that suited her career as a corporate attorney.

Changing The Channels

Jeff Zucker knows stress. This is the guy, after all, who for a six-week stretch in 1993 produced both NBC's "Today'' show and "Nightly News.'' But this fall takes the prize: NBC added a third hour to "Today,'' he oversaw the show's Olympics coverage and he ran NBC's election newscasts.

The New Air War

Like millions of other travelers, Mark Mangelsdorf headed home for Thanksgiving last week. His 6 a.m. flight from Los Angeles to Chicago went smoothly, but a flashing message stood between him and a short-hop flight to his parents' house in South Bend, Ind.: delayed due to mechanical.

A Company Under Fire

In April 1994, Robert Reich, then Labor secretary, flew to Oklahoma City to personally slap a $7.5 million fine against a tire factory. Reich was incensed about the death of a worker who had been fixing a tire-assembly machine when it suddenly turned on, crushing his head.

A Brief, Deadly Flight

In more than a quarter century of flying, the Concorde never lost a fight with speed. Sculpted and fitted with musclebound engines to spear the sound barrier, it was a fighter jet for the well heeled, with a pristine safety record.

Why Flying Is So Awful

Believe it or not, airlines really are trying to do better. They promised to improve customer service last year under pressure from a Congress fed up with stories of nightmare flights.

Message In A Beer Bottle

Whaaassup with Canadians? A commercial for Molson Canadian beer called "The Rant" has become the unofficial anthem north of the border, the biggest thing since Wayne Gretzky's retirement tour last year.

The New Power Breakfast

Forget Wheaties. In corporate America these days, the breakfast of would-be champions is dog food. Or so it seems, given the current popularity of the phrase "eating your own dog food." Like the hair of a shedding pooch, it's everywhere, showing up in newspaper headlines, computer-industry magazines and executive sound bites. "It's important for us to eat our own dog food," a spokesman for Internet consultant iXL Enterprises was quoted saying recently.

The Envelope, Please

Think the market is wreaking havoc with your portfolio? Consider the plight of CEOs, who are so loaded up with stock options that their fortunes can take huge haircuts in a single day. "There's got to be great angst in the corner office," says Judith Fischer, publisher of Executive Compensation Reports.Not that anyone's hurting.

In Tobacco's Face

The scene opens with three Gen-Xers atop a bridge, sizing up the ravine they're about to bungee-jump into. To a driving, power-chord soundtrack, they take turns performing an awesome stunt--as they reach the end of the chord, they grab a can of "Splode'' soda off a rock.

A Millionaire Moment

Here's a get-rich-quick tip: if you want to become a millionaire, perhaps you should consider writing a book about millionaires. After all, millionaire mania has become the "Harry Potter" of personal-finance publishing.

Buzzer Shot

After three straight primary losses, the pundits have written him off. But Democratic presidential challenger Bill Bradley isn't giving up. He's heading West for a last-ditch stand in Washington state's Feb. 29 primary. "We're going to treat it like a one-week Senate race and fight like hell," says a Bradley aide.

Which Balm Is The Bomb?

It's cold. your lips feel like burlap. Relief options range from no-frills wax to high-end creme, but is there really any difference? A PERI survey: $1.98 The doctors' pick.

Concessions, But To No Avail

As deadlines for a start to IRA disarmament in Northern Ireland loomed earlier this month, British Prime Minister Tony Blair tried to save the fledgling power-sharing government there by privately offering major concessions to the IRA, NEWSWEEK has learned.

Monument On The Move

For about a year, the elegant blue scaffolding covering the Washington Monument during its renovation process turned a potential eyesore into high art. Now, with the job done, the Minneapolis corporation that helped fund it wants to bring the top half of the Michael Graves-designed latticework--about 277 feet of nylon and aluminum--home to Minnesota.