Everyone knows ethnic hatred between Hutus and Tutsis was the main reason for Rwanda's 1994 genocide. Everyone but Jared Diamond, that is. In his new book, "Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed," the UCLA geography professor and Pulitzer-winning author of "Guns, Germs, and Steel" acknowledges the ethnic strife but insists that a more elementary factor was ecological.
Could a little-understood mental disorder called Asperger's syndrome clear Billy Cottrell of ecoterrorism charges? Cottrell, 24, is a brilliant but quirky physics grad student at the California Institute of Technology who faces trial in Los Angeles on federal arson counts that may send him to prison for life.
Q&A: RuPaulDrag supermodel, '90s dance-pop star, actress and actor, cult favorite RuPaul has just released his first new album in seven years. He spoke to NEWSWEEK's Devon Thomas.NEWSWEEK: Where have you been the last few years?RuPaul:Just being a regular human being, spending time with myself, being a good friend to my friends, and a good uncle--getting to know myself again.Why did you call your album "RuPaul Red Hot"?Well, many years ago--I'm not gonna say how many--I became famous in Atlanta...
It's hard for white separatists to get a date. And not just for the reasons that you think. Part of the problem is that there are no whites-only dating services, says William Regnery, publisher of The Occidental Quarterly, a magazine that espouses white nationalism and whose statement of principles calls for limiting immigration to "selected people of European ancestry." Regnery's now preparing to enter the market--he recently announced the idea of a racially exclusive dating Web site in a...
Los Alamos sure has a hard time keeping track of its secrets. On July 6, officials at the New Mexico weapons lab learned that two portable drives full of classified data were missing from a safe in the hypersensitive Weapons Physics lab; a frantic search revealed that an employee had moved them to another building without logging them out.
Army Special Operations soldiers may soon get a high-tech computer game to teach them Arabic. Now being designed at the University of Southern California, the Tactical Language Training System helps students learn "situational Arabic" by inserting them into a realistic videogame as Special Forces operator Maj.
The Scott Peterson murder trial, which began last week, promises to contain long lessons in forensics. Defense attorney Mark Geragos has pledged to show jurors that Peterson's wife, Laci, and her unborn son, Conner, survived weeks after cops believe Peterson killed them.
"I had nothing to do with the bombings in Madrid," a visibly relieved Brandon Mayfield announced outside the Portland, Ore., courthouse last Thursday. Earlier this month, federal agents arrested Mayfield, a lawyer and Muslim convert, as a material witness in the investigation of the March 11 attacks in Madrid.
The AIDS scare tearing through the adult- film industry would be even worse, except for former porn actress Sharon Mitchell, 46. She's cofounder of the Adult Industry Medical Health Care Foundation, where 1,200 performers are tested monthly for diseases from gonorrhea to AIDS.
With his toolbox and an ice chest, Ernest Nelson was a familiar face at UCLA's medical school. For six years, Nelson would take his gear up to the seventh floor, where the school maintained a large refrigeration chamber filled with cadavers neatly hung by their ears on metal rods.
Lu Ann Kingston was 15 when she married her first cousin Jeremy Kingston in a hush-hush 1995 wedding in Bountiful, Utah. As members of a secretive society of "fundamentalist Mormons" whose leaders practiced polygamy, Lu Ann's family thought nothing of the fact that Jeremy, then 24, was such a close relative--or that he had three other wives.
He's the legal profession's equivalent of a pop star on a breakneck tour. Consider last week. On Sunday, Mark Geragos jetted to Modesto, Calif., to consult with his second most famous client, accused murderer Scott Peterson, before traveling to "an undisclosed location" (that is, Las Vegas) to meet with No. 1, Michael Jackson.
The young boy lay in bed in a Hollywood hospital with a tumor in his belly and a death sentence on his head. "The doctors gave him two weeks to live," says Jamie Masada, a comedy-club owner who had befriended the boy and his family when a social worker referred them to a summer camp Masada runs for underprivileged kids.