Andrew Murr

Back On The Block

Manny Rivas was feeling good as he and his buddy Misha Belyavtsev arrived for work at Loans "R" Us Pawn Shop that Saturday morning. Rivas, 27, had just started business studies at UCLA; the night before, he and his fiancee had spent a cozy evening thumbing through bridal magazines.

The Gambler Who Blew It All

You could always tell it was bonus time at Enron when the shiny new silver Porsches began arriving in the company garage. The $100,000 sports car was the status symbol of choice among the young Masters of the Universe who worked at the global trading company.

Motherhood And Murder

Andrea Yates Was The Ultimate Caregiver--Until Depression And The Strains Of Raising Five Children Drove Her To An Unspeakable Crime. Her Descent Into Darkness.

Underground In Utah

Americans can be shrill in their morality and selective about their history. They tend also to be blind to that fact, as I was reminded recently by the trial of Tom Green, a ex-Mormon allegedly married to five women at once.

'It Just Goes On And On'

Kathleen Treanor had been bracing herself for weeks. Six years after Timothy McVeigh's devastating bomb killed her in-laws and 4-year-old daughter, she wanted to watch him draw his last breath.

A Deadly 'Rebirth' In Colorado

The video's going to hang us," psychological therapist Connell Watkins told investigators--and in Golden, Colo., last week, it did. Watkins, 54, and associate Julie Ponder, 40, were convicted of reckless child abuse in the suffocation death of 10-year-old Candace Newmaker during a controversial therapy technique called "rebirthing." An adoptee, the girl was being treated for her inability to bond with her adoptive mother, Jeane Newmaker, who was present during the therapy session.

The End Of The Road

He seemed oddly confident for a convict serving 17 life sentences in the Texas prison system--but then, George Angel Rivas had a plan. "Someday, somehow, by the Grace of our Father, I will see you face to face without these walls," Rivas wrote his father last fall, in a letter made available to NEWSWEEK.

The Malevolent Seven

Following a jailbreak in Texas, prison officials usually reassure the public with the Rule of Three: almost all escapees are caught within three days and three miles.

Up From Jim Crow

After all the years they echo still, the boom of dynamite and the rain of glass through the autumn leaves--just as some of the leading citizens of Birmingham, Ala., feared when, in the aftermath of the calamitous summer of 1963, they seriously debated changing the name of their city.

King Of The Drugbusters

Fast-talking, streetwise and cool as ice, Andrew Chambers was utterly convincing when he played the role of a big-time drug dealer. For 16 years, working undercover for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Chambers would fly into a strange city, make contact with local druggies and pass himself off as a gangsta Crip from L.A., a coke dealer from St.

A Murder In The Family

Lori Gonzalez was in the wrong place at the wrong time. At the wheel of her blue Chevrolet Caprice, the 20-year-old college student was leaving the drive-through line at a Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits restaurant in south Los Angeles last week with a young male friend.

Corralling Sammy 'The Bull'

When convicted mobster Sammy (The Bull) Gravano emerged from federal prison five years ago, he was a new man. Placed in the federal witness-protection program, the mob stool pigeon--whose courtroom testimony helped put New York Mafia boss John Gotti away for life--was given a different identity, plastic surgery to alter his face and a fresh start thousands of miles away from his former New York stomping ground.

The Real Y2k Fireworks

Kevin Patterson was an unemployed, 42-year-old high-school dropout who lived with his mother. His 48-year-old friend, Charles Kiles, worked odd jobs and liked to take road trips to Nevada, where guns and ammo were easy to come by.

The Red Planet Takes A Bow

When the folks at the Mars Society asked James Cameron to speak at their annual convention this year, they probably expected him to be polite. Instead, the "Titanic" director stood before them and asked, "Why the hell do you wackos want to go to Mars?" He was just kidding: in truth, Cameron is as evangelical as anyone about Mars, and he figures politicians won't lead the call for funding. "We don't have the same conditions as when John Kennedy declared a race to the moon," he told NEWSWEEK....

Who Got Here First?

For 30 years, Smithsonian Institution archeologist Dennis Stanford searched in vain for the origins of the first Americans. Every textbook described how mammoth-hunters from Siberia had migrated across the Bering land bridge about 12,000 years ago and had slowly wandered south and east until they filled the New World.

A Revolt Against Fees

It wasn't a particularly surprising move for the "People's Republic of Santa Monica." The ultraliberal Los Angeles community recently became the first American city to outlaw the fees that banks charge everyone but their own customers for using ATMs.

L.A.'S Dirty War On Gangs

The July 1996 raid on a gang-infested apartment building looked like just another skirmish between police and L.A.'s many street gangs. The address was Shatto Place, in a neighborhood of Latino immigrants west of downtown.

A Visitor From The Dark Side

Down on his luck and mad at the world, Buford Oneal Furrow Jr., 37, decided to drive to Los Angeles and go hunting for Jews. The way police tell it, on Aug. 7 he bought a used Chevrolet van in Tacoma, Wash., and stocked it with five assault rifles, two pistols, 6,000 rounds of ammunition and a flak jacket.

A River Runs Through It, Tearing Down The Water W

As church bells pealed and thousands cheered, the backhoe scooped out a dollop of dirt and gravel that had been packed against Maine's Edwards Dam. And suddenly the Kennebec River did something it hasn't done since Andrew Jackson sat in the White House: first in a trickle and then in a torrent, it flowed freely to the Atlantic, through a 60-foot hole that workers had earlier punched underneath the dirt-and-gravel bandage.

Running Out Of Steam...

At least you can stop rubbing the back of your neck for a while. No doubt it was getting sore after weeks of watching the shares of many Internet stocks roar through the clouds in their first day of trading.

Follow The Firearms

If nothing else, the continuing effort to trace the guns used in the Columbine High School massacre shows how gun control works in the real world--which is to say, it doesn't.

Trouble In Paradise

For Hawaiians, it may be the biggest story since statehood, or even Pearl Harbor. After all, it has sex, suicide--and money. Lots and lots of money. It's the scandal over the $10 billion Bishop Estate, the nation's largest charitable trust.

The First Americans

As he sat down to his last meal amid the cattails and sedges on the shore of the ancient lake, the frail man grimaced in agony. A fracture at his left temple was still healing; deep abscesses in his gums shot bolts of pain into his skull.

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