Barbara Kantrowitz

My First Date With Newton

Most of the time, you'll find me in the slow lane on the electronic highway, but Apple Computer, Inc.'s Newton MessagePad, introduced last week, held out an irresistible lure: total control over all of life's little details like my schedule, my address book and my endless "To Do!' lists.

Wild In The Streets

Charles Conrad didn't have a chance. He was 55 years old, crippled by multiple sclerosis and needed a walker or wheelchair to get around. The boys who allegedly attacked him earlier this month were young--17, 15 and 14--and they were ruthless.

No Cheering In The Press Box

Like most reporters, Sandy Nelson of Tacoma's Morning News Tribune is a champion of free speech. But while her colleagues worry about pressure from advertisers, Nelson says the villains in her story are her editors, who shunted her off to the copy desk because she was active in a gay-rights organization.

A Town Like No Other

Country-music fans gravitate to the Grand Ole Opry, painters dream of Provence and ski bums settle in Aspen. Lesbians have a mecca too. It's Northampton, Mass.

An Interactive Life

To get an idea of what the future might bring, step into the past. At the Edison National Historical Site in West Orange, N.J., there's a room full of a dozen old phonograph machines.

The Group Classroom

In a typical high school, a noisy class usually means there's a substitute teacher on hand. But in room 403 at Pomperaug High School in Southbury, Conn., chatter is actually part of the learning process.

A Fantasy Crashes

Walls embalmed in 18 coats of lacquer. Chintz here, there and everywhere. Curtains with enough fabric to make dresses for Scarlett O'Hara and half the women in Georgia.

Day Of Judgement

The announcement blared over loudspeakers just before dawn on April 19. Many of the Branch Davidians were sleeping; a few were awake, reading their Bibles. "This is not an assault!

A Nation Still At Risk

It could have been just another dull report, one of thousands issued annually by faceless bureaucrats and academics. But "A Nation at Risk," published 10 years ago this month by the National Commission on Excellence in Education, proved to be a landmark in the history of American school reform.

Was It Friendly Fire?

The first shots were fired shortly after 9:30 on that bloody Sunday morning in Waco more than a month ago. An hour later, four agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms lay dead or dying.

Verdict After A Day Of Horror

They were high-school football players, the pride of an affluent New Jersey suburb. But they were accused of a shocking crime: brutally ramming a baseball bat and a broomstick into the vagina of a mentally retarded young woman while nearly a dozen of their friends cheered.

The Messiah Of Waco

Young girls and old women, innocent and worldly, virginal and fecund. Within the walls of the kingdom on the flat plains of Texas, David Koresh knew them all-in the Biblical sense, former followers say.

Mort To Post: Drop Dead!

Stop me if you've heard this one before. Mogul steps in to save long-ailing New York tabloid. Vows to keep it going and make it the "people's paper." Big-name columnists hustle over to rival, complaining that the new owner is a sleazeball.

A Touch Of The Poet

His broken nose, a legacy of amateur boxing, keeps Liam Neeson from conventional leading-man handsomeness. But women who saw him awaken Diane Keaton's passion in "The Good Mother" or romance Mia Farrow in Woody Allen's "Husbands and Wives" understand the Northern Irish actor's appeal.

The Right Choice For Chelsea

The Decision was as eagerly awaited as a high-level cabinet appointment-or the color of Hillary's Inaugural ball gown. The Clinton family ended the suspense last week, announcing that 12-year-old Chelsea will attend an exclusive private school, Sidwell Friends ($10,400 annual tuition), instead of one of Washington's much-maligned public schools.

The Bloom Is On The Rose

His style is a mix of uptown and down home, black-tie charm with a North Carolina drawl. For 15 months, these opposites have attracted the A list-viewers and guests-to Charlie Rose's eponymous late-night interview show on New York's public-television station, WNET.

The Ages Of Innocence

A couple of years ago, inspiration struck Michael Willhoite as he sat in a luncheonette. A few hours later, he had written "Daddy's Roommate," the story of a boy who lives with his father and his father's male lover.

Practicing What She Teaches

Karina O'Malley's ivory tower is anything but. A parade of young mothers, many with children in tow, walk past her open bedroom. Some poke their head in to ask a quick question, but most respect the raggedy strip of duct tape in the doorway that marks the space inside as her own.

If He Could Make It Here . . .

Just because you're a hit out of town doesn't mean you'll shine on Broadway. Look at Joseph Fernandez. When he came to New York City from Miami three years ago to run the nation's largest school system, Fernandez had a national reputation as an innovative educator with lots of political savvy.

In Berlin, A World Turned Upside Down

All my life," says teacher Renate Remke, "I wanted to see the Brandenburg Gate from the other side." In November 1989, hours after her fellow East Berliners began smashing the wall, Remke joined the throngs pushing through the huge stone gate that had stood for decades in no man's land between East and West.

Giving Women the Business

It may be the year of the woman in the U.S. Congress, but a different trend is apparent in America's business schools. Like a cheap sock on a CEO's calf, the number of women at some schools is slowly sagging.

What Kids Need To Know

The kids in Tracey Torres's first-grade class at the Mohegan Elementary School in the South Bronx don't know they're part of an educational experiment. They just know that school is fun.

Failing Economics

It was the Golden Dream in the Golden State: opening college doors to all Californians. The state's 32-year-old Master Plan of Higher Education has lived up to its pledge, creating a three-tier system that is a world model.

A Room With A Point Of View

There are people who look at a bare window and see ... a bare window. And there are people who look at a bare window and see an opportunity for valances, draped swags and pelmets, Austrian blinds, Roman blinds, slatted blinds, roller blinds and mini-blinds.