Bill Turque

Sailing Through Troubled Seas

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING 311 is legendary for its difficulty among the midshipmen of the United States Naval Academy. A required course for nonengineers, it is a traditional source of high anxiety and low grades. "EE" now has a new notoriety.

Shrinking The Military

Sgt. 1/C Harvey Bush grabbed his crotch and posed the question to his audience, 40 enlisted men and women at Fort Sill in southwest Oklahoma. Why do men, who normally keep their hands at their sides, or wave them when they talk, place them elsewhere when they see a woman? "Why do you have to pick it up and make sure it's still there?" asked Bush, who was running the army base's 19th class of the week on sexual harassment.

Judgment Calls

At the heart of Bill Clinton's appeal to voters last fall was a galvanizing populist sentiment: that Washington just didn't get it. But both inside and beyond the Beltway, the question is quickly becoming: does Bill Clinton get it?

Deadly Showdown In Lucasville

For Ohio prison inmates, Lucasville is the end of the line. Built into steep hills in a remote south-central nook of the state, the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, or the "Supermax," is reserved for the system's most violent or incorrigible.

An Iranian Connection?

The hunt for the World Trade Center bombers branched out over multiple trails last week and led to troubling new questions about the scope of the conspiracy behind the Feb. 26 explosion.

A New Terror On The Road

Pamela Basu had no reason to believe she was in danger. The 34-year-old research chemist was driving her daughter, Sarina, to preschool on a warm morning last September when two young men approached her gold BMW at a stop sign one block from her suburban Maryland home.

The Transition: Setting the Tone

Let the record show that the era of good feelings lasted barely 48 hours after Bill Clinton became president-elect. By last Thursday, reporters who covered the Clinton campaign were baying for news about the Clinton administration, but there was only thin gruel.


Right up to his election-night curtain call, there was a familiar feel to it all-the endless talk shows, the over-the-top allegations, the anti-press tirades.

How To Stay In The Loop

The evening rally in Valdosta, Ga., was over, but a small crowd lingered in the darkness, transfixed by the scene unfolding in the brightly lit window of a bus idling near the Lowndes County courthouse.

Was Bush Really 'Out Of The Loop'?

"I've leveled with the American people," George Bush said last week of his involvement in the Iran-contra scandal. "I have nothing to add to it." But a new book by one of the affair's principal covert operatives, fresh disclosures by a former White House national-security official and some nudging by the Clinton campaign have turned the six-year-old saga into a lateblooming election issue.

Gays Under Fire

Peter O'Donnell, a city councilor in Portland, Maine, had seen enough. In the early morning hours last Feb. 2, Benjamin Kowalsky, a 33-year old community-development worker suffering from AIDS, was chased down and attacked by three rock-throwing youths who yelled, " Hey faggot, we're going to get you." Ten days later another gay man was severely beaten by a gang of 10 men.

Ross Perot's New Tease

The volunteers' lounge, with the free vending machines and big-screen TV, was deserted at mid-afternoon. Down the hall, the phone bank that once took toll-free calls for Ross Perot 24 hours a day is gone, turned back into another carpeted prairie of vacant north Dallas office space.

Running A Gantlet Of Sexual Assault

The navy describes the Tailhook Association's annual convention as a "symposium" where its pilots can catch up on developments in aviation technology. Yet for most junior officers, the gathering-sponsored by a private association of active and retired aviators-is three days of high-altitude partying.

Playing Hardball

George Bush and his advisers discussed the 1992 campaign, one kind of prospective opponent made them nervous. Mr. Wrong would be a young, aggressive Southerner with solid experience and a centrist message that could lure conservative Reagan Democrats back home.

Tsongas The Tortoise?

The Speedo and goggles were supposed to be long gone by now, or at least on their way to the Bruce Babbitt Museum for Irredeemably Dull Candidates With Important Messages.

The Real David Duke

David Duke knew he had some friends in the audience. He was at the Bellemont Hotel in Baton Rouge last week speaking to the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, one of the few trade groups that haven't endorsed former Democratic governor Edwin Edwards, his opponent in Saturday's gubernatorial runoff.

The War For The West

The West has always been a boundless proving ground for the best and worst of the American impulse. Waves of white settlers, lured by the promise of free land, came to test their force of will and character against the frontier.

Reversal Of Fortune

In December 1978, Cleveland was staring at the abyss. Its name had become a national synonym for urban collapse. Industries that once anchored its economy such as steel and automobile manufacturing were hemorrhaging jobs.

The Age Of 'Outing'

The posters pop up regularly on walls along the streets of downtown Manhattan. They're quickly torn away but they always return. They carry household names and faces: actors, writers, television celebrities.

'No One Would Believe Her'

A young Kennedy is charged with rape, while new questions surface about the senator's behavior The affidavit told the story of an early-morning walk on the beach that went horribly wrong: she tried to flee, but he tackled her from behind, pinned her hands, pulled her dress up, pushed her panties aside and penetrated her. "Stop it, bitch," she heard him say as she tried to push him away.