As victory parties go, it was pretty subdued. Jack Kevorkian sat down to a supper of veggie burgers and couscous in a friend's suburban Detroit home last Friday night, hours after receiving the verdict he said he welcomed: a second-degree murder conviction for euthanizing a terminally ill man named Thomas Youk.
JACQUES NASSER HAS A reputation for doing many things well, but vacationing isn't one of them. The hard-driving president of Ford Motor Co. is at his desk before 6 most mornings; rather than relax on American holidays like Thanksgiving, he often visits foreign operations where he can put in a full day at the office.
IN ANN ARBOR, MICH., THERE IS A family with a Ford F150 pickup truck. In the last two months they've taken it on 465 trips, for a total of 2,000 miles. They've moved the gearshift lever 1,200 times, sped down a highway at 87 miles per hour and let the truck idle each morning for approximately 15 seconds.
IT'S THE MECHANICAL equivalent of yanking a loose tooth. Turn some screws, unhook some wires and voilA--your airbag is disconnected. ""It's fairly simple,'' says Warren Bartholomew, a Phoenix software salesman who recently bought instructions to disconnect the passenger airbag in his Pontiac Grand Prix.
AT THE PSYCHIC CENTER ON THE east side of Toledo, Ohio, customers seek guidance on life's universal issues: health, love and money. But lately when Madam Rose has worked the tarot cards, clients have had a bigger concern: where will they build the new Jeep plant? ""I've been asked that 20, 30 times,'' she says.
WHEN IT COMES TO CYBERSPACE, where you hang out says loads about you. Take netizens of America Online, the country's largest service. Its patrons, many of them teenagers, go by screen names like "joe-cool" or "jerseygrrl" and hang out in "chat rooms." When AOL recently dropped its price to $19.95 a month, they chatted so long that phone lines were jammed.