Twenty years ago to the day, I had my first dip into the turbulent waters that were George Steinbrenner's mind. We at NEWSWEEK were doing a cover story on the infamous and famous owner of the New York Yankees—the "George" who no more needed a last name than a king of England.
No. 2 pencils ready? Today's question: will the College Board's new Score Choice policy for the SAT, which lets students hide bad scores in their College Board records from universities, (a) lower anxiety for high-school students; (b) raise anxiety for some when they discover that a loophole allows admissions offices to override the policy; or (c) infuriate some colleges?
Hank Aaron's video tribute to Barry Bonds was the final act in an elaborately choreographed production by the San Francisco Giants. And it was a tribute to the adage "It never hurts to ask.""I would like to offer my congratulations to Barry Bonds on becoming baseball's career home-run leader," Aaron said in a surprise taped message played on the big video scoreboard at AT&T Park seconds after Bonds hit No. 756.
The attorney general of California may file civil charges as early as next week against Hewlett-Packard, NEWSWEEK has learned. Those civil charges would likely demand damages of at least several million dollars, says a law-enforcement official with knowledge of the office's plans; the official requested anonymity because of the ongoing nature of the investigations.
The boardroom scandal at Hewlett-Packard continues to mesmerize government investigators and the American business community. After NEWSWEEK.com broke the news last week that HP's chairwoman had spied on her own board of directors in an effort to find out who was leaking stories to the press, a platoon of prosecutors and agencies have announced inquiries that could lead to indictments, civil lawsuits, new statutes and updated regulations.
Hewlett-Packard has scheduled an emergency board meeting this weekend, probably on Saturday, according to two sources close to the company.The session will focus on fallout from the news that HP chairwoman Patricia Dunn launched a probe into boardroom leaks to news organizations that included authorizing a team of independent electronic-security experts to spy on the records of phone calls made from directors' personal accounts, including home phone records.
A new Web site cheekily evaluates who's hot on the federal bench--and it's not talking about constitutional analysis. "The moment in American juris-prurience that you've all been waiting for is finally here," proclaims underneaththeirrobes.blogs.com, which nominates 12 women and nine men as "Superhotties of the Federal Judiciary." At the Supreme Court last Thursday, it was all the buzz among the law clerks during lunch.
I grew up around sailboats. My father didn't like to run the engine unless it meant escaping mosquitoes in a dead calm on Long Island Sound. So my DNA recoiled a bit at the notion of trying out Albin Marine's new, 30-foot Family Cruiser--a vessel that can ignore the whims of the wind and roam the seas with only a tankful of fuel.
Out Of The ParkIt's only May, but many teams in the competition-starved majors are already out of it. Here's a way to compensate: read a baseball book. It's always been the most literary of sports and this season has produced fine volumes for the coffee table:One Hundred Years: New York Yankees ($50) It might pain us to say anything nice about the Microsoft of baseball.