IF PAT RILEY'S TEAMS PLAYED AS BADLY as his new book reads, they'd be touring as the permanent opponents of the Harlem Globetrotters. He wouldn't have coached the Los Angeles Lakers to four NBA championships in the '80s and he wouldn't have turned around the current New York Knicks.
In Washington the locals know the Fourth of July is coming when the National Symphony sets up its chairs on the Mall and the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court set off their fireworks and get out of town.For most of l993, the president and Congress dominated the headlines and saturated the airwaves: budgets, barbers, babysitters.
For filmmaker George Lucas, it's just another noontime in the undulating hills of his high-tech paradise north of San Francisco. The chef at Skywalker Ranch has prepared a simple tray of sauteed trout with balsamic vinegar reduction, soft polenta with Parmesan and organic greens grown out by the Chardonnay vineyards.
What's the difference between Vanna White and a robot? Not much, according to White, that woman of letters. The longtime gameshow cubist is suing Samsung Electronics America and its ad agency because of a humorous print advertisement that she claims pirated her celebrity.
They may not be the hippest politicians in town-but credit those Supreme Court justices with an occasional sense of timing. Only a cynic would accuse them of issuing an abortion decision last week simply to coincide with the eve of both the presidential Inauguration and the 20th anniversary of Roe v.
To law-enforcement officials, it is an H-bomb in the war on drugs. To civil libertarians, it's an outrageous abuse of police power. To Gary and Kathy Bergman, who stand to lose a $100,000 home over the indiscretions of a fishing buddy, an obscure provision of federal law known as "civil forfeiture" is just plain government thievery.
Bob Costas--sportscaster, journalist, late-night conversationalist-hates to talk about himself. So, we'll go with the kid. "Do you know my dad?" Keith Costas, 3 at the time, asked his nursery-school teacher."Well," she replied, "I've seen him on TV, but I've never actually met him.""Trust me," Keith said. "He's a goofball."Sure is.
Lawyers, watch thy necks. The French Revolution, say the alarmists, has come to American legal practice. Last week a prominent Manhattan law firm agreed to pay a galling $41 million to settle a federal suit arising from its defense of Charles Keating and his Lincoln Savings and Loan Association.