When Gina Garro and Brian Duplisea adopted 4-month-old Andres from Colombia last month, they were determined to take time off from work to care for him. Six years ago, after their daughter, Melina, was born, the family scraped by on Duplisea's $36,000 salary as a construction worker so Garro, a special-education teacher, could stay home.
No one knew the dangers better than Lt. Col. Rennie Cory Jr. An imposing Fort Bragg battalion commander with a classic "high and tight" haircut, he headed one unit of the Joint Task Force/Full Accounting Team, the U.S. government's ongoing search mission for the bodies of the 1,966 American soldiers still listed as missing from the Vietnam War.
They've watched an epidemic of painkiller abuse sweep through their rural towns. Now fed-up residents of Appalachia are striking back against what they see as the chief scourge--OxyContin, a powerful prescription drug designed to relieve debilitating pain ("Playing With Painkillers," NEWSWEEK, April 9).
When they marched on the National Mall on Mother's Day 2000, the Million Moms seemed like a force to be reckoned with. Though they never quite numbered one million, the powerful grass-roots network of fed-up parents seemed poised to change the national debate on gun control.
The anniversary of Roe v. Wade has become a rite of passage for new presidents. Falling right after Inauguration Day, when the press, lawmakers and interest groups are scrutinizing every utterance from the incoming administration, it's an opportunity to send an explicit message about abortion rights.
Bill Clinton didn???t look like a man with just three days left in his presidency. Heading to Little Rock for his last official trip aboard Air Force One on Wednesday morning, he still had work to do. ???You got anybody you want to pardon????
When Judy Newdom and Val Filipski began planning their retirement, they worried about more than finding the perfect weather or a topnotch golf course. Devoted partners for 25 years, the two women had heard tales of retirement homes where same-sex couples weren't allowed to share an apartment, much less a bed.
I will admit it up front: I don't remember the Vietnam War. I was born in 1966, just as President Lyndon Johnson was stepping up shipments of young Americans to a tropical place halfway around the world.When the last helicopters swung away from the roof of the American embassy in Saigon in 1975, I was just 8 years old.
The honeymoon was over before it began. For years, ever since her health-care plan took a nose dive, Hillary Rodham Clinton has tried to rebuild her relations on Capitol Hill, toiling behind the scenes as she discreetly collaborated with members of both parties to push legislation on bankruptcy reform, foster care and adoption.
After 17 years together, Patricia Peard and Alice Brock didn't think they needed a ceremony to prove their love. But when they heard last summer that Vermont had just become the first state in the country to grant gays and lesbians marriagelike "civil unions," the two couldn't resist the lure of making their bond official.
While most Americans tuned into the latest episode of "Survivor" or the Minnesota-Baltimore baseball game on Wednesday night, 36 volunteers gamely gathered at a Philadelphia Holiday Inn to watch the latest installment of another drama: the Republican convention.
Jetting to Los Angeles for a weekend of speeches and fund-raisers last Friday, Bill Clinton turned philosophical. The president and his close friend Bruce Lindsey were chatting aboard Air Force One when Clinton began reminiscing about all the famous people he'd met in his White House years. "One of the great things about being president is that nearly anybody will come to talk to you--once, anyway," he later joked to an audience.
Madeleine Albright seemed like a good foil. She's a woman--the first ever to be U.S. secretary of State. And she's pro-choice on abortion. Surely, feminists and family-planning activists would listen when she explained the Faustian trade-offs necessary to make policy in Washington.