Repentance, But Not Reconciliation

Like every serious Roman Catholic, Pope John Paul II believes that confession is good for the soul. He also thinks it can be good for the church. But how can any pope account for, much less repent for, all the sins committed in the name of the Catholic faith over the past thousand years?That's what John Paul sought to do last Sunday in an unprecedented act of public contrition on behalf of all the "sons and daughters of the church." Begging the forgiveness of God, the pope recalled a millennium...

Lights! Camera! Ipo!

Right away, the bugs are obvious. Sure, people are obsessed with Silicon Valley--gobs of money! In your hands! Overnight! But, Hollywood wants to know, will they watch a TV show about it?

Carolina's Name Is Going South

The NAACP's boycott of South Carolina has cost the state only an estimated $7 million in lost revenue--nowhere near enough to jolt politicians into removing the Confederate battle flag from its capitol dome.

How About The Killer App-Le?

In New York, there's always something to fight about. The latest battleground: Silicon Alley, where a techie faction is kvetching about its Valley-inspired name.

On A Pedestal

No one knows why the stone plinth in the northwest corner of London's Trafalgar Square stood vacant for more than 150 years. Some people didn't even notice, what with all the pigeons around.

Sent Back To Answer For A Massacre

It took almost five years and a signature last week from Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. But the United States will now send a retired Rwandan pastor back to Africa to stand trial for genocide--the first time an indicted criminal living in America has been extradited to an international court.

Up With The Downbeat

For smashing pumpkins front-man Billy Corgan, the recording studio is no place to be generous. He alone writes the songs. There is no sharing. His bandmates dutifully record their parts, then Corgan promptly re-records them.

Nazis And The Nature Of Evil

The release of Adolf Eichmann's memoirs in Israel last week sparked a debate over their historical value. Some historians say they are just a self-serving tract.

It's A Lot Easier Bein' Green Now

Nobody's looking for a puppeteer in today's wintry economic climate," complains John Cusack in "Being John Malkovich." Not so: a German TV distributor bought the Jim Henson Co.

A Journey Of Politics And Religion

Pope John Paul II's trip to Egypt was billed as a personal, not political, pilgrimage. But this is the Middle East. On every step of the pontiff's journey he had to delicately navigate ancient enmities between and within faiths.

A Volley Of Words, Not Missiles

Did the Chinese slight Strobe? Scarcely had Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott landed back in Washington after a week of talks with Chinese officials than Beijing unleashed a thunderous 10,000-word volley, warning Taiwan that an indefinite refusal to negotiate reunification would trigger "all drastic measures possible, including the use of force." The threat was clearly aimed at influencing Taiwan's March presidential election.

Mix And Match

If life imitates art, which Soprano was Sammy (the Bull) Gravano playing when he was busted last week? Like his old pals, he fits many parts.Sammy Gravano = Junior SopranoLike the show's Big Pussy, Gravano turned rat.

Will Jordan Can The Eye Candy?

When your team is struggling, the cliche goes, you fire the coach, not the players. But if you're Washington Wizards boss Michael Jordan, you fire the cheerleaders too.

America's Coach

Stone-faced and ramrod-slim as he paced the sidelines in his snap-brim hat, Tom Landry personified Dallas Cowboys football through 29 years as the team's head coach.

For Gore, A Blast From The Past

As Al Gore tries to polish off Bill Bradley, he'd like to forget everything about his first disastrous presidential campaign in 1988. NEWSWEEK has obtained a document from that era which shows why Gore doesn't want anyone to look too closely at the past.

What To Do When The Dust Settles

Cleanliness, the saying goes, is next to godliness. For Megan Miller it's next to nothing. For 30 years, she's cleaned for celebs such as Perry Ellis - and now PERI.

Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright

Can any golfer with a lead feel safe? his staggering winning streak had pundits saying "best ever." What makes Tiger Woods so dominant? Here's what people are saying in the papers, over the airwaves, on the party circuit and around the water cooler: It's His Bod: Woods brings a compulsive fitness focus to the sport, buffing up in the weight room.

Win A Million!

It looks simple enough: you know the answer or you don't. But experts see room for a few inside tricks--enough to give the insurers of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" a real reason to panic.

House Of God

It's called playing politics with religion. Winning the Roman Catholic vote is key to gaining control of the House. That's why the GOP leadership is reeling after being accused by Democrats of anti-Catholic bias in selecting as House chaplain the Rev.

Arms Control, Behind The Scenes

After her first meeting with Russia's Acting President Vladimir Putin last week, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was upbeat. One reason: there's been more progress in behind-the-scenes talks on arms-control issues than either side has publicly acknowledged.

'Dear Diary,' By Deutch

National security information wasn't the only sensitive material former CIA director John Deutch loaded into his unsecured home computer. NEWSWEEK has learned that he also used the computer to record his personal secrets.

Loyal Soldier

Richard Kleindienst became President Nixon's attorney general on June 12, 1972--five days before the Watergate break-in that would consume Kleindienst's 11-month tenure.

Blair's Price: Protect Britain?

The U.S. decision on whether to deploy limited missile defenses could hit an unexpected obstacle: Britain. To cue the interceptor missiles, the planned defense system needs early-warning radars far to the east and west of the continental United States.

Which Election Is This, Anyway?

Hop in the way-back machine: the 2000 race is getting compared to several elections of yore. Most analogies assume a Bush-Gore contest. Here's what people are saying in the papers, over the airwaves, on the party circuit and around the water cooler: It's 1992 A charming Southern governor (Clinton=G.W.) whups a clueless, Beltway-bound veep (Bush Sr.=Gore).

Last Salute

Ed Clark's piercing, cinematic 1945 photograph of a teary-eyed Navy accordionist mourning the death of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the zenith of a distinguished career with Life magazine.

Small Screen, Big Easy

What in the world could bring Martha Stewart and Mini-Me together in the same room? At a major television convention in New Orleans last week, celebrities of all sizes gathered to pitch their shows to stations nationwide.

How Gore Caters To The Press

Can good food win the good will of a fractious press corps? The Gore campaign has decided to give it a try. To ease the monotony of long days, endlessly repeated speeches and infrequent access to the candidate, the veep is now showering the media with creature comforts. "It's not brain surgery," says a Gore aide. "I ask myself what would I want if I'd been on the road for nine hours.

A New Look At Old Murders

Since the 1994 conviction of white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith for the 1963 killing of Medgar Evers, state prosecutors have reopened a number of racial murder cases from that era.

A Crack Shot Caught In The Gun-Control Crossfire

California's new assault-weapons ban may save lives, but it's killing the Olympic dreams of one San Diego teen. Lauren Santibanez, 17, is a world-class target shooter and a gold-medal contender at this summer's Sydney Games.

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