Donna Foote

Keeping The Stars Safe

Most of this year's Academy Award attendees are already familiar with "screen tests"--just not the kind they'll experience on March 24. As they near the Kodak Theater, stars, guests and fans alike will be subjected to the most intensive security screenings to ever take place on Hollywood's biggest night.

One View Of The Taliban

Benazir Bhutto served as prime minister of Pakistan from 1988-90 and again in 1993-96. Her husband, Asif Zardari, has been in prison in Pakistan since 1996 on charges of corruption.

Letter From Lax

For scores of passengers milling around the American Airlines terminal in Los Angeles this morning, the word "cancelled," illuminated over and over again in alarm red across the arrivals board, provided the first hint that something horrible had happened.

Trials--And Errors

Gretchen Stewart thought she was doing the best thing for her 3-month-old boy when she allowed the doctor to include him in a human experiment. Little Gage was a fussy baby who seemed to be filled with as much gas as a balloon.

The Sat Showdown

When he was director of the National Science Foundation, Richard Atkinson had a mountain in Antarctica named after him. Now that he's president of the University of California, high-school students in the state might want to rechristen the capitol--or at least dedicate their yearbooks to him.

Erin Fights Goliath

Erin Brockovich is a dyslexic legal investigator with no technical expertise. So she tends to trust her gut. In 1992, her gut told her that something at Pacific Gas and Electric's Hinkley Compressor Station was making folks in that California desert town sick.

'Time And Again, I Stepped Over The Line'

Former police officer Rafael Perez began talking last September, and by the time he finished, he was using the language of horror movies to describe his years in the LAPD. "Whoever chases monsters," a tearful Perez, 32, told a Los Angeles courtroom last week, "should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster himself." Perez pleaded guilty to stealing three kilos of cocaine from a police-evidence locker in March 1998.

It's Home Suite Hotel

Peter Greenberg knows hotels. The travel editor of NBC's "Today" show (and a former NEWSWEEK correspondent), Greenberg logs 400,000 air miles a year and spends many months--up to eight a year--living away from home.

Show Us The Money!

It was standing room only at MIT's Sloan School of Management last month as 150 teams gathered for the first round of eliminations in the school's "I Wanna Be a Gazillionaire Geek" contest.

The Age Of Anxiety

Dr. Mark George admits his first impulse was to back-burner his research team's startling breakthrough. If that would mean letting other brain investigators luck into the same discovery, so be it.

'You Could Get Raped'

RANDI BARBER HAD NEVER heard anything as frightening as the messages on her answering machine. The 28-year-old North Hollywood, Calif., woman started getting the calls in early 1998: dirty solicitations from several different men.

O.J. Goes On The Record

AT FIRST O.J. SIMPSON INSISTED TO me the interview would be short. He was busy. His family was in town. He was taking his son Justin for a haircut. Two hours later he was still talking; he even called back twice to elaborate on some points.

Seems Like Old Times

JUDGE HIROSHI FUJISAKI HAS WON kudos for keeping the O. J. Simpson civil trial relatively incident-free. But even he isn't immune to the same malady--call it acute jury fever--that flattened criminal-trial Judge Lance Ito.

Two For The Show

FOR FOUR MONTHS THE JURORS sat through a parade of witnesses who covered the same ground that had been beaten into the nation's psyche during the criminal trial.

The Trial Winds Down

AS ANY FAN OF COURTROOM drama knows, what a difference a friendly lawyer makes. Last November O. J. Simpson was hammered by the plaintiffs' lawyer in his first appearance before the jury hearing in his wrongful-death civil suit.

Stream Of Denials

AS IN ANY BIG CASE, THE END OF THE O. J. Simpson murder trial left behind loads of evidence and exhibits. So the plaintiffs' lawyers in the civil trial did what good lawyers do: they subpoenaed it.

Taking His Stand

THE CONVENTIONAL WISDOM LAST week was that there wouldn't be a Perry Mason moment. There wouldn't be a time when O. J. Simpson would suddenly break down on the stand or make a mistake so bad as to be decisive.

Playing The Victim Card

ANY HOLLYWOOD PRODUCER KNOWS the formula for a sequel: take the basic story and add a little twist to keep the folks happy. And so it is with the civil installment of the O.

Here Comes The Jury

IT'S THE OPEN SECRET OF THE FIRST O. J. Simpson trial: the case was won--and lost--before the first word of opening arguments. Most observers agree that once Marcia Clark ignored the advice of high-priced consultants and let the court seat a largely pro-defense jury, there was no way to win a conviction of a living icon in the black community--especially when the distrusted LAPD was central to the prosecution's case.

The Show Of Shows

BOTH SIDES IN THE O. J. Simpson civil trial continued slogging away last week to select a jury. But the real action was outside the courtroom, with repercussions for both sides if the prospective jurors were paying attention.

The Jury Puzzle

FOR THE PLAINTIFFS IN THE O. J. Simpson wrongful-death civil trial, it was as smooth a week as they could expect. In the time that Judge Lance Ito would have consumed in just one sidebar conference, Judge Hiroshi Fujisaki sharply reined in the smorgasbord defense of police conspiracies and corruption that served Simpson so well in the criminal trial.