LATE LAST TUESDAY NIGHT DR. Paula Mahone sat staring at a telephone. A team of doctors and nurses at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines had been waiting for this moment since the day in early October when 29-year-old Bobbi McCaughey entered the hospital with seven fetuses in her womb.
WELFARE mothers, informed that they will lose their monthly checks if they don't go to work, can become abusive at the Milwaukee Job Center North. Many case managers have little red diamonds on their computer screens, panic buttons they can press t o call security.
AT THE BISHOP'S SCHOOL IN THE posh San Diego suburb of La Jolla, Andrew Cunanan was regarded as way over the top. An openly gay teenager, he would whistle at the boys on the water-polo team, and he once came to a school dance in a tight red jumpsuit with an older man as his date.
THE REPORT OF DRUG PEDDLING was already stale, but the four Chicago police officers decided to follow up anyway. As they knocked on the door at 219 North Keystone Avenue near midnight on Feb. 1, it was snowing, and they held out little hope of finding the pusher they were after.