When John Walker Lindh was captured in Afghanistan last December, he told reporters that he joined the Taliban because his "heart became attached to them." But according to documents his lawyers filed in federal court in Virginia on Friday, Lindh actually feared his comrades more than he loved them.
It was just after Christmas, and things were looking grim for Gray Davis. Tarnished by memories of rolling blackouts and a softening economy, the California governor's approval ratings were down to around 40 percent.His most recent splash in the national media had been a disaster: Davis announced that California's bridges, including the Golden Gate, had been targeted by terrorists, a claim later hooted down by law-enforcement authorities.
Reporting in the early 1990s from Romania, Yugoslavia and the former Soviet Union, I thought I had seen my share of sorrow and human drama. But none of that prepared me for the emotional impact of covering United Airlines Flight 93.When I started working on the story in the days after September 11, my stomach was in knots.
It has been nearly six months since Chandra Levy disappeared from her Washington apartment, carrying nothing more than her house keys. Despite an extensive--and costly--private investigation, Robert and Susan Levy, remain mystified about the fate of their 24-year-old daughter.
When Gray Davis became Governor of California two years ago, he planned to make education the centerpiece of his administration. Instead, he became an energy expert. "I know more about electricity than I ever wanted to know," he recently told a group of Wall Street analysts. "I could give a tutorial at any college in America." But all that wisdom wasn't enough to keep Professor Davis from being blindsided Friday, when Pacific Gas & Electric, the state's largest utility, filed for bankruptcy,...
It was hardly your typical attorney-client relationship. Nearly every day San Francisco lawyers Robert Noel and Marjorie Knoller wrote doting letters to inmates Paul Schneider and Dale Bretches about the two dogs they were caring for on their behalf--the grilled-chicken sandwiches the pair gobbled as treats, where they went for walks, how many people stopped to tickle the rare Presa Canario mastiffs behind the ears.
Every growing family knows the problem: a couple of kids, some toys and, before long, it's time to add on. At least that's what Bill Gates's architect says in remodeling plans recently filed with the planning board in Medina, Wash., where Bill, wife Melinda and their two tots, Jennifer, 4, and Rory, 22 months, are apparently feeling cramped in their 48,160-square-foot, seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom digs.
;Even in a high-tech culture that celebrates eccentricity, Ron Unz is--to be polite about it--an unusual character. A Silicon Valley software mogul who studied theoretical physics and ancient history at Harvard, Unz ran unsuccessfully for California's GOP nomination for governor in 1994, when he was 31.
For three years, Jan Schlichtmann wandered the beaches and rain forests of Hawaii, trying to escape the case that made him famous. His failed prosecution of two companies accused of polluting the drinking water in Woburn, Mass., inspired the best-selling ecothriller "A Civil Action." But the 1986 trial also left the flamboyant young lawyer broke, and, he admits, "broken in spirit." A Boston judge had dismissed his case against one defendant on a technicality.
Cindy Layne wants Al Gore to win. That, says the Austin, Texas, financial consultant, is why she's voting for Ralph Nader. Her Gore "vote" will be cast some 1,700 miles away, in a suburb of Portland, Ore., by Charlie Levenson, a man she contacted last week through voteswap2000.com. "I was going to vote for Nader," says Levenson. "But then if Bush won, I would feel really terrible." Instead, Levenson will vote for Gore in Oregon, where the race is tied, while Layne racks one up for Nader in...
You've probably never heard of Halsey Minor, but Al Gore and George W. Bush know him well. The 34-year-old founder of CNET, a $4 billion Internet media company in San Francisco, has what politicians call a "good profile." Last year Minor gave $70,000 to Democrats; this year he has donated $50,000 to Republicans.
SUDDENLY SHE'S EVERYWHERE. ONE day it's Belfast to give a boost to the Northern Ireland peace process. The next it's Chequers--the country retreat of the British prime minister--where she and Tony Blair, joined by top aides from both governments, spend a day discussing their transatlantic agenda.