EVEN AFTER THE MYSTERY OF what happened to TWA Flight 800 is eventually solved, images of the 230 passengers who died in the crash will endure. Here are the stories of some of the victims who were struck down off the coast of New York last week:THEY STARTED GATHERING AT montoursville High School just hours after the crash.
FROM THE MOMENT THEY ARRIVED IN the Everglades, the search crews knew there would be nothing easy about the job. The plane -- ValuJet Flight 592 -- had careered into the water at 400 mph and virtually disintegrated on impact. ""We were told, "You're going to find pieces','' diver Mark Siegel says he was warned at a briefing on Mother's Day, the day after the crash.
WHAT A MARVELOUSLY EMPOWERing idea -- or so it must have seemed. With Republicans -- and a lot of Democrats -- pummeling the welfare state, Marian Wright Edelman decided to throw a huge party in Washington last Saturday to draw attention to the country's youngest and poorest.
She was a sexy calendar model and a former L.A. Raiders cheerleader, but Linda Sobek was not the kind of woman to forget to call home. Before heading off to a modeling shoot for a car magazine on Nov. 16, Sobek told her mother, Elaine, that she would call that evening to make plans for a weekend barbecue.
Since becoming editor of the New Republic in 1991, Andrew Sullivan has been something of the house homosexual for the neoconservative set. Capitalizing on his credentials as a right-leaning British Catholic, he has brought thoughtful essays on subjects such as AIDS activism to readers who might otherwise flip the page.
; It wasn't until the day before she left home to become the first female cadet at The Citadel that Shannon Faulkner felt she could celebrate. For the last two Augusts, Faulkner thought she had won a place at the fierce, all-male military college, only to have judges grant the Charleston, S.C., school last-minute reprieves.
If Bob Dole wants to fight, Bushwick Bill is ready. Bill, whose rap group the Geto Boys was singled out by the GOP majority leader in his attack on pernicious music and movies, closes his new solo video, "Who's the Biggest?" by setting fire to a DOLE FOR PRESIDENT placard (he spends the rest of the video belting thugs outside the Beltway). "Rappers like me are the scapegoats for the very problems that people like Dole perpetuate," Bill says.
SALMAN RUSHDIE ISN'T THE ONLY ONE WITH A BOUNTY ON his head these days. Now add Barbie to the list. Islamic fundamentalists in Kuwait recently issued a fatwa against Barbie dolls-essentially, an edict against buying or selling them. "This she-devil has polished nails and wears skirts above the knee," says Kuwait's College of Islamic Sharia. "The fatwa against Barbie commences immediately." It's not the first time the gulf has banned Western products.