Mark Miller

Evidence Of Guilt?

The firestorm burned hot and fast: within days of acknowledging one of its divisions was publishing O. J. Simpson's "hypothetical" account of the murders of his ex-wife and her friend, News Corp.

Calling All Christians

At the Cinemark Tinseltown, the opening day of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" had the feel of an Easter sunrise service. Just before daybreak, hundreds of moviegoers began streaming into the Plano, Texas, theater.

Shepherd To A Flock In Pain

Ask the Most Rev. Wilton Gregory if he'd like another term as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and he gives a rueful laugh. "No," says Bishop Gregory, 56, entering his last of three years as the top spokesman for the American Catholic Church. "It's like baptism.

A Very Curious Case

The lurid descriptions of pornographic Web sites didn't do much to bolster the Army's case. Neither did the graphic testimony about trysts at Disney World hotels.

Isaac Hits His Target

If you were wondering what world-famous fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi has been up to lately, the place to look was the 2003 Iowa State Fair. There, in mid-August, amid the prize-winning hogs and corn-dog stands, any woman up to a size 16 might have suddenly found herself pressed into service as an amateur mannequin: hustled into a trailer and relieved of her blue jeans to emerge before the dazzled multitudes in Mizrahi's dark stone-denim slacks and raspberry-smoothie-colored striped turtleneck.

Rethinking A Marriage From Hell

In the four decades since Sylvia Plath gassed herself to death in London, critics, biographers and readers have argued about who was to blame. Plath's chilling, raging last poems led feminists to accuse her philandering husband, fellow poet Ted Hughes, of pushing her to the edge.

Parting With A Pet

Boo Boo Kitty is no more. In the end, the end was quite sudden. In the few months since I had written the medical saga of Boo Boo Kitty (his real name was Sam but somehow the ridiculous nickname stuck), he had seemed to be doing well, although there were some troubling issues that I recognize now in retrospect.My move to another home in early August hadn't sat well with him, and more recently I had noticed that he was no longer jumping with the alacrity and grace he once had.

'Going Back To Hell'

Since the murder of her husband, Mariane Pearl has moved to Manhattan, where she lives with her son, Adam, now 16 months old. NEWSWEEK's Mark Miller spoke to her there last week about her memories of Danny, her hopes for Adam and the state of the Pakistani investigation into the kidnapping and killing.

The Wages Of Sin

Facing a crowd of reporters, Gary Bergeron stood in a park outside a Boston courthouse and said the words he had fought so long to say. "From this day forward in the eyes of you people, in the eyes of the church, I am not an alleged victim of clergy abuse," he said. "I'm recognized.

Should Louis Jones Die?

One night eight years ago, former Special Forces soldier Louis Jones Jr. stole onto a military base in San Angelo, Texas. He was looking for his estranged wife, also an Army officer, with whom he had violently fought earlier in the week.

His Kind Of Town

Rob Marshall arrives fashionably late for his photo shoot--a fitting at Gucci took longer than expected--kicking up an A-list flurry of activity. Slouching assistants and publicists spring to life, a makeup artist swoops in.

A 'Person Of Interest'

Dr. Steven J. Hatfill, the American bioweapons researcher who has come under scrutiny by the FBI in connection with the anthrax attacks that left five people dead last fall, went public yesterday to proclaim his innocence.

From Villain To Victim

She was the spoiled rich kid who unaccountably helped her own kidnappers wage a campaign of robbery and wanton violence, a reckless debutante with an extreme case of radical chic.

A Crisis Goes Hollywood

When the creators of "Thirteen Days" began work on their $80 million drama about the Cuban missile crisis, their plot revolved around two low-level staffers, caught in the swirl of cold war history, who fall in love.

Two Birds Of A Feather

Of all the strange collaborations in history--Nixon and Elvis, Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton--perhaps none is as odd as the friendship between cult-film director John Waters and former deb-turned-revolutionist Patricia Hearst.

A War Over Witnesses

To a degree that still troubles veteran lawyers, the case against Gary Graham depended on the testimony of a single eyewitness. Graham, who is scheduled to die by lethal injection this Thursday in Huntsville, Texas, was found guilty of shooting a drug dealer and small-time gambler named Bobby Lambert outside a Safeway store in north Houston in May 1981.

The Center Of The Storm

Ricky McGinn is nobody's poster boy for ending capital punishment. Even before he got the death sentence for the 1993 rape and bludgeon murder of his 12-year-old stepdaughter, Stephanie Rae Flanary, McGinn, 43, had been tried and acquitted of murder in an unrelated case.

A Life Or Death Gamble

You would think that if technology is available to prove absolute guilt or innocence, prosecutors and politicians would all be quick to embrace it, if only to sleep easier at night.You would be wrong.In recent years, DNA testing has freed 72 inmates from prison --eight from death row.

A Bloody 'Army' On Trial

Sara Jane Olson--Minnesota mother of three, church leader, celebrated local actress--was driving to a session to teach English to immigrants one morning last June when a swarm of police cars surrounded her minivan.

The 'Haunting Memories'

On the surface, anyway, Columbine High School has returned to normal. All the shattered glass has been replaced and the bullet holes--hundreds of them--have been patched and painted over.

Battling For A Billion

Soon, if all goes according to her plan, Anna Nicole Smith--ninth-grade dropout and 1993 Playboy Playmate of the Year--will emerge from a Los Angeles bankruptcy court a very rich woman.

Throwing Heat

In Sam Raimi's "For Love of the Game," Kevin Costner plays Billy Chapel, a legendary Detroit Tiger about to go on the mound for the last game of the season--and possibly the last game of his career.