Sometimes we know we're on to a great story by the length of time we spend discussing it in our weekly Wednesday cover meeting. Several months ago, Senior Editor David Noonan pitched a project on "Generation Excess"--about how kids today grow up wanting and getting more than ever in history.
After months of heated debate, our leading public-health officials made a startling announcement last week. The bioterror threat brought home by September 11, and the looming showdown with Iraq, have led them to favor eventually giving all Americans the option to be vaccinated against smallpox.
We don't do "Hollywood covers" very often, and we don't always get them right. In retrospect, we've done some that were pretty silly. ("Can a Movie Help Make a President?" was our line for the 1983 astronaut epic, "The Right Stuff." Within months the candidate in question, John Glenn, withdrew from the race.) We've also lived to regret putting a movie our reviewers didn't like on the cover because we thought it would have big box-office--and newsstand-- sales. (Remember "Pearl Harbor"?
Decades of racial progress have given way to growing resentment on both sides of the color line. A look at what divides blacks and whites--and what might be done to bridge the gap On a Wednesday evening in early April, more than 100 blacks and Jews gathered at the Union United Methodist Church in Boston for an unusual Passover celebration.