Martha Brant

A Family's Secrets Roil The Right

To Hillsdale College, a tiny private liberal-arts school in rural Michigan, George Roche III was a kind of cult figure. Tall and charismatic, the school's president had transformed Hillsdale from a third-rate party school into one of the country's most respected and well-endowed small colleges.

Al And W?S Balancing Act

Al Gore minced no words. The situation was too dire. Bill Bradley was coming on like a freight train, and every labor leader in the living room knew it. They were gathered secretly on a recent Friday night in a leafy Maryland suburb of Washington at the home of John Sweeney, president of the 13 million-member AFL-CIO.

Why Al's Going South

The coronation strategy was not working, and Al Gore knew it. For months his advisers and pollsters had mistakenly told him that he could ignore Bill Bradley's challenge and inherit the Democratic nomination by playing it safe.

Senator Springer?

They laughed when Jesse Ventura, the pro wrestler who favored feather boas and pink tights, ran for governor in Minnesota. Now they're howling at the idea that TV talk-show host Jerry Springer--the maestro of "Stripper Wars" and "I'm Sleeping With My 13-Year-Old's Ex"--is toying with a run for the U.S. Senate from Ohio.

A Cup Full Of Cash

When Marla Messing began organizing the 1999 Women's World Cup three years ago, it seemed like a modest endeavor. Women's sports--particularly that other "football"--were not on Americans' radar screens, let alone their TV screens.

Last Chance Class

Aaron Patterson was never one to walk away from a fight. The Illinois death-row inmate admits that back in the '80s, when he was the feared leader of Chicago's Apache Rangers, plenty of his street gang's enemies learned just how relentless he could be.

And Now The Pitch...

For Leonard King, the phone is a potent weapon. As dean of seniors at Maret, a prestigious private school in Washington, D.C., he's the vital link between the country's most elite colleges and anxious applicants.

'I Belong On That Team'

DEBBIE KELLER FELT JILTED ON Valentine's Day. Her boyfriend got her a sweet card. He even surprised the sunny 23-year-old with a visit from out of town. But as one of the world's top women soccer players, Keller wanted to be living it up with the U.S. women's national team.

The Real Scandal

The greatest threat to international sport isn't payoffs in Salt Lake. It's "doping,' the use of dangerous performance-enhancing drugs. Do officials turn a blind eye?IT STARTED TO GO WRONG FOR FRENCH cyclist Erwan Mentheour between Paris and Nice, when race officials tapped him for random drug testing.

Of Priests And Peacocks

For days I waited in the July heat for the corpse of Mexico's most powerful drug lord to arrive at his mother's compound. Amado Carrillo Fuentes had died after undergoing massive reconstructive facial surgery and liposuction to hide his identity.

Liposuctioned To Death

AMADO CARRILLO FUENTES WASnicknamed ""the capo without a face'' because police didn't know exactly what Mexico's most powerful drug boss looked like. But when the 41- (or maybe 42-) year-old drug trafficker suddenly died of heart failure after eight hours of plastic surgery and liposuction, his face was beyond recognition.

Hopeful In Tijuana

When doctors in Los Angeles told Pat Paulsen they couldn't cure his colon cancer, he did what any comedian might do, he laughed them off. Fed up with conventional medicine, the TV comic followed a well-worn path to one of about 35 alternative clinics just across the border in Tijuana.

Most Wanted Kingpin?

When soldiers combed Mexican drug czar Gen. Jesus Gutierrez Rebollo's plush apartment on Feb. 22, they found cellular phones with scramblers, $10,000 in U.S. currency and a particularly revealing tequila barrel.

A Defector In The Drug War

GEN. BARRY MCCAFFREY WAS ALL smiles as he received his Mexican counterpart--drug czar Gen. JesUs GutiErrez Rebollo--in Washington in late January. The U.S. drug czar had met the 42-year army veteran on a visit to Mexico and hailed him as ""a guy of absolute, unquestioned integrity.'' McCaffrey liked the idea of linking arms with another military man across the Rio Grande to fight drug traffic from Mexico--the country that is a conduit for nearly three fourths of America's cocaine.

Hillary's Second Term

FINALLY, THE LAST CAMPAIGN HER HUSBAND WILL EVER RUN IS OVER. AND NOW Hillary Clinton is on the cusp of deciding whether she's going to launch a final crusade of her own, one aimed at redeeming her reputation.

Pool Sharks

SWIMMING: The Irish woman was a surprise, the American a record breaker. Both smelled gold in the water.THEY ARE AN UNLIKELY PAIR OF POOL SHARKS. ONE, an asthmatic who never swims with more than two thirds of her lung capacity.

Doped To Perfection

FROM THE bleachers it may look like pure glory. But from the athlete's perspective, qualifying for the Olympic Games resembles nothing so much as a prison drug raid. ""It's tremendously embarrassing,'' says U.S. national-team oarsman Ty Bennion. ""You've just given the performance of your life.

Saint Teresa's Trials

HEIRESS TO A $700 MILLION KETCHUP fortune, Teresa Heinz has been called "Saint Teresa" for contributing to various causes, particularly the environment. Not surprisingly, she is also used to getting her way.

A Chelsea Morning

GRAMMY-WINNER SHERYL CROW WAS there. So was stand-up comic Sinbad. But on a muddy day in Bosnia last week, it was a quiet girl with corkscrew red hair who ran away with the show. "Your name is Chelsea?" Sgt.

The Alaskan Assault

For environmentalists, preserving Alaska's Tongass National Forest has long been a sacred cause. R is the nation's last rain forest and home of the continent's largest population of grizzlies and bald eagles.

Coming Of Age

Imagine, if you possibly can, what it's like to be John F. Kennedy Jr. You're 34 years old, not married, still looking for a career. Your mother, who protected you perhaps a little too well, has been dead for about a year.

What About Women?

It wasn't much of a march on the White House last Wednesday -- two dozen leaders of women's groups and their staffs. The chants carried the ring of a bygone era. ""Hey hey, ho ho, discrimination has got to go!'' But their protest went to the heart of a debate that threatens to divide the country.