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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.