T. Trent Gegax

The Family Business


Snap Judgment: Books

Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader by Bradley K. MartinCracking the cocoon of secrecy and propaganda surrounding North Korea is not a job for the faint of heart.


When Joshua Rowand, an 11th grader in Dover, pa., looks out from his high school, he can see the United Church of Christ across the street and the hills beyond it, reminding him of what he's been taught from childhood: that God's perfect creation culminated on the sixth day with the making of man in his image.


It was a little after 7 p.m. on election night 2004. The network exit polls showed John Kerry leading George Bush in both Florida and Ohio by three points.


At first the Kerry campaign dismissed them as cranks. But with their slickly made ad and frequent appearances on cable TV and talk radio, charging that Kerry had lied to win his medals in Vietnam, the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth began making inroads.


It was supposed to be John Kerry's coming-out party. But then Bill Clinton took the stage to introduce the all-but-crowned nominee at a dinner for Democrats in Washington last spring, and delivered a speech so electrifying the crowd nearly forgot Kerry was there.

War Stories: Wartime Stress

The gnashing of teeth you hear at the Pentagon is caused by deep concern over Army morale and suicide numbers that are upside down. The long-awaited Mental Health Advisory Team survey released a few days ago showed that unit morale is low-72 percent called it bad-and that suicide among U.S. troops in Iraq is high--35 percent higher than soldiers stationed elsewhere.


The controversy over President George W. Bush's new TV ads featuring fake firefighters and fleeting images of the 9/11 attacks threw campaign officials on the defensive--and raised questions about the Bush team's ability to effectively spend its massive $150 million war chest, some GOP insiders say.


Sgt. Kim Eimers understands now why her father never talked about his time as a soldier in Vietnam. When she gets back from Iraq, where she's stationed with the Fourth Infantry Division in Baqubah, she doesn't think she'll talk about her wartime experience much, either.

Praying For Rain

To see what was left of her Arizona hometown, Cher Hazen boarded a Red Cross bus that rolled into tiny Palmdale. As she peered through a window, Hazen looked upon a nightmare of ash.

Going Extreme: Snowboarding And Moguls

We've seen it dozens of times after sporting moments much like this one. The United States had just finished a thrilling medal sweep in the men's snowboarding halfpipe, and a spectator with a video camera was face to face with one of the stars of the hour. "Danny Kass, you just won the silver medal," he said, following the familiar Disney script. "Are you going to go home and smoke crack?" Kass's long hair dipped below a pair of sleepy eyes.

A Neighborhood's Nightmare

The streets of Rockaway Peninsula in Long Island were filled with mourners driving to yet another World Trade Center memorial service when the plane dropped out of the sky.From Far Rockaway to Breezy Point, 71 firefighters and office workers had died in the Sept. 11 attack.

How Powerful Should He Be?

Even as George W. Bush released an executive order detailing the job of Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge, the plan hit a snag: Congress. The House and Senate were already at work on competing organizational approaches that would radically expand the office.

Bush Raises The Bar

Eight months ago to the day, George W. Bush gave a beautiful inaugural address outside the Capitol and took the title of President. But it wasn't until last night, inside the halls of that great building, that he really became president.

The Sound Of The Fury

"Stop it!" an opposing player yelled at Carolyn Ford. "You're pulling my skin!" "No I'm not," retorted the center fullback for the Bethesda (Md.) Fury, a girls' club soccer team, "I'm pulling your fat!" The referee gave Ford a yellow card for unsportsmanlike conduct, but Lisa Taverna, Carolyn's mother, approves of her daughter's aggressive play. "Our kids will give back.

A Mayor's Ugly Past

Mayor Charlie Robertson of York, Pa., should have been a shoo-in this fall for a third term. For the past decade, York has cheerfully prospered under his leadership, and the town of rolling green hills and integrated neighborhoods is still undergoing a $100 million building boom.

A Nuclear Power Play

Dick Cheney isn't the kind of politician you'd expect to see on "Hardball," the loud and rude cable-TV talk show. Host Chris Matthews likes to yell at his guests and make them squirm.

Where There's Smoke...

Few business leaders worked harder to see George W. Bush elected president than his old Yale classmate Thomas Kuhn. As chief of the Edison Electric Institute, the lobbying arm of the electric-utility industry, Kuhn led a parade of corporate trade groups that threw its support to Bush early in the 2000 campaign.

What A Long, Strange Trip

This was a campaign in which Election Day didn't mark the end of the race for George W. Bush and Al Gore, but rather the beginning of another lap-- which turned out to be the most extraordinary, exciting and grueling of all Battle After the Bell Bush family dinners are usually jovial, filled with teasing and inside jokes.

Death In The Ring

If there is any small consolation to be taken from the death last week of World Wrestling Federation star Owen Hart, who fell from the rafters of Kansas City, Mo.'s Kemper Arena in an aborted stunt, it is that he died like a true wrestler: pissed off at the world. "I know he hated dying this way," his brother Bret--also a wrestler, like the six other Hart brothers and their four brothers-in-law--told NEWSWEEK. "I'm sure when he was 30 feet from the mat he was thinking, Here I am falling in this...

Searching For Answers

Columbine high and nearby Chatfield High used to be bitter rivals. But this week Chatfield will open its doors to the traumatized students of Columbine, and everyone is doing what he can to make the cross-town kids feel at home.

Heroin High

DEBBIE MARSTEN CAN TELL YOU exactly how her son became a statistic. On Nov. 12, 1998, she and her husband, Todd, bailed 18-year-old Tyler out of a Plano, Texas, jail after an arrest for heroin possession.