The big picture was awesome: 60 to 70 major wildfires burning across nearly 750,000 acres in 11 Western states, 20,000 firefighters working to contain those fires at a cost of about $8 million a day, scores of new fires ignited by lightning every night and all of it adding up to the hottest, most destructive summer season in 50 years.
In a city that often seems to have more than its share of heartbreak, the story of Amadou Diallo stands out. He was by any measure a terrific young man--hardworking and quick with a smile, one of the thousands of immigrants who, year after year, come to New York to seek their fortune.
RN EUROPE desk at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the omission clearly frustrated Jack Kemp. Kemp -- the former football star, nine-term congressman and perpetual Young Turk of the supply-side Republican right -- was secretary of HUD during the Bush administration.
Maggie Williams's beeper went off at about 9:45 p.m. Hillary Rodham Clinton was calling, and the news was devastating: Vince Foster, the White House deputy counsel and one of the Clintons' oldest friends, had been found dead, an apparent suicide, in Fort Marcy Park across the Potomac River from Washington.
In Newark, N.J., last week, Attorney General Janet Reno chose an audience of federal law-enforcement officers to deliver a speech on a topic that obviously bothers her--the presumed connection between the Oklahoma City bombing and the deaths of 85 Branch Davidians outside Waco, Texas, two years earlier.
By most accounts, Fonda Cecilia Moore was a model cop. Gung-ho, popular with her colleagues on the District of Columbia's tough Anacostia beat, she enjoyed the grit and grime of police work -- night patrols in some of Washington's most crime-ridden neighborhoods, undercover investigations against drug dealers and prostitutes, the adrenalin rush of chasing and catching bad guys. ""Fonda loved police work,'' a friend says. ""It was her pride and joy.'' But prosecutors charge that Moore, the...
The letter, written in the former president's own hand, was calm and positive despite the grim news: Ronald Reagan, now 83, is suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. ""At the moment I feel just fine,'' Reagan wrote last week. ""I intend to live the remainder of the years God gives me on this earth doing the things I have always done. . . .
Campaign seasons past also started out as "The Year of the Woman," only to fizzle out by Election Day. Though 1992 brought its share of disappointments, the Anita Hill class fulfilled a good measure of its early promise with the election of four new women to the U.S. Senate and a spate of freshwomen in the House.