Tom Morganthau

Burning Suburbia

Long Island is the perfect place to wage war against suburban sprawl--for New York's Long Island, as Robert Wieboldt says, is home to Levittown, and Levittown is where suburbia really began.

The West's Deadly Fields Of Wildfire

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.

Giuliani's Cancer Crisis

The first hint that something was wrong came Wednesday morning, when New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was spotted walking briskly into Mount Sinai Medical Center for a visit that wasn't listed on his official schedule.

Cops In The Crossfire

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.

A Family's Breakdown

The kindest explanation was that somebody snapped. The emotional burden of caring for a severely disabled child became too great, and after years of struggling with their son's handicaps, Dawn and Richard Kelso were suddenly unable to cope.

Justice For Louima

Big-city cops do a tough, dangerous job, and even their most ardent defenders will admit that sometimes, mistakes can happen and tragedy can occur. The Abner Louima case was never in that category.

Slavery's Lesson Plan

Amistad'' is a history lesson any high-school teacher could envy. It's in living color and bigger than life--full of conflict and human emotion, a vivid retelling of an almost-forgotten incident in which the slaves, for once, rebelled and won their freedom.

A Brush With Terror

THE PLAN WAS TO BOMB A SUBWAY station in Brooklyn - and the big question, after New York police narrowly averted a catastrophic act of terrorism last week, was how the prime suspect had gotten into the country in the first place.

Cracking A Slavery Ring

THE COPS HAD BEEN THERE, MOST recently after reports of a violent domestic quarrel in the predawn hours of July 11. No one was arrested and no charges were filed.

The Verdict: Death

THE MOOD INSIDE THE JURY ROOM solemn and sometimes tearful: at one point or another, all of the seven men and five women deciding Tim McVeigh's fate were reduced to tears by the emotional burden of deciding such a historic case.

Dodging A Bullet

JANET RENO'S OBSERVATION, in a press conference last month, was "You're damned if you do and damned if you don't"--a cliche and a commonplace, to be sure, but one that accurately summarizes her dilemma in the Clinton follies.

Throwing Long

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.

The Backlash Wars

FROM 1955 TO THE MID-1970S, the high-water mark of the judicial activism inspired by the Warren Court, the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans effectively remade the South.

On The March

Buoyed by his welcome in Northern Ireland and England, Bill Clinton landed in Baumholder, Germany, last week for a piece of dead-serious business: flank talk with the American soldiers he is now sending to Bosnia.

The Night Foster Died

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.

Janet Reno Confronts Waco's Bitter Legacy

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.

Who Is He?

It was shortly after 2 p.m. on A typical workday in Sacramento last week when Gilbert R. Murray, president of the California Forestry Association, went to the receptionist's desk to sort the incoming mail.

The View From The Far Right

IT BEGINS WITH THE COHEN ACT, rammed through Congress by liberals bent on eliminating the private ownership of firearms. jackbooted federal agents go door to door across the country, seizing weapons from law-abiding Americans.

Battleground Chicago

The Germans and the Irish came first. Then the Italians and the Poles. White ethnics were Chicago, really. They walked the beat, collected the trash, built the city.

Why Good Cops Go Bad

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...

'I Wish I Could Spare Nancy'

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. . . .

The Military Fights The Gender Wars

Faced with a clear threat to his position, Lt. Gen. Howard Graves last week did what any smart commander would do: he ordered a pre-emptive strike. Graves is superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

The Denny Trial: L.A.'S Next Big Test

Videotaped from a news helicopter hovering just overhead, the beating of white truckdriver Reginald Denny last April 29 remains the single most searing image of the riots that swept through Los Angeles that day.

L.A.'S Jittery Election

Trapped between its fears of renewed violence and its hopes for a better future, Los Angeles last week seemed to be slouching toward a kind of civic meltdown.

Citizen Perot

For a guy who said he'd fight this battle fair and square-campaign solely on the issues, talk about what matters to the voters and the country-Ross Perot made a passable attempt at kicking George Bush in the political groin last week.

Iraqgate: What Went Wrong

Ross Perot got it wrong: Iraqgate, the smudge-pot scandal that no one in Washington seems able to get to the bottom of, is not about what April Glaspie said to Saddam Hussein.

Who's In, Who's Out In The New Congress

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.

AT THE BRINK OF DISASTER

Even today, 30 years after the fact, the Cuban missile crisis ranks as the climactic moment of the cold war-a superpower morality play in which courage and candor triumphed and low cunning and dark purposes were defeated.

Storm Warnings

Like Hiroshima, they said, and it was: Hurricane Andrew, the most costly storm in U.S. history, had turned south Dade County into a zone of ruination that stretched on for miles and miles.

The Quayle Question

Jay Leno and David Letterman can breathe a little easier tonight: after much Sturm and no small amount of Drang, it is finally clear that Dan Quayle will remain on the 1992 Republican ticket.

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