The lights go down, the smoke rises and the star of the show lumbers into the arena. She is 36 feet tall and 49 feet long, and she has a score to settle. The bleachers of Washington's Tacoma Dome shake as she walks, causing preschoolers to grab their mothers and older siblings to clutch the sides of their seats.
Most readers of our March 6 cover story on the new India were full of lavish praise. "An excellent cover story," cheered one. "Informative, balanced and objective," said another, who found we "conveyed India's contrasts succinctly." A third huffed, "There was no mention of corruption."Fareed Zakaria's "India Rising" is the most wonderfully informative, balanced and objective report I have read on the subject (March 6).
Cote d'Ivoire: France's QuagmireHave the French found their own Iraq in the Cote d'Ivoire? Since nine French peacekeepers were killed in an Ivorian airstrike and French forces destroyed the country's tiny Air Force in retaliation on Nov. 6, the financial capital of Abidjan has been wracked by virulent anti-French mob violence.
Thursday, Sept. 2 | 8:10 p.m. ETDeidre Depke: So what does John McCain think about 527s? Yesterday, the Bush campaign filed suit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, charging five such organizations with "massive" and "ongoing" violations of election laws.
Recount? It's not that I'm unhappy that Ruben Studdard took the top prize last night on "American Idol," earning himself a $1 million record contract. And I don't even feel badly for runner-up Clay Aiken, who already has an album in the works, fans learned last night.But what bothered me most about the finale was the inconsistency regarding the closeness of the race.
As a full moon rises over the Persian Gulf, the distant tinkle of a piano wafts through the darkness. It's late on a sultry evening in Dubai, and I'm on my way to the Burj Al Arab Hotel, described in a promotional brochure as a pleasure palace for "the richest of the rich." Constructed in 1999 at a rumored cost of $2 billion, the Burj is a sail shaped white tower that rises from an artificial island, separated from the mainland by a quarter-mile causeway.
Haven't been to the gym in five weeks? Don't think your health club doesn't know about it. "It's kind of expected that 75 percent stop coming," says one trainer at a gym in New York. "Starting on Jan. 1, everyone goes nuts for the first three months and then they drop out and it's back to Jan. 1 again." The actual defection rate is not much better.
I have a theory that inflation is not quite as dead as it seems, and now is as good a time as any to explain it. Just last week, the Federal Reserve declined to increase short-term interest rates - the standard weapon against rising inflation - because inflation doesn't, in fact, seem to be rising.
MAJOR-LEAGUE MARKETING mavens are working overtime these days. With opening day a week away, and last summer's strike still fresh in fans' minds, ballparks--especially Chicago's Comiskey--are churning out promotional gimmicks faster than you can say "I'd rather be at a Bulls game." To promote the White Sox, whose attendance was down 25 percent last year, the team has conjured up "wacky weeknight" theme nights.
And now a word about dinosaur lip balm. The "Jurassic Park" merchandising campaign has had all the subtlety of an ice age: more than 1,000 products fly the film's flag, and executives at Universal Pictures are predicting that retail sales will top the $1 billion generated worldwide by that now prehistoric hit "Batman." McDonald's brings us "dino size" fries.
Suzanne Sykes thought she knew all about television shopping shows-tacky goods for people with too much time on their hands. After all, "who else would buy those food dehydrators and that unbelievably strange gemstone jewelry?" asks Sykes, a 36-year-old health-care professional from New York City.