Insight on the News

Insight on the newspaper is a magazine specializing in General topics.

Articles from Vol. 15, No. 35, September 20

Addicted to Lotteries
Lotteries make bettors feel lucky and slick ads encourage addicts -- so say members of a commission Investigating state-sponsored gambling. In 1992, truck driver Charles Ramsey of Dale City, Va., beat 1-in-7 million odds to win a $1 million Lotto...
A Dose of Reality
Millions of U.S. military personnel are queuing up for new mandatory anthrax vaccinations, but scores are choosing resignation -- or court-martial -- instead. They call themselves the "walking dead" -- not a comforting thought, considering they...
`A Few' Good Men Saved the Day
Uncommon valor was the common characteristic of the British, whose decisive aerial dogfight against the Luftwaffe inspired the United States to enter WW II. Shots from a Nazi fighter plane pierce the air around Johnny Cock, a helpless, wounded British...
APA's Views under Attack
The nation's premier organization of psychologists remains under fire one year after publishing a report on child sex abuse. Congress could vote to condemn the article this fall. Never say psychologists have no fun. The annual gathering of the American...
A Who's Who of Hillary's Helpers
As the Clintons house hunt in tony Westchester County, Hillary is getting a little help from her friends while she methodically campaigns for a Senate seat from New York. For the last several weeks the national and New York press have put their...
Battle Continues over CNN's Discredited Report on `Tailwind' Military Operation
The fallout continues from Cable News Network's, or CNN's, infamous "Valley of Death" story of alleged covert U.S. military operations in Southeast Asia involving hunting down and killing American military defectors in 1970. Charges in the sensational...
Border Patrol Agents Get the Boot
Saying, "This town ain't big enough for the both of us," the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, or INS, effectively has barred uniformed Border Patrol agents from operating in or around the nation's seventh-largest city, Phoenix, which may...
Calzon Says Knowledge Is Key to a Free Cuba
Frank Calzon has taken to publishing newsletters and speeches by the pope and giving history lessons on how to defeat communism to liberate the island nation from Castro's tight grip. Frank Calzon is executive director of the Washington-based Center...
Correspondence
America's Fight Was Against Totalitarianism in WWII I have finished reading "Common Valor" [Aug. 9] by Stephen Goode and am disconcerted not only by his article but also by NBC Nightly News anchorman Tom Brokaw's book, The Greatest Generation (which...
FBI Has Grounded Airport Security
Once upon a time it was fun to travel by air. The lines for checking in weren't too long and the security wasn't so intrusive. Altogether, everything was more relaxed and no one really needed to be at the airport a couple of hours before a flight....
Is the United States Preparing to Strike Bin Laden?
Reliable Pakistani sources have told news alert/that the U.S. government actively is pressuring the Pakistani government to provide a platform for a direct U.S. assault on the Afghanistan base of the Islamist leader, Osama bin Laden, where he is protected...
Left Wants Amnesty for Puerto Rican Terrorists
President Clinton has expressed his willingness to grant conditional clemency to a group of Puerto Rican terrorists serving sentences of as long as 90 years. But the inmates, with Jesse Jackson's support, are thinking about rejecting the offer as an...
New Radar Data, New Questions
The National Transportation Safety Beard has released radar data from the night TWA Fright 800 crashed that reveal radar-blip activity omitted from earlier reports. New radar data relating to the July 17, 1996, explosion of TWA Flight 800 that went...
Opportunity's Hard Knocks
America is the promised land, but not necessarily for an increasing number of poorly educated and unskilled immigrants, legal or otherwise. More than 300,000 of the nearly 1 million legal immigrants who stream into the United States annually come...
Proliferating Profanities
Four-letter words are a curse on the English language, and the curse has gotten worse. On television and in the movies, from the boardwalk to the boardroom, Americans are cursing more -- and liking it less. "In the 40 years that I've been observing...
Reporters Dog Bush about Drugs but Let Clinton Slide on Broaddrick
No one has claimed to have witnessed Texas Gov. George W. Bush using cocaine or any other illegal drug, but that didn't stop reporters during the last weeks from repeatedly pressing him for a definitive answer about his alleged history of drug abuse....
Students Get A+ for Easy Cheating
Three-quarters of all high-school and college students admit to cheating on tests and papers. Not only do they cheat, but they justify their behavior as business as usual. The figures are shocking and more than a bit depressing. According to a 1998...
Symposium
Q: Are hate-crime laws in keeping with a free society? Yes: Such laws send a powerful message to racists and bigots everywhere. Hate crimes, whether directed against one person or many, are particularly destructive in the way they spread feelings...
The Anatomy of a Mystery
Intimidating the press and carping about bold reporters are old tricks. But rarely do government officials seek out rival news organizations to malign a writer before a story even is written. Here, ruining people is considered sport." So wrote the...
The Unspoken Truth about Racial Crimes
If there's to be racial goodwill and harmony, at the minimum we must be willing to confront ugly truths. One of those truths has to do with interracial crime. We all readily condemn highly publicized racial violence, such as last year's brutal murder...
Waste & Abuse
Buoyed by two hits after a string of embarrassing misses, the Pentagon surprised many in mid-August by announcing that it was speeding ahead with development of the Army's $15.4 billion Theater High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, an antimissile interceptor...
Why BioPort Got a Shot in the Arm
Allegations of ethical misconduct surround the start-up company that has become a multimillion-dollar supplier of anthrax vaccine to the Pentagon. Coming seemingly from nowhere, the Lansing, Mich.-based biotech company in its first year of existence...
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