Insight on the News

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

Articles from Vol. 15, No. 14, April 19

Biological Brouhaha
A new battle is shaping up between abortion foes and researchers anxious to explore the potential of `embryonic' stem cells. Researchers have announced a breakthrough method of isolating "nervous-system" stem cells that grow into new tissue, raising...
Bird Soars to Heights as Coach
All the portents are positive for Larry Bird and the Pacers. The chase for the championship is wide open for the first time in years -- and Larry Legend has had lots of experience hoisting trophies. He watches the basketball game impassively, almost...
Bombs Away. What Next?
The president's participation in NATO raids on Serbia last month adds a new dimension to the frequently disputed and confused role of the United States as the world's policeman. Where are we heading? How far down the road to war are we willing to...
Breakthrough on Gulf War Illness
After a year of stonewalling by the DOD, a new study at the prestigious Tulane University Medical School confirms that victims of a mysterious sickness may have been poisoned. It started with a telephone call nearly two years ago, a call with a...
Can Drugs Beat Disease?
A new arsenal of drugs may help doctors and patients grapple with two of the nation's leading killers. Some 104 medicines for treating heart disease and stroke are under development. The good news? Deaths from heart disease and stroke have been...
China's U.S. Arsenal
While political enemies trade blame for the Chinese espionage incident at the Los Alamos nuclear labs, many helped provide China with modern ICBM technology. The political blame game has begun. The Los Alamos espionage caper in New Mexico concerning...
Constantine to Retire from DEA in Summer
Tom Constantine is planning to retire as the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration this summer, say several Justice Department sources. Who will succeed him isn't clear at this stage, but the likelihood is that the No. 2 person at the agency,...
Correspondence
State Department Responds to Int'l Child-Abduction Story I was disappointed to read your article "Kids Held Hostage" [March 8], which failed to provide the background that would have made for a balanced exposition of the situation. It does not accurately...
For National Security's Sake, Berger Should Resign
It's time for National Security Adviser Sandy Berger to go. Not only has his knee-jerk reaction to the Chinese espionage scandal -- "We're talking about breaches of security that happened in the mid 1980s," when Ronald Reagan was president -- been...
Holier Than Thou?
More and more jurists who quote the Bible are having their sentences invalidated, a trend prompting debate about the First Amendment. As Ohio judge Melba Marsh struggled to determine an appropriate sentence for a man who pleaded guilty to raping...
It's All in the Family after All
With the possible exception of a few wonks who live and breathe in the rarefied atmosphere of policy formulation, eyes tend to glaze over when the topic turns to NGOs, that is to say, nongovernmental organizations. All the better for the NGOs. They...
Net News Nips Networks
The Lewinsky scandal proved to be good business for online news services. Many tradition news outlets are scrambling to attract this new legion of Internet news junkies. The Internet no longer is a novel way to get that daily news fix. The number...
Not Getting Enough?
Having fielded a number of requests for further information on Websites devoted to the topic of polling, we have compiled the beginnings of a list. Reader favorites are invited, and we will refresh the following from time to time: * www.library.yale.edu/socsci/opinion/polling.html...
Population Shift out West Shakes Up U.S. Politics
Once the most unpredictable of the swing states, California now is tallied by some political analysts in the `strongly Democratic' category, along with Massachusetts and Hawaii. Given the Golden State's 54 electoral votes, that means a Democratic presidential...
Scientists Find Evidence of God
The Darwinist hegemony in the natural sciences may be threatened by a cutting-edge, revolutionary movement that sees intelligent design in nature -- and a Designer. Chemist Charles Thaxton was amazed 15 years ago when The Mystery of Life's Origin,...
Symposium
Q: Would a 10 percent across-the-board tax cut be fair to all taxpayers? Yes: Encourage hard work, investment and success, not the redistribution of wealth. By Rep. John R. Kasich Across-the-board tax relief is good for the economy and good...
Tax Relief for Americans Is the Kindest Cut of All
During a speech recently, President Clinton mocked the ability of the American people to spend their own money wisely. Talking about this year's $76 billion budget surplus, the president declared, "We could give it all back to you and hope you spend...
The Atlas Foundation Shoulders the World
`Making civil society stronger requires that humans examine their nature,' says foundation president Alejandro Chafuen, who hopes to spread the libertarian gospel far and wide. Some of his friends call Alejandro Chafuen "Johnny Catoseed." Using...
The Blurred Lines of Heroism, Villainy
In the many thousands of words of eulogy for Joe DiMaggio, there rarely was one that was critical of the public or private man. It was said in passing that he was a loner, a preference often thought to suggest conceit; it was noted that he could be...
Why Do Republicans Shoot Themselves in the Foot?
When the Democrats held the chairmanships of the congressional panels, they were superb impresarios of hearings. They planned them welt, picked appropriate witnesses, had a sense of theater and were good at foreseeing anything that could rebound on...
Will Republicans Pick Elizabeth Dole?
The other Dole is considering a White House bid. Though some critics question her conservative credentials, she has a record of principled competence and leadership. Since Elizabeth Hanford Dole stepped back into the political spotlight in January...
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