Insight on the News

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

Articles from Vol. 14, No. 10, March 16

And This Little Piggy Went to Congress
Just when you begin to emotionally invest in the delusion that America's fiscal house is in order, stoked by sunny predictions of budget surpluses as far as the eye can see, along come the killjoys at Citizens Against Government Waste, or CAGW, to...
Arabs Turn Deaf Ears to Clinton Saber Rattling
He was sporting a neat suit and homburg, not the flowing robes with which movie audiences have come to associate him. At Lawrence of Arabia's side was Winston Churchill, then a minister in Lloyd George's government. It was 1921 and the two were taking...
Bill Lann Lee Owes His Career to System without Preferences
At last, the biography of the nation's top civil-rights enforcer has been posted on the Internet. Bill Lann Lee was appointed acting assistant attorney general for civil rights at the US. Department of Justice on Dec. 15, 1997. Once Senate Democrats,...
Cable Competition Fizzles as Rates Continue to Rise
Observers agree that the 1996 Telecommunications Act has fallen short of its promise to provide cheaper and better telephone and cable service. Small satellite dishes may be the best alternative. Tele-Communications Inc. charges residents of Ferndale,...
Churches Pray for Mercy in Bankruptcy Law
For many, giving money to a local church might seem like a priceless spiritual exchange for the rescue of Fouls, but under current U.S. bankruptcy laws it's still not worth the shirt on your back. That's because while your shirt might be considered...
Deadly Virus Yields Secrets
Epidemiologists have sought a preserved sample of a flu bug that killed millions in 1918. They finally found one, and it may help them crack its genetic code. Scientists have isolated the elusive genetic material from the 1918 "Spanish-flu" virus,...
Digital Audio Services Offer Music Fans Nonstop Sounds
Audiophiles are getting their euphonic fixes through cable television, thanks to a new service that provides 30 channels of continuous commercial-free music -- from country and western to world beat. Richard Bliss of Silver Spring, Md., can identify...
Fans of Faux Fat Claim Fears of Flatulence Vastly Inflated
Snacks containing olestra will appear on grocer's shelves nationwide after extensive testing. Critics maintain that the controversial substance causes stomach distress and robs the body of nutrients. Wall Street thinks Procter & Gamble is about...
Federal Agency on Wild Goose Chase
Things at the Maryland headquarters of the National Institutes of Standards and Technology, or NIST, are all flocked up, sources tell waste & abuse, ever since its rolling 570-acre Maryland campus was besieged by an estimated 1,500 Canada geese....
Folly of NATO Expansion Will Haunt America in Next Century
Seven years ago, the romance of the age was between America and a Russia newly liberated from Leninism. Ronald Reagan was being toasted even in Moscow as having been right all along about the "evil empire." Brave Boris Yeltsin stood atop a Russian...
Four Days in September
Almost 20 years ago, Bruno Barreto emerged from Brazil as the most precocious young stylist on the international filmmaking scene. He shot his third feature -- the exuberant, erotic comedy Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands -- when he was all of 20. The...
GOP Glitterati Make Effort to Move off the Back Lots
Once a one-party town dominated by liberal Democrats, Hollywood now is a GOP-friendly zone -- at least that's what the members of the irrepressible Wednesday Morning Club are claiming. When Newt Gingrich went to Hollywood recently, reporters expected...
How Patrick Glynn Reconciled Reason with His Belief in God
The Harvard-educated academic underwent a spiritual conversion after decades spent believing that life was a meaningless by-product of a random universe. He discusses and explains his faith in a new book. Patrick Glynn earned his bachelor degree...
Lawyers Will Win States' 'Tort Lotto'
Private lawyers stand to make fortunes as `special attorneys' representing state governments against big tobacco, under new rules designed to guarantee that defendants can't win. What would you say to a fee of $7,700 per hour? That's how much certain...
Like Parents, DMVs Ground 'Bad' Citizens
In more and more states, DMVs have become enforcers of public morality, revolting licenses for offenses that have nothing to do with driving or automobiles. Anyone worried about a government agency becoming Big Brother need look no further than the...
Newt's Goals for America's Future
The speaker of the House identifies four political goals for the 21st century, including limitation of the total tax burden from government at every level to no mope than 25 percent. When the American people elected a Republican Congress back in...
Presidential Pillow Talk Could Risk U.S. Security
It says volumes about the American people's current insouciance about dangers to the national security that one topic has been almost entirely absent from the endless discussions of tawdry presidential misconduct: Has Bill Clinton's sexual modus operandi...
Q: Will the Clinton Child-Care Initiative Be Good for America's Kids?
Yes: The plan will make day care better and safer for kids' early development. Every day millions of America's parents face difficult decisions in balancing work and children. As President Clinton said in his State of the Union address, "No parent...
Shays Committee Targets Government Bungling of Gulf War Illness Studies
Even as the world held its breath about whether Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein would permit inspection of possible chemical and biological manufacturing sites, the House subcommittee on Government Reform and Oversight, headed by Rep. Christopher Shays,...
Taking Your Life in Their Young Hands
States are looking for ways to remedy the biggest danger on our roads: teen-age drivers. More are adopting the use of `graduated' licenses. Merging onto Washington's infamous Beltway at the beginning of the evening rush hour, 16-year-old Jason Barnard...
The Man Who Has to Answer for Bill
While House point man Mike McCurry has been scorched by the sizzling Zippergate scandal. Tasked to manage relations with the press, perhaps spokesmen should get combat pay. It was two days after allegations about President Clinton's relationship...
The New Deal Deals Another Hand
Waste and inefficiency characterize management of the Tennessee Valley Authority, but staunch TVA support in Me White House is making privatization a very difficult prospect. Government is moving toward deregulating electricity with the certainty...
Tobacco and Liberty
Government has judged tobacco to be politically incorrect and has set out by myriad ruses to wreck the industry. Are fast cars and fat-laden hamburgers next? Smoke gets in your eyes when You talk about tobacco. It is the drug some Americans love...
Voters Caught in Miami Vice
In Miami-Dade County the dead walk, the absent return to vote in spirit, felons get reelected and an aide to Janet Reno rises to become deputy assistant secretary for public information. Miami long since has supplanted Chicago as the epicenter of...
Will a Settlement Hurt the Arts?
Soul man Ray Charles has benefited. So has New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Houston Grand Opera and Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater. Avant-garde choreographers Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp and Bill T. Jones have pranced to its tune, as have such...
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