As a responsible newspaper, The Times, in editorials and columns, has tracked this city's rising appetite for violence, questioning its sources and influences.
For one striking influence, check the front page of Calendar, Aug. 20th ("In Woo's Hands, 'Target' Is Where the Action Is"). With a color photograph and prominent placement, Calendar highlights--in a negative review--the week's bloodiest movie, "Hard Target," which contains "fiery explosions . . . shattered glass and loving shots of larger-than-life rifles and handguns." Kenneth Turan called its "up close and personal violence" "unpleasant."