January 21, 1996 |
President Bill Clinton today issued a call for Elvis Presley and James Dean to "quit torturing their millions of fans, come out of seclusion, get plastic surgery and physical therapy and resume their public lives." In so doing, the president appeared to be lifting a chapter from the political handbook of one of his fiercest opponents. Rep.
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July 31, 1988 |
Doctors in Canada and Europe have used electrically generated shock waves to smash painful and often dangerous inoperable gallstones wedged in the bile duct, a researcher reported. "We are very encouraged by the initial success. We know the technique works and has no immediate side effects. But we don't know what will happen 10 years hence," said Dr. Laszlo Fried, associate professor of radiology at Dalhousie University Medical School in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
October 20, 1996 |
Verbatim transcripts from America's hottest political debates of years past. Aaron Burr-Alexander Hamilton, 1804 B: Bang! H: Bang! James Madison-De Witt Clinton, 1812 C: My learned friend, Mr. Madison, I observe, has had a street in New York City named after him. M: Aye, sir, and 'tis an honor. C: Mayhap, good citizens, you should know Madison's Avenue as I do. 'Tis infested with slippery agents in gray flannel britches who would fair drive us mad, peddling wooden-teeth soaps and such nostrums.
July 23, 1995 |
Newt Gingrich created a storm the other day by saying the United States should recognize Taiwan as a free and independent country . . . . "It came out of a scene in 'Advise and Consent,' toward the end of the novel, where the Russians are bullying the new American President," Mr. Gingrich said in an interview. "And he says, 'Here are the three things I can do.' And he goes through three things, all of them so outside the Russian planning that they were aghast. They said, 'You can't do this.'
March 12, 1995 |
Smokers Against Perfume, the activist citizen lobby, stepped up its aggressive anti-perfume crusade today by demanding restaurants provide separate facilities for customers who insist on bringing their personal fetish for rubbing odoriferous musks on their skin into public places. "It's enough to ruin your meal," charged SAP spokesperson Sig (Smokey) Arette.
December 11, 1994 |
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June 7, 2000 |
If you want to see a questionable double standard at work, look at the widely disparate American attitudes toward Russia's new president, Vladimir V. Putin, and Chinese President Jiang Zemin. In the United States these days, and particularly among foreign policy elites, Putin is darkly portrayed as the vintage apparatchik, the mysterious ex-KGB man who threatens Russian liberties. Meanwhile, Jiang is often depicted as a closet reformer who may some day slowly move China in the right direction.
September 24, 1999 |
Nonny de la Pen~a's "The Jaundiced Eye," a documentary chronicling a terrible miscarriage of justice strung out over a decade, is a real-life family horror story. A father and son in a quaint, Norman Rockwell-like Michigan town are caught between a collision of two emotionally charged forces in American society: a lingering homophobia and a growing concern about child abuse.
November 26, 1995 |
House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) inaugurated the first Thanksgetting Day in American history last Thursday, inviting 200 relatives, staffers, lobbyists, defense contractors, snake handlers and speakers-in-tongues to a $5,000-a-plate "return to sanity" Thanksgetting Day dinner, symbolically held in the executive dining room of MegaCorp Inc., the tobacco, firearm and savings-and-loan conglomerate.