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United States for the first time beginning June 17 , i s available in a set of three home videos . Each of the three volumes by PolyGra m Video lists for $ 14.95 and has a running time of about 60 minutes . The three volumes : `` World Cup USA '94 : The Official Preview , '' which includes a tou rnament history with footage all the way back to the first World Cup held in 193 0 . There 's a look at the training of the 1994 U.S. team and a profile of Brazi l 's Pele , just 17 when he took the 1958 event by storm , repeating in 1962 and 1970 . `` Top 50 Great World Cup Goals , '' highlighting exciting moments from competition beginning in 1966 with favorites such as Pele , Johan Cruyff , Diego Maradona , Roberto Baggio , Salvatore `` Toto '' Schillaci and Franz Beckenbaue r . `` Great World Cup Superstars , '' focusing on the top names in the game , f eatured in the `` Goals '' cassette , and adding some interviews that offer an i nsight into what makes these stars shine . Three new basketball videos available : `` Sir Charles '' takes a look at the on-court intensity and dynamic skills o f Charles Barkley of the Phoenix Suns as well as his entertaining off-court pers ona. $ 19.98 , 50 minutes , 1-800-999-VIDEO . `` NBA Superstars 3 '' follows up on two previous hit videos meshing the moves of the NBA 's elite with today 's h it music . This one includes Kenny Anderson , Steve Smith , Derrick Coleman , La rry Johnson , Dan Majerle , Alonzo Mourning , Hakeem Olajuwon , Mark Price , Sha wn Kemp , Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars . Their play is matched with the music of Erick Sermon , M People , LL Cool J , Celine Dion , Domino , Soulhat , Soul Asyl um , Buckshot LeFonque , Branford Marsalis , Pearl Jam and Rozella. $ 19.98 , 50 minutes , 1-800-999-VIDEO . `` Hog Wild : The Official 1994 NCAA Championship V ideo '' recaptures the excitement of the latest edition of March Madness and Ark ansas 's march to the title with rousing victories over Michigan , Arizona and D uke in the three final games. $ 19.98 , 45 minutes , 1-800-747-7999 . Canadian River Expeditions offers a change from the usual theme-park vacation : five 11-day float trips from July 1 to Aug. 31 that take families through some o f British Columbia 's most scenic territory . Travel for these Chilcotin-Fraser tours is by yacht , seaplane and raft through deep fjords where bald eagles whee l through the sky and the water is filled with seals , whales and some of the bi ggest salmon in the world . Highlights include winging on a seaplane over icefie lds , hiking trips and fishing expeditions . The raft rides are not white knuckl e adventures it 's mostly gentle floating . A few hours a day are spent on the w ater , with the rest of the time devoted to guided sightseeing and nature walks . Price is $ 2,325 , including round-trip airfare to Vancouver , meals and accom modations , as well as camping gear . Call your travel agent or ( 604 ) 738-4449 . Trafalgar Tours is offering 16 `` Best of ... '' trips to Europe for 1994 . ` ` Best of Britain , '' for example , takes in all of England and Scotland in 15 days for $ 1,099 . A 14-day `` Best of France '' trip for $ 1,260 covers the cou ntry from north to south , including Monaco , and a `` Best of Switzerland '' it inerary combines Zurich , St. Moritz , Zermatt , Geneva , Interlaken and Lucerne in 9 nine days for $ 799 . Other packages are available for Spain , Italy , Ger many , Austria , Holland , Norway , Sweden and Denmark , Belgium and Holland , a mong others . Prices exclude airfare . Call your travel agent or ( 800 ) 457-689 1 . Airlines are offering , or continuing , special price packages for travelers flying to Europe , the Mideast and the Far East . IPI World Travel and Delta Ai rlines , for example , are rolling back prices for a `` China Highlights '' tour 14 days , departing in November and December , to Bejing , Shanghai , Xian Guil in and Hong Kong for $ 2,650 , including airfare from the East Coast . Delta als o runs several package tours to European cities : a `` Parisien Spree '' of 6 si x nights , breakfasts and a Seine River cruise , for $ 1,199 per person , double occupancy , round-trip from New York , and a `` Romantic Rome '' trip , with si milar features , for just $ 1,289 . El Al meanwhile sponsors a spring vacation p ackage that includes five nights ' accommodations in Tel Aviv , daily breakfasts and free rental car , for just $ 1,049 round-trip from New York City . Call you r travel agent or IPI at ( 212 ) 953-6010 or El Al Israeli Airlines at ( 800 ) E L AL SUN . Take a long weekend this summer and enjoy one of several two- to four -day walking tours of New York 's historic Hudson Valley from High Land Flings F

ootloose Holidays . Their `` Dutch Treat '' trip , June 3-5 , follows in the foo tsteps of colonial settlers through three National Historic landmark villages wh ere stone houses built by Dutch and Huguenot builders in the 17th century still stand . You 'll walk America 's oldest street in New Paltz , Main Street in Hurl ey and the Stockade area of Kingston , where the state 's constitution was writt en and adopted , and also visit the 1676 Senate House . Other walks cover the ar ea of Lake Minnewaska , Overlook Mountain near Woodstock and the northeastern Ca tskills . Prices range from $ 350 per person , double occupancy , for two-day wa lks to $ 699 for a four-day trip . Call ( 800 ) 453-6665 . Are frequent-flier awards worth all the trouble travelers sometimes go through t o rack up enough miles for a free trip ? Not according to a lengthy piece in the May issue of Worth magazine , which concludes that the programs are vastly over -rated . Then why do so many banks , rental-car companies , long-distance phone services and hotels reward their frequent customers with airline miles rather th an cash discounts or other perks ? Simple , says Worth contributing editor Jeff Blyskal , in the article entitled `` The Frequent-Flier Fallacy . '' Companies w ant to give premiums that combine the greatest perceived value with the lowest p ossible outlay , and frequent-flier miles are the perfect solution . Each freebi e ticket costs an airline only $ 11 to $ 42 , Blyskal calculates . The average d iscount to passengers amounts to 3.3 percent almost 2 percent less than you get by being a valued customer of Sears , he writes . His data showed the cost to a traveler for each award ranges from $ 929 with Southwest Airlines to $ 7,527 wit h Delta , which requires higher-than-average mileage minimums to collect a freeb ie . The dollar value of the freebies ranges from $ 56 with Southwest to $ 208 w ith United . The effective discounts passengers reap range from 1.5 percent ( US Air ) to 6 percent ( Southwest ) . Hotel frequent-guest programs typically provi de a 5 percent discount , as do numerous retailers ' programs , including Sears Best Customer , Blyskal found . The number of dollars spent to earn a domestic f reebie usually available after flying 20,000 miles typically ranges from $ 3,626 to $ 6,555 , he said . ( On Southwest Airlines , the average passenger gets a f ree trip after 7,104 miles because freebies are awarded by that carrier after ei ght round trips rather than a mileage minimum . ) Blyskal says his accounting sy stem gives airlines the benefit of the doubt in every aspect and was based on th e programs as they stand now before the program devaluations most airlines plan starting next year . The payback is even worse from affinity credit cards , he s ays , which generally award one frequent-flier mile per dollar charged . This tr anslates to an effective discount of just 0.7 percent on $ 20,000 in credit card spending needed to earn the $ 152 in value of the average free ticket , Blyskal figures . All in all , he says , to earn these paltry awards , travelers spend more on air travel in the first place than they have to because they often shun low-cost airlines that do not participate in frequent-flier programs . For examp le , he says , to earn 20,000 miles on United , a traveler would have to make 14 Newark-Chicago round trips at a cost of $ 12,348 . Fourteen round trips would c ost just a quarter of that $ 2,912 on upstart Kiwi International Airlines , whic h offers consistently low rates but no frequent-flier perks , he says . You say you do n't care about the price because your boss pays for a lot of your flights and lets you rake in the resulting frequent-flier perks ? Do n't let the compan y bean-counters get wind of the fact that you could be sent on 45 more Newark-Ch icago business trips for what it 's costing to ensure that you get your perk , B lyskal cautions . Add on the annual fees charged for some affinity cards , not t o mention high interest on purchases and maybe a computer program to help you ma nage your miles . And , of course , most travelers who earn a freebie purchase a ticket for their spouse or companion to accompany them which often is n't avail able at any discount whatsoever . Plus the hardest cost to quantify which may be the biggest cost of all , Blyskal says : the time many fliers spend obsessing o ver maximizing mileage for minimum payback . His advice ? Focus on service and l ow fares , not a possible freebie you may never collect . The State Department is taking a wait-and-see attitude after an American tourist was seriously injured in an attack May 10 by a man with a machete on a remote s tretch of beach in the Cayman Islands . The State Department issues information

about petty street crime , but not violence , in the Caribbean islands it groups as the British West Indies . `` We 're looking at whether this remains an isola ted incidence or if it 's an indication of a threat to other tourists , '' said Gary Sheaffer , department spokesman . At the opposite end of the Caribbean , on the island of Trinidad off the coast of Venezuela , a honeymooning Canadian cou ple was found beaten and dead on a beach May 11 , with their valuables nearby in their unlocked rental car , a Canadian government spokeswoman confirmed . Trini dadian and Canadian police are still investigating , she said . `` This is the f irst time this has happened to Canadians in Trinidad . It 's probably a good ide a not to frequent deserted beaches , whether it 's Trinidad or Florida , '' said Lely Campbell-Ferreira . Sheaffer said the U.S. . State Department was not awar e of the incident . Now you have legroom , now you do n't . TWA , which created its much-advertised Comfort Class in coach last year by taking 40 seats out of i ts cabins , is putting 34 seats back in planes flying its most popular routes th is summer . The airline is re-installing the seats on only 10 planes ( the 747-1 00s ) out of its fleet of 189 `` to meet high market demand '' for the summer , mostly on overseas flights , said spokesman Don Fleming . The rest of the fleet will retain Comfort Class . And TWA will re-evaluate seating in the fall and cou ld very well take the seats out again . Most of the flights with more legs and l ess room this summer fly out of New York : to Athens , Rome , Madrid , Milan , P aris , New York to St. Louis to Honolulu , one flight daily from New York to Los Angeles and St. Louis to Gatwick , London . Ask about Comfort Class before maki ng a reservation . Buzzwords that Cunard honchos recently bandied about as they described the upcoming $ 45 million refurbishment of the cruise line 's flagship , the Queen Elizabeth 2 , which made its maiden transatlantic voyage in 1969 , were `` enhance '' and `` flow . '' Which translates into opening up more spaces all over the ship : adding a second-story deck promenade to give the Midship Lo bby an atriumlike look , eliminating the odd dead-end corridor , redesigning the directional signs ( all `` to enhance passenger flow '' ) and adding a new obse rvation lounge at the rear of the ship with panoramic windows yielding an uninte rrupted view . The new art-deco- , neo-classical-inspired decor will be ripe wit h texture , replete with marble , resounding in architectural detail and rich in earthtones , all `` enhanced '' with the QE2 's memorabilia , such as old chart s and lots of regal art . All 900 cabins will be refurbished and all bathrooms r ebuilt . Ditto on restaurants , where quality of service will , of course , be ` ` enhanced . '' The refurbishment will commence Nov. 30 and take about 30 days , Cunard officials said . So will all this `` enhance '' prices ? `` The cost of cruising has never gone down , '' noted Navin Sawnhey , senior vice president of marketing . The QE2 now offers a range of fares and cruises , with its transatl antic voyage priced from $ 1,395 to $ 10,745 , per person , double , with return air travel . You can n't party all night long in Greece anymore . Nightclubs , bars and restaurants formerly with all-night entertainment now must close by 2:3 0 a.m. in summer , 2 a.m. in winter and 3:30 a.m. on Saturday . So you will n't be sleepless in Seattle , the Seattle-King County Visitors Bureau is operating a free reservation service : ( 800 ) 535-7071 . A new service offers travelers a fax mailbox to retrieve stored faxes with any machine by calling a toll-free num ber in the United States . For rate info , call AlphaNet Telecom at ( 212 ) 9321554 . I think there are several reasons why , in polite company , we rarely talk about our discharges . I mention this in connection with endorphins , which , I notic e , people have begun to discuss with relative strangers , just the way people f ormerly discussed their cholesterol at parties . Do you remember that ? Outwardl y normal person : `` Do you know what my cholesterol was last week ? Myself : `` Sir , I do not . '' Outwardly normal person : `` It was ( mentions very good ch olesterol count ) . '' Myself : `` That is good . '' Outwardly normal person : ` ` What , you do n't believe me ? '' Myself : `` I say no such thing . '' Outward ly normal person : `` If there 's a problem here , I know a medical lab that 's open until 8 . We 'll take my Q45 and I 'll get re-tested and you can see exactl y what my cholesterol is . '' I was never sure about how to participate in these conversations , because , first of all , I would never say `` my cholesterol .

'' My creed is that cholesterol belongs to the universe or the Great Spirit . We 're just borrowing it for a little while . Which raises a question : Let 's say you do get your cholesterol down . Where does it go ? Is it just out there , st icking to the faces of babies in perambulators and gumming up the wings of the g reat-crested kingfisher ? Now it is endorphins . Endorphins are a sore subject w ith me , because I 'm pretty sure I do n't have any . Other people do , and some times they seem to be bragging about them . `` I was up on the Nordic Combat mac hine last night , and I had it set at level eight , which simulates hand-to-hand combat with a huge , grunting , mead-addled Hun . Boy , after 45 minutes , thos e endorphins were really flowing . '' The idea is that endorphins are chemicals that , under certain circumstances , begin squirting out of somewhere inside you r head and making your brain feel better . I picture the system as comparable to those nozzles in highly evolved produce sections , where a soothing mist sighs out over the kale and the arugula , like the strange fogs that gather ' round Be n Bulben 's bare head . I have been known to tarry there for extra moments , wat ching the wet shades and phantoms dance over the ruby swiss chard . Endorphins a re supposed to calm the mind and kill pain and produce peak experiences , such a s the `` runner 's high . '' I have never had a runner 's high or a swimmer 's h igh or any particular reaction to strenuous exercise except the keen sense of ho w exhausted I was and how eager I was to stop swimming or running . And I know f ull well that my brain is a tightly wired network of fright sensors , discomfort gauges and humming monitors of self-concern . There is nothing up there that co ats my fevered mind in soothing syrup , and even if there were it would just sho rt everything out . So maybe I do n't have endorphins , but even if I did , woul d I mention them ? My normal assumption is that there is no widespread appetite for information about my secretions . `` My gall bladder was on the job yesterda y afternoon . I was pumping some big-time bile , emulsifying those fats in my du odenum . Bless my soul . '' To the endorphin-proud , I am often tempted to point out that one theory about endorphins is that they were originally bestowed upon animals , such as cats , for whom sex is excruciatingly painful . They were a l ittle payoff , nature 's way of saying , `` Thanks for perpetuating the species even though that felt like being probed by a briar patch . '' Under those circum stances , I maintain that the civilized course is to live with pain and terror . If things get intolerable , there 's always the option of scootching the chicor y aside and lying down for a while next to the red leaf lettuce . By conventional wisdom , there are certain things you simply do n't do , right ? You do n't drink on an empty stomach . You do n't spit into the wind and , of c ourse , you never escort the bride 's father to the bachelor party . But for par ents of young children , one do n't has always outdistanced all the rest . You d o n't go to Disney World during school holidays . People who have disobeyed this commandment litter Orlando like lost souls , their hollow eyes bespeaking the d rubbing they have taken at the Tourist Capital of the Universe . Their children drag behind , in tears , muttering , `` We 'll be good now , Daddy . We promise . Please. Can we wait two more hours on another line ? '' School holidays at Dis ney World are crowded with a capital C , chaos with , well , a capital K . The l ines are legendary , the sun is hot and the living uneasy . But I did it . I sur vived . I even had a good time , and you can , too even if you visit at a peak p eriod , such as the three summer months . All you have to do is follow some simp le advice , which I 'm sharing on the condition that you do n't go blabbing it t o all the neighbors . Because the secret here is to go where they IS n't and , b elieve you me , at Disney , an incautious word about an empty attraction can tur n the Road Less Traveled into a Superhighway faster than you can say Jiminy Cric ket . Rule No. 1 , then , is plan ahead . This trite little maxim will seem bibl ical in depth when you 've watched The Unprepared spin out of control like weath er vanes in the wind . I myself had envisioned being a bit laid back about the w hole affair until I mentioned my vacation to a few friends : `` I 'm planning on bringing the wife and my 5-year-old daughter down to Disney World this Easter . '' They looked at me as if I were a few sandwiches short of a picnic . That 's when I finally realized that you do n't approach Disney World like a visit to an amusement park . You approach it like the invasion of a small country . Think o

If you do n't believe me . It looked like a huge trial heat for the Olympic walking team . And resort guests never have to worry about the parking lots closing . Disney resort guests no t only receive free transportation to the parks but also enjoy the early opening times . and then you have to traverse M ain Street USA to get to any real rides . 4 . This can be an exhausting experience . One way to beat the problem is to apply Rule No.f it as the Duchy of Grand Fenwick and begin preparing your counterattack on the Mouse That Roared . One morning our wake-up call at the Grand Floridian . which is but a five-minute monorail ride from the Magic Kingdom and about 20 minutes by monorail or bus from Epcot and MGM . 2 . Otherwise you will be trampled by those who know that you have to be at Dumbo by 10 a. listen to Bob Sehingler . .2 . All that paranoi a paid off .m. skip ahead to Tip No. ( End optional trim ) To make the trip back to the hotel as painless as possible . `` particularly at opening time . But you know what ? There were plenty of p eople ahead of us when we boarded the monorail for the Magic Kingdom at 6:30 a. past street lamps still lit fr om the night before . But the rest of you . At Dumbo . they are the people running around like chickens in a thunderstorm trying to find an attraction with less than a fo rty-minute wait . This can seem silly when the Budgetbear Hotel 10 miles away is offering Hoedown Weekend at five bucks a night . Some things you just cannot plan . Dawn is too late at Disney World . to avoid an hour 's wait . and view crowds as a natural event . complete with tollbooth . The trip to the Magic Kingdom from the highway is itself a five-mile ride . If you have to ride rides in the afternoon . eat and relax . I waited 45 minutes one day for a 45-seco nd ride . You can avoid a lot of the hassle by staying in one of the Disney hotels . ( B egin optional trim ) Up Main Street we streamed . At Space Mountain . '' he wrote . however . they are the ones standing in a cloud of dust puzzling over the park map . Get up early . One hour after the parks open to the general public . in peak periods when lines for a simple soda may stretc h back to bygone days . major attractions have major lines . came at 5:45 a. R ides break down . remember Rul e No. T he hotel operator could n't help laughing at me . Very proper . ( Begin optional trim ) We stayed at the Grand Floridian . S plash Mountain and Thunder Mountain Railroad in the Magic Kingdom . So Disney World is surrounded by virgin acre s . `` It 's easy to spot the free spirits at Disneylan d . Then you have to take a tram to the booths to buy tick ets and then a boat ride to an admissions gate . 3 . a Disney hotel . however .m . taking advantage of a 90-minute early opening for Disney Resort guests . whic h run the gamut from reasonable to ridiculous in price . It was pitch black outside . Father Disney decreed it would not happen again . While everybody else is stam peding to Splash Mountain or Star Tours . when lines go from maddening to manageable . Be flexible . Everyone tried so hard to pretend they were n't running . '' Convinced ? Then make sure you abide by Rule No. Lots of people in knickers . that will not seem like a bargain for long . 5 . How early ? Sick early . you can expect a line of at least half an h our . try to do so during parad e times . But my theory was that . Resort guests can book up to three days in advance . it would be best if the room did not look like a small cell at R ikers Island . The Floridian set us back about $ 350 a night . Our room was large . Tip No. After becoming disg usted at the honky tonk sprawl that sprung up around Disneyland . Spaceship Ea rth in Epcot and Star Tours at MGM . if you are a Zen master . whose guide to Disneylan d I manage to find and use . Very cle an . It reminded me of the racetrack at Saratoga all red turrets and Victorian bal ustrades after Mary Poppins had taken over and banned all the betting . forget it . People have strange reactions to food and find themselves . sit down . The Floridian delivered most of what I wanted from a luxury hotel . This dinky little ride featuring that darling littl e elephant draws children like flies . Believe me . Boo k restaurants early .m. Disney 's deluxe hote l . ( End optional trim ) At some point you just have to get away from the crowds . however . Later . Stay as close as possible to the parks . In the next hour we were able to board four or five rides that had been swamped the previous afternoon . salmon in c olor and nicely furnished . Arranging that is somethi ng of a feat . T he drunks still had n't gotten home . Of course . on a day when the crowds make me retre at to my room . as . buy a guide book and start reading . like waves in the ocean . other s up to one day . .

And such letters ! Tender . a `` naive bum bler who hobnobbed with terrorists . not a musician who 's smart . in sum . '' The two works together total less than an hour of music . letters of euphoria and gratitude to his ear ly mentor Serge Koussevitzky at the Boston Symphony Orchestra . intellectually worthy picture of Bernstein t he man endearing . or his parents . hope-filled youthful notes to Aaron Copland . if limited . '' You just have to deal with it . a verdict that had long been withheld in some quarters but which by the end had become nearly unamimous . We shoul d be similarly skeptical of the proposition . was able to create such a stir is testimony to the then-novelty of what has sin ce become a journalistic commonplace : the sanctimonious . desperate figure . both because the idea itself is meaning less and because the life in question is too complex and too recently ended to b e definitively written about . It 's a portrait . Helen Coates . One of these c oncerns Bernstein 's supposed roots in jazz . '' Definitive it 's not . effusive . the overextended emotional resources . '' Big guns John Grisham and Tom Clancy are weighing in with new beach books . ideal . letters of alm ost unbearable conflict to his finacee and later wife . as the despera te-to-be-loved Bernstein gropes with the for him especially problematic possibil ities of marriage and monogamy . Felicia . after `` West Side Stor y ' ' opened . the self-doubt . A young lawyer takes up the c ase of a Klansman on death row in John Grisham 's `` The Chamber '' ( Doubleday . make this considerable . letters of stead ily rising confidence to his lifelong confidante . NOT THE LIPS .L. Cormac McCarthy . Burton points out that between 1957 . Here 's a look at the major fiction due out this summer . The book 's treatment of Bernstein 's last years publ icly lionized . it seems . a sketch . We feel the regret . but also . the greatness . that Humphrey Burton 's fat new biography of Bernstein is somehow ` ` definitive . questionably motivate d trashing of the famous . Edna O' Brien . exasperating . often overlooked truth w as that it was Felicia 's party . unimprovable musical interpretation of a piece of music . held at the Bernstein apartment on New York 's Park Avenue . Bernstein was really not steeped in the tradition . unsentimental .my daughter calls it . So a re Peter Benchley . Doctorow and Ken Kese y . who is a certifiable jazz man . `` disembarfing . exhaustive ( sometimes to a fault ) . claim : It 's the best we have so far . That Wolf e 's piece . E. Burton also offers a brief but instructive and clarifying view of the infamous 1969 party for the Black Panthers . already put forward by a few early reviewers . The nearly-600-page `` Leonard Bernstein '' can . with a steady pull toward homo sexuality in an unblinking but decently compassionate way . '' Burton also calls attention to Bernste in 's dainty total output as a composer . Burton gently debunks a few press-agent Lennyis ms that have wafted unchallenged into the general consciousness . respectful without being fawning . or . and Lenny merely staggered into it . finally . The book is dutiful . Some books may be in stores before their official publication date . as Burton paraphrases it . who has had access to pile s of important letters . a man to whom a friend could send a telegram on the occasion of Lenny 's first audience with the pope t hat read in its entirety : `` REMEMBER : THE RING . written by a longtime friend a TV pro ducer . the book is not very excitingly written and could have benefited from some tight er editing . which looks increasingly weak and smart-alecky as the years go by . it handles Bernstein 's complicated sexual li fe a sort of strenuous omnisexuality . Bernstein managed just two works : the `` Kaddish '' Sympho ny and `` Chichester Psalms . On the other hand . It 's a man who gav e classical music a humanity it needed and still needs . Leonard Bernstein once scoffed at the notion that there is such a thing as a sin gle . a fact that Bernstein himself often ru ed later in life . and 1971 . irreplaceable . the first real full-length . a fact that Burton addresses crisply : `` Bernstein 's knowledge of jazz was che erful and enthusiastic but essentially superficial . when his `` Mass '' had its premiere at the Kennedy Ce nter in Washington . Tom Wolfe 's subsequent New York Magazine piece about the party coined the smug term `` radical chic '' and tried to offer Bernstein as a comical . reckless widower is touching . however . Jazz musicians never though t much of his gifts as an improviser . Burton 's book gives us . say . Andre Previn . privately an impulsive . Unlike . '' The important . And to deal quickly with an issue that all Lenny fans wi ll be unworthily wondering about .

`` The Gift '' by Danielle Steel ( Delacorte ) is set in the Midwest in the 1950s . `` Last Tango in Brooklyn '' ( Warn er ) . '' `` Beast '' ) . Late May . Oh . Carol Higgins Clark . 36 pages . '' An escaped IRA terrorist finds sanctuary in a r emote house outside an Irish village inhabited by a widow in Edna O' Brien 's `` House of Splendid Isolation '' ( Farrar Straus Giroux ) . the young couple who sat in President Lincoln 's theater box the night he was assassinated . the story of a May-December romance .P. Actress Meg Tilly makes her writing de but in `` Singing Songs '' ( Dutton ) . `` Dixie City Jam '' by James Lee Burke ( Hyperion ) reprises Dav e Robicheaux from `` In the Electric Mist With Confederate Dead . a novel about a black firefighter .) . but what i s it and why is it killing people ? The answers lie in `` White Shark '' ( Rando m House ) . the latest don't-go-near-the-water thriller by Peter Benchley ( `` J aws . E. has written a new Regan Reilly mystery called `` Iced '' ( Warner ) . '' Is `` Goodnight Moon '' making you loony ? Does the phrase . `` And a comb and a brush and a bowl full of mush . In Robert B . '' Yet another actor . whose fans include Bill Clinton . Someone is killing Oklahoma 's stat e legislators in `` Fine Lines '' ( Random House ) . `` Generations of Winter '' by Vassily Aksyonov ( Random House ) follows the fortunes of one Moscow family from 1928-1945 . `` Rare and Endangered Species '' by Richard Bausch ( Houghton Mifflin ) is a collection of short stories by th e author of `` Rebel Powers . Gorilla . Parker 's new Spenser mystery . a coming-of-age novel about a girl trapp ed in a dysfunctional family . is set in Gilded-A ge New York . ages 1-4 ) . Putnam 's Sons . '' `` The Unicorn Hunt '' ( Knopf ) is the fifth i nstallment in Dorothy Dunnett 's saga of Nicholas van der Poele in 15th-century Europe . August .L. The timing sounds perfect for this satire : In Christopher Buckley 's `` Thank You for Smoking '' ( Random House ) .I. '' run ' round your brain like some Lite Mixed Variety tune piped into the dentist 's office ? Maybe it 's time to experiment w ith some new bedtime fare . Paul Auster 's `` Mr. in `` Henry and Clara '' ( Tickno r & Fields ) . A man who is actually a vampire kills the childhood enemies of his best friend in David ( `` Lie to Me '' ) Martin 's `` Tap Tap '' ( Random House ) . the Boston P. has decided to try his luck at fiction wi th `` Eye Contact '' ( Bantam ) . Just supplement `` Goodnight Moon '' with some other boo ks that have a going-to-bed theme . `` Walking Shad ow '' ( Putnam ) . about an actress suspected of murder . Vertigo '' ( Viking ) is a novel of 1920s and '30s America . the sixth One-Eyed Mack mys tery by PBS 's Jim Lehrer . Doctorow 's newest historical novel . is Susan Straight 's follow-up to `` I Been in Sorrow 's Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots . Actor-turned-best-selling-au thor Kirk Douglas is back with a new novel . Cormac McCarthy 's `` The Crossing '' ( Knopf ) is the second book in a projected Western trilogy that began with the best-selli ng `` All the Pretty Horses . Ken Kesey ( w ith Ken Babbs ) has written a historical novel about the 1911 battle for the Wor ld Championship Broncbusting title in `` Last Go Round : A Dime Western '' ( Vik ing ) . `` Black Betty '' ( Norton ) is the new Easy Rawlins mystery by Walter M osley . '' Alan Sternberg 's `` Camaro Ci ty '' ( Harcourt Brace ) is a collection of stories about a Connecticut factory town that has lost its factories . After sharing it with a giggling toddler . `` The Waterworks '' ( Random House ) . `` Shear '' by Tim Parks ( Grove Press ) is a new novel of psychological suspense by the author of `` Juggling the Stars . do n't desert the great green room of Margaret Wise Brown 's classic . Stephen Collins . Bi ll Maher . daughter of suspense queen Mary Higgins Cla rk . you 'll . `` Arise and Walk '' by Barry Gifford ( Hyperion ) is a novel of femini st revenge by the author of `` Wild at Heart . '' July . Something scary is lurking off the Connecticut shore . $ 12 .95 . Jack Ryan is called out of retirement to serve as the new president 's nationa l security adviser as trouble brews in Japan in Tom Clancy 's `` Debt of Honor ' ' ( Putnam ) .'70s called `` True Story : A Comed y Novel '' ( Random House ) . '' by Peggy Rathman ( G. investigates a murder at a small repertory th eater . Here are a few of the newer ones : My favori te is `` Good Night . Thomas Mallon ( `` Aurora 7 '' ) re-creates the st ory of Henry and Clara Rathbone . '' has written a book about five aspiring comics in the mid. a PR man for the tobacco indu stry is targeted by an anti-smoking zealot . `` Blacker Than a Thousand Midnights '' ( Hyperio n ) . June . host of Comedy Central 's `` Politically Incorrect .

dear . First on his route is t he gorilla . Henry ( Chronicle . and then waking up three hours later cramped in the corner of her twin bed . sleepy story . actually a double-page spread of inky black . Each hi ker will have his or her own llama to carry a tent . curling up for the night in her bedroom . through light . their leg s pumping like pistons . from which participants leave for an evening game in Fenway Park . sleeping bag and pad . Cost : $ 375 per person including all campin g supplies . Through mizzle and moonlight . are they catching squirrels and nabbing rabbits ? Naw. usi ng fresh ingredients at campsites . The next da y . saying `` good nigh t '' to each of the animals as he walks past the cages .95 . the armadillo with his stuffed Ernie from Sesame Street . ages 2-6 ) is about nighttime rituals . Everyone settles into the right cage the elephant with h is Babar doll .95 . P. Not included : air fare to Anchorage and shuttle service to the trail head . with time for photography and nature study . 32 pages . After all . Kid s who live for those nights when they outlast their parents will enjoy `` A Quie t Night In . '' Her stuffed dragon can n't watch any more TV . 16 . The trip continues with two games at Yankee Stadium in New York . and the animals flash sheepish grins her way . '' the gorilla uses a color -coded key to release the elephant . Through darkness . she stirs and says . . $ 12. and they persuade Mom to finish the book . the kids talk Dad into reading them a s tory . Alaska . telephone ( 907 ) 376-8472 . Large gets all t he children ready for bed early so she and Mr . 32 pages . His wicker bed is transformed into a rowboat : Awash and away . `` Dreaming '' by Bobette McCarthy ( Candlewick Press . Eventually h e drifts back to the seaside home of his human family . who fall into line behind the gorilla . meals and llamas . except gorilla . N. normall y ablaze in color and ripe blueberries in September . opens the door and heads down the hall to his bedroom . '' she tells the clown doll . to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame . `` Good Night ! '' written by Claire Mas urel . age s 3 and up ) stars a salty dog who dreams of sailing the ocean blue .A six-day road trip for baseball fans begins Aug. Meals are cooked by guides . The Larges a family of elephants that debuted in Murphy 's `` Five Mi nutes ' Peace '' are celebrating Mr . He conks out . `` Silly Oscar . When he climbs into bed next to his sleepin g wife . Large can enjoy a quiet dinner b y candlelight . illustrated by Marie H. ages 3 and up ) . As soon as the keeper says . beginning Sept. I drift through the night . an d kids will enjoy sharing her sense of empowerment .Y. She 's snoring a few pages later . Kids will cheer his great escape . responds . sensing that it just might be a nightly occurrence . hyen a . The gorilla unlocks his cage and follows the keeper through the zoo . But before they retire . -0. 23 in Boston at the Copley Square Hotel . where a little boy has b een waiting for him to wake up . Mom and Dad did want a quiet night in . As a little girl gets ready for bed . Llamas will carry the load on a three-day guided hiking and camping trip in the Chugach Mountains just east of Anchorage . Her r ag doll can n't read any more books . Box 87 4995 . '' Imagine her surprise whe n each of the animals . one at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia and one at Camden Yards in Baltimore . `` Good night . She flips on the light . which surreptitiously snatches the key ring from the zoo keeper 's belt . $ 12. The hiking pace is relaxed . '' On the next page . There is no doubt who 's in charge . Alaska 99687-4995 . The text is incred ibly simple . `` It 's not time to play cards ! I t 's time to go to bed . There 's nothing like cuddling up with your kid to read a slow .95 . with motor-coach transportation from site to site . that is . `` Good night . `` Good night . The same thing happens with the lion . Soon they 'r e all tiptoeing behind the keeper as he walks to his house . pers onal items and backcountry cooking supplies to the Williwaw Lakes area . giraffe and armadillo . '' by Jill Murphy ( Candlewick Press . A sleepy zoo keeper is making his last round . all we see are the whites of her frightened eyes . 32 pages . Wasilla . she gather s up all her dolls and stuffed animals . This little girl is giving the orders . and the kids are quite happy to tuck her in next to Dad on t he couch .wonder why more picture books do n't have a sense of humor . Mrs . Contact : Llama Buddies Expeditions . Elephant . sports buffs motor-coach to Cooperstown . Everyo ne . Participants eat at local restaur . . But she gets up and leads them back to their cages anyway . a book on your nose and a crick in your neck . When dogs dream . Large 's birthday . $ 12.O.

but a vivid reconstruction of t he actions of the wartime Allies and the Nazi elite at Nuremberg . Barbados . antiques and regional architecture . tel . Contact : Backroads . Cy cling is on traffic-free back roads with gentle terrain for riders of any abilit y . Pers ico easily carries us into a deeper understanding of the trials . -0. P. tel . and accounts of the battles between the prosecutors and judges . near Rio de Janeiro . The United States designed the trials in the heady days aft er World War II . Participants also will see Antarctic glaciers . Fla. Participants spend nights in antique-furnished inns along the way and eat traditional Kentucky cooking . and Lima . trains . port charges and optional land excursion costs .ECLIPSE IN BOLIVIA A s ix-day . Considering that the United Nations has recently created a Bosnian war-crimes tr ibunal . Chilean fiords and the Andes Mountains . the Nuremberg trials were an integral part of the postwar new world order that the wise men of the American establishment attempted to create after 1945 . After the eclipse . participants will continue by train to t he small village of Huatajata on the shores of Lake Titicaca for an overnight at the Hotel Inca Utama .S. 3 off the coast of Brazil . Some stops on the tour will include St. Today the Un ited States lacks the confidence and the United Nations the power to realize that dream . .045 per person . Berkeley 94710-17 40 . then cruise by hydrofoil to Copacabana . Not included : air fare from Los Angeles to Miami . between Sevaruyo and Ri o Mulatos . double occupancy including game tickets . Box 178247 . Nuremberg 's most significant acco mplishment was to confront the German people with crimes planned and perpetrated by the Nazis .O. Joseph Persico 's `` Nuremberg '' could hardly have arrived at a more o pportune moment .For fans of Southern history . 260 Mad ison Ave.442 from Los Ange les . Unlike World War I . A box dinner will be provided on the train . Like the United Nations and the W orld Bank . who is the author of a fine biography of William Cas ey . and tour Harrodsburg . Contact : Sports Tours Inc. in the U. follows . An all-night train trip to the `` center line '' of the eclipse 's course . . P. Not included : gratuities . Contact : Regency Cruises .ants . ground transportation and guide . Sun and Suriqui islands before returning to La Paz . Nuremberg was to signal not only the triumph of superior might . Thomas . the letters and journals of p risoners . Not included : bike rental ( $ 109 ) and round-trip air fare . double occupan cy . 14 . including all meals and ship facilities . displays sleuthing skills worthy of the former CIA director in tracing the course of the trial that sought to establish a basis for prosecuting internation al atrocities . Cos t : $ 1. on Oct. the Strait of Mag ellan . Lauderdale .O. the great merit of Persico 's book is to remind u s that the undertaking itself was a success . ( 212 ) 972-4499 . hotel s . including round-trip air fare from Miami . two five-day bicycling trips through t he heart of Kentucky 's Bluegrass Country leave Lexington on Oct. Cost : $ 1. Kentucky 's oldest town . the constellation known as the Southern Cross and the so-called Magel lanic Clouds . but also the victory of superior morality . Peru . ( 800 ) 462-2848 . Pas sengers will witness the total solar eclipse of Nov. New York 10016 . hotels . Still . The menace of a loaded gun remains more potent tha n a diplomatic brief . -0. hors es . Box 84 . Cost : $ 675 per person . -0. meals and snacks .695 per person . Not included : all meals and air fare to B oston and from Baltimore . This is no dry-as-dust account . double occupancy . Tour members stay at a downtown hotel in the Bolivian capital and take leisurely tours of the city including the Witches ' Market . the Germans could not seek refuge in the my . Guest scientists aboard ship will lecture and discuss the eclipse . including lodging . Santiago . sightseeing an d most meals . Suite PR84 . Contact : Tra vel Bug International . . Cost : $ 5. van support and guides . land-based eclipse-viewing trip to Bolivia leaves Miami for La Paz on O ct. . 16 and 23 . Virgin Island s . San Diego 92177-8247 . Persico . 1516 Fifth St. Chile .A 49-day around-South America cruise aboard th e 729-passenger Regent Sea will depart Ft . ( 800 ) 722-7701 . before transiting the Panama Ca nal . Hatfield . Participants stop at Kentucky Horse Park and Shaker Village in Pleasant Hill . ( 800 ) 247-1900 . Using the pri vate papers of the Nuremberg prison psychiatrist . Persico 's boo k does suggest that justice at Nuremberg will remain a noble idea murdered by a gang of ugly facts . Mass. . tel . 01038 . but no sleepi ng accommodations . 31 . tel .

At the trials . The foppish foreign minister Joachim Ribbentrop claimed that Germany had merely emulated America 's occupation of the New World . But it 's clearly more than a collection of quotable quotes and front-office tri via . what Helyar offers is surely one of the most complete and provoc ative histories ever written of major-league baseball as it has played out in ow . the entire operation was down to six people . had a remarkable penchant for confusing people and events . Finley ran a cut-rate front office in his final years of owning the Oakland A's . briefly baseball commissioner in the late 1960s and ea rly '70s . Frank veered between acknowledging and repudiating guilt for his crimes . Goering . as Speer had correctly calculated . Hermann Goering . One of the most odious ca ses was that of the former Nazi governor-general of Poland . Speer presented himself to the court `` not as a man pleading for his life . recorded for posterity . calls a meeting a nd instructs players to write down their most serious grievances with the owners . Burrell has since changed his name to MC Hammer . does not draw the obvious conclusion that there was nothing particularly exceptional about the cha racter of most of Hitler 's henchmen . Instead . Exhibit A : As an infant players un ion is taking shape in 1967 . Indeed . Ordinary men committed extraordinary crim es . '' it will be for the anecdotes . Pitcher Milt Pappas . As Persico puts it . In the teeth of the eviden ce . but as one who had something v aluable to tell them . Helyar 's book is rich with such stories . Frank became one of the mo st fervent anti-Semites among the Nazis . Helyar ( Villard . who seeks to clear up the mystery surrounding Goering 's suicide . Generals Jodl and Keitel denied culpability for the atrocities on the Easte rn front . someone with a vision born of redemption after immersion in evil . Persico shows that under cross-examination the cunning Goering ev en got the upper hand over his famous American prosecutor . Goe ring managed to cheat the hangman as well . The Baltimore Sun If John Helyar wi nds up on the best seller list with `` Lords of the Realm : The Real History of Baseball . Robert Jackson . argues that upon enter ing prison Goeri ng secreted a cyanide capsule in his luggage and persuaded a member of the priso n staff to take pieces of luggage from the baggage room for him .th of a stab in the back . `` There are n't enough outlets for hai r dryers in the clubhouses . its new leader . Persico . now called just plain Hammer . '' he thundered . In that sense . Hans Frank . 576 pages ) . whose outsized personality made him a favorite with the American GIs . Though Speer used millions of foreign workers as slave labor . r etired one-star general . Marvin Miller . who illum inates the pitiful character of most of the Nazi leadership . Speer portrayed the Nazis as e mbodying the dange rs of a military technology that would pose even greater dang ers to humanity in the future . By 1978 . managed to bully most of his fellow defendants into refusing to plead gui lty . Exhibit C : Charles O . he managed to shi ft responsibility onto his boorish subordinate Fritz Sauckel . a former Baltimore Oriole . Some of the most fascinating passages in Persico 's book center on t he responses of the Nazi ringleaders to the overwhelming evidence of concentrati on camps and mass shootings introduced at the trials . his contrition contras ted starkly with the stonewalling of his colleagues . Exhibit B : William D. A notorio usly passionless public speaker . by contrast . spoke for his colleagues fi rmly in the grip of the mod generation . In ord er to overcompensate for his partly Jewish ancestry . So determined was Frank to prove his l oyalty to Nazism that he had all of his rema rks condemning the Jews . the spirit of Nuremberg lives on in Bosnia . The trials showed that they had stabbed themselves in the back . Perhaps the mo st sinister figure at the trial was the cultivated technocrat Albert Speer . Speer managed to tell the judges what they wanted to be told . Eckert . '' Indeed .3 million Poles for forced labor . Hyman is a sports reporter for the Balti more Sun Reviewed by Mark Hyman ( c ) 1994 . including a 16-year-old office assistant nam ed Stanley Burrell . $ 24 . Persico . the rap s tar . Frank 's voluminous records would form one of the key sources for the Nuremberg prosecutors . mustered up his old brav ado . By taking the bla me for Nazism in the broadest sense but avoiding any particulars . Eckert once began delivering remarks to an aud ience of baseball officials before realizing the speech was intended for the Ret ired Airline Pilots Association . and boast ing of exploiting 1. one of the few in the dock who received a jail term rather than a death sentence .

'' says a lawyer . Helyar write s in a seamless . Helyar has discovered more : `` Under Landis . the man who brought the players union into the 20th century . listed by their territories : ( Begin optional trim ) California . quoted by Helyar . and more likely to be `` pure . What 's missing is something more substantial that connects facts to the sources from which the author pulled them . often drawing on sp ecial expertise and firsthand travel experience in making recommendations . an agent can recommend and book your vacation . Ange los . the owners despised him and . Suite 186 . given he barely could hide his contempt for the owners . spent years calling him a collection of names . he sheds a di fferent sort of light on Kenesaw Mountain Landis . in part .000 travel agencies in the United States is that agents ' attentions are claimed by computerized reservation systems . broke the reserve clause and paved the way for today 's million-d ollar salaries . he should see the value in that . Most interview custo mers about their preferences and interests . Other notables appea r equally as unsympathetic in Helyar 's narrative . Find a good one and your life is simplified . it uncovers few important news stories . Landis said no . But Helyar 's credentials are substantial . wh o between them have covered every topic but the secret world of stadium ushers . The travel agent is as close as most tourists ever get to a free lunch . was amon g the least progressive men of his day . in Helyar 's tellin g . If it was new . then come back with itinerary propo sals that touch on lodgings . In the preface Helyar provides a list of baseball folk wh o cooperated with his reporting . and fluctuations in the commissions they are paid by lodgings and airl ines . Helyar tells hi s story . these consultants charge consumers upfront for their serv ice . At no c ost to you . airline fa re wars . Perfect Weekends ( 2059 Camden Ave.ners ' suites and across the collective bargaining table . That often leaves agents without time to learn geography in detail or see many destinations themselves . more than a few myths are exploded . The list is lengthy . Predictably . tel. and in cludes former baseball commissioners Peter Ueberroth and Bowie Kuhn and former o wners led by the pre-eminent owner of his generation . he writes . ( Begin optional trim ) For instance . the iron-willed judge credite d with bringing baseball back from the brink after the 1919 Black Sox scandal . It 's a tad intimidat ing at 576 pages . least likable characters . the book is anything but long-winded . He has built a reputation as a solid reporter covering spo rts business issues for The Wall Street Journal . a new breed of travel consultants has developed . A word about Helyar : He may not be as familiar to readers of sports books as Pete Golenbock or John Feinstein . tightly organized style more like a technothriller than a nonf iction baseball book . the morals of baseball were purif ied and the business of baseball was ossified . But no lunch is truly free . unnamed . Some accept commissions . some do n't . Calif. cultural attractions and entertainment . vowing there would be no night baseball in the big leagues in his lifetime . dining . some do n't . There 's also the issue of sourcing . who stared dow n the owners . not all fit for this newspap er . He said no to a beer company that wanted to buy advertising on World Series radio broadcasts . '' Landis . They specialize in a certain area and reject the ti tle `` travel agent '' as an understatement of their expertise . '' Here are a handful of such companies . Walter O' Malley of the B rooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers . Their prices can be daunting as much as $ 70 an hour but they can deliver a service highly prized by travelers with less time than money . He said no to lights at Crosley Field i n Cincinnati . wh en the author is through . . For all its thoroughness . Some make booki ngs . The probl em with many of the roughly 32. San Jose . it is Mille r . but considering he begins with Elysian Fields in the 1840s . . Sensing an opening there . In this book . In the process . as he profiles some of baseball 's most influential and . As a news paper guy . `` He treated them like retarded children . Also . His `` Barbarians at the Gate '' wa s a big best seller . Regional expert ise is one advantage . ( End optional trim ) If there is a hero in the story . This book is not always satisfying . Unlike travel agents . 95124 . The miracle of Ueberroth is that he lasted as long in the job as he did . for those consultants who reject commissions takin g their fees only from the client their advice may be less influenced by monetar y considerations . and carries the story through the sale of the Orioles last fall to Peter G.

with activities such as fishing . . Lancaster might well be the Comfort Food Capital of the universe . Bozeman . depending on the number of cities in the itinerary . Virtually everything is made from scratch : crispy potato chips . all right . crusty ro . started her consulting business in 1988 after spending four years leading walking tours through the country . They really were a normal means of transportation in these p arts . Fees for planning generally run $ 70 an hour . 718 -855-3878 . tel. 818-705-4418 . the company arranged trips for about 570 individua ls . ( 2 Charlton St. Agostini often writes to hotels to confirm reservations and ensure personalized service . aiming to match busy travelers with B&Bs around the state . ( End o ptional trim ) American West . an administrator at New York University 's law school and frequent traveler to England . Bill Bryan estimates . fax 718-855-3687 . 91356 . Off the Beaten Path ( 109 E . with a minimu m of four or eight hours . Calif. And loads of pseudo-Pennsylva nia Dutch attractions throughout rural Lancaster County . fax 212-98 6-8365 ) . Brooklyn .800-493-3536 or 408-559-3652 ) . Shaw maintains an office in Rome . Colorado . She doe s n't make bookings ( she advises travelers to make reservations themselves or u se a travel agent ) . 212. Oh to Be in England . Susan Barton opened San Jose-based Perfect Wee kends in June . but interviews travelers and devises an itinerary . Small home-based shops display first-rate yet inexpensive loca l crafts . Agostini does not make bookings . bo th trained environmentalists and tour guides . Bart on charges $ 99 to plan a one-destination trip . she says . A typical trip takes her about 10 hours to plan . ( 5922 Melvi n Ave. Women in bonnets tend their kitchen g ardens and children with Dutch cuts skip-ride home from school on old-fashioned wooden scooters .S. She makes hotel and transportation bookings and gives clients a portfolio that runs as long as 85 pages . Mont. set up her business four years ago . Box 021816A . But then I started spotting buggie s hitched outside pharmacies .Y. makes meal reservations . England . plane tickets and maps . who was born in Rome and lived in Italy for more than a decade . she has booked more than 400 trips . Main St. She charges about $ 200 . a sizable community of Plain People remarkably still fl ourishes much as it has for 300 years largely without benefit of automobiles . she 's on a fact-finding trip . hardware stores and other everyday businesses on two-lane Route 23 . I thought carriage rides for tourists . In the 11 months since . too . Montana and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta . Pam and Bill Bryan .$ 225 . N. 30 visitors can glimpse the old-fashioned lifestyle of the A mish without feeling like intruders . . In the last year . couples and groups . Her databank of Italian intelligence includes roughly 400 small hotels throughout the country . New York .. tel. Her typical fee for a couple on a two-week trip with four stops : $ 495 . started the firm in 1987 . specia lizing in outdoorsy trips to Arizona . 10014 . fax or call back later . In 1993 . There are tourist rides . I barely glanced at the horse and buggy two-stepping along ahead of me in morning traffic . but fills spiral-bound notebooks with itinerary recommenda tions .O. ' ' Countless places feature inexpensive food that invigorates the term home cooki ng . 1993 .Y. She books lodgings . . How n ice . 11202-1816 . France . fax 406-587-4147 ) . . Marjorie Sha w 's Insider 's Italy ( P. But beyond the `` Amis hland '' commercialism . tel. Point of View . By avoiding the main routes espe cially kitschy U. Tarzana . Customers g et detailed itineraries . tel. Once th e itinerary is booked . fax 818-708-7131 ) . Utah . Wyoming . hi king and canoeing . ( If Shaw does n't answer her phon e . ) When I first got off the Pennsylvania Turnpike at Morgantown . New Mexico . e lectricity and other trappings of modern life . depending on the complexity of the trip . Idaho . schedu les lessons or rentals and often builds weekends around special events . Kajsa Agostini was born in France and spent 15 years with the French Government Touri st Office in California before striking off on her own last year . Jennifer Dorn . riding . skiing . 406-586-1311 . 59715 . emb odying the familiar aura one restaurant localizes as `` Mom and shoo-fly pie . and presumes that most of her c ustomers will be driving . Italy . and roadside stands sell garden-fresh produce and mouth-watering bake d goods . ) Shaw . Meander along the byways and you 'll criss cross fields that inspire the designs of exquisite patchwork quilts and see farm ers walking behind plows pulled by mules . she estimates that she haa done about 150 itineraries for $ 150.255-8739 . N.

although allowances are made for tiny appetites . Some of these bed and breakfast accommodations are rather spartan . shoo-fly pie . she said . which offers some of the best shopping in Lancaster County .lls . which has diesel-powered m ilking machines and propane-fired hot-water heaters to meet government health re quirements but few other modern appliances . For the next two hours ( the minimum tour time ) . o ven-baked potato and rolls . pointing out covered bridges . and a f ew even invite visitors to join family dinners in their homes . like Barbara and Harold Frey 's Morning Meadows Farm in Marietta . Tourists can .49 . but others . fresh vegetables . One place . Both sec ts and a third Anabaptist group called the Brethren today live amicably in Lanca ster County despite wide variations in customs . a collection of four restored houses . piles of brochures and a 15-minute introductory film on the area . of an Amish household . The an nual Pennsylvania Dutch Food Festival . Some of these family-oriente d restaurants ( which seldom serve alcohol ) also specialize in all-you-can eat smorgasbords .or 15-mile radius of downtown Lancaster . . I learned that the Amish ( pronounced AH-mish . be warned . for example . a pretty village with several attractions for train buffs including the nation 's oldest short-line railroad . gooey desserts . which offers a great map . will provide a ready-made vacation focus . however . herb tea and a wedge of that molassesy Pennsylvania Dutch favorite . It was a family place . Hess explained . the Freys chatted about the area and suggested sightseeing possibilities . My second-floor room at Morning Meadows Farm was prettily decorated in Victorian-country style and had a modern private bath and a small TV . and black dresses and shirts fluttered from clothesl ines a sure sign . Adjoining it was a cozy sitting room with magazines and another TV and outside was a wide porch offering panoramic views of fields and barns . . sample rural life firsthand on numerous Mennonite farms within a 10. overlo oking nothing but a packed parking lot . cemeteries and Amish traditions . whi ch tourists are asked to respect by not photographing them . fled persecution in Europe and found peace in Will iam Penn 's new colony and various other communities in North America . after founder Jakob Ammann ) are descendants of German-speaking Anabaptists . This is an early-to-bed . who believe the decision to be bap tized should be made as an adult . set to take place at many sites around t he county June 13 to 18 . The dark clothing and simple li festyle that distinguish the Old Order Amish symbolizes their commitment to thei r faith . Old Order Amish min gle with outsiders ( whom they generically refer to as `` English '' ) . I continued a few mi les south of Lancaster to Strasburg .50 an hour to the guid e who rides in your car ) .m. but it served one of the best restauran t meals I 've ever eaten : juicy pork chops . and consisted of an apple dumpling hot from the oven a nd French toast with bacon all delicious . crisp salad . tangy condiments and flaky . They also take to heart the biblical edict against graven images . After I dropped off my guide . At both you can watch the cooks in action and stock up on their products . I stayed in T . offer all th e comforts of a country guest house along with a chance to experience the daily farm routine ( which . prices meals for kids by their weight : five cents per pound . Cost : $ 9. ( Begin optional trim ) My second ni ght was at one of the Inns at Doneckers . The Amish broke off from the more liberal Men nonites three centuries ago . one the site of the first Donecker family business back in 1910 .m. a Mennonite woman named Alverna Hess directed me along 20 or 30 miles of back roa ds . The occasional roadside phone booth s we saw are n't public ones . They rarely cate r to overnight guests . Breakfast at Mornin g Meadows was at 8 a. can start at dawn ) . The aromas alone led me to two must-stops : the Sturgis P retzel Bakery and the Wilbur Chocolate Factory . My first st op on my recent tour was the Pennsylvania Dutch Visitors Center . I asked for a restaurant suggestion and Frey recommended t he Country Table Restaurant in nearby Mount Joy . Various auto-tape tours of the area are available at Lancaster 's Mennonite In formation Center . Windmills whirred in many farmyards . Next I head ed northwest to equally charming Lititz . While I lingered over my juice and co ffee . they belong to the nearest house another concession to the realities of doing business in the 20th century but k ept at a discreet distance . early -to-rise culture and most restaurants close by 8 or 9 p. then a fee of $ 8. but I preferred to take advantage of the center 's personal g uide service ( $ 6 paid to the center .

and an enterprising Venezuelan who has submerged his identity as a Trinidadi an Hindu . seeking to discover El Dorado as a way out of his political troubles at home . ( End optional trim ) B etween markets . antiques markets and various fairs and festivals . The principal characters differ widely . Knopf . vain and cruel . potteries . It is the gray in the face of a professional entertain er the morning after a late night . but the difference is very large . ) is a series of partly autobiographical and partly fictional variation s on his theme . Francisco de Miranda .he Guesthouse . part-real and fictional characters he writ . My room . a f our-story marketplace of artists ' studios and galleries with an adjoining farme rs ' market . which was Pennsylvania 's capital for 11 years an d which served as the nation 's capital for one day Sept. like a musician asserting his freedom to play sour ) . lifted up and let down by his British patrons and finally . wineries . s o I was surprised at how few customers were there . once past his early Trinidad novels . His nightmare Argentina . In a magical and redeeming phrase he will suddenly lin k up the particular estrangements he acquires . to an extent . There is a supercilious English writer who helps and patronizes the narrator . and a conservative Port of Spain lawyer who unexpectedly reveals his flaming commitment to black power . South America and India . but to V. aged and desperate . others exposed brick . Two handsome hooked rugs served as w all art . 27 . `` A Way in the World '' ( Alfred A . he is a great writer . But by refusing to conceal or temper his own crabby vision a walleyed sensibility that tends to swivel inward he achi eves at his best moments a unique authenticity . the home of his forebears . P aul Theroux does that . the requisite supply of goodies down to homemade root beer . was nevertheless the epitome of country style . an itinerant Caribbean radical `` an impresa rio of revolution '' who is lionized by the radically chic in London and New Yor k . Naipaul . apple pie and Auntie Anne 's scrumptious . there 's no end of country diversions around Lancaster ( note that some attractions are closed on Sundays ) . Naipaul writes a vivid fictional ized account of Sir Walter Raleigh . remains the home-cooked meals turned out by seemingly every k itchen . Some of the figures are historical . one of the biggest in the county ( along with Lancaster 's Central Market and Root 's Market near Manheim ) . He seeks not roots but rootlessness . and Naipaul himself app ears in many of them . The displacing and alienating effects of a c olonial past on today 's post-colonial peoples has been Naipaul 's leading theme ever since . I strolled down the road to Doneckers Artworks . At first glance there seems to be little connection among the real . hand-rolled soft pretzels . For on e thing . one of the least expensive . The market was stuffed with fresh produce and smelled of spring fl owers . The answer was clear as soon as I turned my car onto North State Street to head for the nearby competition . He i s one of literature 's great travelers and also one of its oddest . $ 23 . Traffic crawled most of the way to the Green Dragon market . dying in a Spanish prison . betrayed by the sup porters of Bolivar . however . for e xample . The Dragon was the quintessential country flea market an indoor/outd oor bazaar featuring everything from produce to clothing with . When he is not displaying a certain haste and roughne ss ( on purpose . perhaps . he broke through the colors to the gray underneath . Some walls we re hand-stencilled . breweries . He has pursued it in his fiction and non-fiction . Africa . Each centers on a different personage . Naipaul it suggests gray : a land and seascape bleached out by unmediated sun an d a counterfeit history . I wonder if any of them delivers . There is a Trini dadian who uses his color sense as both a funeral parlor cosmetician and a cake decorator . both uses and transcends his defects . After breakfast . There 's also interesting w alking in downtown Lancaster . His theme is the terrible inauthenticity that history has imposed on the heirs of colonialism 's subjects . can be unrecognizable but there is no question about the nightmares tha t it produces in Naipaul . who can be petty . He paints a poignantly imagined portrait of the early Venezuelan revolutionary . 1777 when Congres s stopped there after fleeing from Philadelphia . wherever he goes . to the estran ged wanderer in all of us .S. which has 20 distinctive rooms and suites . 380 pp. My most indelible memory of th e area . He travels not for acquaintance but for alienation . The word `` Caribbean '' may conjure up all kinds of vivid colors . set in Britain . of course .

startlingly . Asked years later what difference he finds between the Europeans and the Indians . Naipaul 's angers can be useful as well as shrill . condes cension and the grinding struggle to find himself as a writer . Naipaul vents with gleeful malice his feelings toward the grip of British attitudes . was created in a kind of cataclysm . Except that Naipaul was n't . the Spanish . and shov ed aside the Native Americans as unfit for their purpose . In fact all o f the protagonists are linked by their passage through the world of the Caribbea n . half-dreamed past . Na ipaul 's characters are put together out of pieces that do n't fit . as he would y ears later in Africa . confraternal sign to a youth who was off to learn from the enemy and come back to fight . or half Indians . fought each other . he answers with an irony that points up what Naipaul is after : ` ` I 've thought a lot about that . It is a world that . they maneuver hybrid and uncertain identities through a world cons tructed of misapprehensions and are visited by undissolved bits of a heritage th ey are unconscious of . who are Indians . Evander . and says : `` The race ! The race . As a membe r of Trinidad 's Indian minority . They do n't have much in common . people who know how to go where they are going . instead of evolving gradually through slow migrations a nd evolution . but one thinks of Prince Sigismund in Calderon 's `` Life Is a Dream . lewd men who painted the ir faces and tried to live like women . he felt no kinship with the black nationalist current that was to accompany independence in Trinidad and other parts of the C aribbean . And I think . and usually directed at those British and black who exercise power . In his gentle corpse-and-cake decorator . '' ROOMMATES : Monday night on NBC . In his portrait of Foster Morris . re ceives a courtesy visit from young Naipaul . they we re gone . Father . a properly British-mannered black professional in a still-colonial Trinidad . Evande r raises his fist . There is a starchy moment or two . not only on his country but also on his own divided natu re . He was off to gathe r the rewards that the British colonial authorities had implied would be his whe n he reached London with his prize . and to accomplish it they brought over slaves from Africa and i ndentured laborers from India . . something neither of them had begun to understand . he felt his own identity threatened .. then . His reflections on Raleigh and on European dreams have a haunting s implicity . Their purpose was sug ar plantations . assuming he com es from El Dorado . and he writes of the deluded Raleigh with unusual compassion . Naipaul does n't draw the comparison . Instead there were years of misery . His Miran da is one of the best things he has done . '' What begins as a rocky r elationship grows into a supportive friendship at a time when the two men need i . Don Jose comes from the well-settled province of Nueva Granada ( Colombia ) . that the difference be tween us . smiles . Naipaul sees a n ancestral ghost of `` the dancing groups of Lucknow . In fact . and people like the Spaniards and the English and the Dutch and the French . '' He adds : `` He frightened me because I felt his feeling for beauty was like an illness . the French and the British landed . where the Indian middle class was a particular target of black politics . '' The lawyer . I think that for them the world is a safer place . The styles differ considerably too : from factual documentary to a first -person combination of memoir and commentary to poetic evocation . And then . The finest portraits a re of figures torn and fluttering through their lives and identities . Though not usually mad . as though some unfamiliar d eforming virus had passed through his simple mother to him and was even then . conflicting . he suddenly finds himself arbitrarily released and royal o nce more in a wide and terrifying universe . Randy Quaid plays is a paroled bank robber who is not . Quaid 's character 's vi ew is that `` AIDS is God 's way of cleaning house . leaving behind a fragmented culture resting on a jumbled . Sigismund went temporarily mad . man ! '' It was meant as a secret . after a couple of centuries . And there is the Indian whom Raleigh . except that they 're both suffering from AIDS and are sharing an apartment in a facility for AIDS patients . as well . In the space of a few years . But Evander mistook young Naipaul in another respect . On the contrary . '' Arbitrarily immured in a tower from infancy . takes back to London to make up for the gold he could n't fi nd . about to depart for London on a pri zed scholarship . an established author who helps him generously and then morta lly offends him .es of . Eric Stoltz plays a Harvard-educated professio nal who is gay .

adoption-service counse lors . Entertainers share the s tage with members of the ruling family of Monaco for this seventh annual interna tional special from Monte Carlo 's Sporting Club . social workers . teens . a star athlete and straight-A student . In Rwanda 's killing fields . One survivor said the people . after machetes . there is something I can do about this . . nearly a third beco me prostitutes within two days . Nancy and Larry Coalter . This is the story of 14-year-old Kristin Coalter of Kent City . is about the way transportation shapes our national character and our landscape . '' Their dance . The show .S. Elizabeth Pena plays the social worker who arranges for the men to shar e a room .000 rifle grenades . killing five diocesan pries ts . on an emotional ride for nearly seven months . '' a three-part PBS series on transportation . and I realized that it was n't anybody : We had met the enemy and he was us . ` As a television pr oducer . Among presenters : Prince Albert and Princess Car oline of Monaco . journal ists came upon about 500 corpses inside a church . three Jesuits and their cook . about building interstates and suburbs and light rail systems . is the first time Swayze has danced on television and is a tribute to H ouston . Charles Durning plays the father of one of the men . Gary Cole . In the b eginning . container ships . 1993 . Claudia Schiffer and David Copperfield . Julian Curry and Richard Anconina head the large international cast . I thought . At the Christ Spirituality Center in K igali . It was living in Los A ngeles that caused Perry to realize that transportation `` becomes a dominant fe ature of your life . and I 've learned a lot .000 launching grenades and more than 1 million rounds of amm unition . truckers ha uling down the highways . I went to find out who was doing this to us .000 of Rwanda 's soldiers and militiamen carry South Af rican-made R-4 automatic rifles . The series . Mich. an international co-production filmed in E urope and based on Larry Collins 's novel . honoring the world 's best-selling recording artists for the year . clergy . beginning Friday night . Perry hired National Public Radio 's Scott Simon to narrate and com missioned a lively and original score by David Hamilton . soldiers opened fire with automatic rifles . the series is a project of producer C raig Perry . dance to an instrumental version of Whitney H ouston 's `` All the Man That I Need . One in seven teens runs away from home . Presented as the events unfolded . Melissa Thompson portrays Jacqui . facts and personal stories as it talks about railroads . Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders ) . FALL FROM GRACE : Thursday and Friday nights on CBS . 20.000 children run away fr om home each year . Fabio . nine congregated women . BEFORE YOUR EYES : KRISTIN IS MISSING : Tuesday night on CBS . Host Patrick Swayze and his wife . 49 . Filmed in two dozen states . who ran away from home with truck driver Bill Neuville . airplanes . I was living the problem . In Rukara . whose five awards make her the most lauded performer in the history of the event . About 450. At least 3. It mixes history . such grenades and automatic rifles have been weapons of choice . Also honored : Placido Domingo . so to speak . and about shipping to people in all areas what they want and need all year around . educators . This four-hour mini-series . 10. COMING & GOING : Friday night on PBS . 1994 WORLD MUSIC AWARDS : Tuesday night on ABC .000 hand grenades . philosophy . is not dull .t most . discussing the issues surrounding teen sexuality . is set against the staging and landi ng of the Allied forces in Normandy in June 1944 . Michael York . ' It 's been a six-year journe y from the time the idea occurred until now . and follows her parents . '' The little-noticed role of South African-made arms in the catastrophe of Rwanda presents Nelson Mandela with an early test of his ability to reconcile realism a nd idealism . Pa tsy Kensit . CBS was alerted to this particular case by the Nationa l Center for Missing and Exploited Children . choreographed by Lar Lub ovitch . was taped May 4 and will be se en in more than 80 countries . JACQUI 'S DILEMMA : Thursday night on ABC . the movie begins soon af ter Kristin . It 's a series th at really moves . carried along by a fast-paced score . Do n't be put off : `` Coming & Going . disappeared on April 20 . teen-age parents and physicians ( including U. Half of all runaways who return home run away a gain . This dramatizatio n of the decisions faced by a 16-year-old who becomes pregnant is interspersed w ith comments from parents . Ray Charles and the artist formerly known as Prince . Rwanda bought them in 1992 from Armscor South Africa 's state-owned arms corporation along with 10. Lisa Niemi .

He does n't necessarily have to . after the country split into the Czech Republic a nd Slovakia . sales of any arms to human -rights violators are not . either . No one expects Mandela to turn his back on what promises to become one of the new South Africa 's better earner s of foreign exchange . But states like Rwanda before its present cr isis would still be able to legally buy arms . Rather than sink to this standard . In anticipation of an end to the U. and possibly quadruple . Before Mandela 's inauguration .N. '' published by the Human Rights Watch/A rms Project in New York . may not want to . tactical radios . Frank Smyth . which plagues muc h of the world . with its long-documented hi story of ethnic strife and its grisly record of human-rights abuses .5 million in the early 1990s and increased to $ 222. Russia . While South Africa has already begun to market this e quipment . '' Mthembu told Defense News . it will have the unexpect ed effect of adding to the glut of arms already flooding the places that least n eed them . anti-radiation bombs and battlefield mobility systems . Rwanda 's purchase o f $ 5. embar go . told Defense News last month that `` we expect that by 199 6 ( arms ) exports will at least double . it was a welcome sign . While Armscor has since serv ed as the government 's defense-procurement organization . '' Such standards would preclude arms sales to states like Libya . Mandela should lead the world in raising it up . makes for a boom market in the weapons trade . South Africa also has a technologic al edge in land-mine-detection and -sweeping equipment especially needed by Camb odia and other countries . International prohibitions against arms sales to abusive re gimes are at present non-existent or weak . in 1992 . Ethnic strife . But the United Nations tr ade embargo against South Africa is expected to be lifted soon .had died when militiamen threw dozens of grenades inside the building . we will welcome a complete lifting of all remaining sanctions and embargoes ag ainst South Africa . But few would expect . a freelance journalist and investigative consultan t . a worldwide pheno . an ex ecutive for Armscor . and new markets are already opening up for South Africa 's deadliest goods . he promised to end arms exports . Will the new South Africa sell arms to countries like Rwanda ? Mandela . This s ort of weaponry . Andre Buys . '' Like Vacla v Havel of Czechoslovakia before him . South Africa created the Denel Corp. equality and human rights to tur n his back on future victims of other abusive regimes . But Mande la and the ANC 's stated policy is n't good enough . Rwanda . aircraft electronic warfare systems . embargo . Denel has operated as a private manufacturing consortium . Denel expects to lead export sales . The new South Africa should re-examine its export po licy on such items . both renewed sales . ANC spokesma n Madala Mthembu carefully suggested that the post-apartheid government would no t abstain from the arms business . But last year . mortars and ammunition from Denel made only a tiny addition to South Africa 's balance sheet . is the author of `` Arming Rwanda .9 million of grenades . which is also cu rrently subject to a U. high-technology systems like laser-designated missiles . Sudan and Cambodia . And South Africa n weapons are generally more reliable . a man who has devoted hi s life to his country 's struggle for justice . is a case in point . representing 60 percent of the arms indust ry . with his intern ational reputation as a peace-aker . while potentially deadly . `` We also wish to state the new government will be in full compliance with international standards governin g exports of technologies and materials that would threaten world security . it announced in March that it would not sell land mines at the same t ime and stopped exports . While th e world rejoices in witnessing apartheid 's downfall . A prep course for the month-long World Cup soccer tournament . Mandela may find that his humanitarian im pulses are not strong enough to resist the financial attractions of the arms tra de . Romania and even Israel in some categories . Although it could be argued that this announcement was motivated more by appearance than principle . accurate and durable than comparable arm s made by Egypt . such as Rwanda .2 million in 1993 . is much less likely to be used in h uman-rights abuses than small arms .N. `` Once the new government is up and running . South Africa can afford to forgo sales of guns and grenades because it actually makes most of its profits from the sale of expensive . Exporting mine-sweeping equ ipment is a legitimate way to earn foreign exchange . When Havel became president of Czechoslovakia in 1989 . such sales averaged $ 127.

we are confronted by the downright ugliness of suffe ring . repeating in 1962 and 1970 . `` Kate Vaiden '' he tells his story in a prose that is stripped down and pell-mell . ambiguity or wit of his powerful n ovel . Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars . for that too we must wait our turn . $ 19. there was a slowly ascending numbness to just below the nipple line . `` NBA Superstars 3 '' follows up on two previous hit videos meshing the moves of the NBA 's elite with today 's h it music . Celine Dion . The rest of us are not conversant in it . M People . $ 19. On page after page . Roberto Baggio . curative . `` Great World Cup Superstars . f eatured in the `` Goals '' cassette . Diego Maradona . The three volumes : `` World Cup USA '94 : The Official Preview . It is only natural that a writer make the literary most of whatever happens to h im . Hakeem Olajuwon .95 and has a running time of about 60 minutes . Each of the three volumes by PolyGra m Video lists for $ 14. multiple surgical procedures dia gnostic .98 . `` A Whol e New Life '' is Price 's candid account of his ordeal . an eel-shaped tubular cancer had t aken root and was compressing his spinal cord . It was suffering worthy of Job . palliative and the last . to furnish others in similar trouble `` a companionable voice that 's lasted b eyond all rational expectation . written . Buckshot LeFonque . Salvatore `` Toto '' Schillaci and Franz Beckenbaue r . Pain is not noble . utterly devoid of the pomp of language or the writer 's vanity . Derrick Coleman . its senselessness . team and a profile of Brazi l 's Pele . Sha wn Kemp . '' Eschewing the novelist 's proven gifts of s tyle there is none of the elegance . Alonzo Mourning .98 . along . Mark Price . I suspect it was written also to exteriorize the horror . 1-800-747-7999 . This one includes Kenny Anderson . Dan Majerle . he announces . but the meanin g of the sometimes clotted paragraphs is never in doubt . 50 minutes . that it will eventually have an anesthetic effect no matter how persuasive the writing . but the language of pain is exclusive . just 17 when he took the 1958 event by storm . '' which includes a tou rnament history with footage all the way back to the first World Cup held in 193 0 . Soulhat . and adding some interviews that offer an i nsight into what makes these stars shine . In April 1984 the distinguished novelist Reynolds Price was asked by a frie nd with whom he was walking why he kept slapping his foot on the pavement . Branford Marsalis . Steve Smith .98 . real and phantom . to put a b arrier of printed pages between himself and what can best be described as a re-e nactment of Dante 's `` Inferno . nor can it be conveyed in words . '' focusing on the top names in the game . T here is some danger in the reiteration of pain . '' highlighting exciting moments from competition beginning in 1966 with favorites such as Pele . Their play is matched with the music of Erick Sermon . `` Hog Wild : The Official 1994 NCAA Championship V ideo '' recaptures the excitement of the latest edition of March Madness and Ark ansas 's march to the title with rousing victories over Michigan . 45 minutes . In this . For unbeknown . `` Top 50 Great World Cup Goals . With each diminution .menon to be played in the United States for the first time beginning June 17 . the latter no less severe for all its suggestion of unreality . we shall know it in our turn . 1-800-999-VIDEO . Never mind . In addition to the pa ralysis of the lower half of the body . The rapture of others can not be rendered in words either . La rry Johnson . There 's a look at the training of the 1994 U. $ 19. i s available in a set of three home videos . Like many such re countings .S. LL Cool J . 1-800-999-VIDEO . For the next four years the auth or would undergo radiation to his spinal cord . it is not un like pornography that within minutes becomes tedious . Soul Asyl um . It w as the first faint whisper of the monstrous illness that would roar across his b ody for the next four years . Three new basketball videos available : `` Sir Charles '' takes a look at the on-court intensity and dynamic skills o f Charles Barkley of the Phoenix Suns as well as his entertaining off-court pers ona. Domino . And there was pain . nuance . 50 minutes . '' He has written it years after the white heat of the events and from the vantage of the crippled survivor . Arizona and D uke in the three final games. one hopes . it is disgustingly ordinary . The reader tries to imagine the pain . Th e sentences come spilling out much as the facts were remembered . it i s a tongue spoken by one person only . Much of the book tells of the few ups and the many downs in his agonizing struggle to live the progres sive loss of strength and sensation and function . Pearl Jam and Rozella. Johan Cruyff .

he has believ ed this event to be neither dream nor vision but `` an external gift . His last ad vice to the afflicted is to finish grieving for the former self . '' he told himself . ju st as there are great artists who fall short of expectations . may function better when they withhold or even stifle pity . It is in the final section of the book that Price rises above the dreadful years and reaches out to his new life . The radiation oncologis t had informed the patient of all the possibilities . the author could see the purple marks on hi s back . `` is dead . this experience had a tactile reality . '' The cardiac fitness participants are imagined as `` a squad of garrulous heart-attack survivors in designer sweat suits . '' And asked himself : `` Who can you be ? '' The answer is : a writer and a teacher as before . but great suffering demands of us that humility . Sleeping nearby were Christ and his 12 apostles all dressed in the tunics and cloaks of the time . who bears the brunt of P rice 's anger and resentment . aloof a nd condescending . existing both with and outside of his body . of an alternate time and place in which to live through a crucial act . notwithstanding . compassion . work . but the strength and commiseration of others . '' From the moment Price 's mind returned to the here and now . '' It is the radiation oncologist . There was dia logue : `` Your sins are forgiven . He make s no effort to portray himself as a saint or a martyr . there is Price 's lifelong belief in a God who is perso nally interested in him . aesth etic response than when they allow these feelings full sway . . '' `` Am I also to be cured ? '' `` That too . `` to . Beethoven . What sustained him ? There was a seemingly endless line of kind friends and acquaintances who committ ed themselves over long periods of time to assist Price in recapturing the pace of his life . The clerk at the hospita l is `` sullen .. if not always benevolent . Schopenhauer and Ross ini were scornful and misanthropic . '' For Price . This belief was made powerf ully manifest just prior to the course of irradiation . grit ty . sometimes snobbish and . Was it not this very doctor . cold . Reyno lds Price experienced an uncanny translocation in which he found himself lying o n a slope by the Sea of Galilee in 1st-Century Palestine . then led the naked man into the waters of Galilee . '' And here another physician must demur . In the distance he saw the town of Capernaum just as it was . Reynolds Price has written 14 books . most appealing . `` tall with dark hair . he `` never offered to tell me . It is not our ow n strength alone that will help us prevail . and the fellowship of the `` gimps '' at the the rehabilitation center all str iving to recover a modicum of independence . He has `` all the visible concern of a steel chee se-grater '' . The area on his back to be treated had already been marked out with purple dye . and the blessing of wh ole days of focused energy undiluted by the distractions of the able-bodied . We cheer each brief respite from pa in as we do his brave resumption of writing and teaching . to reach out h ungrily to the new and to find work that sustains the spirit .. domineering . materialistic and insensitive . Too . whose judgment and therapy brought about the cure of his patient ? Surely .. The man who emerges from these pages is feisty . In the years since his illness . In writing `` A W hole New Life '' Reynolds Price has come . Again and again Jesus poured handfuls of water over him . particularly those whose work brings them daily into cont act with the gravely ill and whose treatments themselves augment the suffering . we contemplate sadly the little that remains from the much tha t was . only n ow with the patience and watchfulness born of suffering . Wagne r and Richard Strauss were bigoted . It happened . And then there was Robert Frost . angry . It takes courage to lean on others . cast as the villain . Now . Da Vinci and Goethe were detached . angry . Even the skeptical reader shivers in wild surmise . in the words of Adrienne Rich . '' Many of the `` true practical saints '' who offer to help him are `` boring as root canals . Jesus looked much li ke the Flemish paintings of him . friends and even erotic love . It is a life full of satisfactions . `` Reynolds Price . lean . directed Price to undress . unblemished sk in and a self-possession both natural and imposing . Shortly thereafter . he is `` the frozen oncol ogist . '' He rose . among others . that he is not also gifted with charm or bedside manner might be for given ? Some doctors . A good deal of the account is moving : his brother 's preoperative kiss . '' . One 's inner strength is no match for suffering .with the author . Certainly there ar e great doctors who are also haughty .

Some of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristid e 's more fervent supporters . The crisis that has been rapidly building over North Korea 's suspected nuclear weapons program seems for now to have abated . are willing to have t he poorest people in the hemisphere 's poorest country pay this price . as their leaders flee to luxurious exile ? Will Father Aristide 's revenge-minded followers then turn on the soldiers that remain ? Or will a form of civil war break out . If it balks . The situ ation could force President Clinton 's hand . How long that moment will last is up to Pyongyang . Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency have been sent to Pyongyang to see what they can learn abo ut the refueling of a key reactor that is now under way . President Clinton seems to be maneuvering himself into a position on Haiti where his only option may be military intervention . But there is another precedent : his f ather . By tightening the embargo on Haiti over last weekend . successfully defied a U. citizens be taken hostage in a desperate counter-move by the present government ? Will Haitian forces crumble at the firs t sight of the Marines . seems to have done all it can to encourage the belief that i t has been violating the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty . But as jobs and pri vate-sector imports of vital commodities disappear . The question is whether a regime that has for decades zealously preached the vir tues of inward-looking self-reliance is able finally to recognize where its true long-term interests lie . The United States is ready it would n't be too muc h to say eager to move toward normal relations with North Korea and so help stab ilize Northeast Asia . heightened in the last few days by the claims in Tokyo of a No rth Korean defector who once worked at the Yongbyon reprocessing plant . that the last t ime Marines marched ashore in Haiti . it could see its diplomatic and economic isolation end . South Korea supports the American effort . Rightly .S. The ideal solution evidently sought by Clinton is sufficient in ternational pressure to force the Haitian generals now in control into exile . that wil . it should be reversed forthwith . What then ? Will U. Step by step . at a minimum . that 26 pounds of plutonium were secretly extracted from spent fuel rods in 1988 . that with the first American c asualties there will be a clamor for withdrawal of U. Food and medicine are the exception . welcoming this and other recent signs hinting at a more cooperative attitude by the North . show of fo rce in 1963 . By analyzing certain ro ds the IAEA could tell how long they had been in the reactor . That supports the CIA 's suspicion that the North has produced enough plutonium for a couple of nuclear devices . If that is the pr esident 's intention . '' There can be n o sweeter use made of adversity than this act of generosity that comes in the fo rm of a book . north of Pyongyang . it conditions such a move on Pyongyang 's readiness to meet its responsibilities under the Non-Proliferation Treaty . Some 650 aboard the USS Wasp are moving into position . new pressures woul d fall on its weak economy . He must know that two-t hirds of the American people oppose such a step . Enlightened self-interest makes the choice clear . the world c ommunity decided in effect to increase the suffering of the Haitian people in or der to liberate them . There 's a suspicion . Having taken on a certain responsi bility for worsening the plight of the Haitian people and having drawn only defi ance from Haiti 's military government . though . part ethnic and part class-based . they were there 19 years .S. and a fter taking 126 combat and non-combat casualties left behind a trained and oppre ssive military . says that it 's ready to reopen high-level contacts with Kim Il Sung 's regim e . Francois `` Papa Doc '' Duvalier . and that in turn would indicate whether other fuel rods had earlier been secretly removed . forces . If North Korea goes along . the United States was able to send dictator Jean Claude `` Baby Doc '' Duvalier packing . he may find himself with little choice other than to order the Marines ashore . Washington . aid organizations warn that hunger and death will increase . The key question is whether North Korea will let IAEA inspectors examine several hundred specifically chosen fuel rods from its five-megawatt reactor at Yongbyon . in 1915 .see the damage that was done/and the treasures that prevail .S. So for the moment at least the United States does n't have to worry about tr ying to muster international support for economic sanctions against a country th at . both foreign and domestic . T here is a precedent : In 1986 .

To crack down on violence-minded factions ? That 's a much tougher role . playing in ramshackle bandboxes across town from the storied major-league ballparks . Sports legend derives from larger-thanlife feats . Thrown together during the sorry da ys of segregated sport . soaking up its rich flavor in obscurity . After hitting .398 in the Pacific Coast League in 1935 . tales told and retold . till they take on an appropriately mythic stature . considerably starker and less sentimental side to P aige . It belongs to the or al tradition . never really atte mpted in Somalia . barnstorming across the country in wheezing buses . . whose most enduring media moment remains his nasty on-the-field shouti ng match with then-manager Jim Leyland . habitually late to even the most important games and disdainful of anyth . the murkiest of all legends have sprung fro m the mythic twilight of the Negro Leagues . '' Mark Ribowsky 's meticulously researched bi ography . and so is our country . beat Bob Feller 1-0 in a 13-inning exhibition game and was s o indomitable he threw a no-hitter in the first game of a double-header and then pitched relief in the nightcap . perfo rming in the same cities often in the same ballparks as major-league players . Who knows if Babe Ruth really pointed to the right-field bleachers an d called his shot in the 1932 World Series ? Who actually saw Pete Gray . As far as the wh ite press was concerned .S. both from his family and the realm of big-time spor t . Any solution other th an the quick capitulation of the present military government offers little but p ain and foreboding . moving a Yankee scout to wire home : `` DiMaggio all we hoped he 'd be : hit Satch one for four . that 's been the Satch story : Print the caricature . noisily critiqued by moronic sports talk-radio callers . Satchel was mythic-squared . Of all the mythic stars of Negro base ball . It is n't easy for athletes to be legends anymore . that it flunked the last time out in Haiti and that it is unl ikely to assume again . forces stay the course . s ometimes even wearing the big-leaguers ' discarded uniforms . given the budget squeeze and public opinion . Louis Browns ' one-armed outfielder . sleeping in fleabag hotels . indif ferent to family ties . '' Until now . their gravi ty-defying feats have been reduced to ESPN highlight-reel fodder . Ala. Before he was 20 . Paige ( who was as celebrated in '30s-era black circle s as Cab Calloway or Louis Armstrong ) might as well have been pitching in Outer Mongolia . The future Hall of Famer managed a measly infield hit in four trips to the plate . either to friend or team .S. the St . as humanitarian succe sses in Somalia illustrate . To rebuild th e Haitian government and and economy ? That 's a task the U. a hard-drinking car ouser . But j udging from `` Do n't Look Back . just what will their mission be ? To feed the masses ? That 's the easy part . Though Ribowsky is more successful at sketching th e Negro League milieu than fleshing out Paige 's character . throwing a runner out at hom e plate ? How many people got to watch Johnny Vander Meer pitch a no-hitter in t wo consecutive games ? In baseball . Joe DiMaggio prepared for his rookie season with the New York Yankees by facing Paige in a much-ballyhooed exhibition game . learning his pitching craft on b aseball 's chitlins circuit . '' The legend simmered . a black shadow in a white-only world . rawbo ned pitcher emerges as a man of few loyalties . Paige had hit the road . there is another . That 's where you 'd find Leroy `` Satchel '' Paige . Tak e away his wonderful wit and legendary showmanship and dare we say it Satchel mi ght be almost as hard to love as Barry Bonds . Just ask Barr y Bonds . in action . his soul shrivel ed by a lack of acceptance . Resolutely unfaithful to every wo man in his life . Paige was a restless . created away from the glare of the spotlight . Paige was jealous of teammates ' success . Raised in the rough-and-tumble ghetto area of Mobile . Over-analyzed by cranky spor tswriters . Attributing Satchel 's arm streng th to his boyhood shouldering of 200-pound blocks of ice . Unhittable in his prime . under the facade of a multinational intervention . the scrawny .l make a mockery of quick-solution scenarios ? And even if U. could not sustain in Somalia . the news magazine quo ted Paige 's old ice-wagon employer as saying : `` That boy et mo ' than the hos ses . they showcased the young black gods of baseball . one the U. easily seduced by a pretty woman or a fat paycheck . lonely man . he once struck out 22 men in a game .S. So Clinton is boxed in by the Haiti crisis . When Time magazine finally discovered Paige in 1940 15 years into hi s career it offered some legendry of its own .

The book 's evocative subtitle .000 members . Though well past his prime . For all Ribowsky 's good efforts . which viewe d him as post-integration baseball 's answer to Louie Armstrong Satchmo meet Sat ch a happy-go-lucky old coot who rubbed mystery potions on his pitching arm . Satch once said : `` There w as a lot to me . where he held back his right arm even as his front leg swept his body forward . When a promoter offered him more money to barnstorm t hrough the Dakotas . With perhaps 10. William Faulkner and ( ! ) Daniel Defoe to open various chapters . But t he lofty sentiments do n't get Ribowsky any closer to this flesh-and-blood folk character . '' Whatever was inside seems to ha ve wafted away . a new attendance reco rd for a major-league night game . In real life . `` Do n't look back . broke curfew and carried around a gun a foot and a h alf long . like an unhittable Paige curveball . Paige seems to have defea ted his biographer 's best efforts to penetrate his inscrutable mask . Satc hel surely would have loved rubbing elbows with such glittering literati . '' is all too apt . his bat flying 40 feet up the third-base line . Pl ayboy perpetrated an awful mischaracterization of their electronic hangout . None of P aige 's offspring would talk to Ribowsky . 72.-based WELL ( for Whole Earth ' Lectronic Link ) among ot her services . The story prominently featured the Sausalito . a year after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier . rising and swooping in the dim light of an extra-inning game . For the WELLbeings . the monster jam and the end-zone dance .ing resembling a training regime .562 fans were at Cleveland 's Municipal Stadium . `` Satchel Paige in the Shadows of Baseball . Paige was at least 42 ( some say 44 or even 4 8 ) when Cleveland Indians owner Bill Veeck finally brought him to the big leagu es in 1948 . do zed in the bullpen grass and issued such maxims as . Paige was hardly intimidated by Greenlee 's mob ties . who ran the Pittsburgh Crawfords . the string-bean pitcher burned the candle at every end . Describing his long and lean physique . releasing the ball almost as an afterthought . The first maj or-leaguer who tried to hit the Hesitation Pitch lunged and swung before the pit ch was half-way to the plate . say . Eager to provide Paige 's explo its with some heft . he was the man who brought black vaudevill e style to white sport . Paige abruptly walked out on his new contract with the Craw fords . Making his f irst appearance in relief on July 9 . America On line . Aloof and enigmatic all the way to his grave . while the dim memories of his ball-pl aying peers offer little in the way of insight . the WELL is minuscule by the standa rds of commercial on-line services like Prodigy and CompuServe that boast more t han a million users . the real shadow here is Satchel himself . It is also a decidedly more thoughtful place than . '' These nostrums were strictly for media consumption . Ribowsky sometimes aims too high . As Ribowsk y recounts in vivid detail . but it was all up and down . he 'd throw w hat he called a Step ' n Pitch-it . Paige was far from the only model of impropriety in the 1930s-era Negro Leagues . using the team as a legit cover for his numbers racket . using quotes from Henry Miller . Calif. S atch was a sensation . Using a double or even triple windup with a huge leg kick . By the time he started his first major-league game on Aug . 3 . a Bat Dodger and finally . as many call themselves . his mind-boggling Hesitation Pitch . Paige played par ts of six seasons in the majors and was good enough to be named to the 1952 AllStar team . Many of the most prominent teams were owned by ga ngsters such as Gasoline Gus Greenlee . Alt hough there are areas in which sexuality is discussed . artis ts and high-tech cognoscenti . Something migh t be gaining on you . Paige mystified batters with a carnival assortment of trick pit ches . the tone tends toward th e playful . decades before the high five . lie down and pacify it with cool thoughts '' and the immortal phrase ( wh ich Ribowsky borrows for his book title ) . Paige missed trains . CyberSurfing : Potholes . His eccentricities won him huge play in the white press . perturbations and predicaments observed on the informa tion superhighway : A Playboy story titled `` Orgasms Online '' left one virtual community more steamed than steamy this spring . `` If your stomach disputes you . the randier areas of which resemble nothing so much as a cheap-beer singl . But it has influence beyond its size because its hundreds of on-line conferences attract an articulate crowd that includes writers . Never a friend to Robinson he had given him the cold shoulder in the Negro Leagues he displayed little of Robinson 's credit-to-his-race good citize nry .

that I would share ` hot chat ' transcripts or log with them . One user . . Using the log-on `` BioDad . But there were also smatterings of mean-spirited assaults on Cobain . . then the Rocklink forum . but who does n't .. ( Y ) ou can blow it all out your i/o port . said in a rec ent on-line interview that `` there has been an increase in those who were clear ly brought here by the article with an expectation of meeting women and having h ot sex . is taken away again . I never . '' Worst of all . and their daughter . If you are already a WELL member : The flame war erupte d on the Sex Conference . WELL users said Childs quoted their on-line postings without permi ssion a violation of the etiquette of the WELL . and spread to other WELL forums from there . `` can you top this '' fever swept the assembled multitude . ( Child protection authorities did this once after Vanity Fair repo rted she had used heroin while pregnant . '' He fears that his daughter is in danger of `` going with Kurt . and `` I know things that are so unbelievable . . rides motorcycles and gardens . his music and lifestyle . Grieving cries of shock and anguish meshed with poems and messages to Cobain 's wife . Along with making angry accusations that author Matthew Childs got the story wrong . but one of my ro ommates was willing . It could have been worse . do n't stick around for long . then click onto the Alternative Rock Message Board . ) Hit the Lifestyles and Interests conference icon . Frances . That 's what the buzz-phra se `` virtual community '' might ultimately come down to : not just who belongs . '' Most of the newcomers . where the phrase `` You Own You r Own Words '' has an almost mantra-like quality . I recall in college an editor at Hef 's mag asked me to hand out questionnaires for the magazine 's `` Sexiest C olleges '' survey . Courtney Love 's estranged father . After the party . the questionnaires be came the party game . Topic 414 . type q . '' especially if the child . I declined . one was a drawing done with keyboard characters that depicted a man with a shotgun in his mouth . I do n't even keep such logs ! What I said . then browse the folders for Hole ( the name of Courtney Love 's band ) .. another roommate took the remaining questionnaires to a loc al gay bar . '' 280-pound man who raises pit bulls . To find the topic . Harrison said he has been working on a book about Cobain and Nirvana for two years now . the publicity is likely to attract the wrong cro wd to the WELL namely . Frances . `` . John Schwartz jswatz ( at ) well. a highly scientific endeavor . they said . Linda Castellani .es bar . is that I would share the name of the cybercad . '' he described himself in one message as being a `` rich . call ( 415 ) 332-4335 ( by low-tech voice ) and ask for guidance . Weir dly enough . type r 414 at the next OK prompt . go to the Rocklink folder . an ywhere . horny guys who think that Sausalito is where the action is . ( Y ) ou are a liar .Early news of Kurt Cobain 's death began an explosion of comm entary in the Alternative Rock Forum on America Online . however . Mr. insane or especially useful on the Int ernet ? Tip The Washington Post 's Karen Mason Marrrero kmarrero ( at ) aol. ever promised anyone . That 's exactly what happened . I could n't believe them . with people w ho asked in e-mail .com GETTING THERE : Sign onto Am erican Online . joined in the p ostings . improbable . ) Harrison posted a copy of the letter he sent the White House describing his proposal for a `` Kurt Cobain Foundation for Suicide Prevention '' and asked that he be invited to meet with the preside nt and Chelsea to discuss the details . ) In his postings . and Remembering Cobain .. He handed it out at a massive bash . To find the Sex Conference type : g sex at any OK prompt . I 'm A Journalist And Get My Facts Stra ight Bigshot . Hank Harrison . Courtney Love .ca. -0. ( To subscribe to America Online .com . call this voice line : 800-82 7-6364 . Karen Mason Marrero kmarrero ( at ) aol. bunky . ( A spokesman for Love 's record label confirmed that `` BioDad '' is who he says he is . Found something intriguing . To get an OK prompt from a respond/pass pro mpt . suffocatingly so . Harrison continues to participate in the forum despite harsh words from a friend of Love 's calling him a liar and a par asite . The WELL is clubby to many visitors . Do you even need to ask ? The University of Texas was deemed the se xiest school in the nation by Playboy . his wife .sf. One user found that her discu ssion of an on-line love affair gone bad had been transmuted by Playboy into an offer to share transcripts of hot modem sessions with an ex-beau an offer she ha d never made : `` .u s GETTING THERE : To visit the WELL .

Actually . this is roughly equivalent to buzzing Frank Sinatra about a '40s pop number . when I began to spend time in the Caribbean . but while Shapiro 's music knowledge and record collection are both legenda ry .sf. To locate other subscribers interested in the Caribbean or other topi cs . I introduced myself and over the next few weeks . saying he did n't know the song but was working on it . I was teased about my eponymous meteorological event .Y. but it was out of print . but I hope to soon because of e-mail . '' about the storm that hit the Caribbean in mid-September 1955 . Burke said . including Steve Shapiro . fed eral worker and calypso expert . In summary . Burke messaged again . add your name to the bottom and send it to 100 friends . Now . the note 's words of wisdom were this : Send $ 10 to the person at the top of this mailing list . I do n't know the tune e ither . though it seemed nobody could remember all the lyrics . he did n't have `` Hurricane Janet .Old Scams in New Electrons ` ` MAKE. ( For readers unfami liar with calypso . The song is `` Hurricane Janet . '' had died in the 1980s . a freelance writer . N. lives in Takoma P ark .ca.us . Searching the service 's membersh ip profiles brief resumes in which subscribers can indicate their address . `` and he told me tha t the song about Hurricane Janet was sung by Lord Melody . though we 'd never me t . `` I talked to the Mighty Sparrow today . only I do n't know the words . Later . '' a computer discussion list for people interested in deafness-re lated issues . a calypso elder statesman best known for his 1956 classic `` Mama . The next day . as my profile showed I do . First . age . CyberSurfing : Potholes . Sparrow had sung a few of the lyrics t o Burke on the telephone : `` Janet . '' I hit pay dirt . he pointed out .MONEY. it was one . I messaged him about `` Hurricane Janet . you go blow down plenty buildings ! `` Janet . hobbies and any other information they wish to share with other members I loca ted Kevin Burke . After I subscribed to America Online this year . '' he wrote . Postal Service . They said th e song was by the Mighty Sparrow .or Joel Garreau garreau ( at ) well. waving his arms and shouting something . on a list of nei ghborhood telephone numbers taped on the wall over my desk : Steve Shapiro . he had left a telephone message for Sparrow himself in Trinidad . '' In mid-March . I tried to find a recording in the Caribbean . I walked out my door to find Steve in his front yard . It was n't the worst hurricane of the century . I decided to give it another try .com GETTING THERE : Sign on to Americ a Online . S. their spirits we re lifted . Apparently . lives across the street . select Search Member Directory from Members menu . Sparrow either meant that he had sung the song but did n't write it . . -0. Kevin a nswered . I recognized the name but I was n't sure why . '' Melody . who . and they were overcome with the desire to share the secret of their wealth with their fellow Internet travelers . photographer and calypso fan in Cambridge . Type in topic for list o f members who have indicated similar interest . go str aight to Miami ! '' I ran across the street to tell Steve . I have another project : How about this Hurrica ne Katie ? Janet Higbie higbiej ( at ) twp. or had recorded so many songs over the years that he had simply forgotten . Growing up in Wiscon sin . Until then . I was never allowed to forget it . I 'm waiting for the tape of my song to arrive by `` snail-mail '' the U. who said he had some Melody recordings and would look into the matter . your sister is Katie ! `` Janet . though in fact my p arents had already settled on my name before the hurricane was a cloud in the sk y . Look a ' Boo-Boo Dey . we had several conversatio ns .FAST '' read the message sent recently to hundreds of subscribers t o `` DEAF-L . the greatest calypsonian of all time . ) Kevin also gave me a list of calypso experts in this country to consult . Then I realized the answer was literally in front of my nose . That 's right . who had a recording of my song . perturbations and predicaments on the Information Supe rhighway : Blowing in the Wind There 's been a song going through my head for so me time now . . gentlemen of a certain age would start humming the calypso song when they heard my name . stay in the mountains ! `` Janet . Mass. but because it occurred the week I was born an d we had the same name . I finally made out the words : `` Janet ! It is by Sparrow !! '' Steve had lo cated a fellow calypso maven in Oneonta . The note was filled with heartrending tales of people who had bee n down to their last few dollars when a miraculous solution appeared in the form of an e-mail letter . Suddenly their bank accounts were full .

its tourism prospects are brightest . the long . a PhD candidate in neuroscience at Emory University . Cyberspace legal experts who were consulted throu gh a posting on their discussion group CYBERIA-L said such a chain may constitut e a pyramid scheme and posting it on the Internet might be illegal under the sta tutes prohibiting wire fraud .S. and p erhaps for another year . Before the war . sign on to any commercial ( America Online etc. fire . Croatia is a problematic destination and personal safety is a matter of at least some concern . the figure was only 13 million most of them Germans and Easter n Europeans vacationing on the Istrian Peninsula . Before 1990 . The infamous cookie recipe that Neiman Marcus allegedly sold for $ 250 a story the store adamantly denies showed up not once b ut twice recently on a discussion list for fans of the `` Highlander '' movies a nd television show . No such warning has be en issued for Croatia . Such is the case of war-torn Croatia . '' wrote DEAF-L subscriber Claire Maier in an effort to forestall further chain postings . one can . flood or war is ready to give visitors their money 's worth . The se vere impact of the war on Croatia 's tourist income is evident in statistics quo ted by national tourism officials . '' says Pave Zupan Ruskovic . In the body of the message . Yugoslavia was a popular vacation spot for other Europeans and for Am ericans . Often these places . Should you go to Croatia now t . The `` send money now '' chain is n't the only ol d chestnut floating around cyberspace . But at bargain prices . Remember Craig Shergold .of those chain letters that kids and gullible adults copy and mail out to their friends . I stayed last month for about $ 70 a night less than half the price I had paid for not nearly as nice a hotel ro om a few days earlier in Milan . Slovenia is probably least affected by the ongoing Bosnian crisis . Croatia reported 60 million ov ernight stays annually . as the DEAF-L subscriber did . the U. the country hop es to double last year 's number . still mostly pristine Adriatic Coast stretching sou th from the Istrian Peninsula to Dubrovnik . write SUBSCRIBE DEAF-L and your name . Send a message to LISTSERV SIUCVMB.. State Depar tment is warning Americans to stay away from Serbia . Italy ..BITNET and leave the su bject line blank ( AOL users do specify subject ) . This summer . the new country is also an inviting place at least for those who are aware of the drawbacks of a visit . the city of Dubrovnik counte d on tourism for about 90 percent of its income . the question always arises as to when a destination that ha s been hard hit whether by hurricane . `` Someone sa ys . ' and people do it . ` Post this to a zillion newsgroups . says Velimir Simicic . '' Brooke A . Macedonia is a developing nation with limited tourist facilities . Right now . will offer an incentive to tempt more adventurous travelers t o be the first to return . `` This is a perfect example of how Internet perpetuates Ur ban Legends and is a perfect example of how things should not be reposted everyw here . neighboring Slovenia and the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia . With one message . even thousands of people . earthquake . '' This is . `` The only explanation I have is that people are sheep . `` It 's one way to bring tourism back . send the chain to hundred s .com GETTING THERE : To subscribe to DEAF-L . Follow the `` mail '' prompts that set you up to sen d an e-mail message . Montenegro and Bosnia-Herz egovina because of continuing strife or safety problems . which is despe rately in need of the potentially lucrative tourist income . Currently . one of Croatia 's biggest tra vel agencies . it is promising low prices-particularly for lodging . In the beautiful old resort city of Dubrovnik . Masters mastersb ( at ) twp. Now they 've hit cyberspace and the possibilities are endless . I think . the new Croatia now possesses old Yugoslavia 's primar y tourist asset . '' w rote Maier . `` The prices are very low . Before its breakup . the ailing kid who was once trying to collect a record number of business cards ? That effort stopped years ago . ) or private network capable of sending messages on the Internet . a fair exchange . In 1993 . rooms in private homes in D ubrovnik are going for as little as $ 10 a night . president of Atlas . After any disaster . although not yet i n the best shape . . and it offers plenty of scenic and cultural attractions and good dining and lod ging . Among the nations formed from Yugos lavia . With a civil war still rumbling in neighboring Bosnia-Herzegovi na . but just last week an e-mail asking for business cards appea red on several discussion lists . This summer . Croatia 's deputy minister of to urism . As it happens .

Among the top hotels now open are the Hotel Argentina . In the north . At the Hotel Argentina . Only after I had my visa could I proceed throu gh immigration to baggage claim and customs . or the U. Localized shelling has occurred adjacent to these areas .S. a s ingle is $ 68 and a double is $ 116 . Also . where a pontoon bridge replaces the former bridge that was destroyed in C roatia 's war to defend its independence . ( 202 ) 588-5899 . ( 202 ) 647-5225 . Embassy in Croatia discourages such trips . D. As for street crime directed at tourists . However . there is a $ 9 return postage fee . 2343 Massachusetts Ave. Zagreb is pretty and culturally in teresting . Although lodgings from modest to luxurious dot the long coast and the many of fshore islands . I was near the end of the line and w aited for more than a half hour . Aboard my pl ane from Zurich . but the ancient city should appeal more to travelers interested in seeing the impact of the war for themselves and the recovery that is being made . and the char ming Hotel Villa Dubrovnik . however . says Karen Suric in Atlas 's New York office . The bridge . Ho wever . Beac h pleasures are possible . Some tours have resumed out of Split to the Catholic s hrine of Medugorje . But it warns against travel to four United Nations Protected Areas that border Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia . its neig hboring affiliate . According to her . . is within potential enemy shellfire .S. Because Zagreb gets a lot of business tra velers . the area is relatively undeveloped in contrast to the French or Italian rivieras . the beautiful Villa Orsula ( where I stayed ) . for two .S. When I arrived by plane in Zagreb . Each visa took him two or three minutes to fill out . All are within a 10-minute walk of the old city . Some factors to consider : Safety Th e situation in Zagreb . Visas Americans must have a visa to travel in Croatia . A 10-minute drive away is the large and modern Hotel Dubrovnik President . and in most are as of Croatia is calm . 20 008 . you should beware of pickpockets and muggers in tourist sites such as bus an d railway stations . By mail . and motorists including tourists are using it regularly without h arm . on the Istrian Peninsula . its hotel rates are higher . But as in any countr y . which is located across the border in Bosnia . the U. Rates in the best hotels-which include the Palace . incidents are low . NW . With one important exception . Rab and Pag offer excellent beach vacation possibilities in an area untouched by the war . who asked not to be identified . The area around Dubrovnik experienced heavy damage . Embassy-issued visas are valid for 12 months . Inter-continental and Esplanade-range from about $ 95 to $ 150 a night for a room . the Istrian Peninsula and the offshore island s of Krk . you can apply for a visa in person or by ma il from the Croatian Embassy . and only one immigration officer was on duty . about 25 passengers werelined u p at the visa window . Dubrovnik . the Adriatic Coast the principal destination that Croatia currently is promoting is not affected .C. a group of 16 New Englanders planned a week 's pilgrimage . . about $ 90 . 011-385-41-444-800 . Escorted sightseeing and outdoor adventure tours and air/hotel/rental car pa . Embassy in Zagreb . the capital . but a tourist visa valid for three months can be obtained at no cost on arrival either at border crossings or the airport . the Croatian Embassy in Was hington warns that some airlines deny boarding for flights to Croatia if you do n't have a visa . For a current safety report . Cres . most v isitors probably will stick close to the lovely turquoise waters of the Adriatic .o take advantage of the bargains or wait until peace is assured ? It is a questi on individuals must answer for themselves . It is easily reached by car from northern Italy and elsewhere in Europe . . says the State Department . which crosses an inlet . The exception is the coastal road just north of Z adar . All fe ature either sand or rocky beaches and good sea views . according to a public affairs officer in the U. and there are scenic drives north of the city into countryside that still retains the look of old Europe . the br idge is open . At the Villa Orsula . a room for one is about $ 58 . traveler s who want to drive the length of the Adriatic Coast to Dubrovnik but avoid the bridge can take an auto ferry that operates far outside the shelling range . Embassy in Zagre b . Washington . says a spokeswoma n . Other top hotels a re in the same price range . Where to Go & Stay As in the past . To avoid a delay . But budget travelers can stay in a room in a privat e home for about $ 10 for one or two people . Breakfast is included . There is a drawback to this process . contact the State Department 's Citizens Emergency Center .

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Breast-feeding takes more -active participation on the part of newborns . the `` Alice '' stories . describing how his vie w of childhood contrasted with the rigid social standards of 1860s Victorian Eng land .000 . ) We also see Carroll on the front of the Beatles ' `` Sgt . and a snipp et from the more recent `` Do n't Come Around Here No More '' video featuring To m Petty as the Mad Hatter . New York publisher Faulkner & Gray compiled an annual directory w ith names . Most of these circum cisions are done without painkillers . who recorded the 1967 hit `` White Ra bbit . The discomfort from the surgery also seemed to interfere with breastfeeding in some newborns . The new study . when Dodgson related a tale to 9-year-old Alice Liddell . t he time it takes to administer and a continued belief that babies do n't feel mu ch pain . but is not widely used because of concerns about its safety . '' is a very complex study . Queen Victoria . published by the American Academy of Pediatrics . ar e conspicuously without morals . daughte r of the dean of Christ Church in Oxford . which turned out to be a treatise on simultaneous linear equations . Pepper '' album . On Christmas of that year . Carroll . ( Je fferson Airplane lead singer Grace Slick . he enlisted Punch cartoonist John Tenniel to i llustrate the renamed `` Alice 's Adventures in Wonderland . based on crying . the study said . After all . The `` Grea t Books '' program shows many of the hundreds of takeoffs and provides a look at how the 1960s popular culture melded with the works of 100 years earlier . according to a study by University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry researchers . '' trail only the Bible and the wor ks of Shakespeare as the most quoted books in the English language . '' They called it `` The Heal th Care 500 . who have to learn to latch on to . unlike most books of the times . who required formula supplements . 1862 . but it is required viewing for anyone who has read Lewis Carroll stories to their children . The master of nonsense was also a scholar of lo gic . '' The current edition has the same format but a new title : `` Th e Health Care 1. the re searchers said . numbers . the most common surgical proc edure performed on males in this country . '' The following year .Wonk Inflation : When the political debate over health-care reform heated up a f ew years ago . This program is not necessarily recommended for younger eyes . '' That book and th e follow-up . '' noted a half-dozen drug references in Carroll 's writings . New research has found that acetaminophen does n't reduce the pain during and im mediately following circumcision . Dodgson p resented young Alice with a hand-illustrated copy of `` Alice 's Adventures Unde rground . described as `` a very clever man with the heart of a child . Wells 's `` War of the Worlds '' ( June 11 ) and `` The Art of War '' ( J une 18 ) . photos and profiles of `` the most influential health poli cy-makers and organizations in the United States . '' Acetaminophen ( the active ingre dient in Tylenol ) does seems to work against persistent discomfort at six hours after circumcision . increased heart and breathing rates and other measuremen ts . in line with previous research . The fourth installment of the Donald Sutherla nd-hosted series brings the background of mathematics professor Charles Lutwidge Dodgson ( alias Lewis Carroll ) out of the rabbit hole . The story of the independent Alice had its genesis on a Thames boat ride on J uly 4 . A local anesthetic procedure called dorsa l penile nerve block has been found effective against circumcision pain . after reading `` Alice 's Adventures in Wonderland . '' s aid she wanted to read Carroll 's next book . the researchers said . Upcoming `` Great Books '' programs will stud y H. The program explores w hether he used drugs or gave them to the young girls he entertained and photogra phed . While acetominophen is safe and easily admini stered to newborns . however . The study appears in last month ' s Pediatrics . The author of the book that cel ebrates identity perhaps wrestled with his own identity . `` the pain of circumcision is too s evere to be controlled by a mild analgesic . running Saturday night . courtesy of The Learning Channel 's `` Great Books '' series .G. `` Through the Looking Glass . About 86 percen t of American male newborns undergo circumcision . concluded that circum cised newborns do experience great and persistent pain during and after the surg ery . '' Is Lewis Carroll 's timeless `` Alice 's Adventures in Wonderland '' simply an i nnocent children 's story ? Those who think so are in for a fascinating glance t hrough the looking glass .

and it made perfect sense to her to choose Dr. It was the surgical head nurse who turned the South African hospital upside down . than the more-free-flowing bottle . it was a bl ack hospital . Breast-milk GnRH may be e specially important to a newborn rat . W hy would n't the nurse go to the hospital for whites ? `` She told them : ` My g ynie is Dr. After all . He said GnRH may be t he latest such discovery . led by neuroendocrinologist Yitzhak Koch . '' the doctor recalled . who would soon become deputy head of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Natal . gonadotropinreleasing hormone ( GnRH ) . said Cynthia R. Now research s uggests that breasts also produce large quantities of a hormone that may aid the development of a newborn 's brain and sexual organs . since human breast milk has been found to be loaded with the hormone . head of neuroscience at the Oregon Regiona l Primate Center in Beaverton . the lead researcher on the study .the breast and suckle . Very delicate . But he stressed that further experiments are needed to see whe ther the hormone can survive in the digestive tract of a suckling newborn or is deactivated there . have found that in lactating rats large amounts of GnRH are made in breast tissues . and may also affect the h ealth of the mother 's breast itself . which aids in the absorption of nutrients . Isra el . The new research appears in this week 's issue of the Proceedings of the Nationa l Academy of Sciences . a neurobiologist at Rockefeller Univers ity in New York . Koch and others said . Howard said she plans to follow up this stud y to see if there is any long-term impact on breast-feeding . Except that it was 20 years ago at the height of apar theid and the nurse was white and Dr. But even human brai ns change substantially in the first years of life and may benefit from the horm one . propose that the GnRH in b reast milk may help complete certain aspects of brain or sex-organ development l eft unfinished during the fetus ' stay in the uterus . which are critical for growth . and taurine . very shocking . Ojeda . the reproductive cycle and sexual behav ior in rats and people . and this may frustrate mothers who themselves are just le arning to breast-feed . Pregnant women also make the hormone in the placenta . Now researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovet . It also convinced him that an academic degree and the stethoscope were the . She said studies of how the production of GnRH is regulate d in the breast may someday lead to new ways of blocking breast-cancer growth . Although the staff was mostly white . since rat brains are still largely undeve loped even after birth . After circumcision . E. where it gets passed to the embryo and has a major influence on fetal brain deve lopment . ' ' ' he continued . How ard . `` It could be important for the physiology of the developing baby . Scientists said the findings . The hormone is probably also made in human breast tissues . '' said Donald Pfaff . said researchers discovered a few years ago that breast milk contains fatty acids . Breast milk has long been appreciated for the nourishment it provides and for it s rich supply of antibodies that help newborns fight infections . she added . strength en the argument for breast feeding and may lead to new strategies for fighting b reast cancer . babies can be more difficult to awaken . She needed a gynecologist . Margaret Wierman . is made in the hypothalamus of the brain in adults . and that baby formula companies ha d subsequently added those ingredients to their products . The res earchers . Mokgokong is black . which were made in experiments on rats but appear to be true for humans as well . Mokgokong . an endocrinol ogist at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center . so the importance of GnRH in human breast milk remains uncertain . The researchers co ncluded `` it is imperative '' that a safe and easily administered painkiller be found and used for the large number of newborns receiving circumcisions in this country . and he predicted that further research would bring ot her hormonal benefits of breast milk to light . He remembers her asking the disapproving white staff : `` Whose body is going to be examined ? '' That stamp of approval helped establish him in the old South Afri ca . Human brains are more fully developed at birth . Mokgokong . `` She caused complet e pandemonium in the hospital . Sergio R. they said . where it influences sex-organ growth . the patients were black . said the new findin g was potentially important for women too because many breast-cancer cells grow in response to GnRH . Researchers have known for years that the hormone . T.

He also had a mentor in the chief of the ob-gyn department . At 19 . '' Today rou ghly 60 percent of practicing black physicians in South Africa are graduates of Medunsa . He belongs to South Africa 's pioneer b lack generation of `` First-&-Onlys '' : First black on the university faculty . the most recent U.most potent weapons he could wield against the apartheid government . Mokgokong applied for the dire ctor 's job and was passed over . More than half the children admitted to a black teaching hospital last year were found to be suffering from malnutrition . That 's why it was a turning point when t he surgical head nurse chose him to be her doctor . as he said . His father was a teacher and Lutheran minister . After earni ng a science degree at Fort Hare University . For decades Mokgokong . he believed . `` I hope we can keep our level head and not go into a dicta torship to deal with the violence . This compares with 25. Last week . He heads the Medical University of Southern Africa ( Med unsa ) . `` the ins titution in the long run will be a training area for black people . has been a kind of education warrior on the he alth-care battlefield . he crossed a personal and political Rubicon and switched to the all-black medical school . Mokgokong grew up on a farm . One of the most immediate challenges is to build a nat ional health-care system to meet the needs of a swelling non-white population . but better . The move was hi ghly controversial . his wife i s a social worker . One son is a neurosurgeon . '' he said . Mokgokong had to prove he was not only just as good as his white counterparts . another is a general practitioner . one of the only blacks on the hospital teaching staff .200 black physicians for an estimated population of 30 million . Apartheid may be overturned . '' he said . `` We were always taking the job of a white . some of them in exile . Mokgokong received his medical deg ree at the University of Natal in 1962 . But eventually `` First-&-Onlys '' crack up against the culture 's gl ass ceiling . t he youngest of seven children . he was in Washington t o receive an award from Medical Education for South African Blacks . but his education war goes on . and s poil the child 's future . first & only black to h ead a South African medical school . freely but anonymously admitted as much . 63 . A critical problem is the lack of black health-care professionals . To many in South Africa . `` The e arly days were very difficult . a non-profi t organization that funds medical scholarships . `` I became his blue-eyed boy . To some . Black children have death rates that are 12 times higher than white . This month . When his department chief retired . in the euph oria of liberation . But to an education warrior like Mokgokong . Diseases such as typhoid and tuberculosis . `` First-&-Only '' pioneers ( blacks or wom en or members of any outsider group ) can break the barriers of the discriminati ng culture but not its rules . he passed the standard examinations to enter a university . First Mokgokong b roke the ability barrier when he decided to specialize in obstetrics and gynecol ogy and pursue a career on the prestigious track of academic medicine . Medunsa was seen as a tool of apa rtheid to keep blacks separate and disenfranchised . A few years later . according to government figures . Administration offic ials . whose cente rpiece is tougher sanctions . learning itself w as a form of submission . Spare the book . `` The main thing is to bring b ack the culture of learning and teaching . policy on Haiti . Among widely opposing views on every other aspect of Haitian polic y . founded in 1978 for black students . all sides agreed on just one point : that the still untested sanctions would not suffice to drive Haiti 's military regime from power . Currently there are about 1. They survive and even excel by working within the system and in the process they target the culture 's limits . Mokgokong is not resting on his laurels . He consulted his political friends . He has already started with his fam ily . Me dunsa remains the primary medical training ground for blacks . '' he jokingly recalled . and got their backing to go to Medunsa because . education later '' was the revol utionary slogan .S. Education equaled liberation . rare among w hites . a new era began as blacks who represent four-fifths of the population took co ntrol of the government . `` Liberation first . are major killers of South African blacks . who had just devised the policy .000 white doctors for about 5 million whit es . Yet . it was the other way around . '' Meanwhile . While other universities are opening the door to black applicants . '' In what may be a new record . was declared futile even before it came into effec t on May 21 .

and unlikely to end successfully . `` Restoring democracy . who only a few weeks befo re were fiercely urging tighter sanctions . is the crux of the ma tter . keep order for months to years . values and post-Cold War global strategy demand t hat we `` restore democracy '' to Haiti . Haitia n drug trafficking . Their earlier conviction th at `` sanctions had never been given a chance '' because the old set was too wea k shifted almost overnight to the view that unmistakable readiness to use force was necessary . get along with Aristide through thick and thin . that only such an all out-effort can dispel charges of a racist policy . The political norm is rampant corruption . the rest address our own . force would have to be vetoed by the Unit ed States . Indefin ite negotiations would seem obviously fruitless . for example . interest . as seems nearly certain . Five arguments have been advanced in fa vor of such a step : that U. If .S. civilian controlled police .S. distinct from the military . Tightening the sanctions still further risks destabilizing the Dominican Republic and would bring unacceptable suffering for Haitians . help forge a moderate political consensus . that U. Other reasons offered by President Clinton-Haiti 's proximity . create Haiti 's first well-trained . and the fact t hat Haiti and Cuba are the only remaining non-democracies in the hemisphere are accurate descriptions but hardly reasons for military action . Democracy can only be homegrown . What is noteworth y about this list is that only the first argument addresses Haiti 's problems . Moreover . Making foreign policy with an eye to domestic opinion is one thing . Now . can be helped along . At what point would th e United States declare its job done ? Invasion advocates argue that it could be very early . If democracy cannot be restored because it . is not a large source of what 's on America ' s streets . Supporters of Jean-Bertrand Aristide . But it is questionable and worthy of a serious debate that has not occurred whether Haiti can be lastingly helped at this point in its political evolution through armed intervention . prevent the traditional violent retribution against those leaving power . the administration will have far fewer options than it had a few weeks ago . would seem too stark a retreat . and be prepared to re-intervene if it collapses . peace-keeping force . was described by aides as trying to build public support for mil itary action . Making foreign policy to resolve domestic concerns with only an occasional eye to the actual problems abroad is quite another . Other countries can be expected to hol d a different view . '' therefore . listing reasons why an invasion would be in the U. But a single election does not create a demo cracy . These tasks get harder and more dangerous as the liberators becom e occupiers and the large initial force shrinks to a smaller number of peace enf orcers . To leave behi nd a functioning democracy in Haiti . harder job turned over to an ad hoc internationa l coalition or U. a dozen other countries should come first . provide m assive development assistance . uproot an d remove antidemocractic elements of the military and economic elite . coups d' etat and violence . The election that brought President Aristide to power was an aberration in Haitian politics . that restoring President Ari stide is the only way to reduce the number of refugees heading our way . The remaining option unless President Aristide were to voluntarily step aside is an invasion . abandoning sanctions on the grounds that the necessary conditions for democracy do n't exist today in Haiti .N. th e fact that many Haitians live here and Americans live in Haiti .to reporters .N. reinstate Aristide . The president . agreed . a U. A p olicy designed to buy time and options already seems to have achieved the revers e . stolen or canceled ele ctions . the sanctions do n't do the job . Close inspection reveals glaring weaknesses in most of these arguments . since its open-ended mandate could not meet the conditions of the pr esident 's new peace-keeping policy . A fledgling democracy . with the longer . that re moving the current military leaders will reduce drug trafficking to the United S tates . receptive to the rule of law and to the right of peaceful political dissent . An estab lished democracy that has been usurped can be restored through outside force . an invasion would have to : disarm the mil itary . made possible only by the presence of large teams of forei gn observers . If that were motive for an invasion .S. But is it also a delusion ? We can reinstate a freely elected president w ho is the choice of most Haitians . credibility is unacceptably harmed by thugs who `` thumb their noses '' at us . Lives will be lost to paid and random violence .

'' and AID is shutt ing down in 23 countries . `` nine out of 10 phone calls from journalists focused on poten tial abuses . the former Czechoslo vakia ) . '' Byrne noted . And a few are Third World dictatorships where nothing good ever seems to happen ( Zaire ) . WASHINGTON Some people in the federal government never get a pat on the back . Of the $ 7 billion in the current foreign aid budget . '' Now the communists are g one . The rest is eit her being used to keep old friends from throttling each other ( Israel and Egypt ) or to keep new friends from getting crazy ( the former Soviet Union ) . '' In other words . tempers can get short . if you 've only got $ 2 billion to massage . but Byrne makes a convinci ng case that other stuff is happening . '' Others are short-term friendly `` graduates '' who apparently we re always developed . Jay Byrne . '' the manifesto said .S. one of the nation ' s favorite spending priorities . dissatisfaction and misunderstanding . '' Byrne . D-Wis. where . Flynn 's office . . Byrne ( and others . does not come from Port-au-Prince . Americans will have to decide how they fe el about military action for the purpose of keeping out refugees or as a means o f demonstrating the president 's toughness . inefficient . `` the Cold War dictums no longer apply . or maybe we no longer need them . Costa Rica . hugely st upid projects whose only apparent purpose was to keep corrupt Third World dictat orships from going communist . remain snarly . thos e people will n't dare try that again ! '' ) ? Or the U. into such a cuddly guy . `` people had more fun '' than they do wandering around among the egomaniacs down here . Some of these are long-term friendlies who have alleg edly `` graduated '' ( Thailand . Byrne not ed . you wonder who 's interested . Every time you turn a corner there 's someo ne standing there with a baseball bat . blame the proofreader . too . The threat to American credibility . `` This gets you off the hook for all the mundane chores . it should be noted that this is not real money . since nobody 's going communist a nymore . E ver hear anybody loving up the IRS ( `` Gee . he acknowledged . Agency for Internat ional Development . Maybe they no longer need us . `` frankly . which the AID press office must painstakingly read and clear . What a surprise . Byrn e said nobody can smoke in the office anymore . great tax ! '' ) ? Or the Postal S ervice ( `` Really quick and cheap ! '' ) ? Or the Border Patrol ( `` Boy . the State Departme nt and the U. Acco rding to Byrne . Byrne said . '' a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Post . Obey . The basic princi ple : `` You all want to stay stressed . only $ 2 billion is fun ding `` sustainable development '' projects in the Third World . once worked in former Boston mayor Raymon d L. . ( `` Wow . Thus the stress manifesto recommends `` worry about things you cannot control . One school of thought holds that shepherdin g foreign aid through Congress is what transformed House Appropriations Committe e Chairman David R . I loved the way you took the $ 5 mil lion that was supposed to pay for my children 's textbooks and built that beauti ful bridge in Milcamagnesia ! '' ) . Botswana ) to become `` developed countries . '' In the Clinton administration this sort of reinvention q uack-quack is slang for layoffs and budget cutbacks . 32 . put it another way : `` Let 's just say foreign assistance do es n't have much of a constituency . they just did n't know it ( Estonia . let someone else take care of them . '' In an effort to lighten up his troops . AID has been especially stressed because `` dramatic changes '' have made the agency `` what we like to call the number one laboratory for rein venting government . AID was always being accused of running expensive .has n't previously existed in Haiti . he insists ) in March devised a `` Stress Management Pro gram . It lies in the possibility that we will start something we cannot finish out of little more than frustration . as AID would have us believe . charged with administering foreign aid . `` which has caused quite a bit of stress . '' and relations with AID 's closest associates . When last you tuned in . even though . Information Agency . . Byrne . So . o r become hopelessly tangled in a policy riddled with internal contradictions bec ause it is principally designed to meet domestic imperatives .S. `` When we ( the Clintonites ) first showed up . but so what ? Stress `` helps you a void responsibility . Also . Whatever . however . and stress is good for moral ! '' Stres s may also have caused this spelling lapse . AID 's press spokesman . Byrne says . '' including Voice of Ame rica foreign aid editorials . So the good news for foreign aid haters is that we 're cut ting all these countries off .

`` I dropped into a void for almost a decade . A bullet in the chest finally ended his wartime duty . Durning has been unpacking h is D-Day recollections . and Colbert that Durning was part of th e first wave onto Omaha Beach . actress Ruby Dee . The invasion of Omaha Beach was assigned to the United Stat es ' 1st Infantry Division . '' Later Durning found that his brother in the Navy also had been p art of the landing . survived a massacre of other prisoners . concert headliners include Grammy-winning country singer C lint Black . During a spring visit to Washington . then had to return to help identi fy the bodies . he was taken prisoner at the Battle of the Bu lge . he admitted that `` you are reminding me that at the time we wr ote this . but he asked Colbert not to require him to face the war footage to be shown behind him . In recent weeks . More than 70. His recitation before thousands of people at the Memori al Day concert could be an emotional challenge . singers Harolyn Blackwell and Maureen McGove rn . retired Gen. '' D urning does the narration and reads a poem written by a 22-year-old paratrooper . musician Doc Severinsen . Sunday eve ning . It was Davis who was instrumen tal in securing Durning 's appearance at the concert . They were so painf ul he 's rarely unpacked them since . Charles Durning tucked away his D-Day memories 50 years ago . An Army medic s tationed in Liberia . Davis suddenly realized that his friend would be ideal to read the letter and leaped up to call the sitcom 's production office . '' B rass on board are to include Gen. Eviden ce : the State Department . along with his familiar television p resence .said . Durning is the only survivor of a unit tha t landed on Omaha Beach that June 6 in 1944 . his predecessor . L ater . `` I 'd like to have a decade of my life back . '' he said . A few months after that . '' for the occasion . The manifesto also notes that `` stress helps you seem important . actresses Mary McDonnell and Jill Clayburgh . He killed that soldier with a rock . but also on the American nurses who served in Vietnam . '' Ossie Davis . There are m any horrifying secrets in the depths of our souls that we do n't want anyone to know about . strafing the Normandy beach from concrete bunkers that are still there . on The Discovery Channel 's `` Normandy : The Great Crusade . who wi ll read letters written by nurses . . and Washington public station WETA . who has written a song . Those experiences . Durning e ndured four years of hospitalizations for his physical and psychological wounds . he was manning the base radio station in early June 1944 w hen he ran into a military-news blackout . he discussed his experiences guardedly . Durning survived the invasion he had to kill seven German gunners to do it and suffered serious machine-gun w ounds to his right leg and shrapnel wounds over his body . to which Durning belonged . Colin Powell . In addition to Durning . chairman of the Joint Chi efs of Staff . however . will host the 90-minute Memorial Day concert on PBS . But so were the German soldiers on the bluffs above . '' And good for moral . 15. it was a lot of fun . He learned about the D-Day landing fr om the BBC and announced it to the local troops . `` American Soldier . He 'll be looking into televisi on cameras . Concert host Ossie Davis will understand . Durning has also taped an account of the invasion by Ernest Hemingway for incl usion in a `` CBS Reports '' special on D-Day airing Thursday night and hosted b y Dan Rather and retired Gen. and the chief of ea ch armed service . the fifth produced for that holiday by Jerry Colbert of Pathmak ers Inc. Durning choked up a little while taping his narration for the Discovery documentary .000 of them to their deaths . He was an infantryman . and the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Erich Kunzel . Reminded over a lunch in April with his wife . John Shalikashvili . It 's your mind that 's hard to heal . made him an ideal choice to take part in a Memorial Day event and two productions pegged to the 50th anniversary of the Normandy invasion . and the untested 29th D ivision from Maryland and Virginia . Norman Schwarzkopf . Durning will appear at the National Memorial Day Concert to read a letter written by a 19-year-old American soldier describing the horror of that day . only 1 7 . He holds the Silver Star for valor and three Purple Hearts for wounds he suffered . Durning 's colleague from CBS 's `` Evening Shade . This one focuses not only on the soldiers of D-Day . H. Later he was stabbed eight times by a bayonet-wielding German teenager . M onday night . '' but Byrne refused to expand on this statement .000 men went ashore on D-Day . with a mili tary chorus doing selections that will include Beethoven 's `` Ode to Joy .

the philosoph ers . you 're going in on the first wave.Y. Cowling thought the same thing : Dur ning would be perfect . ` You know . and executive producer Tim F . an Irish immigrant who had joined the Arm y to gain U. ' ' ' Durnin g was with `` The Big Red One . who had re ad the script for the concert and agreed to appear . he won a Ton y as Big Daddy in a 1990 Broadway revival of `` Cat on a Hot Tin Roof . ' We felt it was meant to be . They had contacted his agen t but heard nothing . and speech therapy to smooth a stutte r that had developed . He 'll read one line . Plans call for him to leave the stage briefly to shake hands with other D-Day veterans in the audience . '' Durning had the bad luck to go in with them because . who landed at Omaha Beach to cover the stor y and ended up caring for wounded soldiers . and that was precisely what the film called for . Actor Charles Durning grew up in Highland Falls . ' ' ' he said . The elder Durning 's widow supported her five children by working as a laundress at West Point . '' Durning went on to do more than 70 movies . said Koch . `` I never went to college . A role in Papp 's `` That C hampionship Season '' on Broadway in 1973 led to one in a film .S. Durning and Chris Koch talked for several hours beforehand abo ut Durning 's experiences . ` Durning .S. `` We did n't get an actor . what Durning really wanted to do was act . near the U. Two weeks later . Colbert was in Los Angeles talking with Durning . `` We thought . only the best the most healthy . `` I finished high school when I came out of the Army . `` The Sting . and who kept a diary . everybody who was there is in some state of denial . '' It seems that Durning 's stepdaughter . which went into Omaha Beac h with the 29th Division from Maryland and Virginia . barely got out of high s chool . '' said Chris Koch . '' he said . `` They chose to believe I was 21 . ` Charlie wants to do anything . doing the narration stirred e motions . After the war Durning used dancing as physical the rapy to strengthen his badly injured leg . His father . Li ke Davis and Colbert . as aspiring actress . ` He just does n't want to have anything t o do with it . Leslie Caron as Marie-Louise Osmont . He began training at the American Academy of Dramatic Art s but was told he lacked talent . `` When I saw Ca gney . it was and is part of the National Guard . the brightest are allowed to go . ' ' he said of the management . '' Durning said . Robert Sales . an anti-Nazi German whose brothers were required to serve in Hitler 's ar my . . . `` Only the f lower of our youth . '' Somet imes Durning thinks about the loss to the country wrought by war . '' said Chris Koch . had seen a copy of the script that had somehow never rea ched Durning and insisted he read it . `` He said . ' ' ' said Susan Koch . citizenship . N. and his agent called and said . h e decided it was what he wanted to do . he was working as an usher at a Buffalo bu rlesque house that featured bawdy comics . For the actor . Marie l Hemingway as American photojournalist Martha Gellhorn ( an ex-wife of Ernest H emingway . `` We picked the 29th becau se they had never been in combat before . ' ' ' Among the voices in `` Normandy : The Great Crusade '' are those of actor Robert Sean Leo nard as a Virginia corporal . So he worked as a dancer and played small role s with Joseph Papp 's New York Shakespeare Company .. the statesman that were lost . lost a leg during World War I and died when Charles was 12 . `` They were trai ned and selected to go in first . There are things I 'll take to my grave. producers of the Discovery d ocumentary . '' WASHINGTON The Office of Management and Budget has announced a new pilot project . A careful listener may catch a tremor in Durning 's voice at times dur ing the program . `` I was enamored of acting from the first time I saw ` King Kong . I just went crazy . Susan and Christopher Koch . Mariel 's grandfather ) . `` We were into casting the ( voices ) . the scientists . and the recipient of Golden Globe and Drama Desk awards . and Joanna Pacula as Ursula von Kar koff . but unlike most infantry di visions . After 50 years of suppressed memories . we got a No rmandy veteran who happens to be an actor . '' All along . '' the 1st Division . the playwrights . Units that ultimately form ed the 29th fought in the American Revolution and both sides of the Civil War ( hence its nickname . His CO said . a widow whose chateau became a German barracks . But they nearly missed him . `` Think of all the poets . `` The Blue and the Gray '' ) . Militar y Academy at West Point . Nominated for two Oscars and eigh t Emmys . he said . `` he was a real troublemaker in basic training . '' At 16 .

That ought not be s urprising . '' said Steven Kelman . `` I think a lot of people throughout government would agree with the observation that very frequently . '' By using performance-based standards . what performance we wan t . The biggest choic e is whether or not the United States wants a system assuring every American hea lth insurance . Panetta said the pil ot project would encourage federal agencies government-wide to refashion some of their existing service contracts to reflect performance-based standards . as so many already do now . President Clinton 's plan puts most but not all of the burden on employers . two jobs health coverage ought to be part of the deal . would have to pay 80 percent of the health insurance costs for their employees . such as c ost overruns and lack of competition on large contracts . number of contract audits and lengt h of the procurement cycle . Kelman said . So popular is univers al coverage that few politicians will say they 're against it . The pilot project . Oh yes . But it is a sign of how skewed th e debate is in Washington toward various business lobbies that the employer mand ate has become the main sticking point in the discussion . That roughly matches the current split at c ompanies that insure their employees . with the exception of some of the smallest . '' buying services that ra nge from grass-cutting and painting to highly complex scientific research and an alysis . we do n't do a good enou gh job of defining what we want out of the contractors . '' Panetta said . agencies would c onvert contracts that offer ways to measure before-and-after results . This issue passes under the name `` universal coverage . not employers . `` This pilot project will help to streamline the p rocurement process and create a better work environment between the government a nd service contractors . such as guards and secretaries . '' Univ ersal coverage is immensely popular not only among those who are uninsured but a lso among those who currently have insurance but fear they will lose it or see t heir coverage eroded as employers face ever-higher costs . the administrator of OMB 's Office of Federal Procur ement Policy . Kelman said . Or it could require individuals to pick up the tab . noting th at `` it 's hard to write a good statement of what you want . level of competition . then used them repeatedly withou t taking into account technological changes or lessons learned from management e xperiences . a survey ordered by Panetta found that the `` statements of work '' which describe the tasks or services to be purchased are often so imprecise that vendors are unable to determine agency requirements . There are only so many ways to raise the money . Kelman . '' said some procu rement officials developed statements of work . An `` unusually dra matic '' example savings of 43 percent was achieved at the Treasury Department w hen it took a cost-based contract for training and coverted it to fixed price . individuals 20 percent . Po or statements of work can reduce the number of bidders . Many Republicans and . The government spends about $ 105 billion each year on `` contracting out .designed to ease some of Washington 's chronic procurement problems . For the experiment . And most people think th at if they hold down a job or . But guaranteeing everyone health coverage will cost money . but requirin g companies to insure their employees is immensely popular . Congress could simply raise taxes . Or it can require employers to pay part or most of the cos ts . limiting competition . will `` tighten up the system in the sense of making it more clear . Earlier this year . '' as it 's known . All employers . in government and in service contracting . and move from cost-reimbursement contracts to fixed-priced contracts . Once t hose choices are made . But what 's causing all the turmoil are a few key choices . You would n't know it from the cowering i n Congress over the dread `` employer mandate . up front . '' or multipurpose contracts that typically inclu de a variety of routine services . Agencies also woul d break up large `` umbrella . he said . The announcement this week by OMB Director Leon E. perform fewer audits and save around 20 percent on contract costs . They would include price . what the performance criteria is and what we want from contractors . WASHINGTON The health-care debate is not nearly as complicated as it looks . the details begin to fall into place . as is the case with so many families . Most people are employees . and make it difficult to assess a contractor 's performance . the details can get immensely complex and getting the details wrong could cost dearly . the government should be able to move to fixed-price contracts .

Moynihan 's discomfort with the Clinton plan is often ascribed to p rickly personal relations with the White House . `` to have universal coverage and to have the reforms th at we need . the Republicans did n't want y our boss to pay for it . Ch afee has gotten nothing but grief from the Republican right . '' Ryvola said . we 've got to have some kind of mandate . has man y criticisms of Klaus but agrees with him on one fundamental point : Former Comm unists and Socialists have little chance here of returning to power . One is the hubris of socia l reformers . piecemeal action makes more sense on a problem this compl icated . Speaking of government 's exertions in the 1960s . '' Two themes are central to Moynihan 's view . `` I can already see the 30-second television spots . D-La. but may be dead wrong on health care . '' Jiri Ry vola . '' he says . This view has intuitive appeal . Jo hn Breaux .I. . This country of 10. Otherwise . ' ' ' Clinton ought to hir e Dole as a media consultant . The point with health reform is that you either really do it or you do n't . Yet most of these politicians will then turn around and also say no to new tax es . who fav ors requiring individuals to buy health insurance . they want you to pay for it. `` can embrace great causes and do great things . . in his 1988 volume . the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee . as they ha ve in several other formerly Communist-governed states .. both Poland and Lithuania have put former C . `` It just seems unlike ly to me that a similar development could occur here . A courageous exception is Sen. is beginning to lo ok like `` a small non-leftist island in the center of Europe . . And real cost containment is only possible once everyone is in the system . Some former opponents of the mandate among Democr ats have begun to understand what Dole already knows . Piecemeal reform could be more expensive . . Senate Republican Leader Bob Dole is very shrewd about this . no to anything that would actually guarantee un iversal coverage . the Czech Republic appears to be a notable exception . the providers of health care will keep shifting costs from the uninsured or the poorly insured to the well insured . the cost per person of providing coverage generally drops when more people are covered in larger insurance pools . John Chafee . '' Dole told The Washington Post 's Dana Priest. But instead of psychoanalyzing Moynihan . As Hilary Stout and David Rogers pointed out in the Wall Street Journal last we ek . Prime Minister Vaclav Klaus said recently . with Senate Majority Leader Geo rge Mitchell and the like . the Democrats who favor employer mandates suddenly h ave the political high ground . What scares the Republicans abou t Chafee 's position is that if they concede the reality that only mandates or t axes lead to universality . spokesman for the country 's newly militant labor confederation . Moynihan says t hat `` we should not exaggerate what we knew or what would come of what we under took . Less tha n five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall sent the Communist regimes of Eas tern Europe tumbling like dominoes . Czech Republic While former Communists and Socialists in much of Easter n Europe are riding a popular backlash against economic reforms to return to pow er . `` Came the Revolut ion . As Chafee noted on `` Meet t he Press '' on Sunday . Daniel Patrick Moynihan .some conservative Democrats say they 'll kill any health bill that includes one . All opinion polls show that nothing like that could ever happen in our country . '' Clinton 's central task is to convince Moynihan and with him the country that universal health coverage as con ceived by the administration is not an act of hubris but a practical next step i n a great cause that began with Social Security and the New Deal and that has wo rked out pretty well . But Moynihan also has an immense respect for what government can do .5 million people . `` Government . The conversion of Sen. ` ` ` Well . not less . '' What scared Moynihan initially about Clinton 's health undertaking was his plan 's complexity and the impression some Clintonites gave that they thoug ht they had unlocked all the mysteries of health policy . supporters of health reform would do well to pay attention to what he 's written about soc ial policy over the years for example .. and the key to whether i t gets done is Sen. '' For his candor . Opponents of largescale reform have taken to arguing that there is no need for a universal program now and that slower . which wants to use the mandate issue to stop universal coverage . no to individual mandates . R-R. PRAGUE . . from firm opposition to open-mindedness about an employer ma ndate may be seen later as the turning point in the debate .

a Yale University graduate researching the Czech transition at the Institute for East-West Studies here . One of the most striking features of the Czech pol itical scene today is the divorce of the unions and leftist parties . academics . a promine nt economist . fragmented and only partially re formed Communist opposition is not the sole reason former Communists and Socalis ts have been marginalized here . Yet 61 percent of 767 in dustrial enterprises were insolvent as of March 31 . Socialists and their allie s holds 33 seats in the 200-seat parliament . second only to the 76 held by Klau s 's Civic Democratic Party .ommunist parties back into office . `` It 's clearly hypocritical for Klaus to call himself a Thatc herite . according to Orenstein . Here . formerly part of Czechoslovakia before it s plit into separate Czech and Slovak republics in January 1993 . with its legis lators split into three factions . Yet . He 's the biggest Social Democrat in Europe . are a special ca se . here in the Czech Republic there is no sign that former Communists o r Socialists are gathering any momentum at all . ` ` party Chairman Miroslav Grebeni cek explained somewhat apologetically . a labor-bashing free-marketeer who despised the social we lfare state . Klaus . But analysts here say Klaus has in fact followed a highly statist approach toward reform that has carefully incorporated the labor unions as partn ers . He believes the secret to Klaus 's success lies in two strategies massive government subsidies to cons truct an extensive social safety net to soften the effects of wrenching economic reforms and a corporatist approach toward labor and business . and Hungary is about to follow suit . as both government and labor co ntinue to support the drive to establish a free-market economy in the shortest t ime possible and seem to share a hatred for Communists . The transition was so peaceful that it came to be known as the Velvet Revolution but also so brief a matter of a couple of weeks that l ittle real reform took place within the Communist Party . Klaus has relied on such non-free-market practices as a law barring state-owned enterprises from declaring bankruptcy while they are being privatized . the prevailing wisdom seems to be that the Czechs . The party .000 disgruntled workers on March 22 the biggest pro test seen in Prague 's Old Town Square since the overthrow of the Communist regi me here in November 1989 . These analysts are pondering whether the Czech Republic could serve as a model of successful transformation f rom communism to capitalism for other Eastern European nations or whether condit ions here are so specific as to make this unlikely . The Left Bloc Communists . he explained . Right now . past and present . By contrast . relied heavily on social welfare measures to keep the social peace and spe nt billions of dollars in government subsidies in flagrant violation of free-mar ket principles . Grebenicek readily agrees with Klaus and Ryvola that there is no chance of the Communists coming back to power here in t he near future . Analysts say the answer lies partly in how the fall of the Communist regime came about here more as an aftershock of the earthquake that swept the Communist s from power elsewhere . with t he Socialist Party poised for a commanding victory in runoff elections there May 29 . while unio ns in Hungary and Poland have jumped into politics and parliament with enthusias m . bankers and financiers . But a weak . the Communist Party is still agonizing over whether to take `` Communist '' out of its title and has failed to shake off the stigmas attached to it . according to press reports . But polls show the bloc currently attracting less than 10 percent of voters . The sharing of basic views toward the reform process between the Czech republic 's o nly labor confederation and its political leadership has apparently not been sha ken by a demonstration by 30. with a prime minister who has devised a unique approach . '' said Mitchell Orenstei n . `` Eighty per cent of our members voted to keep the name . is badly fragmented . prides himself on being a disciple of former British prime minist er Margaret Thatcher . They quickly shed their old names and ideologies as part of a ge neral face lifting to persuade voters they had broken with the past . the refo rm process in Hungary and Poland was underway for years and affected their Commu nist parties as well before non-Communists finally took power in the 1989-90 gen eral upheaval . This refusal to allow bankruptcies has meant that hundreds of thousands of wor kers who would otherwise have been laid off have kept their jobs a practice not . Why the Czech Republic is bucking the leftward trend in Eastern Europe has become the object of considerable discussion among Wester n diplomats .

These measures have allowed the government to boast that the Czech Republic has the lo west unemployment rate less than 4 percent of any country in Europe today . But starting over with the refugees has long been problematic . Bureij . '' he added . I dreamed of a house and a car . But attitudes in the camps are changing . Gaza Strip At the edge of the shimmering waters and br illiant beaches of the Mediterranean lie 39 acres of dreary cinder-block warrens . the government pays out a `` living minimum '' wa ge to 300. I have no choice . the sole breadwinner in a family of 24 people living in seven rooms and sharing one kitchen . There is 124 square feet of living space for eac h of the 13.followed in Hungary or Poland . '' such as street sweeping .000 i n 1951 to 625. elaborate Arabic graffito hailing the PLO and pledging `` All the glory to our martyrs . Gaza 's smalle st . '' `` It does n't mean they forgot Jaffa or Haifa . for the people who were there .N. open sewers and the dreams of 13. '' `` The old . At least theoretically .000 employed . On a recent afternoon . Khan Younis . They are the poorest of the Palestinians .000 to 14 0. But today the refugee camp . `` But the person who back then had one bed and one kitchen . Our hopes are something . Am ong them is Bassem Khaldi . To an outsider looking at the Gaza coast . the camps were a symbol to Palestinians of what they believed was the tempora ry nature of their exodus . Yet they may be the most difficult to help . albeit slowly . In addition . Klaus has also implemented a program of make-work projects to create `` p ublicly useful jobs .680 residents of the camp . even when the y move out of the camps . Israel sought to carry out a resettlement effort in the 1970s . Nuseirat . he has nowhere to go . and several thousand refugees took advantage of it . Jabaliyah . Here . I can n't leave . Two o ut of three people under Arafat 's new domain are refugees from the 1948 war and their descendants . But reality is different . I am the only one wo rking . '' His predicament helps explain much about the land and people that Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat will govern when he takes over the Gaza Strip in the weeks ahead .000 today . As much as he would like to flee thi s overcrowded camp . ( They retain their status as refuge es . those who are mo st desperately in need of new housing and economic revival . '' said Palestinian lawyer Shasabeel Alzaeem . eligible for benefits from the U. to keep another 100. is a dense honeycomb of families surviving in identical square cinder-block cells built for them in 1960 . Khaldi and his wife o ccupy one room with a corrugated tin roof . '' he said . now he is a grandfather with 10 sons . the sun-baked walls here were resplendent with a freshly painted . The enormous pressures of decades of overcrowding and poverty have spurred a steady stream of refugees to leave the camps on their own . `` In the period 194 8 to 1953 . about half of them in the camps . `` But they understand they cannot return to Jaffa and Haifa . ( the camps were large ) enough to a ccommodate those numbers . The Gaza ref ugee camps Beach . agency . The refugees ' claims are not expected to b e negotiated until the talks on the permanent status of the Gaza Strip and West Bank in several years . `` Our dreams are something .000 or more Czechs classified as being below the poverty line . for reasons both political and economic . a cons ultant to the U. a teacher .680 Palestinian refugees . This is why so many have left . For five decades .N. Arafat probably does not want t o give up any cards or leverage before those negotiations by dismantling the cam ps now . ) The Gaza refugee population has grown from 200. a nd where resentment and pride still burn deep . they cannot continue expan ding . '' Red and green paint ran in glistening rivulets through the sand below . The name Dei r Balah means `` Monastery of the Dates . A recent study of Palestinian so ciety by a Norwegian institute found that `` the single most embittered sector o f the population is the first generation '' of Palestinian men in the Gaza refug ee camps . 32 . This has cost the Czech treasury billions of dol lars . `` Once . and I have to support 24 people . sandy alleys . Rafah . Arafat remains a powerful figure . but there was c riticism that it would mean the end of their claims to land and villages they lo st when Israel was created in 1948 . '' recalling an earlier era when this was a balmy stretch of plantations . Deir Ba lah and Maghazi are where the Palestinian uprising caught fire six years ago . Relief and Works Agency . the refugee camps might seem an obvious target for razing and resettlement . referring to towns with a large pre-1948 Arab populatio n . DEIR BALAH REFUGEE CAMP . So .

later . Boeing 's latest market forecast . although those in the path of those aircraft might not be happy no matter what the noise stage classification . that will down to 400. the re is nothing stopping me from leaving . Altogether . they do n't feel they have a good chance of go ing back . That 's actually down about 2 percent from last year 's forecast . 2. '' Khaldi said . it also would be a change for those who make the planes . we still write down the name of the original village . they will never say Deir Balah . near what is now the Israeli towns of Ashdod and A shkelon . Musa looked out his door at the beach and camp a striki ng contrast of natural beauty and man-made squalor . Now .7 million people were exposed to an average of 65 decibels or higher over a 24-hour period . of Deir Balah a nd saw his own experience multiplied .to three-year lead time between placing an order f or an aircraft and taking delivery . according to Richard L. released Monday . `` Most people have been living in a cris is for a long time . in a mud-brick shanty with an asphalt roof that leaked in winter rains . it was only me and my wife . I sure do n't want to live in this house it 's crowded . That combines replacement of older planes and additions to airline fleets . adding a dash of fiscal reality by noting that now the airlines `` just have to have the funds to do it . According to a recent survey by the magazine Air line Business . '' he said . `` Then . '' McDaniel said . '' But p ractically speaking . At first he lived in a tent . The deadline `` provides some continuing s timulation . 1999 . the Big Three of the commercial aircraft manufacturing world had exactly zero net orders in 1993 . Musa became the mukhtar .335 jets in service today ar e in violation . 35 people live here . if at all . to be honest . `` But . once airlines break out of the doldrums into which t hey have dropped over the past two or three years . '' The dramatic losse s of the past three to four years have led almost every major U. the orders for aircraft are going to have t o start coming in soon . the village . '' he said . carrier and m any foreign ones not only to stop ordering new planes but also to cut back on ex isting orders . 31 . Given a two. '' Most of those in the camp were refugees from towns and villages along the southern coast of Palestine . the living conditions and the economy complet ely deteriorated . USAir disclosed last week . replaceme nt of noisy planes will be part of the equation . '' McDaniel s aid . and 1. manufacturers hope .223 of the 3. The housing . Arafat 's new government will not be in a financial positi on to rebuild Deir Balah or the other camps for many years . The people are psychologically broken .000 planes by the year 2000 . so what can I do ? Tell me ! '' `` The situation is completely dif ferent since 1948 . Boeing 's marketing vice president . Assuming they do . for example . projects the worldwide market for aircraft having between 70 and 170 s eats at about 3. But no one came and gave me money to bu ild a house . '' In 1990 .S. `` It 's not fair . '' Smoking cigarettes and sipping sweet tea . that it is delaying de . or village leader . When we register t he children in our school . `` If you ask s omeone where they are from . but he says it will be more than enough to keep all three manu facturers ' lines humming . James .000 . Dale McDaniel of the Federal Aviation Administration says that . I h ope the Palestinians who control this place will build me a new house .people still remember the land . He said no one had forced h im to remain here . `` you could have 10 Stage 3 operations befo re it would equal one Stage 2 . But there may be help on the horizon because of the slowly improving condition of the airlines and because of something call ed the Airport Noise and Capacity Act of 1990 . actually having more cancellations than orders and Boeing having only 33 pl anes on the plus side . `` If I find a house . '' Salah Musa arrived in Deir Balah when he was 15 . The noise act says that every la rge commercial jet in the United States has to meet quieter `` Stage 3 '' noise requirements by Dec. By 2000 . While the formulas are complex . Just as quieter planes would be a change for people living along airport flight paths . a beautiful house . `` That is non-compa tible with residential use . They have no other choice . '' he added . The fact that it remains a target continues to drive ( airlines ) t o modernize . with Airbus Industrie and McDonnell Douglas C orp. `` I have n't decided to live in a refugee camp . WASHINGTON To say the pickings have been slim of late for builders of commercial airliners would be to exaggerate . He simply had no alternative . in terms of total noise impact on a community . But it 's realistic .

gray city 5. That heavy traffic to Russia is a new wrinkle in the Washing ton dating scene . We are at a low point in terms of orders . .S. But small er fleets do not mean orders for new aircraft can be shelved forever . The Ihlenfelds ' marriage is the first arrange d through Berel and Natasha Spivack . about 350 Russian women entered the United State s last year as fiancees of American men . Magazines and gossip columns regularly wail about the imbalance between eligible women an d men in the nation 's capital . In several interviews . especially if th e market begins to tighten up . which still is making money . said it is placing no new orders this year and is letting options expire on 25 Boeing planes . . have come to their office and grazed through photo albums and videotapes of about 300 Russ ian women . raccoons and other s mall animals . The women said American men were more likely than Russian men to treat them . The men said they are sick of caree r-obsessed American women running to the subway in business suits and tennis sho es . birds . Given the ungainly name of `` automated assessment signal processor '' by GRC . Yesterday . an American-Russian couple from Bethesda . The y married six months later . a rudimentary form of artificial i ntelligence developed by GRC International Inc. the Spivacks ' male clients are shellin g out $ 3. only 11 women came from the Soviet Union to marry Americans . Courtho use. '' WASHINGTON Who would have thought a high-tech security system developed to prote ct the Pentagon 's nuclear arsenal would be safeguarding a huge stockpile of blu e jeans ? Thanks to ever-cheaper microchips . At the cobbled foot of St. About every two weeks now . It 's taught by being presented with and told to ignore s imulations of certain sounds . Most airlines plan purchases several years in advance and last-minute orders often can be very expensive . on March 25 at the Arlington County . amid coos and cuddles in a small apartment with a large stereo . and others are busily f axing letters and pictures back and forth . airline planning circles lately than growth . of Vienna . is being used by Gap Inc. sifting for true and everlasting lov e . ` ` It 's paid for itself many times over .livery of 40 planes and forgoing options on another 70 . The Ihlenfelds ' union is a product of the growing mail-o rder bridal bazaar that has sprouted since Soviet Communism died . British Air ways . S ince being installed four months ago to protect a warehouse 14 acres in area . Now . With Soviet e migration barriers dismantled . Anastasia Fedorchoukova smiled sweetly down at the divorced computer technician from Northern Virginia .000 to search for romance in a cold . the device is what 's know n in the computing world as a neural network a system that mimics the human brai n 's ability to take in lots of information from the body 's eyes . the young couple is living a fantasy that started with a magazine ad their very own Russo-American dream . She said yes . '' said Gap security supervisor Jim To scano . where the oversupply of single women is legendary .000 miles away . to keep thieves or other intruders out of its warehouse in Edgewood . Md. Md. Boeing 's James said airline balance sheets `` a re coming back into balance now . six are engaged . And it can learn to distinguish between nuisance noise wind . fiber optic that create electronic fences around property . radar . ears . nose and skin but discard most of it and focus only on what 's important . . In 1988 . another Washington area man travels to Moscow an d becomes engaged . many of them federal employees . WASHINGTON It was a gray day in Red Square when Chris Ihlenfeld dropped to one k nee and proposed to a Russian woman he 'd met four days earlier . Last July . American men and Russian women involved in the p rogram struck remarkably compatible themes . especiall y with the noise deadlines looming . which serves Gap stores from Maine to Florida . Va. `` Downsizing '' has been mo re of a buzzword in U. the books should turn . Still . The Spivacks are cashing in on the lucrative business of showering Washin gton with brides from Russia with love . It can be hooked up to a variety of sensor system s microwave .000 to $ 4. rustling leaves and noise that should trigger an alarm : unauthor ized entry by people . More than 50 Washington area men . In 18 months to two years . Two couples have married . Basil 's onion spires . A lot of carriers are stirring and looking bey ond immediate quarter . It interprets the information that those sensors are constantly collecting . Va. the Spivacks started a busi ness called Encounters International to introduce American men to Russian women .

for it seems to be the question of the hour . delivering not much of interest . On the American Spectato r 's cover . demanding at one point that a ben ign exchange on Vince Foster be retroactively taken off the record . `` All they cared about was their work . You do n't have to venture beyond the cover of either to know what lies inside . '' said Ihlenfeld . 24 . if they are 17 to a bout 55 years old . director of the Russian Area Stu dies Program at Georgetown University . poised patron saint of Uber-women everywhere . but only 300 have me t the qualifications . Balzer said many Russian men do not cons ider women equal partners in marriage . blon d hair . One flack hovers nearby throughout the interview . have one or fewer children and speak some English . but Bennetts 's sporadic re ferences to her dealings with Hillary 's handlers will tell you everything you n eed to know about the state of the First Lady 's relations with the press .as equal partners . No big news here . What are we to make of this First Lady of a thousand faces . `` Home free . but before we get to that . but th ey are mostly in their forties . as well as `` more willing to follow their husband 's lead '' and `` more appreciative of men . the `` dating scene in Russia is almost non-exist ent . . according to Harley Balzer . Men using the service range in age from 22 to 71 . Clinton 's chameleonism all the more unsettling . go to your local newsstand and look at the June issues of Working Woman and t he American Spectator . '' There are tough requiremements for those women . a few tips on how to prepare for reading it . To further unsettle yourself about her situation . Magazines . Mrs. This week 's New Yorker brings the first truly heavyweight piece on the First Lady . Inside is David Brock 's version of the White House travel-of fice scandal of last year . '' she said . Clinton is drawn as a witch . The last several days ' photos and film footage of Jacqueline Kennedy flawlessly doing the First Lady 's job the old way have made Mrs. '' he said . Some marriages between American men and Russian women make sense . `` Even men I know who write about women 's rights would n't get up from the dinner table to clear the dishes . There are no specific e ligibility qualifications . the brochure says . and the Russ ian woman is looking for a slightly more liberated man . Wars and alcoholism hav e taken their toll on eligible Russian men and created a large number of single women . `` When I knew him more . `` I was tired of American women . the latest installment in that magazine 's crusade t o show that Hillary is the antichrist of American politics . the flier says . First . Natasha Spivack said 600 to 800 women have applied to the service . Is the First Lady g ood or evil ? Ponder deeply now . '' he sa id .. and many are divorced . '' They also have `` old-fashioned traditional famil y values that are getting harder to find '' in America . The Immigration and Naturalization Service has found no particu lar problems with American-Russian marriage services . spokesman Richard Kenney said . He said women entering the country on a `` fiancee visa '' must be marrie d within 90 days . and a woman over 22 is considered past her prime . overexpose d in every medium in the land yet somehow still unknowable . which basically represent the poles of current thinking about the First Lady . who must pass entrance inter views with the Spivacks ' staff member in Moscow . have been hot on the Hillary Rodham Clinton story for a year and a half now . whose lengthy cover story in this week 's New Yorker looks to be the new yard . malevolent and defiant as she si ts astride a jet . and they are granted permanent resident status after two year s . nex t read Leslie Bennetts 's account of an interview with an edgy . Balzer said the struggle of single women has been a common theme of the mos t successful Russian movies of the last 20 years . `` You 've got this funny sit uation where the American man is looking for an unliberated woman . willfully and perha ps wisely withholding parts of herself from inquiring minds ? Enter Connie Bruck . stroking his 22-year-old wife 's long . Women are accepted only if th e interviewer deems them reasonably slender and attractive . sitting on his living room couch . . Many beautiful Russian women dream of having an American husband . especially women 's magazines . Bennetts de clines . I really began to love him . '' According to an Encounters International flier . On top of that . angry Hillary i n the June issue of Vanity Fair . '' he said . Russian women are `` much less materialistic '' than Ameri can women . The cover of Working Woman offers the headline `` Hillar y Hangs Tough '' plus a flattering photo of the First Lady in a sensible busines s suit .

we learn . ' ' ' Sinc e The New Yorker came out Sunday . the archangel . Wright has denied saying that . Gabriel . Hillary wi ned and dined the man . smiling with delight . its dull varnish is gone . though it will never again look just as van Eyck mad e it . Van Eyck was a magician . Its condition was deplorable . The capitals that crown the columns in the picture have been carved so finely with interweaving tendrils . but the president was able to give Bruck nearly two hours . Mellon was exceptionally rich . and try to find a flaw . `` There are a g reat many people talking very seriously about her succeeding him . has just appe ared to Mary to announce the Incarnation . whether they were political . It 's the Hillary you may have bel ieved was there all along . complex Celtic strapwork . but she also did what it took to reach short-term goals along the way . the purchaser bel ieved . with wa . she descr ibes how . when . and who in many ways still guides it today . beat-up painting would be displayed in the museum Mellon gave his country . rock-s teady hand . Mellon bought a 500-year-old painting for $ 500 . 1434/1436 ) is less than 15 inches wide . and the Soviet Union broke . its companion panels lost . that sureness about her own judgment at its extreme . op portunistic . '' this exhaustively researched piece portrays her basically as the CEO of the Clinton political partnership . Mrs. There are many oth er such stories . Calif. Democrats . The Jackie model of how to be the president 's wife died with her .stick by which magazine profiles of Hillary Clinton will be measured . relentless in pursuit of her own political agenda . a panel from an altarpiece by the early Netherlandish master Jan van Eyck of Bruges . Friends . For more than 50 years . Chardin and Velazquez . its scale unexceptional . In one instance . `` We have to do it this way and that way . '' And it 's not just the staff .154. Maybe what we see in Bruck ' s piece are the outlines of a new First Lady paradigm that . ) who has a scholar 's eye and a sure . The picture seems reborn . after two years in the lab two years of careful cleaning . by Raphael and Rembrandt . In Bruck 's account of Clinton 's health care r eform task force . This week . and then we 'll be here at least twelve years . Van Eyck 's `` Annuncia tion '' ( c. Clinton did n't have time to be interviewed for the piece . high-tech examination and painstaking repair it goes on view again . behind the multiple facades : hyper-intelligent . maybe thousands ha ve been seamlessly filled in . and not without good reason . the National Gallery of Art here . What one cannot quite believe is the physical ity of his sight . pe ople out across the country think it is a very viable plan of action. `` In the end . after Bill 's gubernatorial defeat . WASHINGTON Andrew W.000 right out of the Hermitage . His angelic salutation . Hillary set out to neutralize an Arkansas newspaper columnist who had been an antagonist of Bill 's . but the message is always the same : She had her idealistic vi sion for improving the world . a sense that she alone is wise is probably Hillary 's cardinal trait . its bold blues have their brightness b ack . For an additional $ 6.000 he soon got 20 o thers . '' Bruck writes . '' Bruck writes . that narrow . full of grace '' ) the letters writ in gold floats out of his m outh like a holy exhalation . legislative or financial . The scepter that he holds is of rock crystal . the First Lady seems so c ertain of her own correctness that she will brook no criticism . Their staff w ill say . The picture 's conservation was primarily conduct ed by the gallery 's David Bull . the shrewd operator who resurr ected his ( and their ) career after he lost the Arkansas governorship in 1980 . Bruck traces t he First Lady 's political skills back to Arkansas . Still . `` Betsey Wright ( Go vernor Bill Clinton 's chief of staff ) told me last December . What does that tell you ? At one point Bruck raises the possibility that Hillary might even seek to succ eed Bill in his current job : `` Some friends have suggested that her goal now m ay well be to become president herself . and he left Clinton alone for years . Titled `` Hillary the Pol . Ave gratia p lena ( `` Hail . in the spring of 1930 . but none gratified him more than the first . the portrait 's especially severe . Titian and van Dyck . but The New Y orker is standing by the story . that he had bought a monument of European art . a former museum director ( he used to run the Norton Simon in Pasadena . and its many missing paint flecks there were hundreds . not glass . we 'd better start getting used to . Then it was taken down . for better or worse . Look as closely as you wish at the in-painting he 's done . Still .

which how 'd you guess ? features a dinosaur ride . For most of the way in `` Beverly Hills Co p III '' ( MPAA rated R ) we might as well be watching any old standard-issue ac tion hunk dodging bullets and lobbing grenades ( and . '' wrote the scholar Max J. he 's playing out his own fantasy image of a righteous avenger . savin g children in peril ) . the slightly gritty gleami ngs of their countless sewn-on pearls . in a masterstroke . '' `` From the sheer sensuous beauty of a genuine Jan van Eyck . Once again Axel . It 's a neat racial j oke that provided a few chuckles in `` Beverly Hills Cop '' and virtually none i n its hyper-powered . headed by John Saxon and Timothy Carhart . But Murphy gives us less than those action hunks do . The kicky appeal of the `` Cop '' series at least potentially has always been the idea of a street-smart black cop from Detroit who outmaneuvers the ( mo stly ) white Beverly Hills honchos who underestimate him . this one has no muscle tone . And once again he gets propelled into shootouts and car chases with a clan of murderous nasties . from whose looms they have flowed . The film begins with a bu nch of workmen in a Detroit auto shop shimmying to a record by the Supremes . '' an yone ? The Beverly Hills police force retains series regular Judge Reinhold . in a scene that 's not played for laughs . it wobbles opportunistically between wan slapst ick and routine bang bang . is brought back to Beverly Hills from Detroit to trac k down the killers of a close associate . He has graduated from an art gallery to a bou tique selling personalized luxury weapons . with lots of gratuitous cheesecake for scenery . Take n simply as pure action . what excuse is there f or the slovenliness of `` Beverly Hills Cop III '' ? Director John Landis and sc reenwriter Steven E. Like the other films in the series . Walking o ut of `` Beverly Hills Cop III . Attending this movie makes you fe . van Eyck 's sur faces do n't fall apart into streaks of paint . and the fantasy i s essentially humorless . wh o now has his own office and his own SWAT team . recycling power . in the post-Rodney G. His manner has uncanny depth . the mayhem in this movie may be routine but . Friedlander . We 're supposed to be so grateful to once again see Eddie Murphy as Axel that we can overlook how crude and shopw orn this picture really is . It 's not easy to make audiences laugh at a comedy where characters are actually sh ot on camera . '' agree d Erwin Panofsky . was originally supposed to star in `` Beverly Hills Cop .rriors and with steeds that you feel each chisel mark . `` Anybody have a banana for this movie ? '' The existence of this film is a testament to star pow er or . Even from an inch away . are endowed with such tactility that you somehow know the softness of their velvets . And . dumb laughs . `` He knew fabrics like the weaver . '' you may be moved to ask . to o . It 's one of the most cynically engineered sequels ever . `` Jurassic Cop . wearing his Detroit Lions jacket . to be more precise . which is a fair way of gauging how f ar the inspiration in this series has dropped . Their base of operations is a theme park called WonderWor ld . Stallone-ish sequel . the earth like a geographer . then . King era . in the c ontext of a knockabout comedy it 's deeply offensive . Stallone . But it 's near the end . Gabriel 's garments . There 's a fundamental lack of human feel ing in `` Beverly Hills Cop III '' that makes you want to avert your eyes from t he people around you when the lights come up . in fact . the stiff weight of their threads of gold . the Princeton iconographer . Bronson Pinchot also turns up a gain as the oddly accented Serge . There 's little trace of his gift for con-man mimicry . de Souza ( who worked on `` 48 HRS. h is details on details go on and on and on . '' and the `` Die Hard '' films ) are strictly smash-and-grab guys . `` there emanates a strange fasc ination not unlike that which we experience when we permit ourselves to be hypno tized by precious stones or when looking into deep water . ` ` buildings like an architect . a racially tinged film inv olving cops and violence in Los Angeles carries a lot of unwanted baggage . '' HOLLYWOOD There was a memorable moment in `` Beverly Hills Cop '' when Eddie Mur phy 's Axel Foley jammed a banana in a parked police car 's tailpipe . At a time when police detective shows on television are better than they ever have been . Th e scene is played for broad . that the co rruption of this enterprise sinks in . when the a ssorted good guys wobble and collapse into frame with their wounds . they get bloodily ventilated . plants like a bota nist . '' and the series has never gotten ve ry far from his over-muscled shadow . It 's as if he set out to trash his own franchise .

They do n't object . Hewing closely to traditional texts . This little book forms the basis of `` Little Buddha 's '' second narrative strand . in fact .el like an accomplice to the corruption . one of the world 's preeminent cinematographers . For one thing . either in its portrayal of Tibetan Buddhist thought or the life of Siddhartha ( Keanu Reeves ) . What matters is what hap pens on screen . from a story by the director . The Mark Peploe and Rudy Wurlitzer plot . In fact . The director . this is where Storaro 's photography and James Acheson 's production and costume design are at their best . More recently we 've seen the likes of `` The Last Emperor . this part of `` Little Buddha ' ' comes off closest to the fable quality the filmmakers were apparently after . the product of too much goofy New Age rev erence and too little nuance and sophistication . '' the new Bernardo Bertolucci film . but now that the picture itself is here . Not surprisingly nonplussed by this news are Je sse 's parents . Though it plays at times lik e an infomercial on Eastern religions . whose philosophical questing has taken him to China and . Being a children 's film . wrote about her experience . to assume that the dramatic side of things will more or less take care of itself . This is not to say his `` Little Buddha '' is inaccurate . And t hough eyebrows and even entire faces were raised when it was announced that Kean u Reeves was going to play Siddhartha . he does what the part calls fo r as the golden youth shielded from misery and death who takes the path to enlig htenment . and aspects of `` Little Buddha '' ( MPAA rating : PG ) do linger pleasantly in the memory . Wha t was the word `` Little '' doing in the title ? None of the filmmakers . but it is not necessary the be st one for a film . but I do n't care . In the modern half . a film-within-a-fi lm set in Asia 2. while the accompanying dialogue is invariably hollow and unconvincing . this half of `` Little Buddha '' is the most successful . the director has a tendency to become a prisoner of his own particular gift for luscious images . can be neglected only at great risk . seems determined to take the drama out of every situation . is not necessarily a negative thing . a message tha t soon puts him on a jet headed for Seattle . no t for what anyone said . a spri ghtly young couple who do n't quite know what to make of all these robed and sha ven monks appearing suddenly in their lives . the most elaborate and expensive `` Afterschool Special '' ever to make it to the big scr een . however . Though all Buddhists believe in re incarnation . Lisa ( Bridget Fonda ) and Dean ( singer Chris Isaak ) . its many Oscars notwithstanding . can be identified in their next incarnation . Being blissed out may be an enviable state for a human being . whe n Lama Norbu gives Jesse a child 's life of the Buddha . and Bertolucci 's direction alone is the stuff of religious con version . especially when . of course . one of the few jou rnalists allowed on the set of `` Little Buddha .500 years ago that details how the fun-loving Prince Siddhartha transformed himself into a great spiritual being . `` Litt le Buddha '' turns out to have the sensibility of a children 's film . has been reincarnated as an 8-year-old American named Jesse Konrad ( newcomer Alex Wiesendanger ) . Story . however . it tur ned out . '' which . the reason seems obvious . Despite its illustrious pedigree . one question continued to trouble her . admittedly a man with a hell of a sens e of humor . making good use of the never-before-seen streets of Bhutan and creating opulent set pieces . Bertolucci collab orates with Vittorio Storaro . HOLLYWOOD When the editor of Tricycle . And Lama Norbu has reason to believe that his own teacher . as here . Bernardo Bertolucci may not know anything more about Eastern religion than I do . only that it does n't really matter . but those pictures are deep in the director 's pa st . could give her a satisfactory answer . invariably g reat teachers . is best remembered for how everything looked . where Lama Norbu ( Chinese actor Ying Ruocheng ) gets a telegram he 's been waiting for for nine years . the lack of texture that is the film 's weakest l ink is most evident . But what lingers as well is the suspicion that this is a childre n 's film at least partly by default . es pecially when two parallel tales are being told . only Tibetan Buddhists believe that specific people . however . the Buddhist Review . Those who remember such Bertol ucci films as `` The Conformist '' and `` Last Tango in Paris '' may be surprise d at this turn in his career . The first begins in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in modern-day Bhutan .

`` Little Buddha . `` Beverly Hills Cop III '' effectively nullifies Murphy 's main asset comedy in favor of making him another Sylvester Stallone . which was Axel Foley as bureaucratic victim a streetwise Detroit detective . At the same time . That this one deliciously perverse aspect of `` BHC III '' is not exploited for anything clos e to its subversive potential is symptomatic of the movie 's failings . a Disneyland knockoff inspired by t he Walt-like Uncle Dave ( Alan Young ) and under the de facto control of Ellis D eWald ( Timothy Carhart ) . with little sense of humor and even les s sense of purpose . In Seattle . Bertolucci says that godhead is n't about myth and trappings . who have made no provision in their yuppie life-plan for a Buddhis t invasion . or perhaps the unfilled need of secular Americans . soft thud . Bullets and blood are sprayed with equal abandon . It could have been great . But `` Beverly Hills Cop III ' ' lumbers on its way to a predictable . than the killing of Detroit cops . and it does . and each slug ends its trajectory target with a fat . Bhutan and Seattle . they 're up to uncovering something much bigger . who invites questions and makes jokes . probes that cav ity . it defuses the whole dram atic premise behind the first two `` Beverly Hills Cop '' movies ( the first of which was vastly superior to the others ) . `` Lama Norje had a great sense of humor . Dean . The Buddhis t temple in Bhutan . The pursuit takes him to WonderWorld .North Africa in recent years ( for `` The Last Emperor '' and `` The Sheltering Sky '' ) has filmed his latest in the holy lands of Nepal . of warmth and of children instruct ed by Lama Norbu ( Ying Ruocheng ) . but who in the end does n't provide anythin g very substantial . but about yearning as defined by the faith of monks . not caring who or what he demol ishes en route to getting what he wants . Lama Norje . is not the forbidding place of popul ar imagination . the ruthless killer Foley is chasing . cars a nd humans are liberally riddled . likes the gentle Lama Norbu . but the modern world defines the film 's spiri tual impact . and gives signs that he may actually be Lama Norje . defying the uptigh t . w . naive Prince Siddhartha . The Secret Service does n't want the g ang caught . Isaak h as the unformed face and personality to make him truly American . He was smarter than your average underdog . Three stars . '' in its gentle way . he just seems rude . But it 's no joke to his parents ( Bridget Fonda and Ch ris Isaak ) . rulebook-bound Beverly Hills police to fight the good fight . As Jesse 's fatherInvalid face . a cop out of water . Much like the jokes . Where `` Little Buddha '' falters . Axel is unmoved . His beatific demeanor changes only after he gets a letter saying that the reincarna ted spirit of his late teacher . And he 's right . and truly flat . It is a center of learning . the state . in no uncertain terms . one of the jolly monks who have determined that blond . action-adventure yarn . whose lighter-than-air screen presence is appropriate for t he young . has been located . Now . And in telling his based-on-real-life story about a blond 9-year-old who is su spected of being a reincarnated lama and juxtaposing it with an epic recounting of the life of Prince Siddhartha who will become the Buddha Bertolucci reverses the tired conventions about ancient religions and religious life and in the proc ess evokes a very contemporary yearning for spirituality . conclusion . Likewise Reeves . outland ish visuals and ornate religion . '' says Kenpo Tensin ( Sogyal Rinpoche ) . He 's like a cop with a multipicture d eal . once t he seduction of the viewer is accomplished there 's a certain leveling-off of pa ssion . that `` Bev erly Hills Cop III '' is not his comeback film . who takes Jesse to Bhutan . That he cannot sustai n the tone of serene momentum that opens the film is perhaps inevitable . The ancient Indian sequences are full of miracles . where the film opens . and predictably violent . he 's chasing a gang of cop killers who eluded him i n Detroit after an opening shootout that 's a good example of both false adverti sing the action 's never this hot again and director John Landis ' debauched way with movie violence . Gameboy-playing Jess e Conrad ( Alex Wiesendanger ) has been chosen by Norje for his reappearance . J esse likes the idea . A strictly pa int-by-numbers . Disney-f acists vs. lies in the casti ng . Invalid face Eddie Murphy has been telling interviewers . But the beginning of `` Little Buddha '' has moments so full of magic it 's surprising how much of it is accomplished through simple humor . When Axel gets to Bever ly Hills this time around . apparently . Which is not something we desperately need .

would n't have hooked up with as lame a director as Landis . Theresa Randle . Detective Flint ( Hector Elizondo ) trying to protect his post-retirement job at WonderWorld . Even when he 's turned out i ncendiary devices like `` Harlem Nights '' or `` Boomerang '' he 's made money . as the WonderWorld worker sympathetic to Axel 's cause . is really the sole cast member worth watching . He has n't really fulfilled hi s comedic potential since . .ith Axel 's BH buddy Billy Rosewood ( Judge Reinhold ) consistently befuddled . and some shamelessly cheesy action sequences . If Eddie Murphy felt he had anything to prove . '' But it clearly does n't bother him . Bronson Pinchot reprising the unpronounceable Serge . . Artistically . it 's another story . and cer tainly would have read Stephen de Souza 's script ( you do n't think he actually read this script . maybe the original `` Beverly Hills Cop . well .. who 's now in the personal security business . ? ) . not if you 're talking box office .. he would n't have done Part III of a movie series that had already run o ut of gas . Whether `` BHC III '' signifies any thing in terms of Murphy 's career is moot . the actor has n't had anywhere to c ome back from . of course .

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