Mr. Kurtz, He Dead

Summaries of what's in Time, Newsweek, etc.
May 5 2000 9:30 PM

Mr. Kurtz, He Dead

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Newsweek, May 8

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The cover story celebrates teens, just as U.S. News did three weeks ago. The "millennial generation" is optimistic, autonomous, spiritually oriented, and "peer-driven." Half perform community service. Hillary Rodham Clinton reflects on parenting Chelsea. Family meals were the favorite part of the first lady's White House routine. The Clintons bought a vegetarian cookbook when Chelsea gave up meat.

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U.S. News & World Report, May 8

The cover story investigates what is causing the "allergy epidemic" in the United States. Thirty percent of American adults and 40 percent of kids get hay fever. Heredity is partially to blame; environmental factors, such as indoor mold spores, are also at fault. Scientists are developing monthly shots and vaccines. An article argues that John McCain's media tour of Vietnam demonstrates his "spotlight envy." His trip to the "Hanoi Hilton" was an attempt to keep his candidacy alive. If Al Gore wins in November he will face a McCain challenge in 2004. A piece claims that San Diego is becoming the "Digital Coast." Silicon Valley refugees are attracted to the city's climate, research universities, and high-tech talent pool.

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The New Yorker, May 8

An article speculates that prostate cancer might repair Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's image. The disease transforms the abominably tempered mayor into a sympathetic figure. A piece questions Egypt's quixotic crusade to rebuild the Great Library of Alexandria. The $192 million structure will house a mere 250,000 books when it opens, just as the electronic information age eclipses the era of the printed work.

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Weekly Standard, May 8

The editorial charges that the Clinton administration used "Cuban-style authoritarianism" to wrest Elián González from his Miami relatives. A cover story claims that the Elián saga demonstrates that liberals are biological determinists. Purportedly liberal organizations are hostile to adoptions and support returning helpless kids to abusive parents.

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The cover story celebrates anti-corporate campus protests. Student groups are organizing against globalization, sweatshop merchandise, and fast-food concessions. Economic justice activists are training Generation Y to oppose capitalism.

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