Man knows not his time
A fighter for life
Robert P. Casey, former two-term Democrat governor of Pennsylvania (1987-1995), fought many bitter battles concerning abortion and then titled his autobiography Fighting for Life. Last week he lost his own fight for life at age 68. In and out of the hospital over the last year, Gov. Casey succumbed to a severe infection following radiation treatments for prostate cancer, which was diagnosed in 1997. In 1991, he announced that he suffered from a genetic condition that attacks the heart and other vital organs; the disease nearly killed him. But following a grueling heart-and-liver transplant, he beat the disease and finished out his term of office. In his public service, the governor battled the abortion industry. He fought Planned Parenthood lawyers all the way to the Supreme Court in 1992 for the right to restrict abortion. He once brashly introduced himself to a pro-life audience, "You've heard of Planned Parenthood vs. Casey? Well, I'm Casey." But while Casey was, technically, a victory, the high court used the case to strengthen legal protection of the right to abortion. According to the court, state legislatures could pass pro-life laws only if they did not pose "an undue burden" on a woman's right to kill her unborn child. In politics, Gov. Casey warred with his own pro-abortion party. The Democrats who nominated Bill Clinton for president gagged Mr. Casey, refusing to allow the sitting governor even to speak at the party convention in 1992 and again in 1996-even though a pro-abortion Pennsylvania Republican spoke at the '92 convention. Mr. Casey made no secret of his contempt for Mr. Clinton and fellow politicians who were enthusiastic about abortion: "If you can pass lightly over wrongs done to your neighbor, if you can shrug off the suffering of others-especially children-then you are miscast for any position of public responsibility," Mr. Casey wrote in 1992. In 1994, near the end of his gubernatorial term, Mr. Casey entertained thoughts of challenging Mr. Clinton in 1996. He had done crazier things-like defying advisers who suggested he downplay his opposition to abortion in his campaigns for governor. He won in 1986, even after dropping 10 points in a poll when he clearly stated his position during a televised debate. In 1990, his pro-abortion Republican opponent tried to make hay out of Mr. Casey's belief that abortion should be illegal even in cases of rape or incest. Advisers pleaded with him to lighten up; Mr. Casey replied, "If I lose, I lose." He won by a million votes. In an interview with WORLD (March 12, 1994) a year after the double transplant, he laughed at the prospect of running against Mr. Clinton: "Who knows? I didn't have any plans to be around this year either, but here I am. I've got a good pump and a good liver, and I'm ready to go." Gov. Casey leaves behind his wife Ellen and eight children, including Pennsylvania Auditor General Robert P. Casey Jr., along with a brother. Ups & Downs of the Week
Baseball attendance: Major league baseball attendance this season hit the 20-million mark faster than any time in history, passing the plateau on the day before Memorial Day. It took 727 dates for the 30 teams to go over 20 million, according to the commissioner's office. The previous record was 764 dates, set in 1998. Attendance is up 5.9 percent over 1999. F. Lee Bailey's career: Once the most famous lawyer in America, now F. Lee Bailey faces possible disbarment in Florida over charges that he helped himself to millions of dollars in stock intended for the government and lied about it under oath. The case involves the frozen assets of international drug trafficker and Bailey client Claude DuBoc. Mr. Bailey, who represented Dr. Sam Sheppard and Patty Hearst and was on the "Dream Team" defending O.J. Simpson, denies any wrongdoing. Oregon law sustained
Anonymous no more
Oregon recently became the fifth state-joining Alaska, Kansas, Delaware, and Tennessee-to allow adopted children access to their original birth certificates. Last week, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor rejected an emergency request from an anonymous group of birth mothers to delay Oregon's adoption records law from going into effect. About 2,230 Oregon adoptees have paid $15 and filed applications with the state Health Division to get their original birth certificates. appeals panel rejects relatives' plea for an asylum hearing
Court: No hearing for Elián
While Elián Gonzalez was taking in the dolphin show at Baltimore's Inner Harbor, federal appeals court judges in Atlanta were refining a long-awaited decision in the 6-year-old boy's appeal to the government for an asylum hearing. The three-judge panel responded June 1, deciding that Elián is not entitled to a procedure that could allow him to remain in the United States. That decision acquiesces to the position taken by the Clinton administration and Attorney General Janet Reno. It was another blow to the Miami relatives who have defended Elián's right to pursue asylum apart from his father's stated wishes. Those relatives lost custody of the boy in an April 22 raid, when federal marshals forced their way into the home of Lazaro Gonzalez and delivered Elián to his father, who arrived in Washington April 6. The appeals court ordered Elián to remain in the United States until the case was decided. Miami relatives immediately announced that they would ask all 12 judges of the 11th Circuit to hear the case. According to the ruling, Elián must stay in the United States for 14 days pending such an appeal. The Miami relatives asked Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who handles emergency matters from the 11th Circuit, "to assure that Elián will remain in the United States" until the high court can hear the case. The request to Justice Kennedy read, "No child, whatever may be his immigration status, deserves fewer judicial rights than hardened criminals." Already six months have passed since Elián's dramatic Thanksgiving Day rescue from an inner tube off the Florida coast. Potentially, a Supreme Court appeal could extend Elián's stay until the high court's fall term. By November 26, Elián will be eligible to apply for permanent residency, or a green card. Roman Catholic and Protestant clergy from Miami's Little Havana district, where Elián has spent most of his time in the United States, met just after the verdict. Presbyterian pastor Manuel Salavaria told WORLD that those clergy believe "a decision against Elián is a decision against many Eliáns all over the world.... Nonetheless, we can be united as a community and respectful of the law." Fires rage in New Mexico
Hot, dry, windy weather plagued firefighters last week as a dangerous wildfire blazed its way through New Mexico. Flames leaped hundreds of feet into the air, blackening more than 22,000 acres in northern New Mexico and forcing the evacuation of cabin owners and vacationers. Dave Tubbs, director of El Porvenir Christian Camp, said more than 130 campers had fled. "It looked like there was a bomb going up behind us," Mr. Tubbs said. People from Los Alamos and White Rock were among those evacuated from the camp; they had been evacuated several days earlier because of the Los Alamos fire 45 miles northwest of the camp (see WORLD, May 27). "I feel the fire is following me, and the thought of losing everything before was scary, and now this," said 15 -year-old Grace Hargreaves. Fire-friendly weather has left huge sections of the region vulnerable. Elsewhere in the West, wildfires have scorched parts of Arizona, California, Colorado, and Utah. Some New Mexico officials fear the fires could hurt the tourism industry, which draws about 13 million travelers to the state annually. The No-Comment Zone
- Peru may face international sanctions because President Alberto Fujimori insisted on holding controversial elections last week. The two-term president pushed through balloting and was elected to a third term. That is not allowed under Peru's constitution; furthermore, Mr. Fujimori's principal opponent pulled out of the race, charging vote fraud. The U.S. State Department initially took a hard line against Mr. Fujimori, even though he is a strong anti-drug ally, issuing a statement that read, "No president emerging from such a flawed electoral process can claim legitimacy."
- The British government has issued a booklet urging teachers to ban musical chairs because the game is too aggressive. "A little bit of competition is fine, but with musical chairs the competition is not fair because it is always the biggest and strongest children who win," author Sue Finch said, according to the Times of London.
- Two Florida teenagers last week turned in their mother to the police, saying she forced them to help her burglarize a neighbor's house. Police say Linda Diane Faulkner broke the doorknob off a house in Fort White, Fla., and swiped dishes, pots, pans, sheets, a television, bathroom accessories, and a bed. The two kids, a 13-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl, told investigators that she made them cart the loot away. Police arrested Ms. Faulkner on charges of burglary, grand theft, and contributing to the delinquency of a child.
- Arathi Jayaram, a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, last week ran onto the stage at a government nutrition summit in Washington and lobbed a cream pie at the U.S. secretary of agriculture, hitting him on the jacket. "Shame on you, Dan Glickman, for pushing meat and promoting animal cruelty," she yelled before police took her into custody. PETA's beef, said spokeswoman Dawn Carr, is that Mr. Glickman, a former congressman from Kansas, won't "acknowledge that a meat-based diet is killing people."
- A New York court last week sentenced Dr. Allan Zarkin to probation for carving his initials into a patient's abdomen after performing a Caesarean section. Dr. Zarkin, dubbed "Dr. Zorro" by the press, pleaded guilty in April to first-degree assault charges. The state Health Department had already revoked his medical license, and his victim had settled her lawsuit against him for $1.75 million. His lawyer, Barry Fallick, claimed that a brain disorder known as Pick's disease left Dr. Zarkin with impaired judgment. Israel withdraws from territory
Morning in Lebanon?
Israel late last month completed its unilateral withdrawal from occupied territories in south Lebanon. The long-planned military pullback, code-named "Operation Morning Twilight" and originally scheduled to be completed July 7, was hastily put into action May 24 after pro-Israeli South Lebanon Army troops-under attack by Muslim extremist Hezbollah fighters-failed to provide security for Israeli forces in the contested border sectors. The scene reminded more than one commentator of a chaotic U.S. evacuation from Saigon 25 years ago. Israel invaded Lebanon in 1982 and set up a buffer zone inside Lebanese territory after Palestinian guerrillas launched attacks on Israel from south Lebanon. The occupation has been marked by ceasefires, human-rights abuses, and civilian casualties on both sides. Those casualties include Americans; Hezbollah is widely held responsible for the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut that killed 241. Muslims kill Christians in Indonesia
Blood and spices
Violence against Christians took another bloody turn in Indonesia last week when armed assailants overran two villages in the Malukus, historically known as the Spice Islands. The assault left 44 Christians dead and hundreds wounded on the island of Halmahera. Tensions have been fueled recently by the arrival of more than 2,000 hard-line Muslim paramilitaries, who traveled by sea to the Malukus after training in a camp in Java. The paramilitaries have vowed a jihad, or holy war, in the region. The attack followed a near-identical raid in the same area a week before. In that raid, 34 civilians died. Muslim-Christian clashes have dominated Halmahera, with 800 people dying in similar clashes during the last year (see WORLD, Jan. 29, 2000). comic goes blue for democratic audience
A fitting tribute?
Comedian Robin Williams gave an earful to those attending last month's "Tribute to President Clinton," a Democratic fundraiser in Washington that set a record for money raised. Mr. Williams, the event's main attraction, repeatedly used foul language as he cracked jokes about George W. Bush, Dan Quayle, and the National Rifle Association. "Hello, there's a child in the front row," Mr. Williams said at one point. "We've learned some new words, haven't we?" He then continued with obscene instruction. The New York Daily News reported that "Clinton spinmeisters assured the event's straighter fat cats that the Prez had no advance knowledge" of Mr. Williams's vulgar routine. "All the same, jeans-clad President Clinton and Vice President Gore roared with laughter." Republican National Committee press secretary Mike Collins told The Washington Post, "What we need is a president with the kind of dignity that no entertainer would use that talk in his presence." Despite such coverage in the Daily News and the Post, most of the rest of the media didn't consider a major party fundraising event laced with obscenities to be newsworthy. According to the Media Research Center, Fox was the only network to mention the vulgarity of Mr. Williams's act, and Time and Newsweek also kept their readers in the dark. Said Fox News Sunday panelist Fred Barnes, after viewing a clip of Mr. Williams's act with some words bleeped out: "I don't think that enhances the Democratic Party's image unless it wants to be known as the permissive party." INS official found guilty
Cuba's man in Miami
A jury last week found a U.S. immigration official guilty of espionage. In February an FBI sting operation caught Mariano Faget, acting deputy district director of the Immigration and Naturalization Service in Miami, passing classified information to a Cuban business partner. As part of the sting, the FBI gave him a made-up name of a man who was supposedly preparing to defect from Cuba. Within minutes, Mr. Faget called Pedro Font, his partner in America Cuba Inc., and passed him the information. Mr. Faget, a 54-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen who came from Cuba as a teenager, helped form America Cuba Inc. to pursue business in Cuba if the U.S. trade embargo against the island is ever lifted. He supplied the information "in order to gain economic advantage in his business dealings with Cuba," federal prosecutor Richard Gregorie said. "They were hoping to get in on the ground floor." For his part, Mr. Faget testified that he "made a mistake" when he called his lifelong friend to pass along the information. Mr. Faget had access to secrets about real Cuban defectors and dissidents, and federal agents are reviewing classified documents to determine whether he leaked anything else. Faces
- David Glattstein, 18, raked in $20,000 in the stock market boom. So did he buy a new car or a trip around the world? No, the Boston teenager endowed an annual $1,000 scholarship at his high school. The first will be awarded to a member of Swampscott High School's class of 2000. Mr. Glattstein set up the Matthew J. Kamin Rainbow Scholarship to honor a boyhood friend who died of leukemia at age 6.
- Seven-year-old Shari Marie Herold became the youngest recipient of the Ohio American Legion's "Red, White and Blue Award" this month for her "patriotic example." Shari Marie joined 59 other flag-waving grade-schoolers for the Indian Hill Primary School spring concert. When it came time for the grand finale and students were told to tip their hats and put their flags on the floor, 59 went down. But Shari Marie's did not. "It shows disrespect for the flag," she said later. the anti-virus game keeps getting more complex, with the latest bug disguised as a job seeker
A resumé to die for
Do you have a "Killer Resumé?" If so, you might want to get rid of it. It's one of the latest computer viruses unleashed through e-mail all over the world. These little bugs usually create the most havoc in corporate environments, especially those with the Microsoft Outlook product, since it is most popular. Killer Resumé sends around e-mail with the subject line, "Resume-Janet Simons," a query from a fake job seeker. When a boss or human resources executive clicks on an attached document, the virus starts deleting files on the victim's computer. Then it spreads itself to others. These viruses are increasingly common, and more and more people receive dangerous e-mails. A previous pest, the "Love Bug" virus, left experts calculating damage ranging up to $10 billion last month, mostly in lost work time. The most frequently mentioned way to protect against e-mail viruses is simply not to open an attached file unless the sender is someone familiar and you know what the e-mail message is supposed to be. Viruses disguise themselves as love letters or resumés or other innocuous documents to allay people's suspicions. One virus even changes the e-mail's subject line to reflect recent files on the computer that forwards the bug, sending messages like "Birthday party plans for Bob" or "Information about Motorola" to victims. Then there's anti-virus software, which isn't too expensive, but all the checking and searching can slow down a computer a bit. In addition, users must constantly update such software to protect against the latest viruses-and hope that the developers have found the latest bug before it gets sent to you. This endless game keeps getting more complex. -Chris Stamper man knows not his time
Lady Cartland dies
Barbara Cartland could really crank them out. She wrote 723 books before passing away last month at age 98. She sold over a billion copies, making her the world's top-selling author. Her romance titles like Call of the Heart, Escape from Passion, and We Danced All Night may not be memorable prose, but they sure did sell. What Ms. Cartland lacked in quality, she made up for in speed. She dictated 6,000 to 7,000 words in an afternoon and cranked out kitsch classics like The Wings of Ecstasy and The Taming of Lady Lorinda in seven days. As an unnamed critic at the British comedy site "Cool Stuff" notes, her books are repetitive. "The hero is always terribly dashing (probably an army chap)," he writes. "The heroine is a simpering idiot and the villain is a complete bounder with a pencil thin black moustache." But the archetypes of romance struck a deep chord with millions of readers-nearly all of whom are women. As her success shows, there is no exhausting the appeal of traditional male/female roles, falling in love, the ups and downs of courtship, ending with marriage and living happily ever after. young pop stars take over the music world, again
Bubbly Britney briefly reigns
Britney Spears. The Backstreet Boys. 'N Sync. The talents of these teen idols are questionable and their public images are as choreographed as their dance steps, but they ring in the cash. Miss Spears' second album sold 1.3 million copies in a week, setting a one-week sales record for a female artist. That still pales before an 'N Snyc album that hit the 2.4 million record this spring. What gives? The grown-up market is diversified, so the teen market-especially the part of it not mature enough to know a cliché-becomes the best opportunity for a quick score. Bubble-gum music of this sort peaks and pales quickly-Frankie Avalon, Fabian, and Bobby Rydell in the late 1950s; Leif Garrett, Shaun Cassidy, and Bobby Sherman in the 1970s; New Kids on the Block, Debbie Gibson, New Edition, and Tiffany in the 1980s-they all move quickly from "where it's at" to "where are they now?"