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News & Opinion

T his week marks the premiere issue of Weekly Wire, a publication we hope you will find both enlightening and entertaining. The News & Opinion section will spotlight those of our contributors' articles that have either a clear national relevance or a striking local flavor. This selection process isn't always easy, but we're doing our best to ensure that there's a wide variety of approaches and subjects to choose from -- as this week's articles demonstrate.

T ime Bombed addresses an issue to which most of us can relate: the increasing pressure to hurry, hurry, hurry. Far from being a time-management article, the author proposes we change our approach to life itself. Eaten Alive! has a grislier focus: the destructive forces of necrotizing fasciitis, a tissue-devouring bacteria that almost killed a man whose sole mistake was scratching his hand on a suitcase zipper.

A re these people onto something, or are they just crazy? This question will cross the minds of anyone who reads Weird Science, about a playful physicist whose scientific efforts extend into the realms of breast cancer detection, Russian research institutes, and meteor study on the dark side of the moon. Even crazier-seeming is the author of Letters at 3 A.M., whose late-night diatribe against television reads like a cross between Noam Chomsky, Franz Kafka and William S. Burroughs.

T here's always room for rants in Weekly Wire, and Jeff Smith and Captain Opinion lead the way in that domain. Smith's latest tirade against capital punishment provides a grittier-than-usual assessment of the Timothy McVeigh sentence, and Captain Opinion's ambivalent approval of the drug legalization puts a personal spin on a subject often argued in clinical terms. Most opinionated of all is Ron Yengich, a Utah resident whose vitriolic comparison between his city and Chicago rings, humorously, of post-NBA bitterness.

T hough this is the first official Weekly Wire, a few preliminary issues have already been published, and these can be accessed by clicking here. You'll find a selection of articles just as varied and diverting as what's offered this week.


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June 20 - July 1, 1997

Time Bombed
Slow down, will ya? A consideration of time. [2]
Jay Walljasper

Eaten Alive!
How David Cowles became a mere morsel for a deadly, flesh-eating bacterium. [3]
Carolyn Campbell

Letters at 3AM
Drastic Spaces: Part III. [4]
Michael Ventura

Weird Science
From the ultra-close scrutiny of the female breast to racking micro-meteorites on the dark side of the moon, the amusing mind of physicist Peter Franken is always on the move. [5]
Mari Wadsworth

Environmental Racism
We exhibit a split personality when it comes to Native Americans--are they citizens of sovereign nations within the borders of a larger country, or are they residents of rural ghettos? [6]
Karen Denton

Deadly Intentions
The only thing crazier than Tim McVeigh killing all those innocent people in Oklahoma City is the state killing Tim McVeigh in a coldly rational execution. [7]
Jeff Smith

Captain Opinion
Education and free choice kick the habit. [8]
Cap'n O

Chicago, #@&* Off
Salt Lake City may not be the city with big shoulders, but we have a future. [9]
Ron Yengich

Odds & Ends
Random musings.... [10]
Devin D. O'Leary

Brave New World
Ticketmaster and Microsoft squabble about the right to link. [11]
David O. Dabney

Melanoma, Carcinoma ... Some Kind of a Noma
Welcome to skin cancer season. [12]
Mike Ratchett

Now What?
A Web link page chock full of resources, recommendations, and staff picks pertaining to the subject of this section. [13]


From The Vaults

Captain Opinion
Tobacco should be treated no differently than any other product. [06-06-97]
Cap'n O

Odds & Ends
The Southern Comfort Free Theatre for the Performing Arts provides a haven for the g-string form in Iowa and English lawyers are more evil than American lawyers. [06-13-97]
Devin D. O'Leary

Cookie Monster
There's more to cooking than just following a recipe. [06-06-97]
Margaret Renkl




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