ife's been too grim lately, so we've decided to take a break
from the tooth-loosening brutality of "hard-hitting"
news. This week's Weekly Wire is devoted to kinder,
gentler, soft-hitting news. These articles may not force
you to rethink your worldview, but they'll certainly take your
mind off last week's tragedies. Take this upbeat story about the
relationships between young models and their mothers. Who says
all mom-n-daughter beauty partnerships have sinister, Jon-Benet
Ramsey undertones? Some of these duos couldn't be happier, even
when the younger halves choose to appear in Playboy.
sych yourself up for a look at the world's second oldest profession
in this precognitive cover piece. Don't tell James ("The
Amazing") Randi, but these extrasensory perceptors -- also
known as psychics -- can be as fun to talk to as they are to debunk.
And don't forget to read the humorous sidebar, which contains
a conversation with an employee of the La Toya Jackson hotline,
who admits La Toya is just a "front." I knew she was
going to say that.
probably shouldn't pretend all this week's articles
avoid the dark side of life. Might as well admit it: we've got
two editorials on that whole Princess Diana thing. Surprisingly,
neither of them blast the paparazzi. One defends the photographers'
right to follow Diana, since she thrived on publicity; the other
calls for the release of the car-crash pictures, claiming they're
legitimate news photos. If you want to chime in with your opinion,
or just complain about how tiresome it's all become, don't hesitate
to do so in our Talk Back BBS.
n other grim media-centered news, try this one on for size:
Imagine you're a female news journalist and you've been following
the case of an alleged serial killer. You obtain an interview
with the suspected murderer in which he confesses several striking,
revelatory personal details. It's a terrific scoop, but there's
one hitch -- the suspect takes a liking to you, and won't leave
you alone. Sounds like the premise for a movie starring Julia
Roberts or Jodie Foster, doesn't it? But it really happened to
this unnerved reporter.
n less cinematic news, we've also got articles about the rise
of charter schools, disgruntled Intel employees, online medical
advice, and one columnist's crush on New York Times writer
Maureen O'Dowd. For a final burst of soft-hitting news, don't
forget to enjoy our regular Odds & Ends column -- and while
you're at it check out the latest addition to our "wacky
news" line-up: Mr. Smarty Pants, whose trivia tidbits are
so zany, you just might laugh your high-I.Q. breeches off.
Our online BBS is an open forum where you can say anything you
like about current events, controversies, or anything else that
might be stuck in your craw.
Volume I, Issue 14
September 8 - September 15, 1997
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Memphis fashion models talk aobut the role their mothers play in their careers. 
The Passing of a Princess
The Media and Princess Diana. 
Desperately Seeking the News
In praise of paparazzi. Semper fi, Di. 
For your average alleged mutilation murderer, Lemuel Prion is pretty good about keeping in touch. 
Austin has more than its share of psychics, astrologers, and curanderas. 
LaToya Jackson Psychic Network
Sidebar to Psychic Friends. 
Tales Out of School
The debut of our new education column, replacing "AISD Notebook": Charter schools get support from both conservatives and liberals. 
The Doctor is In(ternet)
Your technophobic guide to useful (and useless) sites on the World Wide Web. 
Devin D. O'Leary
Peeking into the high-tech world of tomorrow--today! 
David O. Dabney
Columnist Boy In Love
Can a Southern Arizona good ol' boy find love and happiness with a rapier-sharp East Coast liberal? Jeffy's eager to try! 
Odds & Ends
Timed-release news capsules from the flipside. 
Devin D. O'Leary
Mr. Smarty Pants
Our resident know-it-all unearths the latest trivia. 
Can't get enough news? You're in luck -- more news is created every day. Our Now What? page offers a plethora of recommended links to help keep you living in the present. 
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Is Elvis Cool?
Two Flyer columnists debate the essence of the E-Factor. [08-11-97]
Susan Ellis and Jim Hanas