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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

G ov. George W. Bush of Texas may very well be the next President of the United States. In a special package of articles, the staff of the Austin Chronicle take a look at Candidate Bush, his character, his friends, his record, his platform, and more.

The media coverage of Monica and Milosevic has something in common: an over-reliance on official sources and a lack of independent digging, and American public-relations, law, and lobbying firms have quietly become diplomats for hire.

Plus, life after Littleton, coroner's photos, and our regular collection of columnists.


Features
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The Media War [10]
Mainstream-media reports on the Balkans have focused almost entirely on the Milosevic regime's misdeeds and on NATO's efforts to stop him. But there are other forces at work and other issues to consider.
— Dan Kennedy, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Diplomacy For Hire [11]
Governments in the Balkans and across the globe have figured out that the best path to U.S. officials and op-ed pages is through the spin cycle.
— Ben Geman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Life After Littleton [12]
In many cases, the response to the Littleton shootings has been to add security and place new limits on students. Were these the best steps to take?
— Jesse Fox Mayshark, METRO PULSE
 
Killer Shots [13]
Pima County sues a local publisher who wanted to publish photos of illegal immigrants who died in the desert.
— David Holthouse, TUCSON WEEKLY
 

Columns
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Letters at 3AM [14]
The true roots of Littleton.
— Michael Ventura, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Crossing The Line [15]
It takes courage to brave the border, the courage of a peasant class that never has known comfort or ease, only hard work for short rations.
— Jeff Smith, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
GI Joe Too Buff? [16]
No action with GI Joe.
— Walter Jowers, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Litigation Frustration [17]
And other questions for the millennium.
— Tom Danehy, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Manic Milestones [18]
Infant breakthroughs bring a period of fussing and screaming.
— Margaret Renkl, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Shakedown Cruise [19]
How to buy a used car, part 2.
— Marc Stengel, NASHVILLE SCENE
 

Volume II, Issue 49
June 1 - June 7, 1999  
 
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George W. Bush
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The Can't-Miss Kid [2]
It doesn't take a genius to figure out why George W. Bush will be our next president; but there are also a few reasons why he won't.
— Robert Bryce, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Bush: The Book [3]
An unauthorized Bush Book.
— Amy Smith, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Bush vs. Bush [4]
President Bush signed the Clean Air Act into law; his son helps polluters get around it.
— Robert Bryce, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Forgiving His Trespasses [5]
Party boy Bush straightens up and flies right -- religious right, that is.
— Lisa Tozzi, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Extra Credit [6]
The turnaround of the Texas educational system may be more a matter of timing than the efforts of Gov. Bush.
— Kevin Fullerton, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Hooked on Phonics [7]
Bush pushes reading education the way God intended it.
— Erica C. Barnett, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Borderline Bush [8]
Hispanics gave him the vote -- so what has he given back?
— Erica C. Barnett, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Where Was George? [9]
Bush failed in his promise to put Texas before campaigning.
— Louis DuBose, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

Teeny Tidbits
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Mr. Smarty Pants [20]
Our resident know-it-all unearths the latest trivia.
— R.U. Steinberg, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

Now What? [21]
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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