alk about a slow newsweek. While the daily papers droned on about
the UPS strike, police brutality, and embittered cosmonauts, many
newsweeklies turned their sights inward, reporting on specific
local matters that wouldn't have much appeal in Weekly Wire.
ike Vasily Tsibliev after a long, arduous stay aboard Mir, I
too became bitter: How could I fill up this web page with universally
appealing stuff when everybody was writing about their friendly
neighborhood legislators? I was beginning to think the web just
plain sucked, and this was all a sham!
ncredibly, last-minute salvation arrived in the form of this
fine article about the Web. The paradox was that while it assuaged
my hopes for Weekly Wire's news section, its contents also
confirmed my worst suspicions: the Internet has become
a sinkhole for useless info, overstuffed search engines, pyramid
schemers, busy signals, and lame personal sites. The depression
efore I ran out to find someone who could help me commit Net
hari-kari, though, I read this death-defying analysis of the pros
and cons of assisted suicide. It made all the difference. My deathly
feelings were further alleviated by Margaret Renkl's Home Brood
column, which demonstrated how a baby's first birthday could symbolize
the liberation of a parent's mortal fears. As always, I loved
the way Renkl used a few simple life events to comment on universal
nd then I arrived out the other end of that dark tunnel: this
Weekly Wire news section would be as relevant as ever.
In the same week that the Associated Press reported that "Some
blacks see school success as a 'white' thing," we've got
a review of John Hoberman's book Darwin's Athletes, which
claims that the overemphasis on blacks' sports acumen is damaging
to their social progress.
ur latest Brave New World column details exactly how Microsoft
stands to benefit from their $150 million deal with Apple, and
a special report about cash-advance businesses in Memphis decries
the legitimization of what basically amounts to loan sharking.
Finally, Odds & Ends supplies its usual cadre of bizarro news
stories, which touch on everything from rat kidnappers to penis-shrinking
sorcerers. Slow newsweek? Not hardly.
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Volume I, Issue 11
August 18 - August 25, 1997
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The Information Superhighway? The Internet is more like a parking garage full of trivia, inaccuracies and useless personal home-pages. 
Deal With the Devil?
Apple sells itself to Microsoft. Is that such a good idea? 
David O. Dabney
Black, White, and Unequal?
A Univ. of Texas professor's new book argues that the current domination of sports by African Americans is actually pushing them to the back of the bus again. 
Easy Money in Hard Times
Memphis has the highest bankruptcy rate in the nation, and many lenders are cashing in on the business of poverty. 
Is There a Good Death?
A friend's death puts society's views of death and suicide into perspective. 
Taking stock of life's terrors. 
Odds & Ends
Timed-release news capsules from the flipside. 
Devin D. O'Leary
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Zen Buddhism looks like a religion, walks like a religion, and talks like a religion -- but according to Comptroller John Sharp, it can't be tax-exempt like a religion. [08-11-97]
Is it goofy, insane or dumb? Go for it! [07-08-97]
Education and free choice kick the habit. [06-20-97]