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Waiting for the Flames

Waiting for the Flames
Had the FBI understood that the Branch Davidians viewed a cataclysmic governmental confrontation as their birthright and hope, they might have realized that their weapons raid would not be an easy operation.
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Volume III, Issue 13
September 20 - September 27, 1999

News & Opinion

Whatever the Waco investigations reveal, the reality is that the fatal error occurred because federal agents did not take the sect seriously enough to do their homework on the its apocalyptic beliefs. Rowdiness at a run-down Austin motel has spilled into the adjoining neighborhood, and residents want something done about the problem. David Franklin's wife took their six children and disappeared. She said they were being abused by her husband. He said he never touched them. How would you find out the truth? Also, Nashville tries a different kind of public housing, some of Chicago's odd jobs, Mexican miners get the shaft, and more.

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Film & TV

"Blue Streak" is Martin Lawrence's latest action-shtick vehicle and we've got an interview with the star and a review. We've also got another interview with "Stir of Echoes" director David Koepp, as well as a trio of reviews from Memphis, Tucson, and Austin. Kevin Spacey stars in "American Beauty," Kevin Costner plays baseball again, Patricia Arquette has "Stigmata," MTV turns 18, and much, much more!

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Y2K rap's sprawling, frequently self-contradicting visions of the future tap into themes that have been with hip-hop, and black music in general, since way back. Though rap may be popular, it's hard to find in Knoxville -- but a hip hop scene does exist. Factors for attracting live music acts include popularity, venue, and the performers' desire to play a location, but the people booking entertainment often rely on whim and hope. Also, country looks good, music from Burning Man, a father attends an 'N Sync concert, and lots more.

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Arts & Leisure

Across the Universe
Miracle Child
Virtually Vicarious
E's for Education
Junk Food Research
and more...

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Michael McClure took part in the first significant reading by Beat writers, he's published poetry, essays, interviews, novels and plays, he co-wrote Janice Joplin's "Mercedes Benz," and Norman Mailer portrayed him as an outlaw motorcyclist. "Firsts: The Book Collector's Magazine" will soon print its 100th issue, because publishers Robin and Kathryn Smiley are doing what they like, and they're doing it well. From the terrible truth that war will continue reaching out for new lives to claim, Nancy Huston has created a chilling and beautiful work of art. Plus, a poetic family memoir, living with diabetes, a comics collection, and more.

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Come down from your Staggering Heights and get to the Red Meat of the matter with this swell set of cartoons that also includes Mueller, K. Rat and Random Shots.

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