Ill Wind

On June 7, in the inaugural broadcast of CNN's NewsStand, in a segment called "Valley of Death," CNN's chief Pentagon correspondent, Peter Arnett, reported that in the Vietnam War, during an operation known as Tailwind, U.S. troops used sarin nerve gas to hunt down and kill American defectors in Laos......

Producers Jack Smith and April Oliver's Rebuttal

Floyd Abrams and David Kohler's report (the "AK Report") is thin on detail, and shows a weak and superficial understanding of the facts upon which the broadcast was based. It makes unsupported propositions regarding the credibility of sources, appears to rely on third-party reporting, virtually ignores the most significant confirming......

Letters

SAVING PRIVATE RYAN DEAR EDITOR:Re: Ella Taylor's review of Saving Private Ryan ["Dark Victory," July 24-30]. It is not a "burst of schmaltzy ritual" when the old man falls to his knees at the cemetery in Normandy and asks his wife to tell him that he was a "good man."......
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Space Sparks

Vinny Golia's improvisational trio was in a small European town one time. "There was actually a chicken fluttering around. We had a gig in this old church. And I said, 'No one's gonna come here. At least it's a cool church.' But by the time we were finished setting up,......
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Screamin' Jay Hawkins

Listen to Screamin' Jay Hawkins: Real Audio Format I Put a Spell on You Orange Colored Sky Frenzy Download the RealPlayer FREE! "Screamin' Jay's the shit," proclaims Eszter Balint as she lugs a boom box blaring Screamin' Jay Hawkins' 1956 recording of "I Put a Spell on You" down a......
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Third Ear – Aug 5, 1998

Beanfield: Beanfield (Streetbeat) Munich trip-hop techno-funk electro-whatsit trio, tres cool due to their ultra-controlled thoughts about the space surrounding their oily pulses and airy, mechanical voices. Beanfield's got plump synth bass and funk-not-hip-hop drum sequences, minimal parts drawing the essence from the classics for max effect. Tossing in the electric......
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Happy Birthday, Andy

August 6 would have been Andy Warhol's 70th birthday, and while it's not that hard to imagine him at that age - he always seemed slightly senile - it's easy to forget that he's no longer around. Eleven years after his death, the silver-wigged wonder is as ubiquitous as ever......
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A Doctor Calls

Fifteen years ago Charles Marowitz staged a Los Angeles Actors Theater production of Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People in which Gerald Hiken portrayed the drama's crusading protagonist as a self-righteous prig who, in some ways, was more ignorant than the townspeople he presumed to enlighten. It made for......
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Virtual Virgins

Given a moment's thought, any reasonable 12-year-old could have figured it out. The notion that two teens would lose their virginity live on the Internet had to be a hoax. Yet media sources from Channel 11 news to Salon magazine responded to "Our First Time" as if it were either......
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Gruel World

Dim sum can be grand. Northern breakfast breads are delicious. But congee - porridge - may be as close as there is to a universal Chinese breakfast dish, rice boiled with large amounts of broth until it becomes a nutritious, loosely textured gruel, spiked with a handful of boiled peanuts......