Person of the Week
HARD RIGHT He was dismissed as nothing more than a fringe figure, but ultra-conservative French politician Jean-Marie Le Pen showed that his anti-immigrant, anti-E.U. stance has worrying appeal when he earned the right to run off against Jacques Chirac in France's presidential election
"It's a very bad thing when people exterminate other people."
PAUL D. WOLFOWITZ,
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense and noted hawk, on the violence between the Israelis and the Palestinians
$54.2 billion is the record first-quarter loss reported by AOL Time Warner, due to a balance sheet write-down following the plunge in the company's stock price
Questions on an English grammar exam in India's Gujarat state—site of bloody sectarianism—inexplicably contained references to violence in Nazi Germany
NBA great is nominated to basketball Hall of Fame. Meanwhile, current Laker Jelani McCoy is a lock for the Sepi’s Sandwich Wall of Fame
Mrs. Cobain spared a sanity test in lawsuit filed against her by ex-Nirvana band members. All parties agreed it would be a waste of time
Top mouse sees Disney post $259 million earnings. New theme park attraction, Wall of Fake Breasts, certainly seems to have paid off
Killer denied parole for 10th time. We’re surprised: Charles kept his cell tidy, flossed daily and wore a new string tie to the hearing
Skating queen busted for drunk driving. Tonya is one of those celebrities whose every action perfectly confirms our preconceptions of her
Vivendi Universal chief gets booed at annual stockholder meeting. He’s the least-popular Frenchman not currently running for President
By KATE DRAKE
DIED. LISA ("LEFT EYE") LOPES, 30, fast-rapping member of Grammy-winning R. and B. trio TLC, in a car crash while on vacation; in Honduras. The group's 1994 sophomore venture CrazySexyCool went quadruple-platinum. Lopes had recently signed to produce her second solo album under the moniker NINA, short for New Identity Not Applicable and gangsta slang for a 9-mm gun.
DIED. LINDA BOREMAN, 53, better known as Linda Lovelace, star of the notorious 1972 sex flick Deep Throat who later turned antiporn activist, of injuries from a car crash; in Denver, Colorado (see Eulogy).
DIED. PAM BAKER, 71, gutsy lawyer and human rights activist; in Macclesfield, England. Baker spent 19 years in Hong Kong championing the rights of battered women and underprivileged mainlanders as well as trying to secure refugee status for Vietnamese boat people.
HONORED. PAU GASOL, 21, as the National Basketball Association's Rookie of the Year; in Memphis, Tennessee. A native of Spain, the 2.13-m starting forward for the Memphis Grizzlies is the first European to win the award.
SENTENCED. A. ALFRED TAUBMAN, 78, colorful principal owner and former chairman of Sotheby's, to one year and a day in prison and fined $7.5 million, for heading a six-year price-fixing scheme in collaboration with the other major international auction house Christie's; in New York City. Christie's provided the authorities with key documents in exchange for conditional amnesty.
RESIGNED. KAREN HUGHES, 45, senior White House advisor; in Washington, D.C. Hughes had been a top aide to President George W. Bush since his 1994 run for Texas Governor. She cited family reasons for leaving office.
By CATHARINE MACKINNON
"Linda Lovelace" was the name under which LINDA BOREMANwas coerced into sex to make Deep Throat (1972), the movie that made pornography mainstream. She sought the dignity of an ordinary life but lost even low-paying jobs when her past surfaced. "Every time someone watches that film," she said in 1983 hearings for an antipornography civil rights law she inspired, "they are watching me being raped." But survivors of sexual abuse everywhere broke silence because she had. From forced "sex freak of the '70s," she became a beacon of resistance and hope—and changed the debate on pornography forever. Brave, gentle, miraculously resilient and valiant beyond words, Linda never accepted that her violation was constitutionally protected as was her violators' speech. "Why," she asked me, "do pimps' rights matter and mine don't?" Having survived so much and fought so hard, she died without an answer.