Monday, August 18, 1997

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  • TV NEWS

    Crime figures across the country may be going down, but the number of crime stories on network television news is shooting up. That’s according to a new authoritative study by the Center for Media and Public Affairs, a Washington, DC media research group that looked at more than 90,000 stories on ABC’s "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings," "The CBS Evening News with Dan Rather" and "NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw," airing from 1990 through 1996.

  • RUSSIAN INTELLIGENTSIA

    During the Soviet era, the Russian intelligentsia was defined by its resistance to official ideology. This resistance subjected its members to persecution even as it ensured their place in society. The very fact that the regime considered the intelligentsia dangerous reinforced the public perception that ideas were powerful.

  • CANNED HUNTING

    The sound of the hunter’s gun will soon replace the playful sounds of summer in many of the country’s parks and mountains. But much of the hunting happening is hardly sporting. So-called canned hunting — where animals are released into an enclosed space as small as even a football field and then shot by hunters who pay high prices for the opportunity — is commonplace and legal in more than 40 states.

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