ON THE COVER 116
Their separate careers ascending as one, CBS newswoman Connie Chung, lured from NBC by big bucks, and Maury Povich, the self-assured host of A Current Affair, have one very important thing in common: They just can't get enough of each other

UP FRONT 56-66

Bearing food, water and bedding, 170 Iron Men (and Women) race 125 grueling miles through the Sahara

Evel Knievel hopes his son Robbie will be able to rise after trying to leap the Caesars Palace fountains where Evel once crashed

Di, Fergie, little Bea and the rest of the royals pass their Easter like any other family—with baby photos, new clothes and fresh gossip

KIN 89
After a notoriously fallow decade, Watergate sleuth Carl Bernstein is the author of an emotional memoir about his socially committed, once-Communist parents

BONUS BOOK 94
In a harrowing excerpt from her new book, First Father, First Daughter, Maureen Reagan speaks out for the first time about her tormented year as an abused wife

ON THE ROAD 107
Three Spokane filmmakers try to sell their movie by touring the nation in their bizarre Brickmobile

SONG 108
It's a Don't Be Cruel world for pop sensation Bobby Brown, whose onstage antics got him busted in Columbus, Ga., but took him all the way to No. 1 on the charts

DISCOVERY 113
Thanks to sharp-eyed musicologist Jay Rosenblatt, a "new" concerto by Franz Liszt appears 150 years after it was written

HERO 114
All dressed up to protest injustice, masked Mexican marvel Super Barrio takes his crusade north of the border

ON THE JOB 127
Baseball scout Epy Guerrero beats Dominican bushes for major-league talent

ARTS 135
Sculptor and conceptual artist David Ireland lives in his own oeuvre, a house whose decay he is happy to celebrate

ON THE MOVE 141
By updating Bartlett's, editor Justin Kaplan hopes to make his quotation mark

TUBE 145
He's a lewd and tacky twit on NBC's Dear John, but offscreen Jere Burns is more homebody than hustler

PAGES 145
Amy Tan explores the Chinese-American experience in a haunting first novel. The Joy Luck Club

SEQUEL 155
The Thin Blue Line pleaded his case; now the courts have set Randall Dale Adams free, 12½ years after he was sentenced to death

WINNERS 158
Deaf actress Marlee Matlin crosses a brave new boundary—playing her first speaking role

TO THE TOP 162
Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington was sitting in with jazz greats at 10; now, at 23, she has a hot album and a job on TV with Arsenio Hall

MAIL 6
PICKS & PANS 9
TAKE ONE 55
STAR TRACKS 152
CHATTER 164