Table of Contents

updated 11/21/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/21/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

STAR TRACKS 10
John Cusack fights city hall. Joey Lawrence gets the blues on a date. Janet Jackson kisses and makes up in Manhattan, and more

UPFRONT
54 Susan Smith, who confessed to drowning her sons Michael, 3, and Alex, 14 months, hid her murderous heart behind an innocent smile

60 Ronald Reagan's announcement that he has Alzheimer's inspires anguish over his plight—and admiration for his grace in confronting the incurable disease

64 The answer: Alex Trebek. The question: What TV game show host lived out his dream wish to conduct an orchestra?

SCREEN 69
At 41, actress Mary Steenburgen is all aglow, with a new attitude and a new romance with Ted Danson

POLS 75
Republicans Sonny Bono and Fred Thompson are but two of the many outsiders who scored big victories in the midterm elections

OFF THE JOB 78
Jazzman and bandleader Branford Marsalis, making an acrimonious exit from The Tonight Show, bebops Jay Leno on the way out

PAGES 81
Author Liz Carpenter, 74, was lapping up retirement when suddenly she became a parent again—to her dying brother's three kids

ON THE MOVE 93
For 13 years he blitzed quarterbacks as the NFL's most ferocious Raider; now Howie Long is tackling a new career as a Fox football analyst

SONG 99
Brandy is still a teen but already ruling the charts with her first single, "I Wanna Be Down"

HAPPY 101
Now that Tom Arnold is history, Roseanne's former chauffeur—and new fiancé—Ben Thomas is the man who holds the key to her heart

SEQUEL 105
The bill has come due for a lifetime of hard living: 53-year-old musician David Crosby is suffering from a failing liver and anxiously awaiting the transplant he needs to survive

MYSTERY 107
When a strange gas coming from emergency-room patient Gloria Ramirez's body felled a dozen hospital workers, including Dr. Julie Gorchynski, the experts were baffled

INTRODUCING 111
With a toss of his long locks, Another World's Ecuadorean hunk Diego Serrano sends hearts aquivering

COVER 114
Sayonara, Sally Jessy, Geraldo and Phil. New-and-improved (not to mention happily married) Ricki Lake has the No. 2 talk show in the land. (Move over, Oprah)

KIN 123
Dexter King hopes to keep his father's message alive as head of Atlanta's troubled Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change
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ON THE JOB 127
San Jose cop Jim McMahon patrols a new world—cyberspace

ARTS 131
Muralist Wyland wants to save the whales—but he doesn't mind making millions in the process

CONTROVERSY 139
Racked by cancer and scandal, French President Francois Mitterrand weathers the exposure of his longtime mistress and their illegitimate daughter

ANGELS 142
More than 30 years as Walt Disney's housekeeper left Thelma Howard with fond memories—and $9.5 million in stock

WINNERS 145
A breakthrough role in The Road to Wellville has size-22 actress Camryn Manheim walking on air

TROUBLE 151
At 41, Glenn Burke, major league baseball's first openly homosexual player, is dying of AIDS

STYLE 154
Never mind the clothes: At New York City's spring fashion shows, the real talk of the town was all about Mickey Rourke and Carre Otis

TO THE TOP 158
Thanks to Woody Allen's Bullets over Broadway, Jennifer Tilly may finally emerge from the shadow of her younger sister Meg

INSIDE PEOPLE 1
MAIL 6
PICKS & PANS 17
THE INSIDER 53
PASSAGES 113
PUZZLER 148
CHATTER 162

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