Among the host of enduring images to emerge from the funeral of Jordan’s King Hussein, there was none so poignant—nor politically charged—as that involving Hafez Assad. Syria’s president was captured in a pensive mood, gazing down upon the coffin of his old foe, palms upturned in Muslim supplication, lips murmuring a silent prayer.By BARRY CAME
FICTION 1. The Testament, John Grisham (7) 2. Southern Cross, Patricia Cornwell (9) 3. Blindness, José Saramago (1) 4. The River Midnight, Lilian Nattel 5. The Love of a Good Woman, Alice Munro (3) 6. Amsterdam, Ian McEwan (2) 7. Seize the Night, Dean Koontz (4)
At 27, Daniel Emond was overweight, working long hours and aware that high cholesterol levels ran in his family. The Ottawa salesman would get winded walking uphill, but he did not fully understand that he was a prime candidate for heart disease until he went into hospital for unrelated knee surgery in 1996.By SUSAN OH
Bill Clinton has had the better part of a year to learn how to get it right, how to say “I’m sorry” and sound like he means it. He flubbed it last August, when he turned a would-be apology for his misbehaviour in the White House into a stinging attack on his accusers.By ANDREW PHILLIPS
The search for the causes of cancer leads many researchers to the mysterious, microscopic world of damaged molecules and defective genes. But Richard Gallagher, director of cancer control research programs with the Vancouver-based B.C. Cancer Agency, looks at a bigger picture—one of environment and behaviour.By D.J.
Anatoli Chrenowski, a 46-year-old Ottawa computer specialist, was immersed in a busy and successful life. Working days for Revenue Canada, he taught computer classes three evenings a week, took care of several small apartment buildings he owns, and tried to find time to spend with his wife, Anna, and their two young children.By MARK NICHOLS
For years, Dave (not his real name) was plagued by a crushing lack of self-confidence. Family problems in his childhood had left scars. He was chronically overweight. And there was the problem with his penis—Dave was obsessed by the belief that it was too small.By MARK NICHOLS
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