A Letter From the Publisher: Aug. 24, 1987

For Deputy Chief of Correspondents Jack E. White, it was a gratifying -- and unsettling -- week. Usually, White, who took up his present duties this past June, spends his time supervising the 51 correspondents in the magazine's ten domestic bureaus across the country. This week he had a special concern. White was the driving force behind our reports on the deteriorating conditions faced by inner-city blacks on the 20th anniversary of the riots that tore apart ghettos from Detroit to Newark. "The inner cities burned during that long, hot summer," says White. "But the conditions that sparked the turmoil, rather...