EDUCATION: Tough Choice
Will free-market competition kill or cure the ailing U.S. public school system?
NATION: The Thomas Nomination
The ordeal of being black and successful in America
WORLD: Can the Center Hold?
A shaky new Soviet government aims to halt the fragmentation
BUSINESS: They're Back
After the '80s, investment bankers rebuild on firmer ground
INTERVIEW Myriam Miedzian discusses men, sports and violence 16
HEALTH Why is the death rate so high among blacks? 50
SPACE How a satellite seeks to save the planet 53
SPORTS Some athletes get mad to do better than get...