To Our Readers: Aug. 19, 1996

One of the worst things for a newsmagazine is a long drought of news. Almost as challenging is being hit with two stories the same week. Sometimes they pair interestingly in our minds and on our cover: Kerri Strug's golden heart and a two-bit pipe bomber's tarnished mind allow us to grapple with the courage and cowardice of the human soul. But sometimes the stories are eerily disparate, hard to balance in our minds because the relative weight of each seems more difficult to calculate the closer together we bring them.

Such was the case last week as we debated what...

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