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ON THE COVER 60

Last Tuesday young actress Rebecca Schaeffer opened her front door and was shot once in the chest. Her accused killer, Robert John Bardo, has been described as an obsessed fan

UP FRONT 20-30

After flying on autopilot for hundreds of miles, Washington, D.C., lawyer Thomas Root crashes in the Atlantic and miraculously swims away from the wreckage—only to face a barrage of embarrassing questions

Bruce Willis, Shelley Long, John Cusack and Billy Crystal were there as Rob Reiner’s When Harry Met Sally…met Hollywood

Two decades after he and his crew were freed from a North Korean prison, Capt. Lloyd Bucher wins his fight to honor the men of the U.S.S. Pueblo

Accusing the Catholic hierarchy of racism, Washington, D.C., priest George Stallings risks excommunication by launching a renegade black church

VOICES 33

Cartoonist Bob Kane was 18 years old and looking for a superhero with the endearing flaw of mortality when he created Batman, the celebrated star of page, screen and cape

WINNERS 39

Writing from unhappy experience, Boston schoolgirl Lashanda Daniels wins a prize for her moving essay on how it feels to be homeless—and to spend five humiliating months in a municipal shelter

ARTS 44

Shattered by the loss of Arnie Zane, his late partner and lover, dancer Bill T. Jones wins critical praise for performing an extraordinary emotional tribute

ON THE JOB 49

Executive desk cleaner Jeffrey Mayer cleans up by cleaning up

TO THE TOP 50

In Lethal Weapon 2, Mel Gibson has the gun, but blond Briton Patsy Kensit is the one with the looks that could kill

SCENE 57

Their handiwork gives some people gas, but Seattle’s auto expressionists are putting their careers into drive

COUPLES 69

World-weary Californian Joana McIntyre starts over at 58 as the wife of Malé Varawa, a Fijian fisherman 30 years her junior

SCREEN 74

Anxious to shed his Vegas image—and willing to dump $500,000 in club dates to do it—Wayne Newton plays a sleazy televangelist in the new James Bond film, Licence to Kill

SONG 78

Jewish heavy-metal humorists Black Shabbos are perceptive, if not exactly observant

MAIL 6

PICKS & PANS 9

TAKE ONE 19

STAR TRACKS 52

CHATTER 80