July 04, 1988 12:00 PM

ON THE COVER 62

Alleged rape victim Tawana Brawley’s militant advisers, Rev. Al Sharpton, Vernon Mason and Alton Maddox, stand accused of perpetrating a cynical hoax for political gain

UP FRONT 32

Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker say there’s no scandal big enough to keep them from their rightful place in the pulpit

Beauty pageant officials thought contestant Michelle Anderson wanted to be Miss California; what she really wanted was a forum to say she couldn’t care less

Syndicated columnist Carl Rowan, an opponent of unregistered handguns, shoots an intruder in his own backyard

Pianist Alexander Toradze, separated from his mother since his defection from the Soviet Union five years ago, savors a joyous New York reunion

SCREEN 52

Director Penelope Spheeris cooks chicken soup at home, then heads off to cook up movies about sex, drugs and rock and roll

MAIN STREET 59

They don’t make ’em the way they used to; John Hay’s $3 million underground home is 250 million years old and rock-solid

HUCKSTERS 73

The youngest skateboarder ever sponsored by a major manufacturer, 3-year-old Danny Kramer is the hottest thing on wheels

STYLE 74

Neoprene, the sizzling swimsuit material, sends temperatures soaring among watchers and wearers alike

IN HER OWN WORDS 77

When the optimism of youth starts to fade, says Barbara Gordon, author of Jennifer Fever, some aging men yearn to start over—but not with the wives who’ve aged with them

KIN 82

When the dust settled in a support battle between a woman and her ex, the public found out that the third party, actor Ed Asner, was the proud papa

LOOKOUT 85

Ethel and the Shameless Hussies, all done wrong by the same fictitious “Richard,” are hitting it big with their semibawdy songs of C&W woe

CRIME 87

Copycat killer Stella Nickell poisoned her husband with cyanide-laced Excedrin; when police didn’t notice, she did the same to a woman she’d never met

SONG 94

Country singer K.D. Lang says her claim that she’s an “incarnation” of the late Patsy Cline is no idol fancy

FAMILY 98

U.S. graduate schools aren’t rushing to admit 11-year-old math whiz Adragon De Mello, who has a college diploma and a father who has guided his every move

MAIL 6

PICKS & PANS 9

TAKE ONE 31

STAR TRACKS 49

CHATTER 102

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