Things are still very much in flux at The Washington Weekly, with editor Margaret B. Carlson leaving to head the Esquire magazine bureau here and associate editor Jamie Baylis leaving for The New Republic. One of the assistant editors, Bobbie Massie, is also leaving. Publisher Joan Bingham says the three editors won't be replaced because the newspaper is still struggling with an operating deficit. "It is not a desperate measure," she said. "It's just asking, 'What are all those editors doing on a 32-page newspaper?' " . . .

In the meantime, Jeff Stein, founder and first editor of The Washington Weekly, is considering an offer to turn Veteran, the monthly magazine of the Vietnam Veterans of America, into a national magazine featuring politics, movies, videos, books and pop culture as seen through the eyes of "The Big Chill" Vietnam generation . . .

New Republic owner and editor in chief Martin Peretz is in Boston's Beth Israel Hospital, where he was admitted early last week with chest pains believed brought on by a clogged artery. He is expected to be released from the hospital in a day or two following treatment . . .

To correct any possible confusion: Sen. Russell Long has a new press secretary, Bob Mann. He has not hired away Sen. Edward Kennedy's press secretary Bob Mann. There are two Bob Manns and they aren't related, but they are both from Texas . . .

Actor Paul Newman has donated another $100,000 from the proceeds of his food products company, which makes spaghetti sauce and other things. This goes to The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund . . .

It was Mozart's birthday yesterday, and at the Circle MacArthur, where the movie "Amadeus" is playing, "Happy Birthday Mozart" was added to the marquee . . .