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1999 Stories by Sharon Lerner

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  • Dialysis Deals

    published December 21, 1999

    Bellevue and Jacobi hospitals are entering unprecedented licensing agreements with private dialysis companies that have reignited concern over the... More >>

  • Partial Fizzle

    published December 14, 1999

    Whatever else there is to say about our virulently un-p.c. mayor, it appears he is living up to his pro-choice claims. While Michael Long,... More >>

  • No Services Offered in Arrest of Homeless Man

    published December 7, 1999

    On the night of November 24, less than a week after Mayor Giuliani announced his plan to arrest homeless people sleeping in public places, Gerald... More >>

  • The Uncovered

    published November 30, 1999

    The fundraiser at Life on Bleecker Street is off to a slow start. The Verve's 'Bittersweet Symphony' all but echoes through the near-empty club. A... More >>

  • Managed Care Changeover: Bad Rx?

    published November 16, 1999

    The city has finally begun the long-awaited task of assigning medicaid recipients to managed care plans. But, in the midst of the chaotic process... More >>

  • Living With Leprosy

    published November 9, 1999

    As recently as 30 years ago, a leper in the United States could be arrested and incarcerated for life. Today, with any luck, a local with leprosy... More >>

  • Condomnation

    published November 2, 1999

    The human papilloma virus has been around for years—as a health problem, anyway. The virus surfaced in medical literature in the 1950s, and... More >>

  • Home Improvements

    published October 26, 1999

    Vivian Gonzalez is no stranger to hard work. The eldest girl in a family of 21 children, she grew up taking care of people. At 58, it's still what... More >>

  • Welfare Policy Relapse

    published October 19, 1999

    Thousands of welfare recipients being treated for alcoholism and drug addiction may lose their benefits under new guidelines issued by the city's... More >>

  • Low Anxiety

    published October 12, 1999

    Regina Stafford is slightly ill at ease as the B train lurches out of the 55th Street station in Boro Park. There are a few moments in the short... More >>

  • HMO Umpires

    published October 5, 1999

    Irwin Maltz is determined to help his son get taller. Until about six months ago, 16-year-old Ross— whose development is stunted by Crohn's... More >>

  • Unnatural Disasters

    published September 21, 1999

    Hurricanes. Mosquitos. E. coli. Drought. Coincidence? Some scientists don't think so. Rather, they say, the dried, drenched, and infested summer... More >>

  • Blood From Stones

    published September 14, 1999

    Frank Madden has no trouble with numbers; he's a financial broker, at home with subtotals, percentages, columns of figures. But his medical bills... More >>

  • Nailing Coffin Nails

    published September 7, 1999

    Joe Cherner may soon be looking for a job. It’s not because he needs the money; the 41-year-old did so well on Wall Street in the 1980s that... More >>

  • Sole Searching

    published August 31, 1999

    Maybe it was when they were four, or seven, or maybe even 18, but at some point the serious foot lovers at last week's Foot Friends party realized... More >>

  • Service Interrupted

    published August 24, 1999

    On July 24, Al Gore visited Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx and declared political war on asthma, a disease that plagues children in that... More >>

  • Egg Hunt

    published August 10, 1999

    What was John Wayne's real name? What was Julia Roberts's first onscreen role? In what movie did Ronald Reagan star with a monkey? Oh, and do you... More >>

  • They Might Be (Intellectual) Giants

    published August 3, 1999

    Perhaps some of you new parents out there are planning on piano lessons and S.A.T. preparation. But why wait until Junior is two to begin the... More >>

  • Tooth To Tell

    published July 27, 1999

    The price of admission to the "baby tooth auction" at East Hampton's Vered Gallery last Friday was $50, or roughly the cost of collecting one baby... More >>

  • Taking Care of Business

    published July 20, 1999

    In 1996, Alan Shapiro had a brain tumor. His doctors at Memorial Sloan-Kettering advised aggressive, emergency therapy for the 44-year-old, but... More >>

  • Profit Prophets

    published July 13, 1999

    Flash forward. It's 2010 and you've developed diabetes, maybe from all the Mr. Softee you sucked down during the heat wave of 1999. Not to worry.... More >>

  • Fur’s Flying

    published July 6, 1999

    Now that ferrets have joined hyenas, tigers, jackals, hippos, and giraffes on the Board of Health's list of banned pets, what will become of our... More >>

  • Banned From Pride

    published June 29, 1999

    Ken was on his way from Toronto last Wednesday to spend Gay Pride week with a friend on the Upper East Side. "We were going to go to a couple of... More >>

  • Before the Crash

    published June 22, 1999

    We are girls. We are cool. We are smart. We work hard. And we are def-in-ite-ly equal. Such is the straightforward, political,... More >>

  • Smack Attack

    published June 15, 1999

    It all started on a Monday about a month ago. Three people, thought to have bought their heroin in the East Village, overdosed in one day. Richard... More >>

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