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    Bad Habits

    The ad campaign for The Minus Man is what you might call an exercise in ironic suggestibility, all sneering warnings ("Don't Bring a Dumb Date") and promises ("Running Time: All Night [In Your Head]"). It's a smug tactic-marketing a movie as a conver...

    by Dennis Lim on September 14, 1999
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    Earth: India's splitting headache in '47

    In Earth, director Deepa Mehta brings the monumental disaster of the Indian subcontinent's 1947 partition to the screen with gentleness and matter-of-factness. It fills you with a powerful, subtle sadness that lingers instead of clobbers. Returning...

    by Beth Greenfield on September 14, 1999
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    The ins and outs of college

    The liberal arts are "in" these days on campus, and the message from college administrators is clear: A good student is an experimenting student. Take psychology. Try French. Attack logic. But dont fight the inevitable: Isnt biology the subject w...

    by Ellen Burris on September 14, 1999
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    Mobbed up

    How bad was the race riot at the ROAD HOUSE PUB? The cops are sticking by their story that it was full-blown, but bar owner Michael Maupin insists that the riot that engulfed black patron Gregory Jean-Pierre wasn't necessarily racial in origin. "I ...

    by Stacy Albin on September 14, 1999
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    We got your hip-hop hall of fame

    We got no beef against Westchester County. We don't bug over shouts for its homegrown rap heavies like Brand Nubians, DMX and The Lox. We even give props to Mount Vernon's own Heavy D, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Al B Sure and Case. But when the mayor of...

    by A.J. Woodson on September 14, 1999
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    Fast, cheap and in control

    Background Check This is the restaurant formerly known as the American Food Stand. It opened on an unlikely stretch of Highway 4 years ago and immediately scored a hit as a homegrown fast-food David trying not so much to slay but to peacefully co-exi...

    by Ron M. Beigel on September 14, 1999
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    headline

    Regarding File this Fetish [Clicks, Aug. 26]: Although it may be a part of human nature to take the most interesting or eyebrow-raising aspect of a broader idea and run with that to have a more interesting story to tell, it also tends to make one app...

    on September 14, 1999
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    NY Mirror

    How cool am I? I figured out the trick ending of 'The Sixth Sense' only halfway through! (And by the way, anyone who's been spilling it to friends is as evil as I was that year I spent running around screaming, 'Thelma and Louise drive off a cliff!')...

    by Michael Musto on September 7, 1999
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    Nailing Coffin Nails - Trader Turned Activist Blasts Second-Hand Smoke

    Joe Cherner may soon be looking for a job. Its not because he needs the money; the 41-year-old did so well on Wall Street in the 1980s that he never has to work again. Its just that Cherner, the citys foremost unpaid antitobacco activist, thinks h...

    by Sharon Lerner on September 7, 1999
  • Ava Gerber - Artist; investor; furniture dealer

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    Ava Gerber - Artist; investor; furniture dealer

    Income $13,591 (1998) Health Insurance $0/mo. Mortgage $1462/mo. (paid by two tenants) Utilities $80/mo. Phone $150/mo. Food $400/mo. Transportation $150/mo. Is Ava Gerber like Dostoyevsky's Alexey Ivanovitch at the gaming table, when he says...

    by Toni Schlesinger on September 7, 1999
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    Chillin' With Uncle Sam - Feds to Teens: Just Say No, Dude

    The strangest site on the Internet has to be freevibe.com. Check it out if you're skeptical, and read the bizarre postings about the dangers of illegal drugs. They are written in the style of Seventeen magazine, in which grown-ups pepper their prose ...

    by Mark Boal on September 7, 1999
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    Mayor Foreman

    A Harlem Man Is Suing His Landlord for Getting His Testicles Scalded in the Shower. The Bizarre Part? Mayor Giuliani Is on the Jury. Oliver Huston Age 53 Resides Teaneck, New Jersey Occupation Sales/psychiatrist Do you thi...

    by Edmund Lee on September 7, 1999
  • When Pigskins Fly - New York, New York, It's a Hell of a Football Town

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    When Pigskins Fly - New York, New York, It's a Hell of a Football Town

    It takes about a 20-minute bus ride to discover how far the New York Jets have traveled in their two years under coach Bill Parcells. That's just enough time for a Giants fan with a brown-bagged beer on his way to the annual Jets-Giants preseason scr...

    by Paul Forrester on September 7, 1999
  • Kent Graham's Giant Steps

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    Kent Graham's Giant Steps

    Something's noticeably missing in Giants camp this fall. It isn't veteran wide receiver Chris Calloway, who was cut last spring despite placing third on the team's all-time receptions list. And it isn't run-stuffing defensive end Chad Bratzke, who fo...

    by Brian P. Dunleavy on September 7, 1999
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    Spoilsports of the Century - Robin Ficker, NBA Heckler, 1980s90s

    "Hey future governor Barkley," Robin Ficker once screamed from courtside at the old Capital Centre, "how do you feel about NAFTA, about health care reform, about tax cuts?" "Uh, I don't know," replied the NBA all-star aspiring politician. "But I do...

    by John Stravinsky on September 7, 1999
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    Gender Bending in Queens

    It took an unprecedented rash of injuries in the tournament's early days, but there's been a welcome reversal of gender roles at this year's U.S. Open. With three of the planet's top five hard-court players out world No. 1 Pete Sampras; defending ch...

    on September 7, 1999
  • My Uncle Vinny - When Vincent Curto was gunned down by police during a robbery nearly four years ago, no one wanted to hear his nephew's accusation that he was brutally assaulted as he lay dying. Until now.

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    My Uncle Vinny - When Vincent Curto was gunned down by police during a robbery nearly four years ago, no one wanted to hear his nephew's accusation that he was brutally assaulted as he lay dying. Until now.

    In July 1998, two months before Thomas Curto officially learned what really happened in the moments his Uncle Vincent lay dying on the floor of an East Village bodega, the Civilian Complaint Review Board gave police internal investigators the heads-u...

    by Peter Noel on September 7, 1999
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    Socks in the Long Grass - Hillary Moves In

    Landing in the Hamptons in the stealth of night, Hillary marched through New York last week. She encountered little serious opposition, raised money, bought a $1.7 million Westchester home ($350,000 down, $1.35 millon loan guaranteed by longtime Clin...

    by James Ridgeway on September 7, 1999
  • The Trojan Elephant - Gay Republicans Are Looking For Love In All the Wrong Places

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    The Trojan Elephant - Gay Republicans Are Looking For Love In All the Wrong Places

    Plus: Rudy's Free Ride When Gandhi was asked what he thought of Western civilization, he replied, "I think it would be a very good idea." The same can be said of the media-fed myth that Republicans are ready to reconcile with gays. It would be grea...

    by Richard Goldstein on September 7, 1999
  • Tools of the Trader - Could the NYSE Hold the Key to the Future of Electronic Trading?

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    Tools of the Trader - Could the NYSE Hold the Key to the Future of Electronic Trading?

    It's a slow day on Wall Street in late August, but the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) still feels like the inside of a Jiffy Pop. Old-boy brokers are capering with the bored confidence that accompanies an economic heyday. One p...

    by Amanda Griscom on September 7, 1999
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