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    What the Butler Wired - Do Not Disturb Unless You've Brought Me Some Floppies

    One does not employ the term 'butler' lightly. It's a vocation loaded with associations, a mixture of old-world civility and imperial elitism. Who, in this era of glorious populism, needs a butler? People who stay at Ritz-Carlton hotels, evidently. T...

    by Jeff Howe on November 9, 1999
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    Virtually Fearless - Sit Back, Relax, and Enjoy the Therapy

    In its long, strange trip to define itself, virtual reality has been put to a multitude of uses, from arcade games to architectural drawing to fighter-pilot training. VR's forefathers, as Fred Moody wrote in 'The Visionary Position,' are strange bedf...

    by Reetpaul Rana on November 9, 1999
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    Pitch Battle - Broadcasting a Bit-Stream War

    In what may be a new benchmark for "difficult listening," two teams of sound artists based in Belgrade and New York will use the Internet Sunday to wage an audio "war" live on the radio. Organizer Brian Conley has assigned each team an FM channel and...

    by Josh Goldfein on November 9, 1999
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    Bugging Out - Pesticide Fighters Bite Back Over Mosquito Spraying

    The insects may be dormant, but the battle over the hazards of aerial mosquito spraying is far from done. That was the message delivered by more than a dozen speakers during a forum held last Saturday in Harlem, at the headquarters of Al Sharpton's N...

    by Karen Cook on November 9, 1999
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    Sports

    Boxing Up History To put boxing's latest scandalthe International Boxing Federation's rankings fixinto perspective, let's go back to 1976 when ABC and Roone Arledge foolishly, almost unbelievably in retrospect, signed Don King to run a made-for-TV...

    on November 9, 1999
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    Living With Leprosy - Patients Find Care and Comfort in S.I.

    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 or Hansen's disease, as it's now called, will end up at Staten Island University Hospital, which houses ...

    by Sharon Lerner on November 9, 1999
  • NBA F.O.B.s - Bill Bradley Fields a Dream Team of Endorsers

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    NBA F.O.B.s - Bill Bradley Fields a Dream Team of Endorsers

    One of the more memorable moments of 60 Minutes' recent look at presidential candidate Bill Bradley was when they had Dollar Bill throw up a few shots as Ed Bradley stood by grinning. Not jumpers-white man's disease hardly goes into remission with ag...

    by John Stravinsky on November 9, 1999
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    76:50 The lifespan of the anti-Jim-Gray website

    "Slow and steady wins the race" is a maxim hanging over no Web-weaver's cubicle. Speed is a function of viability, whether fairly or no; projects go from lunch meeting to launch in a matter of weeks, and the odd straggler-say, boo.com, delayed once a...

    by Angela Gunn on November 9, 1999
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    Down With Alpha Males! - A Top Man Is Not a Leader

    Whatever Naomi Wolf's sins may beand they are mostly sins of intellectual crudityyou have to feel for her after the mangling she took last week. Hired to help Al Gore project a macho mien, she became the target of stand-up savants from Jay Leno to ...

    by Richard Goldstein on November 9, 1999
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    Mumia's Last Stand - A Celebrated Death-Row Inmate Implores Angela Davis to Organize the People on His Behalf

    The news was stunning: The bespectacled natty dread, whom the world has come to know as convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal, would die by injection in Pennsylvania on December 2, barring further legal appeals. In a single moment, the faith that had ...

    by Peter Noel on November 9, 1999
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    Going Postal

    With dance music blaring, Chunky's wouldn't seem to be the ideal spot for talking politics. But that didn't stop drag queen Venice Charles on Friday. She spoke passionately about Hillary Clinton, and how if she were in the White House she'd have the ...

    by Stacy Albin on November 9, 1999
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    Politics of the pit

    Was a time when a chick in a slampit was a rarity. One badass bitch. It was cool that she'd get into the thick of things. Guys dug that; they respected it. They'd surf her from front to back and back again, hands passing her quickly along with an occ...

    by Robin Rothman on November 9, 1999
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    Class clowns

    The best graduation speech this year on Long Island is Janie Robinson's. "I can't bowl, I stunk at ceramics and I've been thrown out of bingo for talking too much," the 38-year-old dyslexic hairdresser from Hauppauge tells an audience at Stand-Up Uni...

    by Stacy Albin on November 9, 1999
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    Waking Andy Kaufman

    There are no empty beer cans or cigarette butts that can guide you to his grave. No crowds. No security guard. No graffiti on the neighboring headstones. Walk past Fishman and Waldman in Section One-4 of Beth David cemetery in Elmont until you reach ...

    by Bill Jensen on November 9, 1999
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    Endangered Feces: last of its kind? On October 17, Dr. Shay's hosted an all-ages show for Box Your Ears In, which included sets by punk bands like the Loiterers, Hidden Agenda and Endangered Feces. The idea was to get a good live recording and then...

    by Rich Black on November 9, 1999
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    Gomez Liquid Skin Virgin Finally, a band has come along to make ranting schmucks like Billy Corgan eat their words about rock being dead. Gomez's latest is an even tastier treat than its '98 debut, Bring It On. But please, don't hate Gomez beca...

    on November 9, 1999
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    That's the spirit Thank you for an interesting and quite accurate account of the Amityville phenomenon [ The Amityville Horror: 25 Years Later, Cover Story, Oct. 21]. I am the widow of Stephen Kaplan and co-author of The Amityville Horror Conspirac...

    on November 9, 1999
  • Serpico: 'Nothing Has Changed' - Cops in Danger from Other Cops

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    Serpico: 'Nothing Has Changed' - Cops in Danger from Other Cops

    'The problem is that the atmosphere does not yet exist in which honest police officers can act without fear of ridicule or reprisal from fellow officers.' Frank Serpico, testifying before the New York Knapp Commission on police corruption and othe...

    by Nat Hentoff on November 2, 1999
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    Condomnation - An Old Virus Becomes a New Argument for Abstinence

    The human papilloma virus has been around for yearsas a health problem, anyway. The virus surfaced in medical literature in the 1950s, and some of its many strains had already been tied to cervical cancer back in the '70s. Even the ancient Greeks re...

    by Sharon Lerner on November 2, 1999
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    Marchers Bring Their Case to UN - Poor But Not Powerless

    It seemed appropriate that a monthlong walk of poor people that started in Washington, D.C., should end in New York City just one week after Mayor Rudy Giuliani mandated that the homeless work for shelter. At 8:00 a.m. on Monday, about 500 people beg...

    by Robin Shulman on November 2, 1999
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