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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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    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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    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
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    Sweetheart Deal, Bitter Wounds - The L.A. Times's Eccentric Ex-Publisher Appears in a Bold Cameo

    On November 3, the staff in the Los Angeles Times's newsroom went wild. That's when City Editor Bill Boyarsky read a letter addressed to them from 71-year-old former publisher Otis Chandler, denouncing the Times's decision to partner with the new Sta...

    by Cynthia Cotts on November 9, 1999
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    The Ultimate Sky Box - Catching the Game From the Cockpit of an Aerial Advertiser

    No matter how intense the action on the field is, you are compelled to look up. It is inevitable. Capturing your attention, as it splutters slowly into your peripheral vision, is a tiny single-engine plane straining valiantly against the wind. Behind...

    by John D. Thomas on November 9, 1999
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    Alien Toxins - Area 51's Sci-Fi Folklore Masks a Truly Spooky Reality

    WASHINGTONThe story endsfor now, anywaywith a piece of paper dated September 20, quietly conveyed two weeks ago to the 'Federal Register,' where it was published as per the requirements of United States law, and where it went virtually unnoticed, ...

    by Jason Vest on November 9, 1999
  • Heroine Addiction - Giving Gender the Shakes, Four Performers Prove There's Life in Drag Yet


    Heroine Addiction - Giving Gender the Shakes, Four Performers Prove There's Life in Drag Yet

    The knock on drag is that it's the new mime, a woozy masquerade passing itself off as crisp commentary on the human condition. All is illusion, ba dum bum bump! Things are not what they seem! It was Freud who pointed out that "when you meet a human ...

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


    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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    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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    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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    http://artists.mp3s.com/artists/7/schizophrenic.html All puns aside, hip-hoppers of the Caucasian persuasion have gotten a bad rap. Vanilla Ice may have achieved the highest rap sales of all time with 1990's To the Extreme, but few in the hip-hop c...

    by Greg Hoy on November 9, 1999
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    Repspecting your limits

    I'm lying on my stomach in a stranger's house in Merrick, half asleep, drooling drowsily on a silver plastic exercise mat. All around me women and men look like hunters' bows. Stretching their bodies by lifting their heads and necks, they grasp their...

    by Tanya Indiana on November 9, 1999
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    Sleepwalking, sleepdancing

    A modern dance performed to Nine Inch Nailsthat could give you nightmares. But in the piece REM, the Circle of Dance Repertory Company claws itself far above that Downward Spiral and throws its Huntington audiences into the world of sleep. REM rel...

    by Stacy Albin on November 9, 1999
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    Using their noodle

    What I'm thinking When a restaurant decides to concentrate on pasta, it's always a good idea to put the word "pasta" in the name to avoid any confusion. If a place has the word "pasta" right in front of grill, caf, cucina and -eria, you don't expect...

    by Ron M. Beigel on November 9, 1999
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    Station to station

    After two or three people insisted that I had to hear Radio 4, I stopped being coy and got my hands on a copy of their debut 7-inch EP on the respected Jersey indie label Gern Blandsten. After I gave it a spin, it was obvious why it was recommended t...

    by Michael Giacalone on November 9, 1999
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    Tickle me, Elmo

    A bedroom rule: Better to laugh with your partner than laugh at your partner. There's usually something to snicker about, although sexual etiquette may not let you. Certain situations can be so subtly humorous or sexual that sometimes you don't appre...

    by Ellen Burris on November 9, 1999
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