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    The Five Percent Solution - Fraction of Voters to Decide on Rudy's Referendum

    On November 2, every registered voter in New York will have the power to decide whether our mayor will have his way in refashioning the city charterour local constitutionin his image. Just as last week's City Hall Park rally for the home team featu...

    by Andy Humm on October 26, 1999
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    Our Buds, Ourselves - Marijuana and Pets Are the Past and Future of Niche Marketing

    Wendy Diamond is playing it safe, judging by her slick new magazine, 'Animal Fair,' which is about celebrity pets and debuts November 2. From the petting sessions with Brad Pitt to the latest in Chanel dog collars, it's clear that the founder of 'Ani...

    by Cynthia Cotts on October 26, 1999
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    Big Doings at the Big Ballyard - The World Series Has Yankee Stadium Rocking Even on an Off Day

    'We're waiting in line for tickets that may or may not go on sale,' Myles Lewis patiently explains to the radio reporter from W-something-some thing-something in Atlanta. 'Don't listen to him, he's a scalper, he's been divorced three times, arreste...

    by Allen St. John on October 26, 1999
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    The Hate That Hate Produced - Inside the Black and Jewish Fight Clubs at the Anti-KKK Rally

    A jittery police captain checked his watch and straightened his sagging gun belt. It was 4:20 p.m. last Saturday and the commander's repeated radio calls for cops in riot gear had been muffled by the uproar of a surging crowd. Although 16 unmasked me...

    by Peter Noel on October 26, 1999
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    Longer Harder Faster - From Sex Parties to Raves, for Both Men and Women, It's Not Bob Dole's Viagra Anymore

    The party's in a semiconverted industrial loft in Dumbo, on the third floor of a former factory with scabbed plaster walls and thick pillars and huge windows admitting both the vaporous light of street lamps and the ambient, hungry-organism thrum o...

    by Guy Trebay on October 26, 1999
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    How Not to Revise a City Charter - A Guide to Subverting the Process of Democracy

    Charter Revision is supposed to be a chance for all New Yorkers to shape the constitution of our city. But few seem to be aware of the contents of the referendum on next Tuesday's ballot. Fewer still are fully aware of the steps Mayor Rudy Giuliani's...

    by Wista Jeanne Johnson on October 26, 1999
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    On Thin Ice - The NHL's Future Just Might Fall Through

    The National Hockey League rolled out of bed, stretched its limbs, and began its new season this month. It was greeted by yawns. New York hockey fans expect October indifference, especially if the town's baseball clubs are playing on autumn's frosty...

    by Stu Hackel on October 26, 1999
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    The People's Game

    The phrase "Senator Strom Thurmond" notwithstanding, democracy works. Case in point: baseball's All-Century Team. Sure there were a couple of howlers addressed by the postballoting review processNolan Ryan over Lefty Grove (and for that matter Tom S...

    on October 26, 1999
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    Pat Jumps - Third Party Lock & Load

    Pat Buchanan could win the Reform Party nomination if he gets the solid backing of the Perot faction. But it won't come free. "We estimate that we will need to raise approximately $4 to $6 million to win the nomination, which, although it is a lot of...

    by James Ridgeway on October 26, 1999
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    Tom Birkner and Claire Tondreau

    Tom Birkner (painter) and Claire Tondreau (advertising account executive) Income about $200,000 (1998) Health Insurance $40/mo. (partially covered by employer) Rent $900/mo. Utilities $40/mo. Phone $70/mo. Food $800/mo. Transportation $280/mo...

    by Toni Schlesinger on October 26, 1999
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    The scary days when thousands were lobotomized on Long Island

    You have to wonder about Henry Brill's sanity. A Yale-educated psychiatrist, he was director of Pilgrim State Psychiatric Center from 1958 to 1974. During the latter stages of his tenure at the world's largest mental hospital, he was a national lead...

    by Ward Harkavy on October 26, 1999
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    Shots in the dark

    The cashier walked out of a marriage after 27 years. A woman with chipped red nail polish remarks that she's the "top cashier" at a local supermarket. Then she says it again. This 47-year-old probably deserves automatic bragging rights because of he...

    by Stacy Albin on October 26, 1999
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    Always a big draw

    Yellow Submarine was not the first time the Beatles hit the cartoon world. The Fab Four's original 'toon incarnation was the Saturday morning show The Beatles, which ran from '65-'69 on ABC. Mitchell Axlerod, author of the new book Beatletoons, will...

    by Ian D'Giff on October 26, 1999
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    That next bitch

    It was like the changing of the guard that moment this summer when Missy's "She's A Bitch" flopped spectacularly while Eve's "What Ya Want" established its long thrall over BET and Hot 97. This wasn't just Eve Jeffers displacing Missy Elliott as "th...

    by Simon Reynolds on October 26, 1999
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    Scaring up some bargains

    Perhaps the quaint little village of Amityville seems especially sweet this time of year as a counterpoint to the horror story for which it's best known. Think of The Music Man, and you'll summon in your mind's eye the white gazebo that serves as the...

    by Tanya Indiana on October 26, 1999
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    The Reform Party's hostess

    You may not think Oprah Winfrey has a shot at the White House, but three Minnesota Reform Party members believe she can go all the way with the help of the Internet. Bucking conventional punditry hey, it worked with the Body they're harnessing th...

    by Donna Ladd on October 26, 1999
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    The mullet

    Finally, someone put a funny name to that two-tiered, bi-level haircut that's short on the sides, kind of short on top and long in the back: a mullet. Mark Larson, a 48-year-old Huntington High School grad who now works as an art director in the city...

    by Stacy Albin on October 26, 1999
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    Get out, get out, wherever you are

    At first, the Spanish-speaking residents of 54 Greenwich Street didn't know what to make of the crackdown at their cavernous brick apartment complex in Hempstead. It started in June, when building inspectors from the village began walking the dimly ...

    by Laura Conaway on October 26, 1999
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    A bunch of slugs

    Let us triangulate. David Fincher's Fight Club is not a brainless mosh pit. Nor is it a transgressive masterpiece. As provocations go, this malevolently gleeful satire (closely adapted from Chuck Palahniuk's confrontational first novel) is extremely ...

    by J. Hoberman on October 26, 1999
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    Grave condition

    Anthony Berkeley, a.k.a. Poetic Da Grym Reaper of Da Gravediggaz, has come down with colon cancer, and a benefit fundraiser for him is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 26, at Brownie's, 169 2nd Ave. in the city. Poetic, 34, who currently lives in Bay Sh...

    by A.J. Woodson on October 26, 1999
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