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    Hypocritical Oafs

    When pundits start weighing in on a question of constitutional law, there's a quick way to separate the sages from the hypocrites: ask if the politicians they love deserve the same treatment as the politicians they hate. That test should come in hand...

    by Cynthia Cotts on December 22, 1998
  • Size Matters - At 6-7 and 720 pounds, sumo wrestler Manny Yarbrough is living large. Very, very large.

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    Size Matters - At 6-7 and 720 pounds, sumo wrestler Manny Yarbrough is living large. Very, very large.

    Atlantic City Without a doubt, the Trump Taj Mahal Casino is one of the Eastern Seaboard's most breathtakingly vulgar edifices: a tatty, spangled eyesore bearing the name of one of the world's great architectural treasures. The original was built by...

    by Jeff Yang on December 22, 1998
  • Global Warning - Go-ahead on Pinochet extradition sends shot across multinational bow as key U.S. files remain hidden

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    Global Warning - Go-ahead on Pinochet extradition sends shot across multinational bow as key U.S. files remain hidden

    Washington Whatever joy was shared around the world last week following Britain's decision not to block the extradition of Chilean despot Augusto Pinochet was tempered by the realization that the general's appearance before a Spanish court is stil...

    by Jason Vest on December 22, 1998
  • Ron Athey’s Artful Crown of Thorns

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    Ron Atheys Artful Crown of Thorns

    As a boy, Ron Athey practiced Christianity in extremis, and it helped make him the tattooed purveyor of spectacular and disturbing rituals that he is today. Athey is still best known for his brief, shining moment as a scapegoat in the culture war. ...

    by C. Carr on December 15, 1998
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    Top Guns

    The new Brady law went into effect last week, requiring a background check for anyone purchasing a firearm. But both the NRA and gun-control advocacy groups are dissatisfied with the new measure. Feel safe yet? Telly Fowl...

    by Edmund Lee on December 15, 1998
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    NY Mirror - When I asked Jane Horrocks if she's a gay man trapped in a woman's body, she said, 'No! If so, I haven't discovered it!'

    I was so terribly amused by the sight of Cher on various talk shows bizarrely trying to lip-synch the electronic flourishes added to the vocals on her new song "Believe." Good try, diva. But I'm not quite so thrilled that another dated but infectious...

    by Michael Musto on December 15, 1998
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    Letters

    Revenge of the Mad Reader In Peter Noel's article "Revenge of the Mad Rappers" [December 1], his main concern seems to be the conflicts between people in hip hop. Not everyone in hip hop is violent. Some of us contribute to our neighborhoods. Met...

    on December 15, 1998
  • The Case Against Hate-Crime Laws - Federalizing Hate Crimes Will Increase Double Jeopardy

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    The Case Against Hate-Crime Laws - Federalizing Hate Crimes Will Increase Double Jeopardy

    Soon after the murder of Matthew Shepard, hundreds of mourners held a vigil in Washington. Chanting "Now! Now! Now!" they demanded that Congress pass the Schumer-Kennedy hate-crimes legislation. Also supporting the bill is House Democratic leader R...

    by Nat Hentoff on December 15, 1998
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    Through a Glass Darkly - Windows 98

    It's the height of what the financial pages call the fourth quarter, and despite their outward confidence fancy retailers are plenty jittery: Could this be Dow Jones's last happy Christmas? Once those Wall Street bonuses start shrinking, the market f...

    by Lynn Yaeger on December 15, 1998
  • Terror on East Fifth Street - Low Rent in a Hot Neighborhood Spells Trouble for Tenants

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    Terror on East Fifth Street - Low Rent in a Hot Neighborhood Spells Trouble for Tenants

    On October 26, for the first time in a long time, Darlene Margeta went to bed with her mind at ease. Earlier that day, police had arrested her landlord, 67-year-old Zenon Kramarchuk Sr. for harassing her. The 45-year-old seamstress finally felt confi...

    by J.A. Lobbia on December 15, 1998
  • A Buyer's Market

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    A Buyer's Market

    Emily Prawda (Communication Coordinator, School of Visual Arts; Part-Time Bookseller, Barnes & Noble) Income: $27,000 (1998) Health Insurance: covered by employer Rent: $1000/mo. Utilities: $30/mo. Phone: $304/mo. Food: $150/mo. Transpor...

    by Toni Schlesinger on December 15, 1998
  • Sikh and You Shall Find - The American face of arranged marriage.

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    Sikh and You Shall Find - The American face of arranged marriage.

    It was taxi driver Jaswant Singh's turn to ride in the white stretch limo. Thick gold trim hanging from his hot pink turban framed Jaswant's face as the 20-year-old groom strolled into the Sikh temple in Richmond Hill, Queens, on Thanksgiving weeke...

    by Rebecca Segall on December 15, 1998
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    Risqu Rope Skipping

    Sex was in the air at The Seventh Annual Double Dutch Holiday Classic last weekendbut it wasn't necessarily a good thing. While the packed Apollo Theater crowd was treated to some flashes of acrobatic brillianceparticularly from Japan's Run D Cre...

    on December 15, 1998
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    Mixin' It Up

    Colin Campbell shouldn't expect many Christmas cards this yearcertainly not from the body of players he currently oversees. The NHL's resident sheriff has been pretty busy so far, handing out a bucketful of suspensions in a swift and resounding mann...

    by Mike Beaver on December 15, 1998
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    The Zebragate Hearings

    As the ineptitude of NFL officiating sank to new depths, the league appointed a Special Referee to bring order to the situation. Yet despite seasons of research and millions of dollars of the fans' money, things have only gotten uglierwitness Sunday...

    by Karl-Eric Reif on December 15, 1998
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    Giuliani Trashed

    Although Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's presidential strategists may not realize it yet, New York City is becoming best known outside the metropolitan area not for its lowered crime rate or hizzoner's "quality of life" initiatives but for its garbage. Peop...

    by James Ridgeway on December 15, 1998
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    Tobacco Row

    Is there any connection between $60,000 worth of tobacco ads in the December issue of Brill's Content and a six-page article in the same issue that bashes the media for overstating the link between secondhand smoke and lung cancer? Absolutely not, ...

    by Cynthia Cotts on December 15, 1998
  • Hocus Focus - Focus Groups Move 
Out of the Office

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    Hocus Focus - Focus Groups Move Out of the Office

    When visitors check out the new Interscope Records site (interscope-records.com), which launched Monday, their eyes will likely jump immediately to the item on the right-hand side of the page: "Blackstreet Focus Group." For a 10-day period, fans can ...

    by Hillary Rosner on December 15, 1998
  • Millennial Prophecies - Exclusive! America’s Only Psychic Journalist Reports the News Before it Happens!

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    Millennial Prophecies - Exclusive! Americas Only Psychic Journalist Reports the News Before it Happens!

    Sex-Crazed Welfare Mothers Hijack Space Shuttle >> A rowdy new class of genetic engineers will arise. They'll have little interest in creating oil spilleating bacteria, frost-resistant strawberries, or other useful hybrids. Considering themselves ...

    by Robert Brezsny on December 15, 1998
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    Scales of Justice - Striped Bass May Be New Yorks Newest Contraband

    As federal agents watched from surveillance posts earlier this year, the smugglers off-loaded the contraband from a rickety boat and onto a dingy pier in Edgewater, New Jersey. The stash was quickly packed into boxes, which were then hidden beneath...

    by William Bastone on December 15, 1998
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