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    Knish Knack - Yonah Shimmel Widens the Borscht Belt

    Almost a hundred years ago, an enterprising rabbi from Eastern Europe decided there must be an easier way to sell his wife's homemade knishes than dragging them up and down the boardwalk at Coney Island. Yonah Shimmel crossed the Williamsburg Bridge ...

    by Matthew Cowan on May 18, 1999
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    Masters in Hype - Liddy Dole To Speak at Nonexistent Graduation

    Bandwidths broaden, and the future of the Internet spreads before us like a vast, unspoiled plain. No longer restricted to mere text and image, the brave new Web will push the multimedia envelope, enriching our lives and thrilling our souls. Its only...

    by Jeff Howe on May 18, 1999
  • How Free Can Speech Be? - The Names of Murdered Doctors Are Crossed Out

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    How Free Can Speech Be? - The Names of Murdered Doctors Are Crossed Out

    The most controversial free speech case in years is now before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on the West Coast. The odds are that it will eventually wind up before the Supreme Court of the United States. The issue: how free can free speech be on...

    by Nat Hentoff on May 18, 1999
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    Guy vs. Guy - Men Take Up Self-Defense

    The assailant grabs Dave Ayala from behind, holds a knife to his throat, and mutters something about beating the shit out of him. But Ayala turns out to be an unwise mark. He screams "No!" at the top of his lungs, punches the guy in the groin, pushes...

    by Sharon Lerner on May 18, 1999
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    NY Mirror - Advice from the ball circuit: 'This category is about your face, not your booty. Now ride your broomstick out of here, baby gorilla.'

    Of the new batch of coming-out-is-torture- but-worth-it flicks, Edge of Seventeen is the most detailed and charming, especially the rimming scene, but I wish someone would make a movie in which a young guy simply comes to New York, bursts out of the ...

    by Michael Musto on May 18, 1999
  • Private Eyes - Forget the Government—You Could Be Big Brother

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    Private Eyes - Forget the GovernmentYou Could Be Big Brother

    As the new millennium dawns, the omniscient eye fixes its gaze towards Earth. The eye, as in Foucault's treatment of the Panopticon, holds power over us: watched without seeing our watcher, we internalize rules, assuming our actions will constantly b...

    by Carla Spartos on May 18, 1999
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    Burn, Baby, Burn - Flag Day

    The Senate is considering an amendment that would ban flag burning, a move that some argue is a slap in the face of the First Amendment. Does it upset your constitution? Georgette Johnson Age: 20 Resides: Virginia Occu...

    by Edmund Lee on May 18, 1999
  • Train in vain

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    Train in vain

    Robert Lang (personal trainer; Broadway theater producer) Income: $60,000 (1998) Health Insurance: $60/mo. (copayment) Co-Op Mortage and Maintenance: $772/mo. Utilities: $40/mo. Phone: $30/mo. Food: $125/mo. Transportation: $165/mo. It ...

    by Toni Schlesinger on May 18, 1999
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    Letters

    Peace Of My Mind Re Nat Hentoff's "Where Is the Peace Movement?" [May 11]: I've lost patience with the whiny garbage of armchair analysts who pine for the '60s. I'll tell you where the peace movement is: organizing every day at the grassroots leve...

    on May 18, 1999
  • The Urge To Purge - Tracey Emin's Art Has No Secrets

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    The Urge To Purge - Tracey Emin's Art Has No Secrets

    Tracey Emin has developed a major career in England as an explorer of her own raw nerve endings. She thinks with the body, where life's wounds have been deeply felt and purged. "Every Part of Me's Bleeding" (at the Lehmann Maupin gallery through June...

    by C. Carr on May 18, 1999
  • Fight The Future - The NHL'S Tame, Lame Second Season

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    Fight The Future - The NHL'S Tame, Lame Second Season

    What a difference a decade makes. Ten years ago, the Stanley Cup playoffs meant that televisions were fired up across the land, with wide-eyed audiences held captive by the white-knuckled intensity they watched build up on the ice. The games were end...

    by Mike Beaver on May 18, 1999
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    Horsing Around

    If you're wonderingwhere the hell that "seemingly dazed" man at Pimlico came from the one who jumped onto homestretch of the seventh race on Preakness Day, and into the path of several oncoming thoroughbreds look no further than the oversized frat ...

    on May 18, 1999
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    Rosie Ruiz, Marathoner, 197980

    This much we know for certain: Rosie Ruiz was the first woman across the finish line at the 1980 Boston Marathon. The problem was how much of the race she actually ran. No checkpoint officials or top women finishers could remember ever spotting her, ...

    by John Stravinsky on May 18, 1999
  • Major League Death Match - Video Jocks Duke It Out for $100K Prize

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    Major League Death Match - Video Jocks Duke It Out for $100K Prize

    Like most devout gamers, David Magro got the bug early. As an eight-year-old living in Portugal in the early '80s, he didn't quite know what to expect when he booted up his first game, Orion, on his Timex Sinclair 2068. At best, he figured he'd pla...

    by David Kushner on May 18, 1999
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    Which Side Are They On?

    In 1877, a major railroad strike threatened to spread to New York City. Press reaction was swift and stern. The New York Tribune called for "the shooting of every rioter within range of a musket ball" and the Independent reiterated Napoleon's advice ...

    by Richard Goldstein on May 18, 1999
  • India Ink - Transcontinental Tabloid Turmoil

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    India Ink - Transcontinental Tabloid Turmoil

    A man refused a late-night drink at a tony hot spot pulls out a gun and fires it twice. The first bullet goes into the ceiling. The second kills the woman behind the bar. It's not much of a murder, as one report put it, by the standards of an increas...

    by Guy Trebay on May 18, 1999
  • Cube Route - Illustrations by Jorge Colombo

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    Cube Route - Illustrations by Jorge Colombo

    Since its installation in 1967, sculptor Tony Rosenthal's beloved Alamo (otherwise known as the Cube) has witnessed all manner of sartorial whimsy, from hippie haberdashery to skater chic. Here, a millennial scrapbook of Astor Place trends. ...

    by Lynn Yaeger on May 18, 1999
  • Wrecking-Ball Budget - Giuliani's Plan Knocks Tenants

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    Wrecking-Ball Budget - Giuliani's Plan Knocks Tenants

    It was already after 11, but the morning rush at Brooklyn Housing Court was still in full swing, with the crowd surrounding Patricia Lemon's desk growing steadily. A young man led an elderly blind woman who was being evicted by the New York City Hous...

    by J.A. Lobbia on May 18, 1999
  • Shape Shifter - How a Butt-Boosting Silicone Injector Got Busted

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    Shape Shifter - How a Butt-Boosting Silicone Injector Got Busted

    When it comes to famous body parts, Tina Turner's legs, Elizabeth Taylor's eyes, and Pamela Anderson's chest all deserve special notice. But on the 1999 roster of celebrity skin, one female star sticks out from the well-endowed crowd. Nowadays, Jenni...

    by William Bastone on May 18, 1999
  • The Supermax Solution - Hopes, Fears, and Prison Building In an Upstate New York Town

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    The Supermax Solution - Hopes, Fears, and Prison Building In an Upstate New York Town

    Malone, New York The homes for the town's newest residents arrived last summer atop 14-wheel tractor trailers. Each tiny, prefab dwelling came furnished with two beds, a mirror over the sink, and steel-reinforced walls. With a photo and caption, th...

    by Jennifer Gonnerman on May 18, 1999
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