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    Search and Recovery - The Kennedy Dialogues

    10 A.M., Saturday, July 17, a telephone conversation. First man, son of former famous politician: "Are you up?" His friend, a reporter: "Of course I'm up." First man: "Turn on the TV." Second man: "What happened?" First man: "John Kennedy's dead...

    by Guy Trebay on July 20, 1999
  • Scare Yourself Shiftless - In a 24-Hour mountain bike race, life begins at 4 a.m.


    Scare Yourself Shiftless - In a 24-Hour mountain bike race, life begins at 4 a.m.

    As unlikely as it might seem, bicycle racing used to be one of America's top spectator sports. Granted, it was before George Mikan or even Ty Cobb, but in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, thousands of fans would come to Madison Square Garden a...

    by Daniel Green on July 20, 1999
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    Free Speech for Sale?

    At 6 p.m. on July 13, all hell broke loose at KPFA, the progressive radio station in Berkeley, California. Dennis Bernstein had just finished broadcasting Flashpoints, his public affairs show, and news director Mark Mericle was in the announcer's boo...

    by Cynthia Cotts on July 20, 1999
  • Higher and Higher - Drug Cocktails—  Pleasures, Risks, and Reasons


    Higher and Higher - Drug Cocktails Pleasures, Risks, and Reasons

    Dormil is HIV positive. Each day he takes four different AIDS medications, including AZT. For recreation, he goes to dance clubs where he gets high on a nocturnal medley of Ecstasy, Special K, and crystal methamphetamine. Fidgeting in his seat at a C...

    by Frank Owen on July 20, 1999
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    Bickering Buddhists - Midwest Enclave, Beset By Factional Strife, Braces for the Arrival of the Dalai Lama

    Bloomington, Indiana Having just had its national profile raised by a hate crime, this small midwestern city is looking forward to a round of positive news coverage a few weeks hence when His Holiness the Dalai Lama after stopping in New York for ...

    by Jason Vest on July 20, 1999
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    Child's Play - Photographs By Hiroyuki Ito

    The sweet taste of soccer victory! The thrill of watching the Liberty at the Garden! The summer of '99 finds women in sports reaching a new zenith of popularity and prowess. We took to the streets and parks of New York and noticed a wonderful phenome...

    by Edmund Lee on July 20, 1999
  • Long-Ball Basics - The Anatomy of a Home-Run Swing


    Long-Ball Basics - The Anatomy of a Home-Run Swing

    Mike Piazza's monster three-run shot against the Yankees. Mark McGwire's 13 moon balls during the Home Run Derby. How do they do it? What exactly does it take, say, for a 6-3, 215-pound catcher to hit a five-and- one-eighth-ounce ball 482 feet? It's...

    by Edmund Lee on July 20, 1999
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    Pinstriped Perfection

    A few notes on David Cone's perfect game: It was perhaps the most dominant game ever pitched. Pitching is about control, and Cone's control Sunday was quite possibly the best in baseball history. David Wells, last year, had two three-ball counts a...

    on July 20, 1999
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    The FBI and Flight 800 - A Missile Expert Cries Cover-Up

    The Flight 800 investigation, still at a loss to explain the tragedy, has the right stuff for a thrilling spy novel. Government flacks easily spin the lazy mainstream media to sedate the nervous public. Meanwhile, a band of military insiders heads fo...

    by Robert Davey on July 13, 1999
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    Oh What a Lovely War! - Technological Racism in Kosovo

    NATO's air campaign clearly represents the most accurate and discriminating use of air power in history. James Rubin, State Department, Daily News, May 22 Milosevic's troops are out of Kosovoand no Americans were killed during the eviction. Cong...

    by Nat Hentoff on July 13, 1999
  • Profit Prophets - Wonks Predict Stormy Health Care Ahead


    Profit Prophets - Wonks Predict Stormy Health Care Ahead

    Flash forward. It's 2010 and you've developed diabetes, maybe from all the Mr. Softee you sucked down during the heat wave of 1999. Not to worry. A little sensorthe same kind that used to tell the toaster when your bread was readycan now be implant...

    by Sharon Lerner on July 13, 1999
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    The Fix Is Out - Public Housing Crumbles on republicans Watch

    In the shank of last week's killer heat wave, Bob stood in the lobby-turned-oven of his Williamsburg apartment building and rethought his next move. It was about 8:30 at night, and he had planned to take the elevator home to his 18th-floor apartment ...

    by J.A. Lobbia on July 13, 1999
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    NY Mirror - Mr. Mayor, you are so cute, the way you continually fuck with my schedule!

    A really wild, wanton night in Giuliani-era New Yorkyou know, Pleasantvilleinvolves scouring a deserted pier for a shred of a good time, only to crawl home in abject defeat to watch Golden Girls reruns. That happened to a friend of mineall right, ...

    by Michael Musto on July 13, 1999
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    Fortune Teller - An Interview With Silicon Valley Voyeur Po Bronson

    "It's very hard to discern the extent to which people care about money," Po Bronson writes in The Nudist on the Late Shift, his candid new book on Silicon Valley. "These are high achievers; they want to succeed, they want to win. For the highest achi...

    by Hillary Rosner on July 13, 1999
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    Summer of Cinema - Vulgar Variety

    Lots of this summer's blockbusters have moviegoers in stitches with their curious brand of toilet-trained humor. Offbeat or offensive? Dorine Somenzi Age: 28 Resides: Miami, Florida Occupation: Teacher What are you going...

    by Edmund Lee on July 13, 1999
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    Murder Ink Peter Noel, in "Getting Away With Justifiable Murder" [July 6], advances a distorted version of the truth about the tragic shooting of a seriously disturbed man by the police in 1992. His article parrots, without any skepticism the h...

    on July 13, 1999
  • Shelf life - Andrea Copeland (librarian)


    Shelf life - Andrea Copeland (librarian)

    Income: $39,035 (1999) Health Insurance: covered by employer Rent: $453/mo. Utilities: $25/mo. Phone: $70/mo. Food: $200/mo. Transportation: $63/mo. I always wanted to be like the kids in the E.L. Konigsburg story who've had it with being m...

    by Toni Schlesinger on July 13, 1999
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    I Think Icon - People Who Need People

    The most interesting photography exhibit that no one saw opened on Saturday and closed by Wednesday, its pictures all sold and carried off. Actually, a few people saw it, those who happened to wander into the International Center of Photography Midto...

    by Guy Trebay on July 13, 1999
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    Against the Blue Wall - A Black Cop Tries To Break the Code of Silence in New Jersey

    The leader of an activist black law-enforcement group regarded by admirers as an avenging Shaka Zulu with a 9 millimeter is urging African American troopers to jam media switchboards with accounts of "sanctioned racial profiling" by the mostly whit...

    by Peter Noel on July 13, 1999
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    Back To Which Garden? - The Squabbling Spawn of Woodstock

    Roy Howard brushes dirt off the CD and hands it to his wife. "I found this in the woods." he squints at the disc and scratches his white beard. "Is it anything?" howard, a sturdy 65-year-old, had been mowing the lawn, prepping his field so friends co...

    by Margit Detweiler on July 13, 1999
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