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    Judaism in the Air - Taking Torah on the road

    It's 5:30 Sunday morning. You're just getting to bed or maybe you're just waking up and feeling energetic enough to go biking. But wait! How about a little Torah first? Each Sunday morning on WMCA (570 AM) D'var With Rabbi Chaim Friedman holds forth...

    by Toni L. Kamins on January 26, 1999
  • Passion Play - A tale of art, sex, and salvation

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    Passion Play - A tale of art, sex, and salvation

    About 15 years ago, Richard A. Maxwell landed a part in what he calls "the worst Off-Off-Broadway production of Hamlet ever." At 29 he was young for Claudius, Hamlet's murderous uncle, but he recalls his prayer monologue as one of the show's few cred...

    by Christopher Reardon on January 26, 1999
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    From Hair to Eternity

    "Can we get rid of all this?" asks Fredrick Hodges of Mingus Salon on La Guardia Place, wadding up a clump of my weirdly cut and tragically highlighted hair. After 25 years, the man has an eye for what to cut and what to keep. But his ability to disp...

    by Carolyn Hahn on January 26, 1999
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    A New Precinct

    Once he turned 17, Jeffry Dillon never thought much about clothes. In 1981, after wearing a blue uniform for eight years, he opted for the black one with the white collar he still wears today at 48. A priest in the Brooklyn diocese, Father Dillon h...

    by Grace Bastidas on January 26, 1999
  • Mind-Body Problem - UFO research teeters between science and insanity

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    Mind-Body Problem - UFO research teeters between science and insanity

    When I tell people I've done UFO research, they react in many ways, most of them interested and sympathetic. But often they ask an irresistible question. Have I heard any crazy stories? Of course I have. How about the guy who told me aliens put a c...

    by Greg Sandow on January 26, 1999
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    Practical Piety - A Guide for the Perplexed

    Preachers sermonize in the subway, ads herald the imminent return of the Messiah, and missionaries harangue passersby in Times Square. Organized religion is everywhere in New York. If you're pregnant, preparing a trip down the aisle, or on the verge...

    by Carla Spartos on January 26, 1999
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    Practical Piety - A Guide for the Perplexed, Pg. 2

    Roman Catholic Church Founder: Jesus Christ, who gave unique authority to Saint Peter the Apostle, first head of the church. Date: First century A.D. Membership: U.S.: 61.5 million. World: 976 million. Top Management: Pope John Paul II, bisho...

    by Carla Spartos on January 26, 1999
  • Hunger Artist - The Timely Resurrection of David Wojnarowicz

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    Hunger Artist - The Timely Resurrection of David Wojnarowicz

    Seven years after his death, David Wojnarowicz, the essential '80s East Village artist, is back with a bang. Four galleries have joined the New Museum in mounting a major retrospective of his work, a new collection of his diaries has just been publis...

    by Richard Goldstein on January 26, 1999
  • Under the Gun - Tales of anguish fill a Brooklyn courtroom as the kin of shooting victims battle the firearms industry

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    Under the Gun - Tales of anguish fill a Brooklyn courtroom as the kin of shooting victims battle the firearms industry

    Freddie Hamilton cried as she sat in the back of the courtroom, listening to the story of a woman she did not know. Inside the witness box, Veronica Trott fingered a crumpled piece of Kleenex, swallowed hard, and told a few dozen strangers about the ...

    by Jennifer Gonnerman on January 26, 1999
  • A Page From History

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    A Page From History

    Two days before filmmaker Doug Block leaves New York for Sundance, he is busying himself with the morning paper. News of At Home's $6.7 billion purchase of Excite is on page one of the Times. "Corporate America is taking over your gateway to the virt...

    by Matt Goldberg & Amanda Griscom on January 26, 1999
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    Jailhouse Shock - Or, what happens when an honest citizen calls a cop an asshole

    If there were a photo op involved, Giuliani would be handing these two quality-of-life vigilantes the key to the city. Instead, police arrested them. Their crime? Saying the wrong thing to a thin-skinned cop. Furious, they're now suing the city for m...

    by Karen Houppert on January 26, 1999
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    Sprewell In Black and White - Did Someone Say Double Standard?

    He lost it (though it wasn't the first time) and stepped out of bounds. The assault catapulted him from the back pages to the front pages, made him a national object of derision and ridicule, and led to his unceremonious canning from a job that ever...

    by Andrew Hsiao on January 26, 1999
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    Spree Advice

    Latrell Sprewell's efforts to win over notoriously unforgiving Knicks fans got off to a good start at his latest public atonement ceremony last Friday. But the goodwill won't get far if he fails to work some quick (mental and physical) magic on the c...

    on January 26, 1999
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    Giuliani's Dome a Super Dud

    With a new megasports complex on Manhattan's West Side, Mayor Giuliani and his supporters argue, New York might at long last get the Super Bowl and perhaps a Final Four. That's fine, says economist Philip Porter, "but there's no money in it." Supe...

    by Joanna Cagan on January 26, 1999
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    Clinic Depression

    No one is watching the TV in the waiting room of the Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center, Inc. On it, two perky white anchorpeople animatedly discuss the health benefits of racewalking and eating bok choy. But a teeny, days-old baby sleeps right ...

    by Sharon Lerner on January 26, 1999
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    The Company He Keeps - Chelsea candidate Chris Lynn's suspect pals

    In his campaign to fill a vacant West Side City Council seat, Christopher Lynn points proudly to endorsements from political heavyweights like the Village Reform Democratic Club and the Stonewall Democratic Club, and to his rsum, which lists two co...

    by J.A. Lobbia on January 26, 1999
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    The Next Battle in Washington - Social Security Mobilizes Troops

    As the dregs of the impeachment show-trial continued to careen across the capital, politicians were drawing up new battle lines for the big debate on Social Security. Fresh from his vociferous defense of Clinton in the House Judiciary Committee, Ne...

    by James Ridgeway on January 26, 1999
  • A Bullet For Big Baby Jesus - Ol' Dirty Bastard Claims the FBI and CIA are Trying to Kill Him. Is He Crazy?

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    A Bullet For Big Baby Jesus - Ol' Dirty Bastard Claims the FBI and CIA are Trying to Kill Him. Is He Crazy?

    It was almost a quarter past eight on the evening of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday when a police siren from an unmarked black car with a flashing red light clamped to the roof on the driver's side buzzed a 1999 Chevy Tahoe cruising along Dean Str...

    by Peter Noel on January 26, 1999
  • Steele Appeal

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    Steele Appeal

    This month, Ken Starr has been begging for driveway interviews again, first by indicting Julie Hiatt Steele and then by calling Monica Lewinsky back to Washington. With such a triumphant return, you'd expect to hear cascades of praise from the conser...

    by Cynthia Cotts on January 26, 1999
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    Eye of the Storm - The tough midseason tests continue for St. John's following their bedeviling loss to Duke

    The trek to the NCAA Tournament doesn't resemble a journey so much as it does a school year. From the preseason, when the teacher and his students first meet, until March Madness, when final exams are taken, the college basketball schedule is geared ...

    by Paul Forrester on January 26, 1999
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