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    Soccer Sociology

    After sleepwalking through a humdrum opening round, the Women's World Cup awoke last week with the jolt of urgency that comes from single elimination. Through the four quarterfinals, the only dreary match came courtesy of the Jockbeat-tipped Russians...

    on July 6, 1999
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    Where Kids Never Stop Learning - The Mayor Should Come to P.S. 110

    "We provide our students," says Mary Ann Fagen, principal of P.S.110 on Delancey Street, "with an approach to education that affects the entire school environment. The climate and culture of the school are conducive to innovation." This is not the u...

    by Nat Hentoff on July 6, 1999
  • Nothing Up My Sleeve


    Nothing Up My Sleeve

    Most recent uniform developments have clearly been for the worse (can someone please explain why the Texas Rangers have an alternate shoe color?), but Uni Watch doesn't want to sound like a grouch. So let's take a moment to salute the one laudable tr...

    by Paul Lukas on July 6, 1999
  • What a Gas - Novelty Items Go High-Tech


    What a Gas - Novelty Items Go High-Tech

    Late one night in Del Ray Beach, Florida, 56-year-old textile magnate Fred Jarow awoke with a vision. "I was laughing so hard, but I didn't know why," he says. Then it came to him. Something futuristic. For the whole family. A sound. In the distance....

    by David Kushner on July 6, 1999
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    Physical Reality - Workout Wisdom

    Last fall, a Long Island woman suffered a fatal stroke while lifting weights at a popular gym. Her husband, who filed suit against the gym, claims she died from a diet supplement her trainer recommended. We stopped by some downtown gyms to check out ...

    by Edmund Lee on July 6, 1999
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    Artistic License - Creating a Space for Net Art

    Maciej Wisniewski shifted his weight from one foot to the other and smiled nervously. He and about 20 other people were gathered outside Postmasters Gallery in Chelsea for the public debut of his meta-browser/artwork, netomat (downloadable at www.net...

    by Jeff Howe on July 6, 1999
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    NY Mirror - Lisa Kudrow supposedly got jewelry worth $5000 to host the MTV Movie Awards, and Adam Sandler was gifted with a $15,000 flat-screen TV.

    The Lure may well be the only West Village leather bar with a publicist, which might help explain its captivating contradictions. When I visited the place last year, it reeked of poppers and wicked desire, and though there was a fashion show going on...

    by Michael Musto on July 6, 1999
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    Of Mics and Men in Harlem - The Tragedy and Legacy of Big L

    Only a select few noticed when a triggerman shot Lamont Coleman dead in front of the stooped brownstone apartment building where he grew up. His death was a blurb on MTV, a half-page obituary in a handful of hip-hop magazines. After all, Lamont Colem...

    by Kenji Jasper on July 6, 1999
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    Blame Game - Role-Playing Microsofties Trigger Security Alerts

    Three weekends ago, New York unwittingly played host to Microsoft employees' annual exercise in paranoia a two-day competition known as "the Game," during which teams of Microsofties in black vans equipped with cell phones, global positioning system...

    by Ginger Adams Otis on July 6, 1999
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    Sign of the Times - Playing Out Web Forums in Print

    On May 9, in the wake of the Columbine shootings, The New York Times's Robert Lipsyte wrote a column entitled "The Jock Culture: Time to Debate the Questions," promising that "in future columns, perhaps with the help of forward-thinking psychiatrists...

    by Howard Z. Unger on July 6, 1999
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    Furs Flying - Fans of Forbidden Ferrets Face Future

    Now that ferrets have joined hyenas, tigers, jackals, hippos, and giraffes on the Board of Health's list of banned pets, what will become of our furry friends (or is it enemies)? A rather stern bunch of health officials last Tuesday voted to outlaw f...

    by Sharon Lerner on July 6, 1999
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    Isle of White

    In the summer of 1948, during a heat wave, E.B. White came down from Maine and holed up at the Algonquin Hotel to write a piece for Holiday, an elegant travel magazine of the day. The assignment was to revisit his old haunts, and the result, a poetic...

    by Cynthia Cotts on July 6, 1999
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    Home Away From Home - A Yankee Fan's History of Fenway Park

    The Monster is all psychological. It's all in the head." That's how noted psychologist Joe DiMaggio once summed up the effect of Fenway Park's most prominent feature: its towering left field wall. The Green Monster . . . it stands simultaneously as a...

    by Allen St. John on July 6, 1999
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    Hostel Takeover - Are Bunk Beds in Charass Future?

    Police may have shed light late last month when they arrested two Long Island City men in connection with the mysterious death of Armando Perez, the 51-year-old Lower East Side activist who was found bleeding on a Queens sidewalk in April. But the ca...

    by J.A. Lobbia on July 6, 1999
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    Generation Ex - Some get a decade; we get a moment

    This time it's personal. High school student Reese Witherspoon leaves teacher Matthew Broderick cursing his so-called life in Election. No shocker; couldnt be a teen film if the kids didnt have all the options and the adults werent a pitiful mas...

    by Eric Weisbard on July 6, 1999
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    Street Corner Society - Photos by Regina Monfort

    "A borderline between two communities that ignore each other, Grand Street divides a Polish-Italian neighborhood from a predominantly Puerto Rican and Dominican neighborhood in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. One day, I crossed that urban front...

    by Lynn Yaeger on July 6, 1999
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    Look Whos Talking - Strolling Through the Greatest Mouth in the World

    The editor said write about talk. The writer wasn't tracking, okay, so sue him. He didn't realize the editor meant that Talk. Well, okay, he did sort of realize but, after all, so what? There'll be plenty of journalists "reporting" the manufactured b...

    by Guy Trebay on July 6, 1999
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    Not So Approachable - NSA fends off house right-wingers, claiming attorney-client privilege

    WashingtonIf ever a phrase has been worn out in Clintonian Washington, it's "attorney-client privilege." however, even as ken Starr's probe winds down and impeachment proceedings recede in memory, the exemption has been invoked yet again to fend off...

    by Jason Vest on July 6, 1999
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    The Body Impolitic - Jesse goes To The Mat

    With most people not able to tell the difference between the two major parties, and not bothering to vote, the nation is increasingly run by one of two camps of ideologues. For many nonvoters, the only brush with political involvement comes through ...

    by James Ridgeway on July 6, 1999
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    Art et (Cottage) Industrie - Christine Hill Leads Tours of the Everyday

    It was art, but you'd never know it. Christine Hill had barely opened her tour-guide office at the front of Deitch Projects before someone came in wanting tickets to Denver. "An effective installation," she concluded, though she expects to keep heari...

    by C. Carr on June 29, 1999
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