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    'Rude Cop' Scenario - D.A. Clears Cops in Alleged Beating of Black Motorist and Passenger Then Sends Case to CCRB

    Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes says he won't press criminal charges against police officers who allegedly beat a black motorist and her paraplegic fianc after they stopped the couple for a traffic violation last December. But, strangel...

    by Peter Noel on June 22, 1999
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    Foreign Affairs

    Eight World Cup matches were played over the weekend, and apart from a disappointing 1-1 draw by the much fancied German team with Italy, and what looked very much like the appearance of former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman playing in goal for th...

    by Matthew Yeomans on June 22, 1999
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    The Literati and Their Servers - The Two Faces of Carl Bernstein

    The right to free labor, one of the most sacred rights of man. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Field, 1875 Salman Rushdie did not exactly cross the Hotel, Restaurant and Club Employees union picket line outside PEN's gala fundraising dinner May 1...

    by Nat Hentoff on June 15, 1999
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    Riding the Wave - At Rising Tide, Bleeding-Heart Execs Talk Philanthropy, Munch Sushi

    Remember the poor old days? Only five years ago, the kooky cast of old-media pariahs first ditched their 9-to-5 purgatories for the mass hallucination of cyberspace. Downtown became Silicon Alley, streams turned into data, and typing became a cozy li...

    by David Kushner on June 15, 1999
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    Signal & Noise - Little Green Men

    Back in the day, the search for little green men took time and labor. The truth might be out there, sure, but to find it one needed faith, ardor, a certain courage of convictionand, of course, plane tickets to Roswell. But since Berkeley's SETI (Sea...

    by Jeff Howe on June 15, 1999
  • My Own Private Y2K


    My Own Private Y2K

    The countdown continues: Less than six months to go before the computer industry's two- digit oversight sends everyone into their basements with their shotguns, canned beans, and festering millennial fears. Not me, though. I've made my digital daily ...

    by Richard A. Martin on June 15, 1999
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    Plastic Kills - Card Sharks

    Credit card companies are getting students hooked on plastic early, according to a study released last week by the Consumer Federa tion of America. Charging, anyone? Stephen Dillon Age: 25 Resides: Bayside, Queens Occup...

    by Edmund Lee on June 15, 1999
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    Jar Wars Re Richard Goldstein's piece on whether Jar Jar Binks is gay ["The Nelly Menace," June 15]: either Goldstein has decided to take a vacation from writing on anything relevant or he truly believes some of the tripe he states in this article...

    on June 15, 1999
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    NY Mirror - Alas, it's not clear which is the gay Wiggle, since the one who wears purple doesn't also carry a magic purse.

    Interview's Float dinner for photographer David LaChapelle's Shafrazi show was a riveting study in dusk-till-dawn dichotomy. There were half-naked transsexuals and overdressed transcontinentalites. The food was fancy stuff courtesy of Osteria del Cir...

    by Michael Musto on June 15, 1999
  • Arc of the Diver


    Arc of the Diver

    Guy Willey (architect, BKS Architects) Income: $45,000 (1999) Health Insurance: covered by employer Rent: $520 Utilities: $50/mo. Phone: $80/mo. Food: $500/mo. Transportation: $100/mo. The Money column reported over a year ago that Guy W...

    by Toni Schlesinger on June 15, 1999
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    Stand-Up Conspiracist - UFOS, JFK, and Richard Belzer

    Washington The baby looked utterly horrified upon beholding the approaching man in a dark suit and even darker glasses. And who could blame him? Even if his cognizance of the shadowy world of conspiracy theories couldn't be articulated, the infant ...

    by Jason Vest on June 15, 1999
  • Web Sucks TV's Blood - Buffy Fans Bite Backó  and Bring a Larger Issue to Light


    Web Sucks TV's Blood - Buffy Fans Bite Back and Bring a Larger Issue to Light

    The bootleg copy of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer season finale is hardly a technical triumph. The picture is a murky, pixelated haze; the sound is out of sync; and the lengthy action scene at the end looks so choppy and crude it might have been produ...

    by Steve Wilson on June 15, 1999
  • Market Driven - Finding fashion at the fleas


    Market Driven - Finding fashion at the fleas

    The preternaturally hot weather of the last several weeks has made more burning than usual the question that haunts even the least fashionable people between Memorial and Labor days: What to wear as the mercury rises? How to look vaguely stylish with...

    by Lynn Yaeger on June 15, 1999
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    Rudy's Landlord Giveaway - Fat City About to Get Fatter for Owners

    How would you like to hand over several million dollars more to the city's landlords starting this fall? Like it or not, that's what's on order for New York's 2.4 million rent-stabilized tenants, as the Rent Guidelines Board heads into the final stre...

    by J.A. Lobbia on June 15, 1999
  • The Razor Wire's Edge - Apartheid's Murderous Legacy in the New South Africa


    The Razor Wire's Edge - Apartheid's Murderous Legacy in the New South Africa

    Johannesburg, South Africa The rock never fell, although the locals said that it was bad luck and that one day it would. "The African people thought we were crazy," the woman, let's call her Karen Pretorius, is saying. "You didn't know when the rock...

    by Guy Trebay on June 15, 1999
  • Smack Attack - Heroin Deaths Rattle The East Village


    Smack Attack - Heroin Deaths Rattle The East Village

    It all started on a Monday about a month ago. Three people, thought to have bought their heroin in the East Village, overdosed in one day. Richard Spadafora, a 42-year-old printer, died on Hudson Street. Matthew Boyd, a 26-year-old who used to hang a...

    by Sharon Lerner on June 15, 1999
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    True or Faux?

    To hear his critics tell it, the Swiss man known as Binjamin Wilkomirski is as outrageous a liar as Stephen Glass, the New Republic writer who was fired for making up stories last year. Or maybe worse. Wilkomirski is accused of pretending to be a Hol...

    by Cynthia Cotts on June 15, 1999
  • Rookie Mystiques - Staten Island Gets Immersed In The Yankee Way


    Rookie Mystiques - Staten Island Gets Immersed In The Yankee Way

    Staten Island Yankees assistant general manager Jason Smorol was sitting behind his cluttered outer borough desk recently, recalling his days as GM of the Batavia Muckdogs of the New YorkPenn League (A ball). He was reminiscing about one particular ...

    by Jon Cooper on June 15, 1999
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    The Ringless and the Ruined

    We've got no problem with judging a star player's career in part by how many championships he's won, but exactly when did a guy become a total asshole if he doesn't win one? We don't know, but the commentary surrounding this year's Stanley Cup Final ...

    on June 15, 1999
  • Execution-Style - Amateur Boxer Says Cop Shot Him


    Execution-Style - Amateur Boxer Says Cop Shot Him

    In the midst of an uproar over fatal confrontations involving police and blacks, a white Brooklyn patrolman claimed that he shot a black drug suspect in the head after the man tried to grab a sergeant's gun during a struggle, but the cop's story was ...

    by Peter Noel on June 15, 1999
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