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    The Works - As Clinton Stalls on Needle Exchange, HIV Slips Through

    Needing to be oblivious isn't the same as wanting to be dead. This, it always struck me, is a fundamental misperception about heroin abuse. I say abuse because use--in the rational-sounding and p.c. sense of "IV-drug user"--doesn't begin to scratch t...

    by Guy Trebay on June 23, 1998
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    Bridal Paths - the ring cycle

    Pity the poor bride-to-be of 1998. Though she lives in a cultural climate so carnally explicit it makes Lenny Bruce seem like a Teletubby, she's still expected to swath herself in 50 yards of tulle, stick something frothy on her head, force a passel ...

    by Lynn Yaeger on June 23, 1998
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    NY Mirror

    At the premiere dinner for Six Days, Seven Nights--whose problems are completely unrelated to Anne Heche's sex life--Heche generously thanked me for defending her and Ellen DeGeneres from the endless media attempts to break them up. Floating on air,...

    by Michael Musto on June 23, 1998
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    Long Shot - Drug Policy Experts Ponder Prescribing Heroin to Junkies

    More than 100 doctors and scientists from around the world flocked to the New York Academy of Medicine on June 6 to learn about what may be the most controversial type of drug treatment: doctors prescribing heroin to hard-core addicts. This idea appe...

    by Jennifer Gonnerman on June 16, 1998
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    $2000: A Rent Odyssey - A Year After the Rent War, Prices Orbit out of Control

    Karen stomps around her Upper East Side apartment sounding like a hawker for Home Depot. "Look at this," she says in her galley kitchen. "You got a new refrigerator, that's $269. You got a new sink in the bathroom, that's $69. A new shower door? Anot...

    by J.A. Lobbia on June 16, 1998
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    Burning Bridges

    You'll learn a lot from Michael Wolff's new book, Burn Rate, about the "gold rush years" on the Internet--how an "impacted" and "Christ-like" Louis Rossetto birthed the Rolling Stone of technology, how Time editor Walter Isaacson managed to draw his ...

    by Austin Bunn on June 16, 1998
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    The Return of Frank Serpico - 'Howard Safir Should Resign,' Says Serpico

    On several early mornings in 1971, when Frank Serpico was about to testify on corruption in the police department before the Knapp commission, I saw him in the lobby of my building in the Village. He was there to confer with his attorney, Ramsey Clar...

    by Nat Hentoff on June 16, 1998
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    Drudgement Day

    Matt Drudge sure got noticed when he came to Washington, D.C., and gave an afternoon talk on June 2 at the National Press Club. What got much less notice was Drudge's ostensible reason for the trip: he had a 10 a.m. date to be in court for a hearing ...

    by James Ledbetter on June 16, 1998
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    No Park-ing Today - Private enterprise disrupts a public park...again. Oh, but it's for a good cause.

    Charging up Poet's Walk in his in-line skates, Joe Wills gets almost as far as the Naumberg Bandshell and suddenly pulls up short. The entire area, he finds, has been cordoned off and covered with big white tents. This would make it two weeks running...

    by Guy Trebay on June 16, 1998
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    NY Mirror

    Big-budget fantasies about asteroids and other kinds of 'roids be damned. This is going to be the summer of the documentaryspecifically, unsophisticated but affecting ones about natural disasters so out there that Hollywood can't reach them by cell ...

    by Michael Musto on June 16, 1998
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    Becoming 'Dem-ato' - Schumer Morphs Into Alfonse: Fires Assault Weapon at Green, and Praises His Own Miss

    Chuck Schumer was climbing into a camera, leaning on the tips of his toes in the front of the Rye Town Hilton ballroom, reconstructing the hour-and-a-half-long roll call for U.S. Senate at last week's state Democratic convention just seconds after it...

    by Wayne Barrett on June 9, 1998
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    The Hyper Trade - Internet Investing Is the New Vegas

    Matt was ready to play. A palmtop computer in the 25-year-old editor's hand gave him a real-time readout of the New York Stock Exchange ticker, while a desk console tuned to a stockbroker's Web site beamed news headlines from around the world. The mo...

    by Mark Boal on June 9, 1998
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    Vendor Bender

    Many New Yorkers may think of Wednesday's citywide vendor protest as a day without hot dogs, but the shutdown--and the controversy that spurred it--actually involves all variety of street salespeople. Book sellers, art peddlers, and sunglasses hawker...

    by Sharon Lerner on June 9, 1998
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    The Outpatient is In - A New Harlem Clinic May Be a Litmus Test for the Future of City Health Care

    When then mayor Koch announced the closing of Harlem's Sydenham hospital back in 1980, all hell broke loose. Angry protesters stormed the hospital. Demonstrators occupied offices for 10 days. And city officials learned an important lesson: hencef...

    by Sharon Lerner on June 9, 1998
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    Driving While Black - Fear & Loathing on the New Jersey Turnpike

    It is a 148-mile stretch of asphalt that some black motorists refer to as ''White Man's Pass.'' In their journeys along this dreaded roadway, which connects New York City with New Jersey and other points on the I-95 corridor, these motorists complain...

    by Peter Noel on June 9, 1998
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    Seor Stereotype

    El Mexterminator and Cyber Vato, adorned in chrome leg braces, crampons, and Indian headdresses, don't stand a chance of getting a table at Balthazar, but that won't stop them from trying. This Thursday, in the second day of a siege of the sidewalks ...

    by Austin Bunn on June 9, 1998
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    Giuliani's Praetorian Guard - A 'Typical, Spiteful, Get-Back-at-Them Attitude'

    Listening to the tapes of telephone conversations between the imprisoned Webb Hubbell and his wife, I was struck by a particularly chilling comment made by Hubbell as he explained to his wife that he would never do anything to put Hillary Clinton in ...

    by Nat Hentoff on June 9, 1998
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    Privacy for Dummies? - How Corporations Hide Behind Net Privacy 'Solutions'

    I've got a confession to make--promise not to tell--but all the buzz about Web privacy lately has my head spinning. Cryptos and cookies and psychographics--it's hard enough to keep track of my e-mail, let alone the buzzwords of the moment. And consid...

    on June 9, 1998
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    NY Mirror

    It's too soon for me to say anything qualitative about writer-director-star Vincent Gallo's Buffalo '66, but I can report that, while in some ways the film makes Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas look like Bedknobs and Broomsticks, it ultimately succeed...

    by Michael Musto on June 9, 1998
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    Body and Soul

    Ten years ago, it was The Last Temptation of Christ, Martin Scorsese's passionate rendering of the existential gospel, in which Jesus imagines himself descending from the cross to achieve sexual union with Mary Magdalene. In 1994, it was Priest, Anto...

    by Richard Goldstein on June 9, 1998
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