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    What's Up, Doc? - High-paid physicians insist they need unions

    Doctors are not entirely unlike basketball players, another group of rich and powerful professionals who've chosen to defend their rights with unions. "Their job is rough," says Jim Butler, president of Local 420, which represents many of the hospita...

    by Sharon Lerner on February 16, 1999
  • Gore to the Fore - Landow Lurks in Background

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    Gore to the Fore - Landow Lurks in Background

    With the lame-duck president ready to be stuffed into the dustbin of history, Democratic operatives are contemplating how to keep Al Gore out of the clutches of Ken Starr. While Starr probably wouldn't prosecute a sitting president, he could still ...

    by James Ridgeway on February 16, 1999
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    Purple Passion - Jerry Falwell Outs Tinky Winky! Musto Beat Him to It.

    Here's a first: I'm totally aligned with the Reverend Jerry Falwell! I thoroughly agree with the guy that Tinky Winky is a Pansy Wansy we only seem to differ on what to make of this information. While Jerry's convinced that the Teletubby's supposed...

    by Michael Musto on February 16, 1999
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    Tough Love

    Last week, editors at The New Republic found out they had dodged a bullet: Rolling Stone is getting sued by D.A.R.E., but they're not. In the complaint against Rolling Stone, lawyers for the drug education program explain why: in California, where th...

    by Cynthia Cotts on February 16, 1999
  • Bench Coach - Herb Williams doesn't get on the court often, but he's invaluable off it

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    Bench Coach - Herb Williams doesn't get on the court often, but he's invaluable off it

    It was a rare sight for any Knicks observer: Herb Williams, New York's perennial 12th man, was on the court, with sweat on his brow, and stepping up to the free-throw line for a foul shot. It's unusual to see Williams in any game situation and this ...

    by Sarah Smith on February 16, 1999
  • My Mugger, Myself - An assault and its aftermath

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    My Mugger, Myself - An assault and its aftermath

    Walking home to my Brooklyn apartment, my mind is idly fixed on the groceries in my bag. The package of smoked salmon, which is wedged in with my work papers, needs to go in the fridge, I remind myself. The oranges can stay so I have something to sna...

    by Sharon Lerner on February 16, 1999
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    Teach the Children Well - Sex Ed

    Jane Fonda urged parents to speak more openly to their children about sex last week at a press conference for a campaign to prevent teenage pregnancy. Who taught you? Drew Smith Age: 29 Resides:: East New York, Brooklyn ...

    by Edmund Lee on February 16, 1999
  • Totemic Totes - The Rise of Manhattan Portage

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    Totemic Totes - The Rise of Manhattan Portage

    The well-manicured, invariably white hands of the fashion professionals gathered in Bryant Park this week hold the straps of many handbags: Fendi baguettes, Prada packs, Gucci satchels, baby blue Louis Vuitton buckets. But on downtown streets, where ...

    by Lynn Yaeger on February 16, 1999
  • Lyrical Devotion - A Jewish group builds a temple to verse

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    Lyrical Devotion - A Jewish group builds a temple to verse

    Arthur Levine is reciting a poem at the club Tonic on the Lower East Side. Triangles of shadow gather over his sunken eyes. He'll explain later how his Russian grandfather headed west when Bolsheviks tried to draft him, but right now his mind is focu...

    by Danny Hakim on February 9, 1999
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    Stress Test - Food for thought

    It's just possible that poor beleaguered Monica Lewinsky has gained a few pounds lately, but who can blame her? What do you do when the pressure's on? Yuri Glotoe Age: 37 Resides: Washington Heights Occupation: Manager Do y...

    by Edmund Lee on February 9, 1999
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    Letters

    Clinton Wars Kudos to Nat Hentoff for joining Christopher Hitchens as one of the few on the left who have not sacrificed intellectual integrity and independence to worship at the altar of the expedient and empty careerist Clinton. After fearlessly ...

    on February 9, 1999
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    NY Mirror - At Limelight, my friend was screaming 'Tacky!' through our entire five minutes there, but the place was surprisingly mobbed.

    The upcoming Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is sort of like The Usual Trainspotting Rounder Suspects, but somehow original (though I'm rapidly tiring of these tough-guys-together flicks, even when they half-spoof the genre). At Lock, Stock's spo...

    by Michael Musto on February 9, 1999
  • Trash Talking

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    Trash Talking

    Vinny Rienzo (Sanitation Worker/Personal Trainer) Income: $60,500 (1998) Health Insurance: $60/mo. copay Rent: $650/mo. Utilities: included in rent Phone: $50/mo. Food: $450/mo. Transportation: $150/mo. Hardly a moment goes by that ...

    by Toni Schlesinger on February 9, 1999
  • The Wiseguy and the Nun - How Salvatore Miciotta got away with murder

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    The Wiseguy and the Nun - How Salvatore Miciotta got away with murder

    Sometime this year, Salvatore Miciotta will walk out of a federal prison somewhere in America. The Mafia turncoat will carry with him a new identity and a clean slate, though given his history, odds are that will eventually be sullied. Miciotta's c...

    by William Bastone on February 9, 1999
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    Suite Deal - Will HPD do a favor for hotel converter?

    Is the city serious about protecting single-room-occupancy tenants from landlords who harass them, or is it willing to cut slack for owners who want to turn affordable housing into lucrative hotels? Answers to those questions will likely be known in ...

    by J.A. Lobbia on February 9, 1999
  • Rod Sorge - 1968-1999

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    Rod Sorge - 1968-1999

    Rod Sorge, one of New York's most articulate, knowledgeable, and empathic voices on harm reduction for drug users, died last Thursday from complications of AIDS. Only 30, Rod had already had an enormous influence on how people think about drug use an...

    by Sharon Lerner on February 9, 1999
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    Death of a Disco Dancer - New details about Tunnel drug overdose allegation

    Steroids and coronary problems may have contributed to the widely sensationalized death of a frail 18-year-old at the Tunnel disco two weekends ago, the Voice has learned. Wire reports attributed the death of Sound Beach, Long Island, resident Jimmy ...

    by Frank Owen on February 9, 1999
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    West Village, R.I.P. - Developers target a legendary neighborhood's last open spaces

    "This doesn't feel like the village," says Zack Winestine, a filmmaker and activist. He is looking down Horatio Street, a cobblestoned sliver surrounded by large-bulk buildings, some dating back to the early part of the century when rail freight roar...

    by James Bradley on February 9, 1999
  • Bubble Economy

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    Bubble Economy

    Three weeks ago, employees at the Kaplan Educational Center, the standardized-test prep company, received a surprising e-mail. After more than five years of research, the Educational Testing Service (ETS) was introducing the e-rater, an electronic e...

    by Claire Barliant on February 9, 1999
  • Three That Got Away - Shots in the Dark

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    Three That Got Away - Shots in the Dark

    These are three of the bullet holes pitting the walls of the Bronx vestibule in which Amadou Diallo died last Thursday. The markings BH2, BH3, and BH4 denote where some wayward NYPD 9mm slugs landed. Somehow, 22 of the 41 shots fired at the Guinean ...

    by William Bastone on February 9, 1999
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