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  • Clash of the Titans - Mr. Blass and Mr. Beene

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    Clash of the Titans - Mr. Blass and Mr. Beene

    The cell phones are snug in their quilted patent-leather Chanel holsters, an acre of knobby knees are crossed in anticipation, 100 tiny liposuctioned behinds perch upon ivory-cushioned chairs on the second floor of Le Cirque 2000: it's time for the B...

    by Lynn Yaeger on April 13, 1999
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    Letters

    Rape of the Truth In Peter Noel's piece about Al Sharpton's latest grab for respect ["Father of the Movement," April 6], he writes that Norman Siegel, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, had "to clear his conscience" before l...

    on April 13, 1999
  • War To Save Clinton? - He's Back in Bedó With the Republican Right

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    War To Save Clinton? - He's Back in Bed With the Republican Right

    The war may save Clinton yet, by putting defense back on the front burner and reinventing the coalition with the Republican right that blew apart in Monicagate. Congressional economists estimate that the Yugoslav campaign is costing several hundred m...

    by James Ridgeway on April 13, 1999
  • Baseball's New Pitch - The National Pastime Finally Reaches Out To Its International Fan Base

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    Baseball's New Pitch - The National Pastime Finally Reaches Out To Its International Fan Base

    In 1994, Richard Kraft, then New York Yankee vice president of community relations, made headlines after New York magazine quoted him referring to the kids playing in Macombs Dam Park next to Yankee Stadium as "monkeys" and "colored boys." The ensuin...

    by Brian P. Dunleavy on April 13, 1999
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    Art of Noise - Beta-Testing the Line Between Body and Machine

    A dancer lifts her leg and an electronic symphony pours out. At a certain point, the floor sings with every footstep. Later, the audience wanders through a Coney Islandesque installation replete with video games and shooting galleries while a conduc...

    by Austin Bunn on April 6, 1999
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    The Alienist - Artist Brings UFO Abduction Home To New York

    Budd Hopkins keeps a scrapbook of scars close-up photographs of lashes, wales, and scabs that people can't explain. He flips through the images and points to an indentation the size of a teaspoon on a woman's upper arm. "These are scoop marks," he s...

    by Austin Bunn on April 6, 1999
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    Giuliani vs. Thomas Jefferson - God Will Be the Curriculum

    I contemplate with solemn reverence that act of the whole American people [the Establishment Clause in the Constitution] which declared that there shall be a wall of separation between church and state. Thomas Jefferson in a letter to the Danbur...

    by Nat Hentoff on April 6, 1999
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    Burning Issues - Kosovo Crisis

    NATO bombs Yugoslavia, President Milosevic eviscerates Kosovo, there's a mass Albanian exodus, and Russia protests Western military action. Confused? John Stevens Age: 32 Resides: New Jersey Occupation: Waste management ...

    by Edmund Lee on April 6, 1999
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    Letters

    Blown Away Last week's cover ["Diallo: The City Will Never Be the Same"] was chilling, and perfectly complemented your special section on the Amadou Diallo killing. At first, all I noticed was the blood and bullet holes. Then, while count...

    on April 6, 1999
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    NY Mirror - I chatted up Debbie Matenopoulos, whose mantra was, 'How sick is it that I'm up for an Emmy?'

    By now you've heard that Sir Ian McKellen and Monica Lewinsky were dates at the London premiere of Gods and Monsters. Pick your own joke: "They both like semen!" or "Finally, a guy who doesn't want to stick it in her mouth!" . . . The object of the m...

    by Michael Musto on April 6, 1999
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    Ode to Joi

    Boni Joi (poet; aerobics instructor; bibliographic assistant; window display designer) Income: $26,000 (1998) Health Insurance: none Rent: $700/mo. Utilities: $30/mo. Phone: $200/mo. Food: $250/mo. Transportation: $150/mo. I lived on ...

    by Toni Schlesinger on April 6, 1999
  • Tails of the City - Photos by Sandra-Lee Phipps

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    Tails of the City - Photos by Sandra-Lee Phipps

    When a major midtown department store invited patrons to dress up their pets in a manner befitting the last spring season of the century, New Yorkers reacted with predictable enthusiasm, bedecking bulldogs with bunny ears, tabbies with tiaras,...

    by Lynn Yaeger on April 6, 1999
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    The New Real Thing - Barry McGee Throws Up in Soho

    Buzz, that most mysterious commodity, is even harder to parse in the art world, where the hype must be textured enough to reach a coveted coterie. But the rules of this game are not so different from what works on Fashion Avenue: stoke the media, sho...

    by Richard Goldstein on April 6, 1999
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    King Pong - Atari Fan Builds a Monument to an Era

    Curt Vendel witnessed the final death rattle of Atari. It happened like this. Early last year, the 32-year-old Staten Islander got a call from a friend in California who told him the last remains of Atari, Inc., were about to be liquidated. Permanent...

    by Danny Hakim on April 6, 1999
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    Machine Age

    Local Journalist Struggles With Bite-Sized Pun, Fails, Moves On: Who can forget the historic day, July 21, 1969? The headline makes it all clear again: "HOLY SHIT. MAN WALKS ON FUCKING MOON. Neil Armstrong's Historic First Words on Moon: 'Holy Livin...

    on April 6, 1999
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    Tests and Consequences - The Struggle Over HIV Information Goes On

    Last week New York's highest court decided that a man who didn't report being HIV positive when he applied for disability insurance was nonetheless entitled to receive his benefits. The ruling was "big," according to insurance lawyer Mark Scherzer, w...

    by Sharon Lerner on April 6, 1999
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    Season Opener - RGB Begins Annual Rent Ritual

    The Rent Guidelines Board will open its 1999 season next Tuesday, beginning its annual ritual of setting rent-hike rates for 2.4 million rent-stabilized tenants. But this year, the RGB has an additional, and unusual, task: finding a place to hold its...

    by J.A. Lobbia on April 6, 1999
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    Overkill - The Grand Guignol Murder of a Gay Man In Virginia

    Richmond, Virginia Eddie Northington was the type of guy a lot of people would probably have liked to kill. He was big. He was aggressive. He was a wiseass and a loudmouth. Lack of expertise didn't stop him from holding opinions on a variety of topi...

    by Guy Trebay on April 6, 1999
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    The Reflective Rudy - Memo to file: Rudy Giuliani, April 4, 1999

    The only Easter basket I got at home this morning was filled with rock candy minus the candy. Donna is getting to be one hell of a comic. She did the egg hunt on the Mansion south lawn again and that's her side, so I couldn't even watch. I understan...

    by Wayne Barrett on April 6, 1999
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    Speech Therapy - Ten Years After Ushering In the Era of P.C. Policing, The University of Wisconsin Sets Its Faculty Free

    Amy Kasper is Korean, but her parents are white, like just about everyone else in Hurley, Wisconsin, pop. 1762. Hurley is well-meaning folk, Kasper's quick to point out, but not so tolerant of difference. "Growing up, I was called every racist name f...

    by Jeff Howe on April 6, 1999
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