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    Rent Board to Tenants: Take a Hike

    For landlords, the news from the city's Rent Guidelines Board is good: rents are up, the market is tight, and the costs of most items, from fuel to push brooms, is down. For tenants, the reports are mixed: about 9000 new apartments are coming on line...

    by J.A. Lobbia on June 23, 1998
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    Taking in the Trash

    When historians finally get around to tackling the Net, the Net will likely tackle them. The source material is already so suffused with static--abandoned home pages, XXX spam, and countless messages that venture, "Testing... Are you there?"--that th...

    by Austin Bunn on June 23, 1998
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    RICO Swallows the First Amendment - NOW Has Put All Political Protests in Serious Danger

    "I had hoped that the white moderates would understand that law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and that when they fail in this purpose, they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress. . . ...

    by Nat Hentoff on June 23, 1998
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    Content's Providers

    Take a moment to pity Howard Kurtz. It's always been difficult for The Washington Post media reporter (and author of the recent bestselling Spin Cycle) to write about spats inside his own paper. But to cover charges of improper reporting leveled at h...

    by James Ledbetter on June 23, 1998
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    Maid Man - Maid's room in Park Avenue building

    Location: Upper East Side Rent: $0 Square feet: 128 Occupant: Mark Noonan (Ph.D. student, CUNY; founder and editor, Columbia Journal of American Studies) I walked into this fancy building and the doorman whisked me off to the servants' quarters ...

    by Toni Schlesinger on June 23, 1998
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    Big Fat Problem - AIDS Drugs Cause Scary Side Effects--And Spark Interest in New Treatment Strategies

    I always had fat legs," chuckles HIV-positive AIDS activist Dawn Averitt. But when her brothers said, "Wow, your legs are getting skinny," Averitt didn't feel happy, she felt worried. The only thing she was doing differently was taking one of the pow...

    by Mark Schoofs on June 23, 1998
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    Columns - Ace & Grace

    What's a girl to do (besides change the sheets and quit her job) when on one day the Southern Baptists declare women must submit to their husbands, and the next day Bear Stearns ace Ace Greenberg donates one million bucks to underprivileged Viagra us...

    by Linda Stasi on June 23, 1998
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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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