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    Fun With Lipsticks and Dildos - The play's the thing

    Some stores chain their merchandise to the racks like caged beasts; some booby-trap the stuff with exploding security tags, like the devices the CIA planned for the assassination of Castro; some employ salespeople who specialize in making you feel li...

    by Lynn Yaeger on August 11, 1998
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    NY Mirror

    Get out the Black Flag, kids. In one of those ungodly cinema coincidences as perturbing as that '80s slew of body-switching flicks, there are two separate animatronic and/or animated movies coming your way about insects! (Just what we want to leave o...

    by Michael Musto on August 11, 1998
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    Dutch Treat - After Decades of Controversy, a Brooklyn Farmhouse Is Readied for Restoration

    Among the many distinguishing features of New York City real estate, one is prominent: change. Hospitals evolve into luxury apartments, landmarks are reduced to rubble, and buildings flip with the alacrity of circus acrobats. In a city where even pho...

    by J.A. Lobbia on August 11, 1998
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    Designing the Future

    You wouldn't expect revelation from the pages of PCs for Dummies and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Creating an HTML Web Page. But for Terrell Johnson, a 15-year-old at Chelsea Vocational High School, the two foolproof guides to Web development "chang...

    by Austin Bunn on August 11, 1998
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    A Famous Sheriff Fights Nudity - Playboy Would Create a Hostile Working Environment in Jail

    Sheriff Joe Arpaio is the Rudy Giuliani of Maricopa County, Arizona. He does not rule a city, but he does tightly control the fourth largest jail system in the country, comprising 7000 inmates in eight detention centers. Many of the inmates are house...

    by Nat Hentoff on August 11, 1998
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    Media Re-Dress

    So there always was a dress. The reemergence last week of Monica Lewinsky's much doubted "love dress" tripped up an army of critics--including me--who'd pounded dress-happy news outfits earlier this year for reports that seemed slimly documented. I...

    by James Ledbetter on August 11, 1998
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    New York High Rise - Studies Confirm Sky-High Rents

    A long-suppressed study obtained by the Voice shows that when it comes to rent, politics can be just as important as research. The report, commissioned by the city's Rent Guidelines Board, had been squelched by RGB chair Ed Hochman, who argued that i...

    by J.A. Lobbia on August 11, 1998
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    City Never Sleeps - Is New Drug a Workaholic's Dreamor Nightmare?

    When Ross Pigeau, a researcher with the Canadian military, first heard about a new drug that can keep people awake as effectively as amphetamines but without the jitters, "it just sounded too good to be true," he recalls. But after studying the drug,...

    by Mark Schoofs on August 11, 1998
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    Hey Moomba

    Rebecca Hargreaves (bartender at Moomba; fashion and interior designer) Income: about $65,000 Health Insurance: None Rent: $805/mo. Utilities: $65/mo. Phone: $60/mo. Food: $200/mo. Transportation: $100/mo. It's all about the money at Moomba," Rebecca...

    by Toni Schlesinger on August 11, 1998
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    In Stitches - The Menswear How and Why

    Why the World Needs Fashion From a confidential memo for the spring 1999 Pelle Pelle menswear fashion show, pinned to a dressing room wall backstage at the New York Public Library's Celeste Bartos Forum: "Pelle Pelle Spring 1999 is casual, straight, ...

    by Guy Trebay on August 11, 1998
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    A Question of Murder - Nine years ago, a forbidden interracial love affair in an east Texas town ended with a hanging. Was it suicide or a perfect lynching?

    This freshman . . . was a football player and apparently a popular student at Kilgore. He was having problems with a girlfriend and apparently his grades were not very good. He was playing cards with another male and two females in the room when he ...

    by Peter Noel on August 4, 1998
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    Shape Shifting

    For those who have managed to avoid Web "content" thus far, well, now it's coming to you. In scattered camps across the Alley, local developers, eager for exposure and a new trickle of cash, are jumping off the Net to expand into every other venue im...

    by Austin Bunn on August 4, 1998
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    From Boho to Soho - Artists Collectives Have a Recollective Moment

    It was a classic moment in activist art and an auspicious launch to a decade: On January 1, 1980, some 35 artiststheir bolt cutters in a guitar casemanaged to break into an abandoned city-owned building on Delancey Street, where they set up an exhi...

    by C. Carr on August 4, 1998
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    Inside China's Darkest Places - 'They Stuffed Pieces of Mouse Into My Mouth Until I Couldn't Breathe'

    On June 25, the day our shallow president arrived in China, a number of dissidents had the nerve to say they were forming the China Democracy Party. Clinton, of course, did not meet with them, thereby pleasing his hosts. Soon after Clinton left China...

    by Nat Hentoff on August 4, 1998
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    USA Today's Rent-a-Hype

    Attention corporate America: the logo and likeness of USA Today, the nation's second-largest circulation newspaper, are for sale. That disturbing fact became clear in late June, when USA Today published a separate, two-page version of the paper for p...

    by James Ledbetter on August 4, 1998
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    Caught Looking - Is Time Up for Times Square Porn?

    They closed down the Bitch Booth on Friday. Workers hauled away the windowed doors ("EXOTIC. LADIES. TIPS APPRECIATED.") to the peeps. Show World was shut to its devoted public and, through windows that once offered to Eighth Avenue images of feature...

    by Guy Trebay on August 4, 1998
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    Clark Bar - One-bedroom apartment in four-story prewar building

    Location: Park Slope, Brooklyn Rent: $975 (rent stabilized) Square feet: 600 Occupant: Dana Sherwood (art teacher); Karen Mancuso (editor, HX; HX for Her) Your cherry redand-white table makes me think of June Christy when she sings that song aboutap...

    by Toni Schlesinger on August 4, 1998
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    NY Mirror

    The Boston Nightlife Awards may sound as oxymoronic a concept as L.A. style or army intelligence, but there are actual clubs there, and some of them are not just for oxen or morons. See, I just MC'd those very awards at a place ominously called Karma...

    by Michael Musto on August 4, 1998
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    Birthday Wishes - As Time Passes, So Does Hope of Finding Missing Loft Tenants

    On July 28, Camden Sylvia was to have celebrated her 37th birthday. Instead, friends were making plans for an August memorial mass. And on July 6, a Manhattan surrogate court judge officially gave her the hefty and sad title of A Person Whose Whereab...

    by J.A. Lobbia on August 4, 1998
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    FDR Redux?

    A Flight 800 crash investigator has told the Voice that TWA recently challenged the National Transportation Safety Board's interpretation of the last complete line of data taken from the plane's Flight Data Recorder (FDR), saying that the software us...

    by Robert Davey on August 4, 1998
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