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    The Miller's Tale

    The postmortems on the NBA labor dispute have been arriving fast and furious since last week's settlement, and one of the most surprising assessments comes from Marvin Miller, the former head of the baseball union, who led a successful strike against...

    on January 12, 1999
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    Rent To Die For? - Downtown Landlord Admits Murder Plot

    Being a tenant in New York City can almost be murder. That's what two Lower East Side residents learned last week when their landlord, 46-year-old Alvin Weiss, admitted in criminal court that he had hired a hit man to kill them in hopes of getting hi...

    by J.A. Lobbia on January 12, 1999
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    Murder on a Liquor High - A 17-year-old is dead. his alleged killer is only 15, troubled, and facing life in prison

    About 20 past midnight on the wintry day of December 6, James Harris, a bumbling 15-year-old roughneck high on Aliz liqueur, hovered momentarily over the bullet-riddled body of a high school senior he'd mistaken for a member of a Brooklyn gang and g...

    by Peter Noel on January 12, 1999
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    Wishful Reporting

    Why ruin a good story with the truth? That's the credo of many journalists, who would gladly downplay accuracy and fairness for entertainment value. They rarely cop to that standard, but you don't have to look far to see it in action. Case in point: ...

    by Cynthia Cotts on January 12, 1999
  • Down for the Count - Christy Martin has fallen. The women's boxing world hopes she won't get up.

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    Down for the Count - Christy Martin has fallen. The women's boxing world hopes she won't get up.

    Whether for fame, fortune, or in the name of her sport, nearly every female professional boxer has wanted to get her mitts on Christy Martin, "The Coal Miner's Daughter." Yet Martin's first major loss since she became boxing's most famous and highest...

    by Rachel Ellner on January 12, 1999
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    Star Search - The future looks blight

    I don't like to brag, but I'm quite a gifted psychic. Really. And I'm not talking cheesy tabloid predictions, either. You won't find me predicting that an earthquake will sink California, or that President Clinton will marry Budd, or even that Burt R...

    by Linda Stasi on January 12, 1999
  • Rehnquist's Glass House - The man who will preside over Clinton's trial has veracity issues of his own

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    Rehnquist's Glass House - The man who will preside over Clinton's trial has veracity issues of his own

    Washington It seems only fitting that the final act of the Clinton Impeachment Saga should highlight the role of a judge who garbs himself in a designer black robe adorned with gold-striped sleeves in emulation of Iolanthe's Lord Chancellor, a Gilbe...

    by Jason Vest on January 12, 1999
  • World War II Chic

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    World War II Chic

    As the Senate gears up for a ritual caning of the president, it's telling that the most acclaimed film is Saving Private Ryan; the best-selling nonfiction book is The Greatest Generation, Tom Brokaw's paean to the fighting men of World War II; and ...

    by Richard Goldstein on January 12, 1999
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    In the Interest of Justice - Rehnquist Opposes Impeachment

    The Senate's presiding officer in the impeachment trial, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, could turn out to be the trial's big surprise. Hovering in the background, this icon of the conservative movement adds nuance to the drama played out across ...

    by James Ridgeway on January 12, 1999
  • Recovered Memory - An Argentine Artist Resurrects the Disappeared

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    Recovered Memory - An Argentine Artist Resurrects the Disappeared

    Artist Marcelo Brodsky stood exulting over the news photo of an ashen Augusto Pinochet on his way to a London court. Gleeful and mocking, the artist began to quote the fallen dictator's proud declaration to the judge: "I am Augusto Pinochet Ugarte. I...

    by C. Carr on January 5, 1999
  • Children Lost in Our Schools - A Federal Charge of Race Discrimination Against Rudy Crew

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    Children Lost in Our Schools - A Federal Charge of Race Discrimination Against Rudy Crew

    I have visited many elementary and secondary schools around the country, but by far the most effective principal I have ever known was Elliot Shapiro at P.S. 119 in Harlem. I spent most of 1965 there, reporting on the kids, the teachers, and him. H...

    by Nat Hentoff on January 5, 1999
  • All About Eve

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    All About Eve

    The penultimate year of the millennium is about to dawn, making partying like it's 1999 especially poignant on December 31. Whether you're clinking Veuve Cliquot or V8, shivering in Times Square or tripping the light fantastic elsewhere on the sidewa...

    by Lynn Yaeger on January 5, 1999
  • God is Antonio Duarte's Copilot

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    God is Antonio Duarte's Copilot

    Antonio Duarte (owner, Peniel Limousine Service) Income: $30,000 to $40,000 (1998) Health Insurance: none Rent: $918/mo. Utilities: $70/mo. Phone: $70/mo. Food: $500/mo. Transportation: $100/mo. Seven years ago he went from being a Catholic ...

    by Toni Schlesinger on January 5, 1999
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    Year of Living Dangerously - Resolutionary Parties

    Nineteen ninety-nine not only holds the countdown to the millennium, but also the strange fate of Bubba Bill. Whats your resolution? Paul Fritsche Age: 37 Resides:: East Village Occupation: Graphic Artist On a scale of 1...

    by Edmund Lee on January 5, 1999
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    Basketball Jones - Hunter coach Mike Brown loves the game so much, he quit big-time ball.

    "You can call me as late as you want," Mike Brown's baritone voice resonates into the answering machine. "I'll be up." To any reporter, that kind of invitation is almost unheard of. Reaching a coach for an interview can be more difficult than reachi...

    by Brian P. Dunleavy on January 5, 1999
  • Nolte by Nature - A Gifted and Afflicted Actor Propels Two of the Year's Best Films

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    Nolte by Nature - A Gifted and Afflicted Actor Propels Two of the Year's Best Films

    In person, Nick Nolte is a very tall, surprisingly fragile creature, a world away from the rock-solid characters he's been playing ever since fortune shined and he made the move from hunky lifeguard type to real actor in the ferocious 1978 film Who'l...

    by Kent Jones on January 5, 1999
  • The Rangers' Rough Ride - Their Down, Briefly Up, and then Down Again Season

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    The Rangers' Rough Ride - Their Down, Briefly Up, and then Down Again Season

    It's late December and, right on cue, winter has blown in off Long Island Sound, smacking southern Westchester County. Gray clouds gather for the first snow, and although the fountain outside Rye's ancient Playland Ice Casino continues spouting water...

    by Stu Hackel on January 5, 1999
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    The ABL, 1996-1998

    There's a well-known (if apocryphal) rule at The New York Times that the paper won't run obituaries about anyone who hasn't already appeared as a subject in a Times story. Clearly they made an exception last Wednesday, when they splashed a color phot...

    on January 5, 1999
  • Blind Alley - Surfing Through the Scuttlebutt

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    Blind Alley - Surfing Through the Scuttlebutt

    Which dapper CEO of a new-media design shop called one of his female producers a "pussy" to her face in public? Which sexed-up Web editor, now pitching a TV show based on his own life (in script development in L.A.), first revealed his roaring self-c...

    by Austin Bunn on January 5, 1999
  • Paper Trial - A Widow Takes on Cigna

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    Paper Trial - A Widow Takes on Cigna

    Antonia Cedrone chose her 17th-floor apartment for its view. The one-bedroom in a doorman building in the East 30s was on the pricey side for Cedrone, who works as a psychologist for a nonprofit organization. But when she and her husband, Alan Leach,...

    by Sharon Lerner on January 5, 1999
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