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    ...Like It's 1999 - What the Budget Battle Means for Housing

    Today might not feel like New Year's, but that's exactly what it is for City Hall. July 1 begins city fiscal year 1999, and that makes today the first day that the budget passed by the City Councilover the veto of Mayor Rudy Giulianiis law. For te...

    by J.A. Lobbia on July 7, 1998
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    Johnnie Come Lately - Black Activists Say O. J. Simpson's Lawyer Is on a Quest To Hijack the New York Civil rights Movement

    Johnnie Cochran continues his "Journey to Justice" on a ghetto pass to New York. Some among the city's frontline black activist leadership, who 10 months ago sanctioned Cochran's arrival, now believe the flamboyant California attorney muscled his way...

    by Peter Noel on July 7, 1998
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    On June 18, Irene Santoso discovered she had a doppelgnger. Santoso, creative director at local Web design firm US Web, was routinely checking the visitor logs for her personal homepage (www.moonberry.com)-- looking to see who had visited her site a...

    by Austin Bunn on July 7, 1998
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    The FBI's Missing Link - Cops Should Tape-Record Interviews With All Suspects

    On June 1, Terry Nichols was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for his part in the horrifying Oklahoma bombing. The conspiracy charge against him could have brought a death sentence. For that to have happened, however, the jury would have...

    by Nat Hentoff on July 7, 1998
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    Hawaiian Hunch - One-bedroom apartment in tenement building

    Location: Upper West Side Rent: $1410 (market rate) Square feet: 650 Occupant: Miranda Sutton (actress); dog; two cats Your story of a search for a home should be in 26 installments. You moved here 1 1/2 years ago. But let's go way back to the e...

    by Toni Schlesinger on July 7, 1998
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    NY Mirror

    During the intermission for day two of Carnegie Hall's Judy Garland tribute, I raced outside and was stunned by a loud thunderbolt and a blinding flash of lightning. Judy, was that you? I thought so. The event may not have been a total corpse-turner,...

    by Michael Musto on June 30, 1998
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    Future Schlock

    Monday, June 15: Martin Nisenholtz, president of The New York Times electronic publishing division, turns to the perky PR handler and asks, "Do I have vegetable in my teeth?" She shakes her head, and he glides into a conference room at 1675 Broadway ...

    by Austin Bunn on June 30, 1998
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    The Last Days of Gay Disco - The current disco revival conceals its homo soul

    For nearly two decades, disco has been high on the list of cultural unmentionables, along with Barry Manilow and the leisure suit. But ever since the relaunch of slut gear (i.e., Candies) and the huge success of VH1's "Seven Days of '70s" celebration...

    by Peter Braunstein on June 30, 1998
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    Reel Life

    Gill Holland (independent film producer) Income: $30,000 (last year) Health insurance: paid by parents Rent: $900/mo. Utilities: $50/mo. Phone: $300/mo. Food: $1080/mo. Transportation: $170/mo." I figure I make two dollars an hour," film pr...

    by Toni Schlesinger on June 30, 1998
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    Dancer From the Dance - Mark Morris makes his statement onstage

    The dancers are wrapping themselves in long white sarongs, pulled up between their legs and knotted at the waist; there are 16 of them, two new, the rest veterans; one blond woman is standing on her hands with her feet in the air, her body muscular a...

    by Guy Trebay on June 30, 1998
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    Soul Lite - Soul Food Reimaged for the '90s

    I have been transported. I'm in Blockbuster Video eyeing a wall-high display of videotapes of the film Soul Food. In Barnes & Noble I'm thumbing through scores of books under the banner "African American Heritage Cooking." I go restaurant-hopping at ...

    by Lisa Jones on June 30, 1998
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    The Globe Spins

    In Boston, racial polarization is as much a part of everyday life as Red Sox games or cool wind off the bay. So when the Boston Globe last week fired Patricia Smith--the paper's only black female columnist--because she'd fabricated quotes and charact...

    by James Ledbetter on June 30, 1998
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    A Major Decision for Women's Rights? - The NOW Victory Could Be Applied to Any Demonstration or Protest

    The columnist I most admire is Robyn Blumner. She writes a syndicated column for the St. Petersburg Times that is carried here in the New York Post. She is the most forceful and lucid civil libertarian I know. We are friends and disagree on only two ...

    by Nat Hentoff on June 30, 1998
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    Unsung AIDS Advance - One Vaccine Breatkthrough Overshadows Another

    In celebrating a major milestone in AIDS vaccine research last week, the media overlooked a second equally important and closely related advance. Indeed, the second breakthrough could lead more quickly to human studies of experimental vaccines. Heral...

    by Mark Schoofs on June 30, 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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    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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    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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    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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