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    NY Mirror

    It's too soon for me to say anything qualitative about writer-director-star Vincent Gallo's Buffalo '66, but I can report that, while in some ways the film makes Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas look like Bedknobs and Broomsticks, it ultimately succeed...

    by Michael Musto on June 9, 1998
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    Driving While Black - Fear & Loathing on the New Jersey Turnpike

    It is a 148-mile stretch of asphalt that some black motorists refer to as ''White Man's Pass.'' In their journeys along this dreaded roadway, which connects New York City with New Jersey and other points on the I-95 corridor, these motorists complain...

    by Peter Noel on June 9, 1998
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    Seor Stereotype

    El Mexterminator and Cyber Vato, adorned in chrome leg braces, crampons, and Indian headdresses, don't stand a chance of getting a table at Balthazar, but that won't stop them from trying. This Thursday, in the second day of a siege of the sidewalks ...

    by Austin Bunn on June 9, 1998
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    Opening Windows

    Silicon Alley entrepreneurs have a great defender in New York State Attorney General Dennis Vacco, whether they want one or not. Vacco, who is leading the 20-state (and the District of Columbia) antitrust suit against Microsoft and its "bundling" pra...

    by Austin Bunn on June 2, 1998
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    Does Free Speech Include 'Fag'? - Why Were the Champions of Free Speech in New York Silent?

    At the Village Vanguard, Lenny Bruce would look long and hard at his integrated audience. "Any kikes here tonight?" he'd ask. "Any niggers? Any spics? Any fags?" The audience would freeze. What's gotten into Lenny? Has a dybbuk taken possession of hi...

    by Nat Hentoff on June 2, 1998
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    Bloody Sunday Times

    The Daily News has covered the Irish peace referendum as aggressively as any paper in America, sending top columnists Jim Dwyer and Fintan O'Toole to Belfast and Dublin respectively for daily dispatches leading up to last Friday's vote. But here is a...

    by James Ledbetter on June 2, 1998
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    NY Mirror

    Movie actress Illeana Douglas's wedding to producer Jonathan Axelrod was that rare sincere mix of actors, agents, and publicists, the guest running through the church on a cell phone notwithstanding (I'm sure it was a spiritual call). Even the priest...

    by Michael Musto on June 2, 1998
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    The Battle for Harlem - Sharpton Camp Assails Butts as Upstate Republicans Maneuver To Exploit Black Power Struggle

    A battle for the political soul of Harlem has escalated into all-out war. Carl Redding, a top aide to Reverend Al Sharpton, denounced Reverend Calvin Butts's attacklast week on Mayor Giuliani as a "suicide attempt" by Butts to pull ahead of other bla...

    by Peter Noel on June 2, 1998
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    Up, Up, and Away - A New Sexual Drug Works on the Brain. But What Are the Uses of Lifestyle Meds?

    Viagra works on the penis, but in the pipeline is another impotence drug that works on the brain. Guilty about a secret affair? Worried about getting downsized? Viagra won't help, but apomorphine might. Currently in clinical trials, apomorphine (bran...

    by Mark Schoofs on June 2, 1998
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    The Wiseguy and the Wetlands - A Brooklyn Waterfront Dream House Becomes the Target of an Environmental Probe

    This is the one New York story about a Mafia soldier and a marshy Brooklyn wetland that does not include any of the following: a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson, duct tape, an area rug, or misplaced appendages. Instead, this is the saga of one felon's con...

    by William Bastone on June 2, 1998
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    How To Jump Off a Bridge

    The platform of the Manhattan Bridge is 135 feet above the East River, so make sure the bungee cord is no longer than 30 feet. The 100-foot plunge should be more than enough thrill. Attach the bungee cordtwo inches thick, made of latex rubber, able ...

    by Carla Spartos on May 26, 1998
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    NY Mirror

    The fun, inspiring, but long Drama League Awards luncheon at the Plaza seemed to honor the majority of people who crossed a stage this year. As we vainly waited until dork, the other winners were so adorably grateful and honored to be sitting on the ...

    by Michael Musto on May 26, 1998
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    Breaking's New Ground - Generation Next Spins on its Head

    A circle clears in the middle of the gloomy basement at Konkrete Jungle and into the arena glides 20-year-old Face, top rocking to the mechanical beat of drum-and-bass. Falling to the ground and using his left arm as a pivot, he spins his body 360 de...

    by Frank Owen on May 26, 1998
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    AIDS Ed in the 'Hood - Bronx Teenagers Take Prevention to the Streets

    Poe Park, where the poet once lived, is a sliver of green that runs for just a block along the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, but the park attracts a crowd. Some come to watch the dog fights, others to smoke a joint, but most come "to pick up girls or...

    by Mark Schoofs on May 26, 1998
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    Frank Sinatra 1915-1998

    THE LAST CROONER By Gary Giddins Nobody was shocked to learn of Frank Sinatra's death at 82--almost everyone was surprised he lingered as long as he did. Yet his leaving inevitably focuses attention on a shared history. High arts never unite us as ...

    by Gary Giddins, Tom Carson, Touré, on May 26, 1998
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    Photographic Memory

    Patrick Moore, head of the archival service Estate Project for Artists With AIDS (artistswithaids.org), can't forget a show he saw seven years ago at the Drawing Center: raw, bleak sketches by prisoners stationed at the Terezn concentration camp dur...

    by Austin Bunn on May 26, 1998
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    India Ink

    It became the spin of the week: how could United States intelligence agencies have been unaware that India was getting ready to test a nuclear weapon? Nightline's John Donvan, on May 12, was one of the first to make the point: "Despite spending more ...

    by James Ledbetter on May 26, 1998
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    Driven Crazy - Keeping tabs on cabs

    Just when you thought it was safe to go back on the sidewalk, the cab strike ends. If you listened to most New Yorkers last week, the consensus was that the strike was a big bomb-ola, not only because it was a day late (they chose the first sunny day...

    by Linda Stasi on May 26, 1998
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    JUMP - Under Cover of Night, Local Daredevils Bungee off City Bridges

    Two weeks ago Thomas Fuller jumped off the Manhattan Bridge. You never heard about it because he never hit the water. Fuller is a bungee jumper and has been leaping off the bridge for years. While he swings like a pendulum 15 stories below, about 20 ...

    by Carla Spartos on May 26, 1998
  • Safir Protects His Cops--Not You - Three Plainclothes Cops Beat Her. Safir Says She Assaulted Them.

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    Safir Protects His Cops--Not You - Three Plainclothes Cops Beat Her. Safir Says She Assaulted Them.

    What makes a nation a police state? A street officer's limitless power of arrest. --Robyn Blumner, St.Petersburg Times Georgia Brewer, 52, a cancer survivor who had also lost her left eye to an infection, came to New York from her home in Orange ...

    by Nat Hentoff on May 26, 1998
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