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    Digitizing Megan's Law

    You could know some important things about 31-year-old Timothy Fontaine without meeting him: his street address, his physical characteristics, that he's got four tattoos on his left and right arms, and that he served a year in prison for first-degree...

    by Austin Bunn on April 21, 1998
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    A Town Possessed by Satan - 'We were a family. Then all of a sudden, there's nobody left.'

    The attorney general, Janet Reno, says she may order a thorough investigation of the child sex abuse epidemic in the city of Wenatchee in Washington State. In 1994 and 1995, 43 adults were arrested on 29,726 counts--that's not a typo--of sex abuse in...

    by Nat Hentoff on April 21, 1998
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    Seined, Sealed, Delivered

    Did Vanity Fair freelancer Lynn Hirschberg, author of this month's cover profile of Jerry Seinfeld, provide an advance copy to the comedian, in violation of the monthly's policy? That is the conclusion reached by an internal Vanity Fair investigation...

    by James Ledbetter on April 21, 1998
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    Flight 800: The Missing Evidence - When Suspicious Debris Arrived in the Hangar the FBI Took It Away

    FBI agents at the Calverton hangar where wreckage from TWA Flight 800 was being examined to determine the cause of the crash removed a piece from the leading edge of one wing, two sources told The Village Voice. These sources said the wing piece bore...

    by Robert Davey on April 21, 1998
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    Thug Life - Wild Man Chris Paciello Has the Juice at Liquid

    With her exotic looks, privileged pedigree, and stable of famous ''galpals'' like Madonna and k.d. lang, Ingrid Casares is the most recognizable face behind a controversial effort to open a large club on a Flatiron district street already overrun wit...

    by William Bastone on April 7, 1998
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    Machine Age

    Issues. Culture. Endings. Maybe it was the piece about coffee colonics, complete with a tastefully designed animation of anal leakage. Or perhaps the recent photographic expose on soul-killing office interiors, or the staff diary entry called "I Drop...

    by Austin Bunn on March 24, 1998
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    Rad Like Who?

    Michael Portnoy, the self-anointed "Soy Bomb" who jumped onstage during Bob Dylan's performance at the Grammy Awards, was himself performing at P.S.122's "New Stuff Festival" on March 7 when he twice jumped into the audience. Climbed the chairs. Touc...

    by C. Carr on March 24, 1998
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    The End of the Beginning?

    It had to happen some time. Two of the oldest and most esteemed Alley Web projects, Downtown cicerone TotalNY (totalny.com) and online art laboratory ada'web (adaweb.com), ceased production last Friday, slashed by an executive shuffle and paradigm sh...

    by Austin Bunn on March 17, 1998
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    Puffing Over Huffington

    Beware the blue pencil--it can run up quite a bill. In late January, the editorial page staff of the New York Post carved up an opinion piece by syndicated columnist Arianna Huffington before publishing it. Last week, the Post's editing became the su...

    by James Ledbetter on March 17, 1998
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    The Eye of the Beholder

    About a dozen protesters paraded past the New York Stock Exchange last Friday morning urging brokers to ''sell Barnes & Noble stock.'' They were following up on indictments against the nation's largest bookseller handed down last week in Alabama and ...

    by Richard Goldstein on March 10, 1998
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    Geraldine Ferraro: Sweatshop Landlord - Long Hours, Low Pay, Rancid Conditions Are Commonplace at Senate Candidate's Building

    A SOHO building partially owned by U.S. Senate candidate Geraldine Ferraro and managed by her husband, John Zaccaro, has housed 35 Chinese garment-manufacturing companies over the past few years--many of them nonunion and some apparently illegal. Whi...

    by Wayne Barrett & Tracie McMillan on March 10, 1998
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    Monday morning, I almost became a brand. When a speaker failed to show for the "Cross Media Marketing" panel of last week's bustling Silicon Alley Conference '98, Jason Calacanis--the organizer, human router, and networker nonpareil of the event--pul...

    by Austin Bunn on March 10, 1998
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    Machine Age

    First the Barbie Liberation Organization was awarded $3000 after swapping the electronic voice boxes in some hundred GI Joe and Barbie dolls so that the GI Joe figures mewed, "I love school--don't you?" and Barbie barked, "Dead men tell no lies!" Lat...

    by Austin Bunn on March 3, 1998
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    How Did Flight 800 Blow Up

    When Dean Seward and his girlfriend Susan Smith set out for an afternoon at Gilgo State Park a couple of summers ago, they were looking forward to a day at the beach--sunbathing, tossing a Frisbee, strolling in the sand. The midafternoon appearance o...

    by Robert Davey on March 3, 1998
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    Too Deep for Anger - To be Black in this Country is to Always Affirm Something

    Some mornings I think, there's nothing left to say about race or being Black that any literate person should find novel, profound, or even vaguely amusing. For this century it's all been said and said again, said better, and even said better by me. I...

    by Greg Tate on March 3, 1998
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    Shopping Spies - Why is this Man Staring at Me?

    Andy Greenfield, president of Greenfield Marketing Consultants, is setting the scene for me: "You're standing at the salad bar, Carrie, so I sidle up next to you. You're looking at the chicken and broccoli, then you look on, and I mumble something li...

    on February 24, 1998
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    Walk this Way - Pols put you in the Driver's Seat

    What's a crime fighter to do after he wipes out most of the crime in the city? Well, he could sit back and rest on his laurels--go around giving speeches about how he single-handedly wiped out crime. OK, OK, say he managed that every day--there would...

    by Linda Stasi on February 24, 1998
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    Trial by Fire

    How do you get in people's faces from a flat screen? The directors of Franklin Furnace, the 21-year-old performance space in Tribeca created to "make the world safe for avant-garde art," have never had to worry about breaking the fourth wall--it's th...

    by Austin Bunn on February 24, 1998
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    No Mort Tomorrows

    After less than six months, cartoonist Tom Tomorrow has lost his biweekly gig at U.S. News & World Report. Tomorrow's departure does not stem from a conflict with U.S. News editor James Fallows. "I love his work," Fallows told the Voice, expressing "...

    by James Ledbetter on February 24, 1998
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    How To Commit a Loving Murder - 'Euthanize the Damaged People'

    In 1993, 12-year-old Tracy Latimer was murdered by her father on their farm in Saskatchewan, western Canada. Tracy had a severe case of cerebral palsy and suffered acute pain because of a chronic displaced hip. She could not walk or feed herself. She...

    by Nat Hentoff on February 17, 1998
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