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    Act II: The Siege - Battle Over Theater Zone Nears Final Scenes

    There's a new drama playing on Broadway, and the most recent scene left some of the actors themselves stunned. "The city council today gave away its power in Midtown Manhattan," said Kevin Finnegan. "It just blew my mind." Finnegan, land-use chair of...

    by J.A. Lobbia on July 28, 1998
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    Should Al Sharpton Apologize? - The racial politics of reconciliation in New York

    His legion of white critics believe it's so easy: all Al Sharpton has to do is mount his soapbox and come clean about the lowdown, dirty, spontaneous utterances elicited from him in the heat of black advocacy. As the rhetoric intensifies in the wake ...

    by Peter Noel on July 28, 1998
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    Virgin Territory

    The evidence of Diane and Mike's deflowering is all over the Net--but at this point, it's all just dirty laundry. Last week, the pair of comely, "churchgoing" 18-year-olds announced that they were planning to broadcast their inaugural intercourse ove...

    by Austin Bunn on July 28, 1998
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    The Seduction of Bill Clinton - President Jiang Believes He Can Kill or Jail Dissenters

    Of all the reactions to the hollow president's "triumphant" journey to China, one of the most appropriate--which was not in the mainstream media--was that of legendary defense attorney and civil libertarian Leonard Weinglass: "It's kind of ironic tha...

    by Nat Hentoff on July 28, 1998
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    Rupert's Welfare

    The New York Post's editorial and opinion page is a place where the sanctity of the free market is practically a religion. But behind the scenes, the Post is quite content to take government handouts. Take, for example, the $13 million economic devel...

    by James Ledbetter on July 28, 1998
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    Martha My Fear

    Josh Shelov (freelance writer and director for TV, film, and theater) Income: about $30,000 (last year) Health Insurance: none Rent: $750/mo. Utilities: $30/mo. Phone: $100/mo. Food: $200/mo. Transportation: $50/mo. I'm so horrific with money. I'm th...

    by Toni Schlesinger on July 28, 1998
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    NY Mirror

    Check out the guy with the accessorized hair in the Beaded Barbie commercial. Just take my wordcheck him out. Also, while the TV's on, please note the commercial for the YMCA, which in all seriousness features children bopping to that old Village Pe...

    by Michael Musto on July 28, 1998
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    She, Tina - How Tina Brown revived the years with Ross

    Did Tina Brown revolutionize slick magazines? About as much as Newt Gingrich revolutionized Congress--not profoundly, but vividly enough to get horrified onlookers thinking Antichrist. American politics would have grown more irresponsible, and journa...

    by Tom Carson on July 21, 1998
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    Be More Than You Can Be - The military is using molecular technology to produce super soldiers

    Cambridge, Massachusetts A dozen scientists and one reporter peer into a jungle setting, stalking two mannequins in camouflage. The lights go out, making the task more difficult as they struggle to pass around two pairs of night-vision goggles. Imag...

    by Tyler Schnoebelen on July 21, 1998
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    High-ranking Military Officers, Independent Investigators, Pilots, and Eyewitnesses Believe a Missle Destroyed TWA Flight 800

    In January, more than 25 reporters attended a Washington, D.C., press conference, virtually a military briefing, that for all the actual media coverage it received might as well have been labeled top secret. At the widely ignored event, retired navy ...

    by Robert Davey on July 21, 1998
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    Looking for Lolita - On the nature of nymph mania

    Adrian Lyne's Lolita will get its long-sought U.S. theatrical release following its Showtime screening next month. So while the years-long delay brings to mind Groucho Marx's famous quote ("I've put off reading Lolita for six years, till she's 18"), ...

    by Abby McGanney Nolan, Elliott Stein, Mich on July 21, 1998
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    Fanning the Fame

    The high-powered players running this week's Intel New York Music Festival (intelfest.com) are poised to pitch you a revolution: the Silicon Valley chip maker foresees online music halls; Music Boulevard expects you to start mainlining CDs from the N...

    by Austin Bunn on July 21, 1998
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    When the ACLU Supports Discrimination - 'Diversity Cannot Continue by Crude Racial Categories'

    Katuria Smith's mother, who had been divorced, raised her four children by herself. The family was poor, and when Katuria was graduated from high school, she worked at whatever jobs she could find--in construction, as a janitor, mixing auto paint. As...

    by Nat Hentoff on July 21, 1998
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    Kinsley--for a Day

    Has Michael Kinsley gone nuts? That was the prevailing sentiment in New York media circles late Monday morning. The Slate editor was evidently a top choice to edit The New Yorker. He then committed the unforgivable sin of disqualifying himself, publi...

    by James Ledbetter on July 21, 1998
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    Non-drag Queens - One-bedroom apartment with basement office in row house

    Location: Forest Hills, Queens Rent: $780 (market rate) Square feet: 800 Occupant: Yee-Ching Lee (president, East West Media Consultants and Taiwan International Cultural Exchange); Laurence Singer (music producer; founder, Global Beat); Leigh Sophia...

    by Toni Schlesinger on July 21, 1998
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    The Harding Boys - Gt a gd jb wth no trng

    Dear Dad: As a mom, I admit I've been worried about the kids' futures. Without an "in," as you know, it's not easy to hop on the fast track to career successespecially without a college degree. Thank God, though, I don't have to fret anymore. Throu...

    by Linda Stasi on July 21, 1998
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    Come to Mama - Hindu Holy Woman Heals With Hugs

    The woman in the white dress with her head thrown back is laughing silently. Or maybe she's crying. It's hard to tell. The people all around her in the Universalist Church also look blissed out, or else dejected, it's not easy to discern which is whi...

    by Guy Trebay on July 21, 1998
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    Petticoat Junction - The struggle for dress reform

    When Elizabeth Cady Stanton stood before the 240 attendees at the first women's rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York, 150 years ago this week, she probably wasn't wearing any underpants. Hidden beneath the multifarious layers of her stiff, fus...

    by Lynn Yaeger on July 21, 1998
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    NY Mirror

    To learn all there is to know about Fire Island without having to actually go there, just check out some shorts. One short, actuallyTodd Downing's Dirty Baby Does Fire Island (in the gay compilation Boys in Love 2), which sums up the entire enchanti...

    by Michael Musto on July 21, 1998
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    Woman on the Verge - Yayoi Kusama returns right on time

    Japanese physicists recently confirmed the physical mass of the neutrino, the tiniest particle ever discovered. The news rattled scientists around the globe; but if it reached her Tokyo studio, or the psychiatric hospital where she's lived for over t...

    by Leslie Camhi on July 14, 1998
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