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    Losing the Body - What happens when you separate the dancer from the dance?

    A photo: Bill T. Jones, the vanguard modern dancer-choreographer, buck naked in a drab, cement room. Twenty-four white Ping-Pong balls are taped all over his etched and lithe body (with a last one fixed to the tip of his manhood). The medical-test-su...

    by Austin Bunn on January 5, 1999
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    Deep Impact - What happens when NFL players collide?

    They say that when standing on the sidelines of an NFL football game, the force of the collision between a 250-pound linebacker and a 200-pound wide receiver sounds like buckshot coming out of a 12-gauge shotgun but it doesn't hurt nearly as much as...

    by Edmund Lee on January 5, 1999
  • Sports Journalist of the Year

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    Sports Journalist of the Year

    This year, for the first time ever, Adam Smith was a bigger part of the sports landscape than Bruce Smith, Ozzie Smith, Red Smith, or Dean Smith. You couldn't open a page of any sports section without finding a story with a dollar sign in the headlin...

    on January 5, 1999
  • The Trueman Show - One lawyer's crusade against managed-care's protective wall

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    The Trueman Show - One lawyer's crusade against managed-care's protective wall

    David Trueman sees himself as a thorn in the side of managed care, one of the few lawyers trying to hold the emerging industry accountable for its vast and growing power. "There aren't many of us out there," says the 48-year-old attorney, who pract...

    by Sharon Lerner on January 5, 1999
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    Letters

    'Hail' Storm I was impressed with Jason Vest's article "Clinton's Hail Mary" [December 29], which raised points I have not seen discussed in the mainstream media. As Vest pointed out, the Congress should deal with some of President Clinton's real i...

    on January 5, 1999
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    Payback Politics - People in need pay the price for Rudy's revenge

    For Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, revenge is apparently a form of therapy. His tirade last week against a Brooklyn psychiatric clinic prompted by rage that the City Council had overridden his veto on a homeless shelter bill seems to have been an elixir ...

    by J.A. Lobbia on January 5, 1999
  • Anti-Rebel Yell - Wingers nail Veep

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    Anti-Rebel Yell - Wingers nail Veep

    Even before Vice President Al Gore formally announced he was running for president, the conservative Washington Times launched a mighty effort to demonize the boring veep by hinting that his running mate in 2000 may be the man right-wingers love to h...

    by James Ridgeway on January 5, 1999
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    One in the Chamber - A reluctant witness to the alleged torture of Abner Louima contemplated suicide as the 'blue wall of silence' crumbled

    An undercover cop, who prosecutors formally accused last month of lying to the FBI to protect colleagues charged with torturing Abner Louima, considered killing himself as the "blue wall of silence" crumbled around him in the wake of an FBI and NYPD ...

    by Peter Noel on January 5, 1999
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    Tits Revisited

    Here's how to make a man groan with dismay: tell him Pamela Anderson Lee is on the cover of the February issue of Esquire. It's not that her career is hurting. It's not that she's already turned up on the covers of three magazines in the last year, ...

    by Cynthia Cotts on January 5, 1999
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    Winners Take All - The Seventh Annual Village Voice Sportswriters Poll

    They say that sports year 1998 was the best ever. Was it? Below, some views from the Voice on the year gone by. Chicken Soup for the Sporting Soul Call it the Year of the Happy Ending. Not Walt Disney, not Frank Capra, not even Steven-Fucking-...

    on January 5, 1999
  • Bother From Another Planet - Aliens Invade New York

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    Bother From Another Planet - Aliens Invade New York

    Suddenly the lingua franca in Central Park is Italian. French is Fifth Avenue's new mother tongue. In Soho, it's Spanish, as spoken with Argentine accents. Rockefeller Center is overrun with Russians, or, as one unamused worker there calls them, "Mus...

    by Guy Trebay on January 5, 1999
  • Dressing Like It's 1999 - The Year in Frock

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    Dressing Like It's 1999 - The Year in Frock

    Sometimes, in a perverse kind of way, problems bring on an 'it's-later-than-you-think' mind-set. You want to feel good about things when there are negative things around," mused Arie Koppelman, president and chief operating officer of Chanel, whistli...

    by Lynn Yaeger on January 5, 1999
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    Fire Rudy Crew - The state fails 97 New York City schools

    Rudy Crew, chancellor of this city's public schools, is paid $245,000 a year more than the mayor, the governor, or William Jefferson Clinton. That salary includes the $50,000 raise Crew got earlier this year, when his contract was extended. For ...

    by Nat Hentoff on December 29, 1998
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    The Buying Game - Present Tense

    It's that time of year. Ugh! Simi Tolani Age: 18 Resides:: Union Square Occupation: Student How much do you plan to spend on gifts? Normally, I'd buy at least 10 gifts. But this year, I'm only getting four, about $80. ...

    by Edmund Lee on December 29, 1998
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    Letters

    Citizen Cynthia Cynthia Cotts, in Press Clips last week, implied that my criticism of Carol Felsenthal's Citizen Newhouse, in the November 30 New York Observer, was a calculated effort to obtain employment with Cond Nast as an "associate editor at D...

    on December 29, 1998
  • Park Here? - Tribeca residents say road will run over plans to save park

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    Park Here? - Tribeca residents say road will run over plans to save park

    At the far western end of Canal Street near the Hudson River, cars, cabs, and heavy trucks muscle their way to the Holland Tunnel and Manhattan Bridge, whipping past a desolate scrap of land. Bordered by concrete slabs and littered with piles of reba...

    by J.A. Lobbia on December 29, 1998
  • NY Mirror - Grace Jones appeared in rainbow-colored wings to address us as 'my subjects' while Lee Majors danced wildly with the ballsy puppets.

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    NY Mirror - Grace Jones appeared in rainbow-colored wings to address us as 'my subjects' while Lee Majors danced wildly with the ballsy puppets.

    Sumptuous free press junkets aren't always as great as they sound I've dodged empty beer bottles in Iceland, vaginal Ping-Pong balls in Thailand, and severe boredom in Russia but the one two weeks ago to check out the updated Atlantis, a 44-acre re...

    by Michael Musto on December 29, 1998
  • Song of My Elf - One-Bedroom Apartment in Six-Story Tenement

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    Song of My Elf - One-Bedroom Apartment in Six-Story Tenement

    Location: Lower East Side Rent: $1950/mo. (rent stabilized) Square Feet: 380 Occupant: Santa Claus (visual artist; singer-songwriter, The Ringers); Mrs. Claus (visual artist; lead singer for The Ringers; manager, Digital Squirrel) Before we talk ...

    by Toni Schlesinger on December 29, 1998
  • Sex Panic - SafeSpace Brings the Jimmy Hat to Far Rockaway

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    Sex Panic - SafeSpace Brings the Jimmy Hat to Far Rockaway

    How Jimmy Jazzy comes to be carrying a dildo is anyone's guess. He just happens to have it in his pocket, he says. Jimmy and a couple of buddies are hanging around the 54th Street Minimarket ("We Accept Food Stamps") at Beach Channel Drive when the S...

    by Guy Trebay on December 29, 1998
  • DIFFA Strokes - photos by Sandra-Lee Phipps

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    DIFFA Strokes - photos by Sandra-Lee Phipps

    What was a naked, transgendered sex kitten doing lying under a Lucite table? Why, giving her all in the war against AIDS, of course. Despite the luminaries chowing down, the stars at Collection Rouge 3 (a benefit for DIFFA: Design Industries Foundati...

    by Lynn Yaeger on December 29, 1998
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