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BY SHELDON SILVER  |  I have lived in Lower Manhattan my whole life, and it is difficult to put into words my memories of what happened on that terrible day, September 11, 2001. I stood outside my building, looking up as United Airlines Flight 175 flew into the South Tower. That image is seared into […]

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BY HELAINA N. HOVITZ  |  On the morning of September 11th, 2001, the last thing I told my mother before I left the house was “I hate you.” She hadn’t reminded me to take an umbrella the day before, and it poured. My last real childhood memory was running across a flooded Battery Park City […]

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BY MICAH HALPERN | Seldom in history can we look at a single moment and say with complete and unwavering conviction that because of the events that transpired during those specific moments on that particular day, history was transformed. Seldom can we pinpoint the specific event that transformed our future. The world is a different […]

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BY DANIEL MELTZER  |  It is surprising that no news organization or commentator has concluded what was apparent to this viewer when the Lord High Chancellor of the Tabloids appeared, but failed to satisfactorily testify, before a parliamentary committee in London in June. The panel was investigating alleged hacking by his reporters and editors of […]

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By PATRICIA FIELDSTEEL | NYONS, France — Summer in Provence is hot, clogged with the tourist hordes, doing what tourists do. We locals continue with our daily lives. Several weekends ago, Emily, my Westie, and I attended a nearby vide-grenier (village tag sale). Long tables were set up for pizza, snacks and drinks. I sat […]

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BY DANIEL MELTZER | Medical hot lines across the country and around the globe remained silent today after physicians in the nation’s capital sent out an emergency call for a willing donor or donors to step forward to contribute his or her brain as well as an entire backbone to the Democratic Party. “The patient […]

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BY BRADFORD SUSSMAN  |  Recently, in the New York Times business section David Segal’s article criticized Tribeca’s New York Law School’s value in part by examining its price in relation to its rank in U.S. News & World Report. This reliance on U.S. News & World Report’s (USN) rankings to measure the value of an […]

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BY CHARLES KOMANOFF  |  First the Stuyvesant High School sophomore. Then the nightclub owner. And now the retired judge. The deaths of Aileen Chen, fatally injured near her Borough Park home on June 4 by a 26-year-old woman driving a BMW; Ray Deter, struck on Canal St. by a 24-year-old man in a Jaguar on […]

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BY Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Council Finance Chair Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., Council Fire and Criminal Justice Chair Elizabeth Crowley and Council Member Margaret Chin This year, under enormous pressure to deliver a fiscally responsible budget in difficult financial times, we were forced to make some tough decisions. Deciding how to consolidate city government while […]

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BY CHARLES KOMANOFF  | Hard times nurture resentments, so it was no shocker to see signs vilifying Mayor Bloomberg at the June 3 demonstration protesting his plan to close 20 fire companies across the city. I’m angry too, particularly with Tea Party-besotted legislators whose relentless tax cutting has decimated the middle class. Three decades into […]

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