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Volume 76, Number 46
April 11 - 17, 2007


Editorial/Op-Ed
It’s time to pull the plug on Imus
There’s comedy and then there’s callous insensitivity.

Notebook
A stolen magazine, and a tragic drama plays out
By Mary Reinholz
She was big and beautiful, a regal black woman in threadbare leggings and boots who might have given the likes of Queen Latifah a run for stardom in the movies or onstage if luck had been on her side.

Talking Point
Imus, Title IX and foul high school hoops memories
By Reverend Donna Schaper
I am so glad he just came right out and said it: “What a group of nappy-headed hos.”

Letters to the editor

Police Blotter

Scene

Scoopy's Notebook

Ira Blutreich

Villager photo by Jefferson Siegel

Mayquer “Mike” Cholotio doing spot cleaning in February on the Mercer St. side of 77 Bleecker St. In May, his company will clean the whole building.

Spider-Man with a squeegee
By Lincoln Anderson
With all the new luxury glass buildings sprouting up in Hudson Square, there are a lot more windows to keep sparkling clean. But it’s got to be done right. This has all meant more business for window washers like Brent Weingard of Expert Window Cleaners and his crew of fearless workers.


N.Y.U. support for new historic district goes south
By Lincoln Anderson
Four years ago, when New York University expressed its initial approval for creating a South Village Historic District, there was an understandable incredulity among local community leaders and preservationists. N.Y.U. endorse designating a new historic district?

That’s all she wrote: B & N to close
By Kristin Edwards 
Large retailers like Barnes & Noble are usually considered a threat to smaller businesses and are often blamed for driving them out of business.


Arts and Entertainment

Portrait of an avenue, by Stefan Brecht
By Ed Hamilton
On a clear spring day, as light streamed into the white-washed back room of St. Mark’s Church through the large barred windows, a crowd of perhaps 200 well-wishers gathered to honor Stefan Brecht, son of the great German playwright Bertolt Brecht.

One Lost Boy’s story, impossible to ignore
By McKay McFadden
When Sudanese refugee Valentino Achak Deng landed at JFK in September of 2001, he was a twenty-year-old Lost Boy. According to Deng, the Lost Boys are “unaccompanied minors who were separated from their families during wartime in Sudan” and traveled long distances seeking safety in a series of refugee camps in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.

The nouveaux Sarah Bernhardt
By Jerry Tallmer
The situation is this:
 Marthe, Countess De Roca, is on the verge of revealing all to her husband the Count. “Do you love me?” he has asked. “Yes, oh yes, I love you!” she cries. “I love you. I wish I could die.”


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NEWS

Chumley’s almost 86ed by chimney collapse
By Albert Amateau and Jefferson Siegel
Chumley’s, a renowned Village hangout since Lee Chumley opened a speakeasy in 1928 in an old blacksmith shop near the corner of Bedford and Barrow Sts., had been closed for about three weeks when the chimney separated from an interior wall on Thursday afternoon and collapsed into the bar area.

At Alger Hiss conference, gay debate gets red hot
By Ed Gold
The Alger Hiss-Whittaker Chambers battle of the last century showed continuing staying power last Thursday at New York University’s Vanderbilt Hall during an all-day conference. But the stress was on an added and controversial issue — homosexuality.

The East Village Passion of the Christ

Students shout, but don’t cross line vs. Minutemen
By Jefferson Siegel 
A college forum on immigration that under normal circumstances might have attracted an audience of political science students resulted in droves of protesters and major media attention at New York University on Monday. 

Whole Foods’ impact is felt by shoppers, and stores
By Brooke Edwards
The recent opening of Whole Foods Market on the Lower East Side is making life easier for many residents. But other neighborhood stores are already feeling the sting of competition.

H.D.C. honors E.V.C.C. and Glick


World

Too young in oldest profession
East Village photographer Q. Sakamaki was in Bangladesh last year, where he documented one of the country’s biggest industries, prostitution.



Koch on film
By Ed Koch
“Killer of Sheep” (+) This is a well-done faux documentary. It is not based on a true incident but rather on the recollections of the scriptwriter and director, Charles Burnett, when he was growing up in a Los Angeles slum.
“The Page Turner” (+) This full-length film really depicts a short story, which, while entertaining, doesn’t seem quite complete. Nevertheless, the picture does provide sufficient entertainment to qualify for my (+) rating.

Sports
Don’t try this at home, but at the gym, if you dare
By Cynthia Allen
Imagine streams of long, brightly colored fabric hanging from the ceiling on the set of a Cirque du Soleil show. Flexible acrobats effortlessly climb up the material, more than 50 feet in the air, and wind their way down in daring, intricate positions. Remove the performers, the fancy stage and the $60 ticket and the makings of the next fitness craze emerge.


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