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BREAKING NEWS EDITORIAL
Again, let voters decide on limits
We attended almost all of the full two days — plus most of one night — of hearings last week on the critical issue of whether term limits in New York City should be extended. What we saw and heard basically reinforced our already-held view — that without a voter referendum, term limits must not be extended.


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Editorial
Again, let voters decide on limits
We attended almost all of the full two days — plus most of one night — of hearings last week on the critical issue of whether term limits in New York City should be extended. What we saw and heard basically reinforced our already-held view — that without a voter referendum, term limits must not be extended.

Letters to the Editor

Talking Point
John McCain and the demise of the word ‘maverick’
By Bruce Willey
Words evolve like fish and are sometimes just as slippery. But it’s always a little sad to witness a perfectly good word wither and die on the vine of our lush and leafy language. This year, amidst one of the most compelling and important elections in American history, we mourn the passing of another word — “maverick.”

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Derided as a “rent-a-crowd” recruited to support extending term limits, a group sat together and held signs on one side of the Council Chambers last Thursday and refused to answer reporters’ questions, above. Yetta Kurland, a candidate for Speaker Christine Quinn’s Council seat, spoke against extending term limits without a referendum, right.

Take it to the limit 1 more time? Term turmoil at council hearings
By Lincoln Anderson and Albert Amateau
The hastily called two days of frenetic hearings on extending term limits last week were deemed great “political theater” by some observers. Among those who testified were a Mr. X, a man from a group called simply Rent Too Damn High! and a Latino pastor who concluded his remarks backing extending term limits by saying he prayed the City Council would “follow the Lord’s will at this time.”


Second Cooper Square staffer nabbed for embezzling
By Gerard Flynn
A second staff member at an East Village affordable housing group has been arrested and is under investigation on suspicion of stealing at least $50,000 from the nonprofit organization, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office said last week.

7 injured as fire guts top floor of Nolita building
By Jefferson Siegel
A fire roared through the top floor of a six-story apartment building on Elizabeth St. Monday night, injuring three residents and four firefighters.


The wreckers cometh, Playhouse pro-preservers fear
By Lincoln Anderson
The Greenwich Village Society for Preservation, the Historic Districts Council and dozens of Village residents came together on Monday outside the Provincetown Playhouse and Apartments on MacDougal St. to protest New York University’s impending demolition of most of the historic structure to construct a new Law School building.

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Senior poets, well versed in life’s rhyme and reason
By Albert Amateau
Poems, alive and thriving, flew around the fourth-floor room at Greenwich House on Tuesday afternoon as they do the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month when “Poetry for You and Me,” the Greenwich House Senior Center poetry workshop, meets.

Nader blasts the bailout and ‘2-party dictatorship’
By Mary Reinholz
A few of his young supporters wore T-shirts displaying merged images of Senators Barack Obama and John McCain emblazoned with one defiant word: “Nope.”

A walking tour kicks off Seward Park renewal talks
By Gerard Flynn
In 1967, under a federal “slum-clearance” program, tenements housing 7,000 residents on a large swath of several blocks south of the Williamsburg Bridge approach were razed.

An illustration from Miss Lasko-Gross’s upcoming autobiographical graphic novel, “A Mess of Everything.”
From ‘Pow!!!’ to ‘Maus,’ Wonder Woman to W.W. III, the graphic novel’s evolution is still being written
By Casey Samulski
Will Eisner slapped the phrase “A Graphic Novel” on the hardcover and trade paperback editions of his “A Contract With God and Other Tenement Stories.”

Four shot on L.E.S.; Not gang-related, police say
By Lincoln Anderson
Gunfire on two nights last week on the Lower East Side left several residents wounded and neighbors shaken.

Battalion Chief Savastano remembered at ‘Fort Pitt’
By Lorcan Otway
Fire Department officials and hundreds of firefighters gathered at the Pitt St. firehouse earlier this month to unveil a plaque for Battalion Chief James J. Savastano.


Villager Arts & Lifestyles
Gone with the woodwind
By Will McKinley
Like many young people, Rebekah Heller met her first love on summer vacation. Unlike many young people, the object of her affection was a bassoon.

So good to be ‘So Alone’
By Adrienne Urbanski
Fame came quickly for Juliana Hatfield. She garnered a devoted fan base with her former band, the Blake Babies, while still a student at The Berklee School of Music.

To hell with humanity
By Jerry Tallmer
Three years ago the actor Campbell Scott received a phone call from his friend Nicholas Martin, then the artistic director of the Huntington, Massachusetts, Theatre Company, currently artistic director of the Williamstown, Mass., Theater Festival.


Fifty Words to lose your lover
By Christina Alex
Set in a married couple’s bedroom, the opening of Michael Weller’s “Fifty Words” make you feel like a peeping tom.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“Choose Connor” (-) Everything in this political drama is apparent from the very beginning. It contains no surprises and very little suspense.
“RocknRolla” (+) This film, written and directed by Guy Ritchie, contains more violence than a Sam Peckinpah movie. More violence, frankly, than anyone can appreciate, including me. Nevertheless, the London setting is interesting and the English gang members are fascinating.



Volume 78, Number 21
October 22 - 28, 2008

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