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Who deserves shoes?
 On Sunday, in a defining moment of the war on terror, Muntader al-Zaidi, a 28-year-old Iraqi TV correspondent, flung first one, then the other, of his shoes at President Bush. As he hurled his first piece of footwear, al-Zaidi yelled in Arabic that Bush was a “dog.” The second shoe, he shouted, was “from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq!”

Scoopy's Notebook

Letters to the Editor

Talking Point
Sitting down by the time machine
By Jerry Tallmer
Call it the shock of recognition. It doesn’t take a Freud, a Proust or an Einstein to make the connection. Just one word will do.

Feeling the love in France after Obama’s victory
By Patricia Fieldsteel
NYONS, France — The first message came through from Tara on her iPhone at 6:27 a.m., New York time. She’d already been standing on line 45 minutes at 91st and Second. Ten minutes later, Edie and Hugo wrote they were leaving to vote in Midtown.


Mixed Use

Police Blotter

Ira Blutreich


Tribeca tank is toasty after getting its own cozy
On Sat., Dec. 13, as fiber artist Robyn Love watched, a team of professional riggers, erected her “water-tank cozy” on top of 395 Broadway, at Walker St., a block south of Canal St., in Tribeca.

Woman of the hour, Kennedy helps out St. Vincent’s
Caroline Kennedy spoke about education at St. Vincent’s Hospital’s annual Auxiliary Luncheon at the Pierre Hotel on Dec. 9.

Joy and peace on a roll

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Season’s cheer is overarching
Neighbors attending the Washington Square Christmas tree lighting on Wed., Dec. 10, joined together under the arch as planned, which turned out to be a pretty good idea, since it was raining. Santa led the countdown to the flick of the switch, and the Rob Susman Brass Quartet provided musical accompaniment for caroling.

Mounds of talk about mounds and park renovation’s phase 2
By Lincoln Anderson
They may be only about 5 feet tall, not to mention totally dilapidated, but the Washington Square Park mounds loomed large in the discussion about the park renovation’s phase 2 at a recent community meeting in the West Village.

20 years later, H.I.V. Center still has its doors open
By Duncan Osborne
Matt Baney joined Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers in 1992. He remembers when the prospects for an H.I.V.-positive person were grim and healthcare providers had little to offer such individuals.

Chinatown group will consider: What is Chinatown?
By Julie Shapiro
The fledgling Chinatown Working Group has a to-do list a mile long, and the first item on the list is to find a bigger meeting space.


Old P.S. 64 developer is a loser: Third suit is a dud
By Albert Amateau
A State Supreme Court justice two weeks ago dismissed the $100 million lawsuit that developer Gregg Singer brought against the city in 2006 regarding the old P.S. 64 on E. Ninth St., which Singer bought from the city 10 years ago.

Gerson et al.: Motorcyclists must muffle it and park right
By Albert Amateau
The City Council had a final hearing last week on a bill drafted by Council-member Alan Gerson and endorsed by the New York Police Department that would allow the city to seize parked motorcycles that have the potential to violate the city noise code.

Wheels of justice are turning against bike-slam officer
By Albert Amateau
A grand jury on Tuesday indicted the New York Police Department officer whose body check of a bicyclist during a Critical Mass bike ride on July 25 was captured on a video and posted on the Internet on YouTube. 

Villager Arts & Lifestyles
Horton hears a who-gets-the-money
By Jerry Tallmer
Blink, he was 91.  Blink, he’s now 92. Imagine living 92 years to get the best reviews you ever had in your life.
Something of a triumph, Horton – yes? Must be nice.

Sweet Escape
By Scott Harrah
“Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” is pure holiday fluff. This deeply flawed but entertaining adaptation of the classic 1954 movie (which starred Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney) was a regional hit in San Francisco, St. Paul and Boston in previous years before coming to Broadway.

White picket malaise
By Elena Mancini
“Prostitution is the perfect example of the double standard. It’s illegal to sell your body if you’re poor but when you’re rich—when you’re rich it’s perfectly acceptable. We just call it being a wife,”

It tastes too good to be tofu
By Nicole Robson
The popularity of organic, locally grown food may seem like a recent phenomenon. The term “locavore” was only inducted to the New Oxford American Dictionary last year, and the urgency to reduce our collective carbon footprint has just begun to sink in.

The A-List

Finding ourselves through dance
By Adrienne Urbanski
 Balancing a sense of individuality with involvement in disparate communities can be trying. “The Only Tribe” explores this balance, noting how people interact in social groups and individually, and examining the ways we separate and integrate ourselves.

Koch on film
By Ed Koch
“The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” (-) The film, directed by Mark Herman and based on a novel by John Boyne, sends a message to its viewers that many individuals involved in carrying out Hitler’s Final Solution, were ordinary, likable people before the horror began.
“Quantum of Solace” (-) The film, which takes place in several locations including Italy, Austria, Haiti and Bolivia, South America, is filled with beautiful scenery and lots of action including chase scenes, high-tech explosions, and murders.


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Volume 78, Number 29
December 17 - 23, 2008


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