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Chris Smith

August 2, 1999 | Feature
Crazy As He Wants To Be

Before Abe Hirschfeld's trial for tax evasion (he's also accused of trying to hire a hit man to go after a business partner), a psychiatrist found him legally sane -- an opinion about which reasonable people may disagree.

July 19, 1999 | Feature
The Quiet Man

When a convicted sex offender moves in next door, you want to be told. That's what Megan's Law is all about. But for some offenders, it can turn the neighborhood into a powder keg. And for others, like Frank Penna, the punishment may not fit the crime at all.

June 28, 1999 | Feature
Helluva Summer

Murder, drugs, group sex, Reggie Jackson, and wall-to-wall disco: Sounds like New York in 1977. Welcome to Spike Lee's idea of fun.

June 21, 1999 | Feature
Morality Playoffs

Spike Lee critiques the Knicks' narrative arc.

May 3, 1999 | Sports
Free Darryl

Sportswriters have exploited Darryl Strawberry as a symbol of baseball's rebirth and as a harbinger of the game's imminent decline -- maybe it's time to leave the man alone.

April 26, 1999 | Feature
Doctor No

Are New York City M.D.'s turning their backs on Kosovo?

February 8, 1999 | Sports
CBS's Hail Mary

When CBS paid the NFL $4 billion for TV rights over eight years, it seemed an all-or-nothing gamble -- and it paid off, a giant victory for sport as entertainment product.

December 7, 1998 | Feature
Tony Ricco Sleeps Very Well, Thank You.

Defending lowlifes hasn't made him Mr. Popularity. But he knows firsthand what his clients are up against -- and where they've come from.

October 5, 1998 | Feature
How the Stock Market Swallowed New York
July 27, 1998 | Feature
The Bronx Coup

These Yankees don't blast tape-measure home runs. They don't come to blows in the clubhouse. They don't do anything interesting but win. So what can stop them from becoming the greatest baseball team of all time? Inside the Big Blue Machine.

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