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September 17, 2001
The Food Networker

When Rocco DiSpirito, a serious Queens-bred boy with impeccable culinary skills, opened Union Pacific four years ago, he never seemed to leave the kitchen. But success put him in the foodie fast lane, with TV tapings, globe-trotting junkets, and a speed dial packed with celebrity pals. Which makes purists wonder: Who's minding the stove?

August 27, 2001
Riot Girls

Kournikova is reviled because she's gorgeous and snotty. Hingis is disliked for her bluntness. The Williams sisters' arrogance -- and their dad -- rub players the wrong way. Just about everyone in women's tennis has got a beef with everyone else. No wonder the tennis is so good.

August 20, 2001
Yacht Club

Every summer weekend, a couple dozen of the city's most successful men battle for big-boat supremacy in the waters from Manhattan to Newport. And though theirs is a genteel sport, today's skippers depend as much on designer software as on America's Cup talent.

August 20, 2001
Gross Prophets

Lesbian catfighters. Blind boxers. Aging strippers. These are a few of radio hosts Opie and Anthony's favorite things. Now they've helped the duo win an estimated $30 million contract to go national.

August 20, 2001
Almost Famous
August 13, 2001
Country Justice

John Bradley, one of Ulster County's largest landowners, is no stranger to local quarrels. But when he brought harassment charges against opera critic Manuela Hoelterhoff -- for a rather cutting threat she made concerning his private parts -- he may have finally met his match.

August 13, 2001
Russian Roulette

The first surprise in Warner LeRoy's will was that he left control of his restaurant empire to his 22-year-old daughter. The second: Along with Tavern on the Green and the Russian Tea Room, the legendary bon vivant left a mountain of debt. Can Jennifer LeRoy revive the foundering Tea Room -- her father's last extravagance -- before she loses it?

August 6, 2001
A Complicated Case

For his novel The Grand Complication, Allen Kurzweil spent nine years researching everything from Middle Eastern museums to eighteenth-century watches to the Dewey decimal system.

August 6, 2001
The Double Dealer

High-end gallery owners all over the world used Michel Cohen to sell their Picassos and Chagalls -- secretly -- to each other. Then he disappeared with nearly $100 million of their money. Had they trusted the charming Frenchman too much? Or their competitors too little?

August 6, 2001
Around These Parts

Cairo has its City of the Dead, but Willets Point, the 40-acre site of Gatsby's ashpits, is the City of Dead Cars. Karmandu, I call it.

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