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October 25, 1999 Issue

"I will get him out of prison if it takes me the rest of my career. There's no doubt in my mind that Chuck Schwarz is innocent."
-- Lawyer Ronald Fischetti, from "Unsolved Mystery"

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FEATURES
Unsolved Mystery
BY CRAIG HOROWITZ

In the four months since a jury found Charles Schwarz guilty of assisting in the precinct-house torture of Abner Louima, deeply troubling questions have arisen about whether the wrong cop is behind bars. Louima himself never identified Schwarz, and another officer claims he was at the bathroom door when Justin Volpe attacked Louima. Take a highly charged trial, add a pair of defense lawyers who openly loathe one another, and the result is a case that is anything but closed.

Merry Prankster
BY ETHAN SMITH

Spike Jonze, director of sly videos, is also Richard Koufey, director of a small community dance troupe -- that is, when he's not Adam Spiegel, catalogue scion and Sofia Coppola's husband. Whoever he is, with his recent performance in Three Kings and the upcoming release of his first feature film, Being John Malkovich, this elusive individual is about to become a household name (or names).

The Greatest Snow on Earth
BY DANIEL KUNITZ

New Yorkers who love lines love Killington. New Yorkers who love skiing know a secret: You can fly to Salt Lake City in the morning and be on some of the world's most pristine slopes by lunchtime. And what you spent on airfare, you'll save on lift tickets that go for half the cost of the eastern resorts.

The Peak of Fashion
BY SHYAMA PATEL

Move beyond snow bunny with some of the hottest looks on fresh powder: sleek, muted outerwear, with a few racy flourishes.

GOTHAM
The mysterious Baron of the West Village; something the mayor can take credit for
GOTHAM STYLE Shawls that Grandma would have loved; PETA protection parkas

DEPARTMENTS
Sports
BY CHRIS SMITH

Subway series or no subway series, the Mets and Yankees made great fall drama

Media
BY MICHAEL WOLFF

How to start a newspaper war in New York -- and win

MARKETPLACE
Best Bets
BY CORKY POLLAN

Italian crumb control; the art of the medicine cabinet

Smart City
BY SHYAMA PATEL

Scoping out the city's hottest shoe stores

Sales & Bargains
BY SHYAMA PATEL

Unisex not spoken here: real barber shops for real men

THE CRITICS
Movies
BY PETER RAINER

Fight Club beats up on consumer culture; David Lynch makes nice (David Lynch?); Michelle and Bruce get all gooey

Books
BY WALTER KIRN

Michael Lewis brilliantly charts the course of the bull market

Theater
BY JOHN SIMON

Helen Edmundson adopts the universal language of pain

Classical Music
BY PETER G. DAVIS

The operatic A View From the Bridge really is an opera

Dance
BY TOBI TOBIAS

Doug Varone's lovely The Plain Sense of Things

Television
BY JOHN LEONARD

The elegant wonders of The Wonders of the African World

Restaurants
BY GAEL GREENE

David Bouley in Mitteleuropa

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