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August 13, 2001 Issue

"I strongly feel La Guardia is an accident waiting to happen."
-- A New York pilot, "Fear of Flying"

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FEATURES
Fear of Flying
BY ROBERT KOLKER
Sitting on the runway at La Guardia fuming over a delay? Well, fasten your seatbelt. What was once a punctuality problem has become a safety crisis -- "When traffic doubles, the risks don't double. They quadruple," says one expert -- and JFK and Newark are no better off. New York's airports are plagued by out-of-date equipment (yes, that's a rotary-dial phone in the control tower), spotty security, and antiquated runways. But few of the players, from the FAA to the airlines, have any interest in slowing things down.

The Chosen Daughter
BY MERYL GORDON
When flamboyant restaurateur Warner LeRoy died in February, his will contained two surprises: His 22-year-old daughter was anointed to run the family business -- and the once-proud empire she inherited was virtually depleted. Can Jennifer LeRoy keep control of the restaurants that were her father's passion -- including the lavishly refurbished Russian Tea Room -- and turn the clan's fortunes around?

He Said, She Said What?
BY RALPH GARDNER JR.
John Bradley, squire of Ulster County, sees himself as a beneficent man -- protector of the wilderness and patron of arts and letters. Manuela Hoelterhoff, distinguished opera critic and his neighbor in the Town of Gardiner, begs to differ, and told him so in rather colorful terms. In fact, she threatened to grill his private parts. Now, it's moved to the courts. What would Judge Judy do?



GOTHAM

The demise of perk culture
Real Estate: Christopher Bonanos
Style: Amy Larocca

DEPARTMENTS
Intelligencer
BY MARC S. MALKIN

The National Interest
BY TUCKER CARLSON
Is the effort to get former New York Giant Phil McConkey to take on Pataki part of a vast, bipartisan conspiracy?

Strong Medicine
BY JOANNE KAUFMAN
How some Manhattan doctors are using HMOs -- then dumping them

MARKETPLACE
Best Bets
BY RIMA SUQI
Light Cubos, portable steamers, and Herman Miller officewares
Plus: Best Bets Daily

Sales & Bargains
BY BRIDIE CLARK
Disposable cameras at throwaway prices
Plus: Daily Sales Update

Travel
BY TARA MANDY
Cooking lessons in Burgundy; wine-tasting on Long Island

THE CRITICS
Books
BY DANIEL MENDELSOHN
Elizabeth McCracken's second novel seems more assembled than inspired

Classical Music
BY PETER G. DAVIS
Two Glimmerglass operas: one sublime, one subpar

Pop Music
ROB LEVINE
Time (The Revelator) and Down From the Mountain: Country albums that cross cultures

Underground Gourmet
ROB PATRONITE & ROBIN RAISFELD
Scandinavian success at AQ Café; Date Palm Cafe's classy kosher fare

John Leonard's TV Notes

CUE
Movies
Music & Nightlife
Theater
Art
Kids
Classical & Dance
The Mix

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