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January 14, 2002 Issue

"I wanted to be a player at this critical time in the history of the city."
-- Ray Kelly, "Top Cop II"

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FEATURES
A Cut Above
BY SUSAN DOMINUS
Time was when most major surgeries meant a long scar and a longer hospital stay. But cutting-edge surgeons using high-tech tools and video imaging have been transforming surgery as we know it, doing remarkable work through tiny incisions to repair and even remove organs. Now they're gaining clout in New York hospitals, despite stiff resistance from old-line (don't say obsolete) colleagues. Plus: 100 top minimally invasive surgeons to look for in New York.

Top Cop II
BY CRAIG HOROWITZ
On paper, New York's new police commissioner, Ray Kelly, is the most qualified man ever to hold the job. But he last served under David Dinkins -- just before Giuliani's commissioner Bill Bratton "saved? the city from runaway crime. Was Kelly part of the problem or part of the solution? With crime across the country showing signs of spiking, a deflated economy, and a disaffected department, we're about to find out.

Hot Weld
BY MERYL GORDON
You may remember William Weld as the governor of Massachusetts and a dark-horse presidential hopeful -- but that was several lives ago. He's since had a highly public, if quixotic, battle with Jesse Helms over the ambassadorship to Mexico, left his wife of 26 years, moved to New York's Upper East Side with a new woman friend, become a venture capitalist, and written (he hopes) a great American novel. Can a man this restless be this good?

GOTHAM

DEPARTMENTS
Intelligencer
BY MARC S. MALKIN

This Media Life
BY MICHAEL WOLFF
So much consolidation, so little time. A rundown of what happened in the media while you weren't looking.

The City Politic
BY MICHAEL TOMASKY
Mike Bloomberg wasted no time distancing himself from Rudy -- and putting Democrats, unions, and bureaucrats on notice, too

The Bottom Line
BY JAMES J. CRAMER
Democrats are stupidly trying to blame the Enron scandal on the GOP -- and missing an opportunity for real reform.

MARKETPLACE
Best Bets
BY RIMA SUQI
Personalized presents -- from thongs to cuff links to sweaters for your dog
Plus: Best Bets Daily

Sales & Bargains
Fondue sets to heat up your winter nights
Plus: Daily Sales Update

THE CRITICS
Movies
BY PETER RAINER
Brotherhood of the Wolf is a French film gone Hollywood; Sean Penn's performance can't save I Am Sam

Television
BY JOHN LEONARD
Ken Burns gets to the conflicted heart of Mark Twain with a new documentary

Theater
BY JOHN SIMON
Melissa James Gibson's sic shoots for the avant-garde but fails to innovate

Books
BY DANIEL MENDELSOHN
Edmund Morris's masterly new biography of Theodore Roosevelt

Restaurants
BY ADAM PLATT
The Harrison (nearly) masters the art of comfy, neighborhood chic

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

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