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February 25, 2002 Issue

"Our pampered darlings have considerably longer lives than their country counterparts -- partly because we keep them indoors, but also because they get the finest medical care money can buy."
-- "The Best Vets"

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FEATURES
Sex, Lies, and IMs
BY D. T. MAX
In a windowless room in White Plains, two criminal investigators spend their days pretending to be teenagers via online Instant Messages, hoping to draw the attention of pedophiles who troll Internet chat rooms for underage sexual partners. Their sting, the project of Westchester district attorney Jeanine Pirro, has netted 50 arrests -- most of them middle-aged professionals -- and become a model to other police departments. It's also ignited a controversy about whether it's a new kind of crime-fighting or plain old entrapment.

Hello, Debra!
BY HOLLY MILLEA
"I got tired of hearing myself say I wanted to quit," Debra Winger explains. So she did. Since her disappearing act six years ago, the screen siren -- famous for her roles in Terms of Endearmentand An Officer and a Gentleman -- has quietly been raising a family with actor Arliss Howard right here in New York. But now Winger is ready -- with a starring and a producing role in Big Bad Love -- to give it another go, this time with her real-life love.

The Best Vets
In this city where we consider our pets members of the family -- let's face it, sometimes they are the family -- medical care means more than your neighborhood vet. Whether you need a feline oncologist or a doggy dental surgeon, here's our list of the best veterinary specialists in the city. Plus: Tales of owners who refused to give up on their ailing pets.

GOTHAM
Patients Zero
As scores of scientists conduct post-9/11 studies, the city is becoming one big laboratory.
Tommy Boy's New Beat

GOTHAM REAL ESTATE
Tenants, Anyone?
EMILY GITTER

GOTHAM STYLE
Charming Arms
Amy Larocca

DEPARTMENTS
Letters

Intelligencer
BY MARC S. MALKIN

This Media Life
BY MICHAEL WOLFF
Why we can't resist George Stephanopoulos -- our next Cronkite?

The Bottom Line
BY JAMES J. CRAMER
One more thing to worry about: "Lazy Susan" deals among the companies you've invested in

Strong Medicine
BY JOANNE KAUFMAN
Dermatologists decry the dangers of lasers in the wrong hands

MARKETPLACE
Best Bets
BY RIMA SUQI
Seven stylish lamps to light up your life
Plus: Best Bets Daily

Sales & Bargains
Special discounts on B&B weekends
Plus: Daily Sales Update

Travel
BY TARA MANDY
Making tracks for Mexico City; a hip new hotel in Milan

THE CRITICS
Movies
BY PETER RAINER
Hart's War is escapism with realistic trappings; John Q undermines its actors

Classical Music
BY PETER G. DAVIS
Philip Glass's latest works are all too familiar; Tristan und Isolde doesn't thrill

Art
BY MARK STEVENS
It's easier to respect than enjoy the elusive Gerhard Richter

Television
BY JOHN LEONARD
How Ralph Ellison failed as a civil-rights presence -- yet succeeded as an icon

Restaurants
BY ADAM PLATT
The intricate (if inauthentic) fare at Marseille and Moda

Theater
BY JOHN SIMON
Bea Arthur offers little new material -- but true fans won't mind

Pop Music
BY ETHAN BROWN
N.E.R.D.'s new album -- a breakthrough for beat-lovers

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

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