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June 7, 2004 Issue

Cover Story

The Education of Alexandra Polier

The so-called Kerry intern conducts her own investigation into the source of a rumor that rocked her life and almost derailed the senator’s campaign.


The Source of the Trouble

Who is Judith Miller? The Times reporter whose WMD scoops helped provide justification for invading Iraq owes both her greatest triumphs and her most damaging misjudgments to the same hard-driving, ambitious, catastrophist personality.


New York Post theater columnist Michael Riedel has made enemies of most of Broadway with his sharp-tongued critiques and vicious gossip reports. But they can’t they stop reading his column.

When Tony Met Oscar

The Tonys used to be a polite, gentlemanly affair. Now nominees battle it out with the help of expensive campaigns and forceful industry politicking—just like for their big cousins, the Oscars.

Husband Hunting

After Robert Maharam went on the lam rather than pay a $4 million divorce judgment, his ex-wife and daughter have obsessively tracked him all over the world. And now legislators are joining their crusade.


Letters to the Editor

Readers sound off on protesting the RNC, extreme eating in the city, and shopping for small sizes in our oversized world.

Smart City

Guest Prep

The delicate art of choosing gifts for your summer hosts

Best Bets

Pointy flip-flops, the latest Jules Feiffer book, and a limited-edition Lacoste poncho

Test Drive

Getting the fake-tan treatment at the city’s top salons


A new Park Slope store makes recycling chic.

Sales & Bargains

A good deal on top-notch brushes

Plus: This week's sale listings


Intelligencer Gossip

Madonna, Soho House, Mort Janklow, Pascal Rostain, Bruno Mouron, Michael Jackson and more.

Weekend Update

As New Yorkers return to their favorite getaway spots, here’s the local turmoil that will keep them talking all summer long.

The Sporting Life

The favorite designer of the First Lady—JFK’s First Lady, that is—unveils a new sportswear line.

Toy Soldiers

In changing times, toy stores fight to stay alive.

Straight to Hell

Why top stylists are ditching last year’s hot hair-straightening treatment.


The Bottom Line

Why Kmart could be the smartest investment you’ll make all year

Naked City

Tired of the constant barrage of in-your-face sex in popular culture? You’re not alone—which may explain the comeback of good old-fashioned burlesque.



Buffy creator Joss Whedon takes on Astonishing X-Men for Marvel


Alfonso Cuarón brings the magic back to Harry Potter


Tim Pigott-Smith returns in The Vice; The Dead Zone comes back to USA


A revival of Sight Unseen reaffirms Donald Margulies’s greatness; Light Raise the Roof fails to inspire


Wolfgang’s Steakhouse brings Peter Luger quality to Manhattan

Pop Music

The Streets breaks new ground with A Grand Don’t Come for Free

The Week

Restaurant Openings & Buzz

This week’s openings include: Kombit Bar & Restaurant and Chance. Plus, a first tasting at 5 Ninth and Gael wonders if the Delouvrier and Ducasse marriage can survive.

New on DVD

New on DVD this week: Monster, The Company, Cary Grant: The Signature Collection, The Times of Harvey Milk and more.

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