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September 20, 2004 Issue

Cover Story


When police detective John Walcott collapsed while carrying groceries up his stairs, he didn’t suspect he had leukemia—and he certainly didn’t link his condition with time spent on the World Trade Center pile. But three years after September 11, he and at least 600 others are filing lawsuits against the EPA, the City of New York, and Larry Silverstein, among others, claiming that 9/11 made them sick, adding to the panic among rescue workers and downtown residents that the terror attacks’ health effects are dire. Is there real cause for alarm?


How Much Is That In Rubles?

Her Russian aluminum-tycoon dad is worth $350 million, she’s paid $550,000 to rent Denise Rich’s Southampton house for the season, and she has two “agents” parading her before the paparazzi like a mail-order bride. Meet Anna Anisimova, the Russian-American Paris Hilton.

Don Hewitt's 59th Minute

60 Minutes chief Don Hewitt’s corporate paymasters decided it was time for the network news legend to retire. He thought that was a bad idea. To put it mildly.

Jim McGreevey and His Main Man

In New Jersey governor Jim McGreevey’s strange unraveling, the most interesting character may not be Golan Cipel, or even McGreevey himself, but Charles Kushner, the Dapper Don of New Jersey developers—whose career was intertwined with the governor’s and who fell to earth in an even stranger sex scandal of his own. A tour through the Garden State’s political swamp.


Letters to the Editor

Readers sound off on Republican Delegates, GOP views of New York, Rudy Giuliani and more.

Smart City

The Devil Is Her Only Friend

How to cope when you hate your 5-year-old’s best friend

Best Bets

Helmut Lang’s Chewbacca-like horsehair boots

New York Shops

Pearl brooches from $38 to $125,000

Shop Talk

Reinvigorating Moroccan style in Brooklyn.

Sales & Bargains

Plus: sales at Auto, Move Lab, and Rm Designs/Reva Mivasagar, The Conran Shop, Kwigy-Bo And Ella Dish, and Chelsea Wine Vault


Intelligencer Gossip

Sean Doyle Boycotts Conde Nast - Bill Sticks With South Beach - De Niro's New Downtown Digs

Help Me, Howard

Kerry’s Clinton connection

Paper Cut

What would you do if your photo got on a Hallmark card?

The Five Tenors

A preview of this season’s Met roster.

Star System

For chefs, a perfect review can be a pain.

Faith-Based Initiative

Kerry’s Jewish strategy

Up in the Air

A new TWA flight 800 theory


The City Politic

In netting and arresting protesters during the RNC, was Police Commissioner Ray Kelly keeping the peace or quashing free speech?


The archetypal eighties fitness class returns to New York gyms.



Marjane Satrapi’s illustrated memoir of growing up in and out of Iran brings a startling new perspective to the graphic novel


John Sayles’s thinly veiled dramatic indictment of Bush proves a weak substitute for the sucker punch of reality

Pop Music

Sonic adventure and vocal virtuosity from Dizzee Rascal and Björk


The WB’s smart and emotionally rich Jack & Bobby narrates the life of a future president. Plus, is Joey the season’s best new sitcom?


Alain Ducasse at the Essex House gets a new chef, Christian Delouvrier of Lespinasse, but keeps the price-gouging

The Week

New on DVD

Movies new on DVD this week include: Man on Fire, THX 1138, Coffee and Cigarettes, Björk: Inner Part Of An Animal Or Plant Structure (Snapper), Everybody Loves Raymond: The Complete First Season, Baadasssss!

Restaurant Openings & Buzz

Gael Greene cuts carbs at The Sea Grill, big salads return to Coco Pazzo, and Vietnamese sandwiches in the East Village.

Top Five Films At Lincoln Center’s LatinBeat Festival

Dozens of films from way down south screen at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s LatinBeat Festival.

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