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On the Firing Line

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In a week when much of the world came to midtown, the boldest names were to be found on campus. Hillary Clinton held up under heavy grilling at the Dartmouth debates, while Columbia University president Lee Bollinger invited Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad uptown, then called him a “petty and cruel dictator.” (For his part, Ahmadinejad denied that his country contained such dangerous American inventions as nuclear weapons and homosexuals.) Potential First Husband Bill was joined at his Global Initiative conference by poverty experts Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. The former commander-in-chief also declared war, unsuccessfully, on Village eatery Osso Buco for hanging a promotional photo of daughter Chelsea in its front window.

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Public Life Means Having to Say You're Sorry

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Inspired by Italy's Veronica Lario — who in a front-page letter printed in yesterday's La Repubblica requested a public apology from her husband, former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, for flirting with and ogling various comely young women and then, even more remarkably, received one — we'd like to see if we, too, can elicit a public apology or two.
To everyone involved in ground-zero reconstruction:
It's been five freaking years, and this is all that's been accomplished? You should be ashamed of yourselves, all of you. (And, yes, at this point that includes you, too, sainted widows and family members.) We think you owe us — all of us, all New Yorkers — an apology.
Sincerely, Daily Intel

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Narciso Rodriguez Can't Sleep Without Jon Stewart

Name: Narciso Rodriguez
Age: 45
Job: Designer
Neighborhood: Gramercy Park–East Village Who's your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional? Jerry Seinfeld. What's the best meal you've eaten in New York? A Cuban sandwich at Sucelt on 14th Street. In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job? E-mail/phone/fitting/sketching/draping/meeting

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