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Broadway Pays Its Last Respects

The marquees of the theaters lining the streets off Times Square and Broadway will be dimmed for one minute at 8 p.m. tonight to salute Paul Newman.

By Jessica Coen

Gail Sheehy Remembers Clay Felker

Next week's issue of the magazine will feature an oral history of our late founder's career both here and elsewhere; we're giving a preview.

Tom Wolfe Remembers Clay Felker

Next week's issue of the magazine will contain an oral history of Clay Felker's career both here and elsewhere; we've got a preview.

Bus Stop

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• Sure, the Feds promised Bloomberg $354 million for his traffic-reduction plan (if he can get the city and state to pass it), but that dough's mainly to put up new bus depots. Of the roughly $200 mil needed to charge drivers entering Manhattan, Uncle Sam's promised only $10 million. [NYT]

Bloomberg Caves to 9/11 Families

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So Mayor Bloomberg finally caved in the face of the collective fit thrown by some 9/11 victim relatives, who demanded the sixth-anniversary ceremonies be held in the pit at ground zero and only there. The Port Authority will now contort to allow the mourners to, as the mayor said in a statement, "descend the ramp in a single-file stream that keeps moving into a limited area … and then to ascend back to street level." We can understand why Bloomie gave up — nobody wants to be the villain, and how bad would pissing off 9/11 widows look in, say, some sort of national campaign?

9/11 Commemoration: Five Is Enough?

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City Hall and the 9/11 families are fighting over the site of the upcoming sixth-anniversary commemoration, and the negotiations have now devolved into truly embarrassing haggling. Somehow, each concession manages to sound even more pathetic than the one before. To wit: Today's Daily News reports that Mayor Bloomberg has backed away from his initial suggestion to move the ceremonies to a nearby park (it's sort of tough to do it on ground zero itself, given that the thing is a giant construction site); he's now offering a compromise location with a view of ground zero. The families say they'll take the matter to federal court on First Amendment grounds if they have to.