SWASHBUCKLING HER WAY TO THE OLYMPICS

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“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” More than 20 years after they were first uttered, those immortal lines remain one of the highlights of the eternally popular comedy/romance/action classic The Princess Bride. And while just about everybody who has ever seen the movie enjoyed it, Nicole Ross went [&hellip
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ELIMINATE THE PUBLIC ADVOCATE

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To the Editor: Anyone silly enough to challenge Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer deserves to lose big time! (“Stringer’s GOP Challenger,” April 2.) Stringer has demonstrated what the job of borough president can accomplish in the competent hands of an excellent communicator and forward-looking leader. He has challenged self-interest and conflict of interest and has [&hellip
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GLUTEN FOR PUNISHMENT

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There usually aren’t many surprises when it comes to Italian dining. In fact, between when we pop open a bottle of wine and when we scrape the last crumbs from a plate of tiramisu, almost nothing happens that couldn’t have been predicted. Walking into Opus, Enzo and Giuseppe Lentini’s Second Avenue eatery, it might not [&hellip
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PIQUANT PIDETTES & MEZE MADNESS

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How nice to take a break from my usual snacking routine—think sitting on a curb near a food cart—and perch at the bar at Pera, a beautiful modern brasserie that brings the flavors and style of “Istanbul’s Soho” to the suits near Grand Central. In an atmosphere this swish I didn’t expect to find generously [&hellip
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THE ISSUE OF OUR ERA: WHO ARE YOU?

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I’m stunned to discover that one dusty philosophy problem I pored over, from Pre-Socratic fragments all the way to Wittgenstein, is totally happening. Until recently, I believed the most pertinent thing I’d picked up from half a decade of study was the fact that Schopenhauer pushed his mother down a flight of stairs. (Misogyny and [&hellip
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AN UNEXPECTED CHAMPION

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Ali Gemma’s journey from high school softball player to collegiate track star provides the proof for that old adage: expect the unexpected. Gemma, a senior at Oberlin College in Ohio and a native Upper East Sider, certainly failed to foresee all her recent success. At the North Coast Athletic Conference Championships in early March, Gemma [&hellip
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TABLE TENNIS MAKES A COMEBACK

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There were 30 table tennis tables arranged around Francis Levien Gymnasium at Columbia University last weekend for the 2009 New York City Open, and it seemed each had a story to tell at any given moment. At one table, two of the top players in the city, immigrants from China and Guyana, faced off as [&hellip
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MORE THAN WORDS

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Last week, in recognition of Autism Awareness month, dre.dance Company premiered beyond.words at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center. beyond.words, a performance choreographed by Andrew Palermo and actor Taye Diggs, attempts to shed light on autism through dance. The performance takes its inspiration from a CNN feature on Amanda Baggs, an autistic woman who uses [&hellip
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