Seems Like Old Times

It is, perhaps, just a line in the sand, but the change of the calendar year gave the country a chance--an excuse--to shake off the somber shadow cast by the events of Sept. 11. The war in Afghanistan has subsided, we've had our holiday breather, and life is returning--as much as it can--to something closer to the way it once was. At least it is trying to, judging from a few recent signs.

--By Sora Song

AFTER RUDY He follows in the footsteps of New York's favorite hero, but newly installed Mayor Michael Bloomberg is hardly basking in the...

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