Americana: Bulletproof Chic

One small measure of what's on the nation's collective mind is the cause that celebrities choose to back. Last week in New York City, the glitterati got together to help buy bulletproof vests for the city's police. The vests are needed—in the past twelve months, six officers have been shot to death in the line of duty—but the financially strapped city claims it cannot afford them.

The fund raisers called the affair VIP Night on Broadway, and it was indeed that. Scores of celebrities, including TV Star Robin Williams, Historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr., Falsetto...

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