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Pavarotti, Reh-gie and the Met; plus spreading slums and human struggles

Four years ago, 20,000 whooping Democrats blew into New York City, chomped its pizza, downed its booze and donned their funny hats. They were confident. They sensed a win. Their host, on the other hand, was all smiles, but shaky. It had no confidence and sensed collapse. Oh, the city scrubbed its face, all right; got out the good china, the usual. But New York was broke, after all. Bonds were finally due. Corporations headed for the hills. When the Democrats showed up in 1976,...

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