From the Publisher: Sep 17 1990

While heading downtown to interview Mayor David Dinkins for this week's story on New York City, bureau chief Joelle Attinger walked to a subway stop four blocks from the Time & Life Building. As she approached the subway entrance, a police car screeched up beside it, followed by two more. Drawing his gun, one cop dashed down the stairs, while another warned passersby not to enter. Attinger took a taxi.

In two years of covering stories in and around New York City, that was the closest Attinger has come to the random, violent crime that so disturbs the people who live...

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