Although I spot no plagiarism in the Times piece, justice demands that its writer treat the Observer'swriter to a pedicab ride through Central Park, an expensive lunch, and maybe a make-over at a Fifth Avenue salon. It's just wrong to repeat so many elements from another publication's story without crediting it or adding anything substantive.
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