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54 Mariska Lays Down the Law
She's the offspring of Hollywood royalty - the daughter of the late Jayne Mansfield and former Mr. Universe Mickey Hargitay - but Mariska Hargitay has always had a worldly, street-smart attitude more characteristic of a "Noo Yawker." That attitude is currently on display weekly on the hit crime drama, "Law and Order: SVU" as part of her no-nonsense character, Detective Olivia Benson. Motivated into real-life volunteer work by both her character and the tragic attack on her adopted city on 9/11, the multilingual, Hungarian beauty is practically an honorary law enforcement officer. She even finds comfort in the smell of a good cigar. Now that's Old Hollywood.
BY MIKE HAMMER
PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN-FRANCIS BOURKE

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40 Pax Dominicana
Since it became a hotbed of cigar making in the boom years, the Dominican Republic has been known for many attributes, but grow­ing wrapper and making strong cigars were not among them. With new technology and sheer determination from the D.R.'s cigar indus­try leaders, that is on the verge of changing. An in-depth look at the state of the Dominican cigar; as we discover which established players are going to buck long-held traditions to catch up with trends, and explore which upstart companies are most likely to churn out the next Opus X.
BY MARK BERNARDO
48 Rocking the Cradle of Shortstop
Baseball fans love statistics. Here's one that you may not know: Over 33% of all major league ballplayers not born in the U.S. come from one small island nation: the Dominican Republic. And from favorite son Sammy Sosa to up-and-coming hero Alfonso Soriano, the "cradle of shortstops," San Pedro de Macoris, has turned out big leaguers almost as consistently as its main export, sugar cane. Maybe it's some­thing in the water ... or maybe playing baseball is the surest way out for young men in a poverty-wracked nation.
BY PAUL GUTIERREZ
60 The Most Wanted List
It's a new year and that holiday money's burning a hole in your pock­et, so why not treat yourself? Six pages of smoking accessories, fash­ionable timepieces, Outdoor essentials, and cutting-edge tech should convince you to take part in spurring economic recovery, yes?
PHOTOGRAPHS BY ENRICO VESCE

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