Dispatches > Quotables


Issue: "School shooting," Dec. 13, 1997

Only you have the power to keep yourselves safe.

President BILL CLINTON on the occasion of World AIDS Day in a "special message to young Americans."

They were in a fight, that's all I know. She said she was going to grease up the floor so her boyfriend would fall.

JUANITA ESDERS, neighbor to Christina Mack and Chester Parkman of Peoria, Ill., on Ms. Mack's alleged plot to kill her one-legged boyfriend. But late last weekend, it was Ms. Mack who slipped and fell on the greasy kitchen floor and was knocked unconscious. She faces charges of aggravated battery, attempted aggravated battery, and domestic battery.

How many people were following Moses when he started? And there was only one guy saying the Earth was round in the beginning; it's nothing to be ashamed of.

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Washington lawyer/lobbyist J.R. SPRADLEY JR., commenting in The Washington Post on his odd-man-out status in Kyoto, Japan, as a representative of electric utility companies in the United States opposed to the global-warming treaty.

Long live Gorbachev, who brought us Pizza Hut.

Russian customers in a new Pizza Hut commercial, when offered a piece of pizza by Mikhail Gorbachev, who stars in the 30-second ad for American television. The manager of the Moscow Pizza Hut where the commercial was shot said the Gorbachev commercial will not be shown in Russia because of the former Soviet ruler's unpopularity. "I guess he's a very popular person in the West," said Sergei Tatosyan.

We want to show that we can adapt to changing circumstances without sacrificing ourselves on the altar of fashion.

PATRICK OLIVA, spokesman for Michelin tire and rubber company, on plans for slimming down the roly-poly Michelin Man for his 100th birthday next April. Company officials decided to make the chubby mascot trimmer and healthier-looking after consulting focus groups in Asia, where they plan to launch a big sales push.

No more harassment, no more threats, no more obscenities or vulgar names, no more pulling hair, no more threats to the family, no more threatening calls to each other or relatives, no more appearing or confronting each other in a public place or on public property.

Macomb (Mich.) Circuit Judge MICHAEL SCHWARTZ to two fifth-grade female classmates who cannot seem to get along. Judge Schwartz threatened the two 10-year-old girls with possible imprisonment in the juvenile hold if they violate his order. Public-school officials complained the court order undermines their authority in handling the year-long dispute: "The public needs to trust us," said assistant superintendent Karl Klimek.


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