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Issue: "Promise Keepers breakdown," March 21, 1998

The system is really garbage in, garbage out.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in a speech last week to the American Medical Association criticizing judicial activism. Justice Scalia was explaining that if the legislature passes "garbage" laws, courts should produce "garbage" results-regardless of whether the judges like the results.

Well, it was his house. I guess if he wants to drive an end loader through it, he can.

Kanawha County (W.Va.) Sheriff's Lt. J.S. Johnson on a man police charged with destroying his house after a judge ordered him to sell it and split the profits with his estranged wife.

We looked at the monitor and there she was, putting her baby down. It kind of made us stop and go, 'Whoa, what's this?'

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John Quinlan, a night watchman at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, on his watching via security camera a mother allegedly abandoning her 2-month-old baby. He ran outside, where the temperature was below freezing, and found the child, dressed in only a T-shirt and diaper, crying. The baby's mother faces charges of cruelty, neglect, and child abandonment.

It's like getting ready for the Olympics.

Charles Wood of Lizard Lick, N.C., on the decision by Nintendo to release its new video game in the small town. Nintendo's new "Yoshi's Story" features cartoon dinosaurs that grab goodies and pick off enemies with super-long tongues.

You'd think they'd have had a more reliable vehicle.

Virginia state trooper Doug Brooks, on his arrest of three men charged with possession and intent to distribute 258 pounds of marijuana. Mr. Brooks stopped to help the men when the 1992 minivan in which they were riding broke down, but noticed a strong odor of marijuana and searched the vehicle.


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