Dispatches > Quotables


Issue: "New attacks on taxes," April 18, 1998

A good dog having a bad day.

Animal-rights attorney Steven Wise, who won a legal case for the owner of a St. Bernard accused of mauling a resident in Lincoln, Mass. Evan Gahr, writing in The Wall Street Journal, cites the case as indicative of a new trend in America's litigation explosion. Mr. Wise, the lawyer, hopes courts will recognize the full legal rights of "non-human animals."

It could have been worse than the Titanic.

St. Louis fire chief Stanley Newsome, after three Mississippi River barges knocked a riverboat casino from its moorings and caused one end of it to swing 500 feet out into the river. The gambling boat did not sink, but 30 passengers were injured.

It cannot sink.

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Walter Navratil, president of White Star Line Ltd., who plans to build a $500 million, full-size replica of the Titanic. Complete with modern iceberg-detecting equipment, the vessel-which has secured the copyrighted name RMS Titanic-is scheduled to set sail in April 2002, the 90th anniversary of the sinking of the original Titanic.

The one suspect at this point won't say why. But then, how could you ever justify what they did?

Steve Chambers, Indiana State Police detective, on the unexplained murders-allegedly committed by two young men, ages 19 and 21-of four people in rural Illinois and Indiana. Among the dead was a 26-year-old Amish man, gunned down on his tractor.

Some of these fans save five years for these tickets. They live to see the Stones. They get so excited, they don't even realize that what they're doing is wrong and disrespectful.

Rock star Meredith Brooks, opening act for the Rolling Stones on the group's South American tour, after being chased from the stage two nights in a row by Argentinian fans who pelted her with rocks, bottles, keys, and other items.


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