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Issue: "Charity begins at home," May 16, 1998

Payoff Clinton.

Notation by Susan McDougal on an August 1983 check for $5,081.82 that she signed over to Madison Guaranty Savings & Loan. President Clinton denied under oath that he caused "anybody to borrow any money" for his benefit. Mrs. McDougal was indicted last week on two counts of criminal contempt for refusing to answer grand jury questions in September 1996 and again last month, and one count of obstruction of justice.

Most guys think women in the military aren't attractive. I wanted to show my feminine side.

Lt. Frederica Spilman, who received "appropriate administrative action, non-punitive in nature" from the Navy brass for posing nude in Playboy magazine. Lt. Spilman was discharged last week as scheduled.

This population could be the population that brings us over 1 million.

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Gregory Murray, a Detroit city official, on the city's reliance on 7,000 to 10,000 homeless persons to keep the population above 1 million. Falling below 1 million could mean a loss of $170 million in federal and state money for Detroit. State law allows cities over 1 million to levy higher taxes.

It's his perverse way of making a creeping confession. Little by little, he acknowledges it.

Daniel Petrocelli, the lawyer who won a $33.5 million wrongful death judgment against O.J. Simpson, on the ex-football hero's recent television interview in which he jokingly wielded a banana as if it were a knife.

In the absence of this court's acceptance of constitutional limitations, other constitutional officials owe no 'deference' to the decision of this court.

Alabama Gov. Fob James, in his appeal filed with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals of a federal judge's sweeping order banning prayers and other "religious" activity during school hours.


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