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Issue: "Foster or faster?," June 6, 1998

I must tell you that there is some truth in the bumper sticker the NRA has out that says, 'Guns don't kill people, people kill people.'

House minority leader Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.), on 15-year-old Kip Kinkel, who allegedly murdered his parents and two classmates in Springfield, Ore., two weeks ago.

What's happened to Ginsburg? Well, the answer is-nothing's happened to Ginsburg.

William H. Ginsburg, lawyer for former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, on the Lewinsky family's decision to hire a public-relations consultant to field media inquiries, thus ending the lawyer's four-month run as a media celebrity.

In 30 minutes he would have been toast.

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Alan Veach, manager of a Miamisburg, Ohio, Captain D's restaurant, on the capture of a burglary suspect last week in an exhaust vent. The suspect, cook Anthony Heath, got stuck in a deep fryer vent that he was using for a getaway. If he had gone undetected, Mr. Veach said, someone might have turned on the heat, placing the man's life in danger.

The only problems are human error.

Melbourne Boynton, co-author of a study that found bungee jumping not as dangerous as it sounds. Parachuting, pole vaulting, and platform diving are worse on the body, according to the study.

Did Somebody Say McMurder?

On a banner unfurled inside a Virginia Beach, Va., McDonald's last week by two animal-rights activists wearing yellow chicken costumes.

Today we're the most progressive province in Canada.

Wilson Hodder of Halifax, Nova Scotia, after being awarded survivor pension benefits upon the death of his gay "partner." Last month an Ontario court struck down a section of the country's income tax law that restricted survivor benefits from registered pension plans to spouses of the opposite sex.


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