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Issue: "Rethinking divorce," June 13, 1998

An uphill battle from the start.

U.S. Rep. Jay Kim (R-Calif.) on his defeat in the Republican primary last week. Rep. Kim pleaded guilty last August to accepting illegal campaign contributions and was forced to campaign primarily through direct mail. The incumbent was confined to his Washington home under house arrest.

I hate it when I make a mistake.

Los Angeles Times publisher Mark H. Willes to his employees, concerning his interview with The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Willes told the Journal he wanted stories that were "more emotional, more personal, less analytical," in order to attract female readers to the Times.

You don't drop a body and run.

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Jim Marcinkowski, the deputy assistant city attorney who is handling the prosecution of Jack Kevorkian for resisting arrest and obstructing a police officer. Mr. Kevorkian was forcibly arrested after dropping off a dead body at a hospital and refusing to answer police officers' questions. "There are no 'Kevorkian exceptions,'" Mr. Marcinkowski said, noting the charges had nothing to do with the assisted suicide controversy.

It's so maddening. You plan for five years, then an initiative comes along and tears it all up.

Mike Stuart, superintendent, Shasta (Calif.) Union School District, on the initiative passed last week that bans bilingual education from the state's public schools.

Every child in ... Illinois who took this test has been mentally molested by the state board of education.

Robert Vanden Bosch, a Springfield, Ill., minister, on a state sex questionnaire for 11th-graders in 61 high schools. The "health education test" contained explicit questions about anal and oral sex, and asked students the most effective way to avoid sexually transmitted diseases but did not list abstinence as an option. The board of education apologized and blamed the mess on a state worker who sent out the tests without prior review by an education panel.

Of course not. Why would I do that?

Vanquished Democratic candidate for California governor Al Checchi, answering whether he would even consider sending his kids to public schools. Mr. Checchi lost the Democratic primary last week to Gray Davis, who faces Republican Dan Lungren this fall.

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