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Issue: "Religious liberty fight," June 20, 1998

It's that Zen Buddhism stuff. We're practicing smiling when we may be frustrated inside so we can relieve some tension. It's an art form.

Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan, on how some team members are starting to use coach Phil Jackson's religion to help them win.

Clinton: A President of Strong Drives.

Title of a book Chinese government officials pulled from bookstore shelves, on the grounds that it would be less embarrassing for a story to run about the book's being pulled than for Mr. Clinton to happen upon the Chinese-language tome while in Beijing for his official state visit. Strong Drives is not a reference to the president's golf game.

The last thing Pennsylvania wants is this snail rampaging across the countryside.

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Federal snail specialist DAVID ROBINSON of the Department of Agriculture on the discovery in the state of the brown garden snail. The species, considered one of the worst agricultural pests in California, could threaten Pennsylvania farms and nurseries.

I've been a bit surprised that anyone would be surprised by this.

Paige Patterson, newly elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention, on media criticism of an SBC resolution that a married woman has "the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his 'helper' in managing their household and nurturing the next generation."

What I'm advocating is totally moral ... compared to what we do today.

ack Kevorkian at a news conference after doctors refused to accept kidneys taken from one of his assisted-suicide victims. According to the coroner, the victim's body was mutilated in the operation, a felony in Michigan.

Love develops. It's not just there.

28-year-old Dave Weinlick of Minneapolis, on why he planned to let his friends pick a bride for him just before he walked down the aisle. Potential Mrs. Weinlicks were to gather at a "mixer" immediately before the June 13 ceremony.


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