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Issue: "DeLay: Cracking the whip," July 18, 1998

I'm guessing you've been drinking for about three days straight.

Eddie Vedder, lead singer of the rock group Pearl Jam, to Dennis Rodman during a concert in Dallas last week. Guzzling wine from a bottle, the shirtless, shoeless Chicago Bulls basketball star leaped on stage and tried to sing along during two songs. The stage crew finally cut off Mr. Rodman's microphone.

I'd be happy to give him [oral sex] just to thank him for keeping abortion legal.

Former Time magazine White House correspondent Nina Burleigh, in an interview with The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz, who sought her explanation of why she, a journalist, would make such an "unusual ... sexually charged declaration of support for Clinton." Ms. Burleigh's essay in the current Mirabella magazine details her belief that the president "ogled" her aboard Air Force One while on assignment from Time and that it had made her feel "incandescent."

Be careful she is not worshipped.

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Archbishop of York David Hope, No. 2 in the Church of England hierarchy, on the various attempts to preserve the memory of the late Princess Diana. He was particularly disgusted by the Diana museum opened last week by her brother Earl Spencer.

If I were an extra, I could just stand around in my costume and smoke a cigarette. It's insulting.

Adrian Stemmer, 26, one of the striking Euro Disney employees, who plays the part of Captain Hook. He is on strike, demanding to be classified as an "artist" rather than an "extra," a change in designation that would raise both his prestige and pay.

I got it purely from smoking.

Former Beatle George Harrison, on the throat cancer he's been battling since last summer.

People ... have been well aware of the detriments of smoking. To come back after the fact, I find that somewhat ridiculous.

The first potential juror in a $200 billion tobacco lawsuit for which jury selection began last week in Florida. The jury candidate, a businessman who smoked for 36 years before quitting, was dismissed. Jury selection is expected to take at least all month.

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