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Issue: "Daniel of the Year 1998," Dec. 5, 1998

I'm just speechless.

Whitewater felon Susan McDougal, after her acquittal last week of embezzlement charges unrelated to the Whitewater matter. Mrs. McDougal's speechlessness before Kenneth Starr's grand jury earned her contempt of court citations and jail time. She refuses to answer whether President Clinton gave truthful testimony as a witness in her fraud trial that resulted in a conviction.

I stay at home with my kids and make three times as much money as I would going to work. Why shouldn't I do this?

"Anna from Philly," described in a pornography entrepreneur's press release, on the virtues of running her own online smut site. A Web-based business helps franchisees launch their own sites, provides the porno content, and splits the revenue. The release quotes another client, "My kids know that their mom works on the computer, but they don't know what I do."

Gallery of heroes.

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Where a new bust of the late Soviet dictator Josef Stalin will be unveiled on Dec. 21, the 119th anniversary of the despot's birth. The gallery is in a high school in Chelyabinsk, 950 miles east of Moscow. The school principal, Sergei Alabzhin, organized the memorial; Mr. Alabzhin is also Communist Party leader in Chelyabinsk.

Christmas trees have a certain symbolic importance ... to a lot of people. I think what they were suggesting would probably be inconsistent with that.

New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, commending the wisdom of a city contractor that runs a Central Park skating rink for canceling a World AIDS Day event scheduled for Dec. 1. The event would have included a benefit concert and lighting a 35-foot Christmas "Tree of Life" adorned with condoms and sponsored by Levi Strauss & Co.

It's $10,000 a day and 10 days in prison if I cause a traffic jam in front of my home, but I've paid my Visa off and if the Arkansas Supreme Court needs a Christmas donation, I'm ready.

Little Rock philanthropist Jennings Osborne, who plans a mammoth Christmas light display at his home. Neighbors complaining about the big crowds of onlookers successfully sued him in 1993. Mr. Osborne had planned to make available a nativity scene for a city park, but backed off after the ACLU threatened a lawsuit.


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