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Issue: "Passing of a peacemaker," Feb. 20, 1999

Unless you are going to kill people on the air ... there comes a point when you have oversaturated yourself.

Oprah Winfrey, in the Sunday Times of London, on the sorry state of TV and why she might end her show.

He missed it by two hours.

Bill Fackler, son of 98-year-old Charles Fackler, who died the same day he was to receive France's Legion of Honor medal for service in World War I. "It was a sad occasion," said Mr. Fackler. "We had everything organized for that day. The presentation was to be at 2 p.m. He died at quarter to 12."

In the summer, it's an everyday fashion.

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Damian Arnolie of New Orleans, in The Wall Street Journal, on a growing trend among inner-city youth: wearing T-shirts bearing the images of friends who have died violent deaths. A New Orleans school principal has banned the shirts, saying, "Kids see these T-shirts and they say, 'I want to be a thug. I want to die a thug. I want to go out in a blaze of glory.'"

Have you no shame, sirs, madame?

Agnes Cochin, whose 5-year-old child died of AIDS brought on by a transfusion of tainted blood, to three French government officials on trial for their roles in failing to protect the nation's blood supply. All three are charged with employing a "strategy of favoritism" that delayed systematic checking for AIDS with an American-made test until a French test was ready.

He seems to have no desire to date real birds.

Japanese researcher Fumio Sato on an albatross's infatuation with one of the 100 decoys placed on the Izu islands to attract endangered albatrosses and encourage them to breed. But Deko, a 5-year-old albatross, has for two years tried to woo a wooden decoy by building fancy nests and fighting off rival suitors; he spends his days standing faithfully by her side.

I have other things to do.

Former Reagan cabinet secretary Don Hodel, on why he decided last week to leave his leadership post at the Christian Coalition. Mr. Hodel said he joined the coalition to help provide stability to the coalition after the departure of powerhouse strategist Ralph Reed.


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