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Issue: "Life of a warrior," June 12, 1999

Once the smoke got too thick, there was nothing we could do. People were screaming, 'God, please save us!'

Barrett Baber, a passenger who survived the crash landing of American Airlines flight 1420 in Little Rock, Ark., last week. The MD-80 jetliner with 145 people aboard skidded off a runway while landing during a violent hailstorm, broke apart, and burst into flames. At least nine people were killed.

I will always search.

Rocker Ricky Martin, in an interview with TV Guide, discussing his spiritual journey from Catholicism, Scientology, Judaism, Hinduism, and now Buddhism.

Political posturing and restrictive legislation are not the answers.

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Darrell Scott, father of slain Columbine High School teen Rachel Scott, in testimony to a House committee considering additional gun-control legislation. He said two boys, not their weapons, were responsible for the death of his daughter and urged lawmakers to realize the epidemic of teen violence is a cultural problem. Mr. Scott is not a member of the National Rifle Association and does not own a gun.

They're not the ones asking for sex or pornography. It's the state that's mandating it.

Monique Dostie, who runs a group home for mentally retarded adults, complaining about an attempt by the Maine Department of Human Services initiative to strip her Jaricot Foster Home of its license because pornography and sexual activity are forbidden there. Three residents live in the home and none has complained; in fact, some of their guardians chose the home because of its policies. Ms. Dostie is Roman Catholic and is fighting the state on religious-freedom grounds.

I better not do this because 25 years from now I might be a role model? The thought never entered this thick Slovak head.

Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, referring to some of his sinful antics detailed in his bawdy autobiography I Ain't Got Time to Bleed: Reworking the Body Politic from the Bottom Up.


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