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Issue: "Quayle's presidential bid," June 19, 1999

I love my past. I don't apologize for one day in my life.

Oscar Goodman, a flamboyant lawyer who defended mobsters like Meyer Lansky and Tony "The Ant" Spilotro. Mr. Goodman was elected mayor of Las Vegas last week despite his mob ties.

I'll probably just sneak in anyway.

Anonymous 16-year-old filmgoer from Columbus, Ohio, shrugging off the news that theater owners now plan to require a photo ID before allowing anyone under 17 into a violent or sexually explicit movie. The head of the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) agreed last week at a White House ceremony to tighten up its procedures for keeping young people away from negative films.

Come up with drugs that heal.

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Rep. Christopher Smith (R-N.J.), urging pharmaceutical makers to quit marketing "baby pesticides," such as the French abortion pill RU-486. He made the remarks during debate on legislation that would ban the government from testing, developing, or approving abortion-inducing drugs. The measure passed by three votes, but faces trouble in the Senate and an almost certain presidential veto.

I canoed down the Rifle River, but don't ask me to swear to it.

T-shirt sold in Standish, Mich., where Timothy Boomer, who fell into the Rifle River while canoeing, went on trial last week for violating a state law against using profanity in the presence of women and children. Mr. Boomer is charged with unleashing a barrage of profanity loud enough to be heard a quarter-mile away. Within earshot of the alleged tirade was Tammy Smith, who was canoeing with husband Michael, her 5-year-old son, and her 2-year-old daughter.

It was an experience for me.

Sabrina Davis, 22, of Clearwater, Fla., who was arrested and handcuffed for allowing seven library books to become a year overdue. She spent the night in jail. The charges were dropped last week when her boyfriend returned the books.


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