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Issue: "Is McCain able?," Aug. 21, 1999

You realize there's a universe out there when something like this comes along to remind you.

British bureaucrat Dennis Coombs, marveling at the total solar eclipse widely visible in Europe and much of Asia.

I heard booming.

Four-year-old Gabrielle Fougner, who was inside the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Los Angeles when gunman Buford O. Furrow entered and began firing shots.

Football was my god. Achieving success, achieving money was my god. All those things that can go away.

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Florida State fifth-year senior Dan Kendra on how his new-found faith is helping him recover from a career-threatening knee injury. Mr. Kendra says he discovered the power of faith when watching a religious television show last month.

They aren't humble. They don't realize that there are plenty of guys out there who can do their job.

Japanese baseball umpire Toshiyuki Tanaka, on American umpires and their current labor dispute with Major League Baseball. Mr. Tanaka is known in Japan for voluntarily sitting out three games when, after reviewing a videotape after a game, he realized he had botched a controversial call.

It was terrible. The smell stung our eyes, and some people were getting nauseous.

Pflugerville, Tex., school secretary Diane Souder, commenting on the odor left by a baby skunk trapped on school grounds during the first day of classes.

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