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Issue: "The first straw," Aug. 28, 1999

I flipped out. Started blaming myself.

Alleged Oregon school shooter Kip Kinkel on the Columbine school shooting, according to notes from a defense psychiatrist who interviewed him. The Kinkel statements became public last week after certain court documents were released. The 16-year-old Kinkel faces trial for the murder of his parents and the shootings at an Oregon school that left two dead.

Someday I'll say, 'I remember when I was a millionaire.'

Roger Dudley on the $1.6 million bank error that was fixed last week. "It was nice while it lasted," Mr. Dudley said of his two-week spending spree. He invested thousands, bought gifts for his wife, and paid off his truck loan and credit cards. The fortune vanished almost as quickly as it appeared: Federal agents met Mr. Dudley at the bank, and the account was frozen.

The word Woodstock is out, you can't use that word. It's been blasphemed.

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Joe Turner, 43, lounging in a lawn chair and wearing a psychedelic shirt, speaking in religious terms about a mellower performance last weekend at the site of the original 1969 Woodstock concert. Mr. Turner believes the riotous 30th anniversary Woodstock show in Rome, N.Y., has sullied a good name.

I don't appreciate calling the Star of David a gang symbol.

Tom Green on his son's troubles with a Mississippi public school. School officials prohibited Ryan Green from wearing his Star of David necklace in a way that it could be seen at school-and the Greens, with the help of the ACLU, are suing. The school board voted unanimously to uphold the policy against students' wearing anything that could be considered a gang symbol. Some gang symbols incorporate six-pointed stars but normally have other elements such as a letter or a pitchfork.

We were obviously looking for a total exoneration, but as a fallback position, we'll take this.

Anthony Gentile, president of the Broward, Fla., Teachers Union, who spoke on behalf of two teachers in trouble with the local school board after they were arrested along with 19 others in a raid at a now-defunct sex club. High-school teachers Kenneth Springer and Tonya Whyte were suspended last month, but last week the board voted to pay their salaries and assign them non-classroom tasks until the charges against them are tried.


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