Dispatches > Quotables


Issue: "The fall(en) TV season," Sept. 18, 1999

Maybe somebody's conscience was bothering them and they decided to turn it in.

Detective Donald Pasquarelli on the mysterious return-inside a black plastic bag outside the back door of a Pittsburgh church-of the gold World Series trophy won in 1979 by the Pittsburgh Pirates. A thief nabbed the trophy from an unlocked glass display case in the Allegheny Club lobby at Three Rivers Stadium during a party at the club. It had been missing less than 48 hours.

Your baby is dying tonight.

A taunt from one of three young men charged with physically beating a pregnant woman and killing her unborn child. Shawana Pace of Little Rock, Ark., alleges the father of the child tried unsuccessfully to persuade her to abort the child, then hired the three brothers to beat her up. All the men pleaded not guilty last week to murder and first-degree battery charges.

I have a rule that after three bad words, after three curse words, it turns off.

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Greg Smith, a gifted 10-year-old who last week started classes as a college freshman at Randolph-Macon College in Virginia, commenting on CBS's 60 Minutes about his movie-viewing habits.

Thinking of ways to preserve human life all over the world.

Al-Dukali Al-Mugaryef, Libyan businessman, on what Libya's Moammar Gadhafi has quietly been doing during seven years of international economic sanctions against his country. Mr. Al-Mugaryef's company partnered with Mr. Gadhafi to build what is being hyped as the world's safest automobile.

Since a very good judge that was using a lot of wisdom this afternoon ruled that I have freedom of speech tonight, I'm going to take it.

Marian Lynn Ward, a 17-year-old Texas high-school student, in remarks prior to her offering a prayer before her high school's season-opening football game, hours after winning a court order allowing her to do so. A federal judge issued an order barring Santa Fe Independent School District officials from punishing students for praying. He ruled that the school policies "clearly prefer atheism over any religious faith."


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