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Issue: "More clay than Potter," Oct. 30, 1999

"Outrageous. It's their parenting thing, not our fault."

-Jefferson County (Colo.) Sheriff John Stone, on the news that the parents of Columbine student gunman Dylan Klebold plan to sue him. Tom and Sue Klebold filed a formal "intent to sue" notice last week, on the grounds that law enforcement officials failed to tell them about the violent tendencies of their son's murderous partner, Eric Harris.

I am not his guardian. I bought and paid for him.

San Francisco "pet owner" Jenny Huston, using her golden retriever, Giacomo, as an illustration of the absurdity of a proposed change to local laws that would create an alternative legal designation for pet owners: "pet guardian."

These guys were either sleeping or they weren't monitoring the cameras.

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Joe Russo, whose firm, American Communications, installs security systems in Wall Street area buildings, on how security personnel could have missed spotting an obviously agitated man who was stuck in an elevator in New York's Rockefeller Center for 40 hours. Mr. Russo said high-rises like those in Rockefeller Center usually have 24-hour live feeds from elevator cameras, with monitors at a security desk.

Maybe he's never had a family member or neighbor that has overdosed. We've just grown up with it.

David Medina, 17-year-old high-school senior in Espanola, N.M., in response to New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson's musing before the libertarian Cato Institute that cocaine, heroin, and marijuana should be legalized: "Control it. Regulate it. Tax it. If we legalize it, we just might have a better society," the second-term Republican governor said in criticizing the federal war on drugs.

I don't know why this is happening, but maybe somebody is sending me a signal.

St. Louis Blues winger Geoff Courtnall, 37, in his 17th season in the National Hockey League, contemplating retirement after suffering his sixth career concussion on a dirty hit in a game against Toronto. Mr. Courtnall says his wife wants him to quit hockey and consider the welfare of his two young boys, who need an energetic father.


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