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Issue: "Warner: First things first," Feb. 12, 2000

It had to do with a 49-year-old man taking advantage of one of the very few opportunities he has with his 14-year-old daughter to be very cool. Those opportunities don't come along every day.

Connie Hair, spokeswoman for the Alan Keyes campaign, on why the candidate dove, on a dare by left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore, into a crowd of fans at a rock concert. On the eve of the Iowa caucuses, Mr. Moore promised to endorse the first candidate who would jump into the so-called mosh pit, made up of a large crowd of people, typically just in front of the stage, who catch a performer who jumps in.

It's not something crazy or anarchist.

Euthanasia activist Derek Humphrey on his new "how-to" suicide video he planned to air on a public-access cable channel in Oregon. Mr. Humphrey, who wrote the suicide manual Final Exit, was responding to criticism within the euthanasia movement. "I think it's reckless," commented Barbara Coombs Lee, who crusaded for Oregon's physician-assisted law.

This is like the movie Groundhog Day. Is this ever going to end?

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Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Teppo Numminen, whose team was stranded for several days in Raleigh, N.C., after a National Hockey League game against the Carolina Hurricanes when an uncharacteristically harsh winter storm hit the South. Incidentally, last week, the real groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, saw his shadow-prompting the prediction that winter will last six more weeks.

No matter how you look at it, the Grand Canyon makes a beautiful postage stamp.

Postal Service spokesman Don Smeraldi, on the new Grand Canyon 60-cent airmail stamps, which use a photo image that was mistakenly reversed, offering a mirror image of the national landmark. Last May, the Postal Service destroyed all 100 million Grand Canyon stamps that carried a mistaken caption placing the Canyon in Colorado instead of Arizona, costing an estimated $500,000.


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