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Issue: "1st-grade murder," March 11, 2000

I guess we're not as hip as Ally McBeal.

Matthew Tully, a Congressional Quarterly reporter, discussing with USA Today the reluctance of progressive, sophisticated journalists to use the unisex restroom in the Senate Press Gallery. Capitol authorities converted the men's room into a unisex facility temporarily because the ladies' restroom needed five weeks of renovations. Mr. Tully explained one benefit of the arrangement: "The bathroom is cleaner. Newspapers aren't strewn about, and the toilets are flushed."

Whoever wants to preserve human dignity should boycott the show.

German Interior Minister Otto Schily, complaining about the premiere on German television of Big Brother, a "reality" show filming every second of the lives of 10 people locked inside a house.
Not even the shower is safe from the 28 cameras.

One of the toughest things about coaching is that the highs aren't nearly as high as the lows are low.

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University of Kansas basketball coach Roy Williams, on his difficult season.

Tonya is really a tragic figure.

Talent agent Michael Rosenberg, who represents infamous figure skater Tonya Harding. She faced a March 8 court date for pretrial motions on charges she assaulted her live-in boyfriend by hitting him in the nose with a hubcap and bloodying his face with her fists. At a February arraignment, she pleaded innocent.

Why? I mean, we won.

Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, outlining his reason for not returning to the state of Virginia a blood-soaked, bullet-pierced Civil War flag currently in the possession of the state-funded Minnesota Historical Society. It was captured by the Minnesota 1st Volunteer Regiment at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.

They used their base, the Christian right. So we had every right to use ours, which is the media.

John McCain strategist Mike Murphy to Wall Street Journal editorialists, who had sarcastically congratulated him on his turning a decisive defeat in South Carolina "into a pyrrhic victory for George W. Bush" by portraying Mr. McCain as "the victim of a vicious, negative, horrifying right-wing hit job."

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