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Issue: "The new slave trade," March 25, 2000

I had intended to make a big contribution to the Whitney in my will, but not now. This is a horrible work. I can't even call it 'art.'

Heiress Marylou Whitney, one of some 60 members of the national committee of New York's Whitney Museum, on an art installation connecting Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to the Nazis.

The finger of God pointing down and saying, 'You can't get away with it no matter how long it's been.'

White Plains, N.Y., district attorney Jeanine Pirro, referring to new DNA evidence linking a man to a 1979 murder.

Raising six kids-four boys and two girls-you learn to just leave things like this in the hands of God and let faith take over.

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Pam Berard, mother of Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Brian Berard, who may lose the sight in his right eye after an accident in an NHL game last week. The Ottawa Senators' Marian Hossa hit Mr. Berard in the eye with the follow-through of a shot.

I would probably just shrug my shoulders and say to myself, 'I don't think God's going to answer that one.'

Arthur Argenio, a state legislator in Florida who said he wouldn't mind if a guest chaplain opened in a prayer that included a plea to God to protect the right to abortion. He called on his colleagues to lighten up and stop complaining about the content of guests' prayers. Rep. Argenio came under fire after a guest chaplain he invited, a Baptist minister, prayed that God would lead the lawmakers to protect the right to life and defend traditional marriages.

I shot him just that once.... If I had waited a second longer, I don't think I'd be around to tell my story.

83-year-old A.D. Parker of San Francisco, who shot and killed an intruder into his home. Mr. Parker was glad the .38 caliber Smith & Wesson he kept under his bed did its job. He bought the handgun 51 years ago and hadn't fired it in about 30 years.

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