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Issue: "Court in the balance," April 1, 2000

I'm about ready to snap from the traffic. Then [I] go into the gas station and ... have another bit of a coronary.

Suzanne Bar-Or, one of the increasing number of residents of car-crazy California who are turning to mass transit in the face of nearly $2 a gallon gas prices. Ridership on LA's Metrolink soared 13 percent during the first 20 days of March, rising to an average of 32,117 passenger boardings a day, the highest number of passengers since the system opened in 1992.

This is a guy who's all about equal treatment for everyone, right? Well, he'll get the same treatment as everyone else.

Atlantic County (N.J.) Executive Dennis Levinson, on the conditions Al Sharpton would have to endure for 10 days behind bars on two counts of obstructing traffic during a protest against police treatment of minorities. The Atlantic County jail is overcrowded; some inmates sleep on mattresses on the floor; and many are violent offenders.

They are very resourceful people. That's all they have is time.

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Alfred M. "Mac" Stringfellow, chairman of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice, on the Houston inmate who sawed through prison bars with dental floss and left his cell to murder a fellow inmate.

Be very careful about exposing our children in public. We should not allow them to be photographed or videotaped because we never know where those pictures will show up.

Patsy Ramsey, mother of slain child beauty queen Jon Benet, in a live Internet chat in response to a question about entering children in beauty pageants.

They didn't go to Peter Jennings, they didn't go to Tom Brokaw. They went to you. And I think we should have expected more from that interview.

Colorado Gov. Bill Owens, accusing celebrity interviewer Barbara Walters of "easy journalism" for not asking tough follow-up questions of John and Patsy Ramsey, parents of Jon Benet, whom he suspects of having a role in her murder. Gov. Owens appeared on ABC's Good Morning America with Ms. Walters.


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