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Issue: "Supreme Court dividing line," May 6, 2000

The boy stays, the dream endures, the American story continues. And if Mr. Castro doesn't like it, well, I'm afraid that's really too bad.

Former speechwriter for President Reagan, Peggy Noonan, musing in The Wall Street Journal on what her boss might have said had he been faced with the Elián Gonzalez situation during his presidency. Ms. Noonan said unlike President Clinton, President Reagan most likely would not have caved in to Fidel Castro's demands. "But then he was a man," she concluded.

I could feel the heat from the exhaust system coming through the sheets.

Mahlon "Spud" Donovan, 65, of Derry, N.H., describing the aftermath of a speeding automobile's crashing through the roof into his and his wife's bedroom. "We should be dead. We should be dead," said Joanne Donovan of the Easter morning accident. The speeding car veered through a neighbor's yard at about 3 a.m., hit a knoll and vaulted into the air, soaring over two cars, a pickup truck, and telephone wires before crashing down onto the Donovans' home. The car came to rest about a foot above the bed, with one end supported by a bedroom dresser.

When we had the first indication something was wrong, I didn't care. I was 14 weeks pregnant. We still had a heartbeat. I had a baby that was alive.

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Julie Armas, mother of baby Samuel, whose penny-sized fist appears in a famous photo taken during in-utero surgery to treat spina bifida four months before he was born. Samuel, now 14 1/2 pounds, is developing normally at the family's home near Atlanta. He sees a physical therapist weekly and it's still unclear whether he'll be able to walk.

I must have looked through about a dozen books of baby names, and then I finally found it. 'Espen' is Danish, for 'god-bear.'

Sports junkie and new dad Chad Blondeel, who named his baby son after the cable sports network, ESPN. His wife, Alisha, liked the name but was less than thrilled when she found its origin. "I told him if he could find the name in a baby book, we could name him that," she said. The child's name is Espen Allen Blondeel.


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