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Issue: "UNbelievable," June 17, 2000

It's an anti-wealth-building tax in a time when African-Americans and Hispanics are trying to build wealth.

U.S. Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.), explaining why dozens of House Democrats are defying their party's leadership and backing a GOP bill to repeal inheritance taxes.

We are going to be on our best behavior.

Waycross, Ga., pastor Bo McCoy, on a reunion this month of descendants of the Hatfields and McCoys, the feuding Appalachian clans whose 19th-century shooting war left 12 people dead. Organizers expect the reunion, the first ever of the two families, to draw 2,000 descendants as well as the governors of Kentucky and West Virginia.

They moved, they got issues, they didn't feel like coming to work, they had a baby, they got chased by a dog, it got hot in the South-there's a million reasons people come and then don't stay.

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Census Bureau recruiting manager Teri Henderson, on the agency's struggle to retain workers hired to locate households that didn't send in census forms.

He was obviously not a very good pilot.

Indiantown, Fla., Sheriff Robert Crowder, on a student pilot who helped an inmate escape from a treatment center by plucking him by helicopter from the center's yard. The craft crashed 100 yards away and the fugitives fled on foot. Authorities captured them in a ditch a few miles away.

Sports centers are one thing. They're related to happy times. Airports are places of pain, not places of fun. I wouldn't want my name on it.

Biztravel.com's Joe Brancatelli, in USA Today, on how consumers may react to corporate sponsorship of airports. Atlanta is considering the sale of corporate sponsorships for Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport and Piedmont Park to raise money for the city.


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