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Issue: "Dumpsters or hospitals?," June 24, 2000

The secretary stands naked on this issue.

U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski (R-Alaska), on Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson's accountability for the disappearance of nuclear secrets from a vault in the agency's Los Alamos weapons lab in New Mexico. Mr. Richardson, mentioned in some quarters as a potential running mate for Al Gore, had given repeated assurances that security was tightened at Los Alamos after allegations of spying first surfaced there last year.

The Mercy Hospital has decided not to give Vice President Gore a platform, lest there be any misunderstanding about the hospital's Catholic identity and its commitment to the sanctity of life.

Roman Catholic Bishop James C. Timlin, on why Mercy Hospital in Scranton, Penn., withdrew an invitation to Mr. Gore to speak. Mr. Gore didn't mention the snub at his backup speaking site, saying: "It's no accident why I chose this place" for that day's speech.

I'm miserable. My room is like an oven. Last night was terrible. There was nothing to do except fan myself and smoke cigarettes.

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Elouise Williams, 55, in the Detroit News, on the power outage in Detroit that reached into its third day on June 15. According to Mayor Dennis Archer's office, the outage affected 4,500 buildings, 87,000 street lights, and 1,250 traffic signals.

New Yorkers may not like her, but she's got to make them like him less.

Democratic strategist Hank Sheinkopf, a veteran of numerous New York campaigns, on how Hillary Clinton can win her race for the U.S. Senate in New York against U.S. Rep. Rick Lazio.

It's so mental, it's mind-boggling.

N.Y. Mets infielder Kurt Abbott, in Baseball Weekly, describing the challenge of hitting. Mr. Abbott was batting .209 through June 14.


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