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Issue: "Locking up the big guns," Aug. 12, 2000

"We've even learned to disagree nicely."

Chuck Sigerson, Nebraska GOP chairman, in USA Today, on the Republican Convention's agreeable tone.

"I can't tell you how lost I am right now."

-Comedian and rookie football television analyst Dennis Miller, who made his debut last week on a preseason telecast on ABC's Monday Night Football. Mr. Miller's remarks were meant to criticize a referee's convoluted explanation of a penalty call.

"I just wanted to be sure that I was coming home that night."

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Former 7-Eleven store clerk Antonio Feliciano, who wrestled a sawed-off shotgun away from a suspect who was robbing the Martinsburg, W.Va., convenience store, explaining why he broke store policy against such heroism. 7-Eleven fired Mr. Feliciano to emphasize its just-hand-over-the-cash policy. A company statement explained Mr. Feliciano's firing: "No asset in a 7-Eleven store is worth defending with an employee's life." Mr. Feliciano held the would-be assailant at bay until police arrived to make the arrest.

"It goes beyond money. An experience like that you can't buy."

Inventor Alex Weinstein on his new spill-proof spoon, designed for children and people with cerebral palsy, Parkinson's disease, or other muscular dysfunctions that make keeping a steady hand difficult. Mr. Weinstein said that learning of grateful people whose handicapped children were able to eat on their own for the first time spurs him to keep inventing.

"Silencing voices of any kind prior to seeing even a single frame of tape raises a whole other set of potentially harmful issues regarding freedom of expression."

John Remes of Minnesota television station KARE, criticizing some 300 protesters outside his offices who threaten to boycott the station's advertisers because KARE plans to carry Laura Schlessinger's show, which starts this fall. "Dr. Laura," as she is known on her national radio show, is an outspoken advocate of Judeo-Christian moral values.


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