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Issue: "Life after Clinton?," Aug. 26, 2000

What in the world is wrong with 'Thou shalt not kill?' or 'Thou shalt not steal?'

Chicago public schools CEO Paul Vallas, defending his district's decision to allow an organization to offer students Ten Commandments book covers. Mr. Vallas was reacting to the boilerplate criticism from Americans United for Separation of Church and State that schools must be "neutral" on the Commandments-by officially ignoring them.

We don't want our schools engulfed in controversy.

Jefferson County (Colo.) school board president Jon DeStefano on why the school board reversed a decision to encourage posting the motto "In God We Trust" in the district's schools. The unanimous vote by the board, whose district includes Columbine High School, came a month after the state education board voted to encourage such postings.

Ronnell is already punished through November and now this is going to take away his Christmas.

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Louise Blakeney, mother of 9-year-old Ronnell Blakeney, who stands accused of stealing a Trailways bus and attempting to drive it to his grandfather's house. Police pulled over the 4-foot-9-inch boy after he tried to make a U-turn onto an expressway in the Washington, D.C., area and struck a utility pole.

I guess I'm not good at retiring.

Retired University of Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne on why he's running for Congress as a Republican in Nebraska's 3rd District.

It's good to see people in the terminal.

Rick Hargrove, director of MidAmerica Airport, inconveniently located amid cornfields far from the St. Louis suburbs, expressing his delight that its first flight was finally taking off three years after the $313 million facility was built. MidAmerica has been criticized as a waste of money; federal funds paid for over two-thirds of the expense. PanAm, the airport's only airline, plans just four daily flights out of MidAmerica.


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