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Issue: "Star makers, heartbreakers," Sept. 2, 2000

If fans are sitting in the stands, and they want to branch out and say the Lord's Prayer, or some prayer to Allah or whoever, they can do that.

Jim Keith, attorney for the Bogue Chitto, Miss., school district, reacting to the possibility that high-school football fans might "spontaneously" pray prior to or during a football game.
"It violates the court's ruling," said the American Civil Liberties Union's David Ingebretsen, referring to a recent Supreme Court ruling forbidding even student-led prayers.

It's impossible to stop people from communing with God. A crazed gunman in Fort Worth couldn't do it, and Ty can't do it either.

Robert S. LeClair, founder of HolyBears, Inc., which last week settled Beanie Babies maker Ty, Inc.'s copyright infringement lawsuit, and as part of the settlement apologized for the statement above. "Our statements were made in anger and without actual knowledge of Ty's intent ... ," Mr. LeClair said last week. "Thus, it was never Ty's intent or desire to stop the spread of God's Word, and it was wrong of us to have said otherwise."

I don't have exactly any whens or wheres.

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Jim Farrell, staffer for Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.), admitting there's no proof for his boss's story about a hungry child in Minnesota who occasionally went days without eating. The apocryphal tale was fodder for a speech at the Democratic National Convention by Bill Bradley. Rod Dreher of the New York Post obtained Mr. Farrell's admission and noted that the "hungry child" story originated in a book about the Great Depression, has been used in contemporary fundraising literature, and even turned up in an anecdote about hunger in Iraq.

Parents need to realize it's more beneficial in the long run for parents to be parents.

"Jason," a recovering teen drug addict who told USA Today that he used to smoke marijuana with his father as a way for them to bond and become buddies. According to USA Today, a survey shows that 20 percent of rehab clients had used drugs with their parents.


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