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Issue: "AIDS: Africa's affliction," Sept. 9, 2000

If society can't do something to protect this kid, there is something wrong with that.

Paul F. Walsh, district attorney in Attleboro, Mass., on why he went to court to protect the unborn child of a mother who belongs to a sect that refuses all medical care. The mother, Rebecca Corneau, is suspected of covering up the death of her last baby. A Massachusetts judge refused Mr. Walsh's motion to jail the 8 1/2-months pregnant woman, but ordered a nurse to visit Mrs. Corneau daily in an effort to protect the unborn child. Pro-abortion legal theorists were aghast at the judge's ruling, which included naming a public-health nurse as a legal guardian for the child. The Boston Globe quoted law professor Wendy Murphy complaining that the judge's ruling recognizes the Corneau fetus as "a person with rights."

It's not a big deal anymore.

Frank Rodriguez, principal of a Long Beach, Calif., middle school, on student attitudes about race. New census estimates show that non-Hispanic whites are now a minority in California, representing 49.8 percent of the population.

[My] Christian sect was very intolerant-Christians thought they were the only ones going to heaven-and I said heaven is going to be a mighty empty place with nobody else there.

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CNN founder Ted Turner, honorary chairman of a UN summit intended to foster religious tolerance and interfaith cooperation, referring to his Christian upbringing where he was taught that salvation is through Christ alone.

I expect the first reaction to be, 'Geraldo as mayor, ha ha.

Television talk-show host Geraldo Rivera, in The New York Times, on his interest in running for mayor of New York City. Mr. Rivera said he would not try to win the nomination of any politicalnparty and cited Jesse Ventura's run for governor of Minnesota as a model. "I think the city needs someone from the outside," he said on NBC's Today.


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