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Issue: "Midwest's middle men," Oct. 21, 2000

This sure feels like a bear market. Big dips are followed by further dips.

Michael Farr, president of Farr Miller & Washington, in USA Today, on the recent slide in the Nasdaq exchange. On Oct. 11, the Nasdaq closed 37 percent off its March 10 closing high.

They said they wanted to protect the company from violence or protests, but it's ludicrous to say that it is an issue in China, where demonstrations aren't permitted.

Douglas Johnson of National Right to Life, on the reason the FDA gave for not disclosing the identity of the manufacturer of the abortion pill RU-486. The Washington Post learned on its own that the Hua Lian Pharmaceutical Co. in Shanghai will make the pill. Mr. Johnson said the FDA hadn't named the company in order to avoid "the public relations problem" associated "with Chinese coercive abortion practices."

Thank God this happened on a Sunday.

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Chicago police officer Thomas Donegan, on a Sabbath-day power outage in a seven-square-mile area of the city. The Oct. 8 outage lasted about six hours and shut down businesses over most of downtown. With traffic signals out, police on foot directed pedestrians and motorists.

We've had school boards withdraw; we've experienced controversy. And despite all that, we have a growing population of Scouts.

Boy Scouts of America spokesman Greg Shields, in USA Today, on public reaction to the controversy surrounding the BSA policy of excluding homosexuals from leadership positions in the organization.

I do wish I was a big nobody again.

John Lennon's murderer Mark David Chapman, at his parole hearing, after changing his mind and deciding that he should not be released from prison. He said the murder was motivated by "vanity," "jealousy," "anger," "resentment," and "stupidity."
He said, "I felt if I shot him, I would become something, which is not true at all."


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