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Issue: "A legal coup?," Nov. 25, 2000

It's appropriate that the two national pastimes are colliding.

New York Times reporter Todd Purdum on the shortage of hotel rooms in Tallahassee, Fla., where journalists covering the political controversy surrounding the presidential recount are competing for rooms with football fans in town for the Florida-Florida State showdown.

The manual count is historically when it's single digits.

Palm Beach County elections supervisor Theresa LePore, quoted in wsj.com Opinion Journal, rejecting a hand count in a September Republican state legislative primary election that had a 13-vote margin. But Ms. LePore, a Democrat, voted for a hand count for Al Gore this month, despite a larger margin.

Had it been in another democratic country, the justice minister would have resigned.

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Turkish commentator Can Atakli, in the Sabah newspaper, on disclosures that gang leaders have lived in luxury in Turkish prisons, and effectively run some prison wards.

If all people who made bad music were kept out of Canada, we could have stopped disco.

Canadian immigration official Derik Hodgson, on efforts to prevent American rap star Eminem from giving a concert in Ontario because of his intensely vulgar and violent songs. The efforts failed and Eminem performed in Toronto.

We do not believe that under current market conditions we would receive a valuation that reflects the extraordinary potential of this business.

Playboy CEO Christie Hefner, citing the stock market slump to explain why the pornography titan is putting off plans for its online business to launch an initial public offering.


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