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Issue: "Every law counts," Dec. 23, 2000

I promised my parents I'd do it. I promised myself I'd do it.

Pro basketball star Shaquille O'Neal, on receiving a bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University. Mr. O'Neal, who left LSU after three years to turn pro in 1992, missed a game last week to attend graduation ceremonies.

Profit warnings overwhelmed the Bush effect.

David Sowerby, portfolio manager at Loomis Sayles, in USA Today, on the weakness in the stock markets despite predictions of a rally once the presidential election was resolved. Warnings of sluggish profits from companies ranging from Chase Manhattan to Whirlpool sent the Dow and the Nasdaq lower last week. "It's a different sector every day," lamented Arthur Hogan, chief market analyst for Jefferies & Co.

Our church has won the lottery in some respects, and the dangers are all around us.

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Derek McAleer, pastor of St. Marys United Methodist Church in St. Marys, Ga., on the $60 million that a local tycoon willed to the church. "You read the stories about the people who have won the lottery and you follow up on them a year later and find out they're estranged from their families and broke," Mr. McAleer said, explaining that the congregation voted to give away all but a fraction of the money.

It's great to be back in the real world.

American businessman Edmond Pope, upon arrival at the U.S. military's Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany after being released from a Russian prison. The Russian government had accused Mr. Pope of spying and sentenced him to 20 years in prison (WORLD, Dec. 16), but Russian President Vladimir Putin last week pardoned him.

The United States has no coherent, functional national strategy for combating terrorism.

Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, who heads a panel of anti-terrorism experts, on American vulnerability to terrorism. The panel recommended that Washington work with local law enforcement, fire departments, and emergency medical service in planning and executing a new approach.

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