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Issue: "Untouchable?," April 7, 2001

That's a large amount of collateral damage.

Death row inmate Timothy McVeigh, in an interview with reporters from the Buffalo News, on how the number of children he killed when he bombed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in 1995 may have undercut his cause. "If I had known there was an entire day care center, it might have given me pause to switch targets," he said. But Mr. McVeigh remained unremorseful: "I understand what they felt in Oklahoma City. I have no sympathy for them."

Women who smoke like men die like men.

U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, on a government report released last week showing that women now account for 40 percent of all U.S. lung cancer cases and that more women die from lung cancer than from breast cancer.

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Former A&E Television General Manager Brooke Bailey, in The Wall Street Journal, on the low ratings the channel received when it aired operas. The cable network, which began as a home for fine arts programming, now also shows reruns of programs on the broadcast networks.

Bill Clinton, I like his style.

Rap mogul Sean "Puffy" Combs, in an interview with MTV News, on his desire to have Bill Clinton attend a ceremony during which Mr. Combs would change his nickname. A jury last month acquitted Mr. Combs of bribery and weapons charges.

I did not feel a thing, I just saw the baton sticking out of the hand and thought it looked funny.

Seventy-year-old Italian conductor Giovanni Impellizzeri, who pierced his hand with his baton while he was conducting an opera in Stockholm, Sweden. During an intermission, Mr. Impellizzeri had the wound disinfected and dressed by a nurse in the audience. He then went back to work.


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