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Issue: "Bush wins one," June 9, 2001

Money is great, but championships are even better. You have your whole life to make money, but how many chances do you have to win championships?

NHL defenseman Brian Rafalski, on why he turned down the league's most lucrative opportunity, free agency, to remain with the Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils.

This is where I want to be.

Convicted murderer Michael Carneal, on the appropriateness of his life-in-prison term without a chance of parole for 25 years. Mr. Carneal killed three girls and wounded five other students at a 1997 morning prayer meeting at Heath High School in Paducah, Ky. His comment was in an affidavit filed last week as he turned 18 and a judge considered transferring him to an adult prison.

This is such a thrill. This was my dream. I always wanted to get them in Cooperstown.

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Baseball memorabilia collector Karen Shemonsky, on baseball great Ty Cobb's dentures, which are on display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum until late fall as part of a memorabilia exhibit. Ms. Shemonsky paid $8,000 for the dentures at an auction in 1999.

When you get over 95, every day is your day.

Entertainer Bob Hope, after his daughter informed him that the Los Angeles County supervisors had officially declared May 29 "Bob Hope Day" in honor of his 98th birthday.

They're giving Elvis a bad name.

Elvis Presley impersonator Kent Ripley, in The Washington Post, on some of the other Elvis impersonators who, like him, perform weddings in Las Vegas. "They only do it for bucks," said Mr. Ripley, wearing a red jumpsuit covered in gold sequins. "I've even seen ministers dressed like this make a pass at a bride. It gets me upset." Mr. Ripley is part of a movement calling for regulation of the Vegas wedding industry.


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