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Issue: "Abolition of C.S. Lewis?," June 16, 2001

This noble family comes and teaches us that it is possible to do things in a different way.

Israeli citizen David Cohen, on the Israeli Palestinians who donated a deceased family member's heart for a life-saving transplant operation for his son Yigal.

Kick me.

Words placed on pictures of Elián Gonzalez hanging on walls of the Immigration and Naturalization Service's office in Miami, according to an INS whistleblower's lawsuit. Agent Ricardo Ramirez, a Mexican-American, points to anti-Cuban bias among INS officials who ordered and carried out the Easter weekend 2000 raid to seize the young Cuban boy. Mr. Ramirez charges in his lawsuit that former Attorney General Janet Reno and INS commissioner Doris Meissner conspired with underlings to destroy evidence of bias and to threaten agents with retaliatory action if they talked about it.

Most of the models ... will have their clothes on, but there will be some nudity because the Bible is very sensual and we are going to exploit that. We want to take the Bible off the dusty back shelf and put it on coffee tables.

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Gustaf-Wilhelm Hellstedt, one of four Swedish entrepreneurs behind the Illuminated Bible project, which, according to the London Telegraph, will publish the King James version of the Bible along with glossy photos of contemporary models like Claudia Schiffer portraying Bible characters.

What sheer stupidity!

Becky Roper Matkov, executive director of a Miami historic preservation trust, after an errant bulldozer crashed into her organization's headquarters. It was supposed to raze the building next door. Explained Jesus Ramos, owner of the wrecking company and driver of the dozer: "It was an accident."

I told my agent, 'I need a commercial with some company that can get me diapers. I'm going to need about 30,000 a week.'

Baltimore Orioles pitcher Melvin Mora, whose wife is expecting quintuplets.


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