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Issue: "Schundler's bliss," July 7, 2001

I'll have to try it or all my life I'll wonder.

What Jack Lemmon told his father when he decided to move to New York after World War II to try to become an actor. Mr. Lemmon, who went on to win two Oscars, died last week at the age of 76.

Public confidence in judicial impartiality cannot survive if judges ... pander to the press.

The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, reversing Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's breakup order for Microsoft because Judge Jackson, in many statements to reporters, appeared to be biased against the company. The court last week ordered that a different federal judge decide Microsoft's penalty.

It's common sense. He couldn't do what he was required to do.

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Leon St. John, assistant Palm Beach County attorney, arguing that a judge should dismiss a man's Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuit. Cleveland Merritt claims the county violated his rights under the law because the colorblind Mr. Merritt was fired from his job as a traffic-light installer. He cannot distinguish the color red from green.

How do you know when to believe what he writes?

New York Times reporter Jill Abramson, in The Washington Post, on writer David Brock, who now says he lied in a 1993 book that was critical of Anita Hill, who had during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. Mr. Brock also says he lied about Ms. Abramson's book on Justice Thomas, Strange Justice. "It'd be awfully convenient to now say because what he's writing is personally pleasing to me that he's a 100 percent solid reporter," she told the Post. "That would be a little disingenuous."

I don't remember starting two freshmen when I was a coach in college. I guess I'm going to get a chance in the NBA.

Chicago Bulls coach Tim Floyd, who formerly coached Iowa State, on his team's choice of two players coming out of high school in last week's NBA draft. More players than ever are skipping college. Three of the first four players taken in the draft were high-schoolers.

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