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Issue: "Don't have a cow," Aug. 11, 2001

She has baggage that no one else has.

Brad Coker, managing director of Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, on the potential candidacy of former Attorney General Janet Reno for governor of Florida. Mason-Dixon conducted a poll that found Ms. Reno would win the Democratic primary but lose a general election contest to incumbent Jeb Bush.

My kids are not allowed to watch MTV.... Have you seen what they put on that channel?

Former MTV VJ (video jockey) Mark Goodman, in an interview on ABC's Good Morning America, on the 20th anniversary of the cable music channel. Several other original MTV personalities appeared on the GMA program; ex-VJ Martha Quinn agreed with Mr. Goodman's no-MTV household rule: "Yeah, my kid doesn't watch it."

To restore morality we must first recognize the source from which all morality springs.

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Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, in a speech last week dedicating a new Ten Commandments monument in the rotunda of the state's high court building.

This is no ordinary land. It's a cathedral of nature.

Rep. David Bonior (D-Mich.), referring to the 1.5-million acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, 2,000 acres of which the House of Representatives voted last week to open to oil production. Mr. Bonior and 188 colleagues voted "no" on the president's energy bill, which included the Arctic drilling provision that environmentalists loathe but that would make available up to 16 billion barrels of oil. The bill now goes to the Senate for approval.

Things aren't too touchy.

Pop music star Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, on her planned wedding to NFL wide receiver Andre Rison, whose $1.3 million mansion she set fire to after an argument. Ms. Lopes says she has "a good sense of humor about" torching Mr. Rison's home when they lived together in Georgia in 1994: "It took me this long to feel comfortable."


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