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Issue: "Elaine Chao: Unlikely star," Nov. 3, 2001

We really didn't want somebody else raising them. So I really wanted to put my concentration there and make that my priority.

Rock star Pat Benatar, on why her career began to decline after she and her husband, guitarist Neil Giraldo, had children. Her new album, Girl, is due out next year.

A pioneer among unschooled artists.

Associated Press reporter Chad Roedemeier, on Christian folk artist Howard Finster, who died last week at age 84.

I know that there are some critics and novelists who think that ... every reader in mainstream America who doesn't live in a loft in Soho is a moron.

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Novelist Chris Bohjalian, in USA Today, after fellow novelist Jonathan Franzen said he would feel "uncomfortable" having Oprah Winfrey's book club logo on his new novel, The Corrections. After Mr. Franzen made his comment, Ms. Winfrey canceled her club's scheduled discussion of the book.

I'm not giving up my day job based on the belief that I have a future in Hollywood.

U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm (R-Texas), on his bit role in the upcoming Civil War movie Gods and Generals. Mr. Gramm, who is retiring from the Senate after the current term, portrays a Virginia delegate in one scene in the movie.

I think they were coming to understand the seriousness of it when they were taken into custody.

Murray, Ky., police Capt. Eddie Rollins, on two students at Murray State University who were arrested for an anthrax hoax. The students mailed powdered sugar in an envelope to friends. The hoax closed down the post office in Murray for an entire day last week after the powder spilled onto a postal clerk's shirt.


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