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Issue: "Finding the Best in the Worst," Dec. 15, 2001

Do you rip your son if he studies as hard as he can but still gets a C?

University of North Carolina basketball coach Matt Doherty, in Sports Illustrated, on changing his confrontational style toward his players after his team, traditionally a college basketball powerhouse, began this season with three straight losses at home. North Carolina rebounded last week to defeat Georgia Tech, 83-77.

He converted to a religion that I respect and seemed very healthy and good for him.

Frank Lindh, father of 20-year-old American traitor John Phillip Walker Lindh-known by his Taliban brethren as Abdul Hamid-on CNN's Larry King Live. The younger Mr. Lindh embraced Islam at age 16. His parents then paid for him to travel to Yemen to study Arabic. They lost track of him after he moved on to Pakistan, where he studied the Quran at a religious school.

I made the money myself. I spent it to try to make this city better, and I don't see anything obscene about that.

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New York City mayor-elect Michael Bloomberg, defending himself against criticism for spending almost $69 million of his personal fortune-a record-setting amount for a self-financed candidate-to win the election last month.

Sometimes I pinch myself and get out of bed laughing, because I'm still here.

Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.) to commentator Armstrong Williams on the occasion of his 99th birthday on Dec. 5. The very senior South Carolina senator hopes to retire from the Senate at age 100.

I don't think it will be a black mark.

Bill Clinton, predicting history would smile on his impeachment, as he broke ground last week on his presidential library in Little Rock, Ark.

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