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Issue: "Fighting words," Jan. 12, 2002

She didn't betray the real Germany by doing that.

Andre Schmitz, chief of staff to Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit, on movie legend Marlene Dietrich's repudiating of Nazi Germany, becoming an American citizen in 1939, and singing to American troops during World War II. The city honored the Berlin-born actress last month on the 100th anniversary of her birth. When Dietrich, who died in 1992, returned to Germany in 1960, she received bomb threats, and newspaper editorials branded her a "traitor."

I kept praying, trying to be strong, realizing I might get an opportunity. And the Lord gave me that.

University of Texas quarterback Major Applewhite, who led his team to four touchdowns in the last 12 minutes of the Holiday Bowl game to turn a huge deficit into a 47-43 victory. The senior, Big 12 conference offensive player of the year two seasons ago, was benched this season in favor of a stronger-armed junior, but showed exemplary character in helping and praising his competitor, and then made the most of the bowl game opportunity.

Madonna called me up and told me not to worry about it.

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Fox News Channel talk-show host Bill O'Reilly, referring to Sean Penn's ex-wife, after the actor compared him unfavorably to terrorists. Mr. Penn told Talk magazine: "I think that people like the Howard Sterns, the Bill O'Reillys, and to a lesser degree the bin Ladens of the world are making a horrible contribution."

Every time he needed me I was nowhere to be found. I was locked up.

Robin Reid, father of Richard Reid, the British man accused of trying to light a bomb in his sneakers during a trans-Atlantic flight. The elder Mr. Reid spent 18 years in jail for such offenses as burglary and car theft while his son was growing up.

Posthumously conceived children may not come into the world the way the majority of children do. But they are children nonetheless.

Massachusetts Chief Justice Margaret Marshall, ruling that children conceived artificially after the father's death have the same inheritance rights as other children.


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