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Issue: "Enron's collapse," Jan. 26, 2002

It's very rude to say it, but I think he didn't care about his parents or his loved ones. It's almost like he didn't want to be connected to his past.

Writer Robert Young Pelton, the first American to conduct a videotaped interview of American Taliban John Walker Lindh, on the accused traitor's attitude toward his family. Young Lindh's reaction to the Sept. 11 attacks: "He shrugged his shoulders.

I am unable to remotely provide any aspect of the lifestyle that Kirk established for Kira.

Multimillionaire Lisa Bonder Kerkorian, on why she is seeking $320,000 per month in child support from billionaire ex-husband Kirk Kerkorian. Mrs. Kerkorian details $144,000 for travel, $14,000 for parties and play dates, $5,900 to eat out, $2,500 for movies, and $1,000 for toys on her list of necessary monthly expenses for 3-year-old daughter Kira. Mrs. Kerkorian, 36, was married to Mr. Kerkorian, 84, for one month, following a 10-year romantic relationship.

I'm not criticizing the referees, other than saying it was a poorly officiated game.

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Milwaukee Bucks basketball coach George Karl, after referees ejected him for arguing calls in a 90-83 loss to the Chicago Bulls. Mr. Karl may have hedged his criticism in light of the NBA's fining of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban seven times for a total of over $500,000 for criticism of referees last year. Last week Mr. Cuban took up a suburban Dallas Dairy Queen's offer to work there for two hours after he had said of NBA director of officiating Ed Rush: "I wouldn't hire him to work at a Dairy Queen."

Go back to Florida before the job is filled.

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino, when asked what advice he would give to Steve Spurrier, who resigned as football coach at the University of Florida to pursue a coaching job in the NFL. Mr. Pitino had left the college ranks five years ago to coach pro basketball, but returned after an unsuccessful stint with the Boston Celtics. Mr. Spurrier didn't take his advice. Last week he signed a five-year, $25 million contract to coach the Washington Redskins, making him the highest paid coach in the NFL.


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