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Issue: "Illegal siblings project," Feb. 2, 2002

I am not a role model.

Boxer Mike Tyson, apologizing for his actions after he started a fight with heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis at a news conference last week and screamed obscenities at the conference's audience. The April 6 fight between Mr. Tyson and Mr. Lewis was in doubt as the Nevada Athletic Commission approached its Jan. 19 meeting to decide whether to license Mr. Tyson to fight in the state.

This present government in America I just find disgusting, the idea that George Bush could run a baseball team successfully-he can't even speak! I just find him an embarrassment.... When I see an American flag flying, it's a joke.

American film director Robert Altman, 76, winner on Jan. 20 of a Golden Globe for "best director," in an interview with The Times of London. He added, "If you asked would I live in London the rest of my life, yeah, I'd be very happy to stay here. There's nothing in America that I would miss at all."

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Sign on the back door of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America office in Washington, D.C., noted ironically by The Washington Times.

Not my household.

Associated Press reporter Barry Schweid, saying his was not among the millions of households cable channel MTV reaches. He was in an exchange with State Department spokesman Philip Reeker, who announced Secretary of State Colin Powell would participate in a "global town meeting" on MTV. Mr. Schweid called the meeting "evidence perhaps of the further blurring of show business and politics."

Getting caught was the best thing that could have happened to me. After that I had to make a choice between hockey and drugs.

NHL hockey player Jere Karalahti, in Sports Illustrated, on his 1996 arrest for possession of drugs in his native Finland.

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