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Issue: "The Marriage Amendment," June 8, 2002

It was tough to come here every day and now it's tough to leave.

New York City firefighter John Keating, as the cleanup of the World Trade Center site came to an end last week. Officials have identified the remains of 1,102 of the 2,800 people killed in the terrorist attack.

We're just trying to do ... something that will get us noticed.

Chad Brouwer, senior at Holland (Mich.) Christian High School, on several of the school's seniors who decided to be nice to people as their "senior prank." The seniors took over lawn-maintenance duties from school employees for a day last week and handed out Kool-Aid and lollipops to students. Many schools suffer thousands of dollars in vandalism due to senior pranks.

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Kenneth Feinberg, special master of the federal Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund, on the plan to allow gay partners of terrorist victims to receive money from the fund, if the victim's next of kin agrees. The average award from the fund will be about $1.8 million.

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The number of correct answers (out of 100 multiple-choice questions) that a student at Palm Beach County (Fla.) high school must provide in order to obtain a passing grade on the standardized history final exam. At least one teacher thinks the standard is too low.

Kah-Boom.

Headline in Michigan's Flint Journal, announcing the engagement of Laura Kah and Scott Boom. Miss Kah (pronounced "Kay") says she won't hyphenate her name and looks forward to being Laura Boom.

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