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Issue: "Bureaucratic burial," June 29, 2002

He was a Depression-era kid, and he respected his job like a lot of people don't these days.

Joe Buck in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, on the work ethic of his father, hall-of-fame sports broadcaster Jack Buck, who died last week at 77. Joe performed his play-by-play duties for the St. Louis Cardinals telecast on June 18, knowing his dad would have wanted him to. He left the stadium and drove to the hospital: "I got there about 11, said goodbye to him, gave him a kiss, and walked out of the room. And a few minutes later he died. It was like he wanted to wait and tell all his kids goodbye."

If we are spoiled, it's kind of the parents fault, too, for giving in to us.

Fifteen-year-old Melissa Cooney, on a survey released last week in which nearly 60 percent of children said that they "nag" for products an average of nine times after their parents' have said no.

If the next group is the Hell's Angels wanting to put in a race track ... I don't see how they'd stop it.

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Michigan farmer Tom Cyr, worrying about the precedent set after residents of Empire Township, Mich., voted last week to allow members of the Traverse Area Model Pilots Society to fly remote-controlled model airplanes in the rural community. Critics complained about the high-pitched noise the planes make.

$68 billion.

Value assigned to the annual cost, in man hours and gasoline, of time spent commuting nationwide, according to a study by the Texas Transportation Institute.


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