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Issue: "9/11 remembered," Aug. 17, 2002

When people ... blow themselves up, and the religious leaders of this religion say nothing, something's wrong here.

Evangelist Franklin Graham, on Fox's Hannity & Colmes, asked whether Islam is an evil religion.

The kitsch he's been associated with ... is starting to be canceled out through the remastered CDs, and people are focusing on the music, which is great.

Will Clemens, English professor at the University of Cincinnati, on a renewed interest in Elvis Presley's music in popular culture, including a hit remix of Presley's 1968 song "A Little Less Conversation." Mr. Clemens last year edited a poetry collection, All Shook Up, which focuses on Presley.

Better than being Miss America.

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Former Miss America Heather Whitestone on being a wife and mother. The first deaf Miss America, Ms. Whitestone last week received a cochlear implant to help her hear. She decided last year to have the surgery when she wasn't able to hear the scream of her 2-year-old son after he had fallen. "I didn't hear him crying," she said. "I need to be the first one to hear him."

That young man will not let circumstances keep him down.

San Jose State football coach Fitz Hill on player Neil Parry, who had part of his right leg amputated after an injury in a game two years ago. The NCAA has cleared Mr. Parry to return to the San Jose State team, and he plans to play this season with the help of a prosthetic leg.

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