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Issue: "The 2002 vote," Nov. 2, 2002

That's the single-best thing we ever did in this ballpark.

Giants president Peter Magowan, on the viewing area behind the San Francisco right-field fence. Up to 100 fans at a time can watch three innings of a game through the chain-link fence for free. Mr. Magowan had the idea after viewing a Norman Rockwell painting, "Knothole Baseball" (1958).

I just think it's a cesspool.

Famed folk/rock singer Joni Mitchell, describing in Rolling Stone today's music industry. "I would never take another deal in the record business, which means I may not record again, or I have to figure out a way to sell over the Net or do something else," she said, vowing never to "line their pockets."

No plans to retire.

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Richard Huckriede, 73, who has spent the last 50 years working as a "soda jerk" at Hunter Drug Store in Greensburg, Kan. Mr. Huckriede has become such an institution in the small town that the Kiowa County Museum is raising money for a life-sized cardboard cutout of his image for a soda fountain exhibit.

It will not be Barbra Streisand I'm standing in front of when I have to make an accounting of my life.

Patricia Heaton of the television show Everybody Loves Raymond, responding to a question by Bill O'Reilly on whether she is taking heat from Democratic stars for stating that, if she had her way, abortion would be illegal.


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