Dispatches > Quotables


Issue: "A warmer Chile," Nov. 9, 2002

Back off or I'll snap.

San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds, to reporters after his team lost the World Series. He was asked whether his misplay of a bloop single late in game 6 that led to the winning (unearned) run would haunt him. "Why would it haunt me?" Mr. Bonds demanded.

Nothing but some blood.

Abortion doctor SHELDON TURKISH, answering patient Rosa Acuna's question whether "the baby was already there" after he recommended an immediate abortion at eight weeks' gestation. Dr. Turkish argued the pregnancy was damaging her kidneys. The New Jersey woman sued for malpractice, but a trial court tossed out her claim because of the way Roe vs. Wade defines "personhood." A New Jersey appellate court overturned the decision and ordered a trial to proceed early next year.

Family members who have a lifetime's worth of baggage will be voting each other out.

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TV producer MIKE FLEISS in the trade publication Daily Variety on his newest creation: The Will, a reality show to air on ABC starring family members who will fight over a wealthy relative's estate. Like the CBS hit Survivor, where strangers voted each other out of contention, The Will has family members betraying one another.

We didn't even have a chance to carve it yet.

Angry Elkhart, Ind., father Steve Troup, offering a $100 reward to help find the vandals who smashed his 3-year-old son's 95-pound pumpkin a few days before Halloween. Mr. Troup said he figured the police would consider his complaint trivial, but "it was my son's pumpkin and when I saw the look on his face, that upset me as a father."


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