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Issue: "Unions: Dues and don'ts," Nov. 30, 2002

You're not going to eat a cat-and that's pretty.

Louisiana trapper Paul Autin, who hunts 10-pound rodents called nutria, on why the animal's ugliness shouldn't dissuade people from eating it. The state of Louisiana is trying to market nutria as food and is offering a $4 bounty on the animal in an effort to preserve the state's coastline. Nutria eat plants that keep the soil from washing away.

I'll be happy to slap someone's name on our municipal building if they give us enough money.

North Brunswick, N.J., Mayor David Spaulding on how far he would go in allowing corporate sponsorship of government properties. Several small municipalities have started raising money by allowing businesses to advertise on police cars. Some officials, however, are opposing the trend. "We've come a long way to be perceived as professional, and this would set us way back," said Louis Napoletano, public safety director of Long Branch, N.J.

Helicopters had a hard time keeping up.

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San Diego police detective John Austin on the dizzying speeds reached during illegal, after-midnight drag races that have become popular on San Diego freeways.

It sounds ... unreasonable to say the mile-high-plus-3-feet city.

Andrew Hudson, spokesman for Denver Mayor Wellington Webb, after the U.S. Geodetic Survey found that some parts of the "mile-high city," including the state capitol, are 3 feet higher than 5,280 feet.


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