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Issue: "Lord of the box office," Jan. 11, 2003

If you're superstitious, you're weak.

Kansas State University basketball player Gilson DeJesus, the nation's leading three-point shooter, on athletes who wear the same socks every game or perform other rituals for "good luck." Through K-State's first 10 games, the 6-foot-6 senior from Sau Paulo, Brazil, had made 34 of 57 three-point shots, or nearly 60 percent.

He really believes that if he had accepted the money, he would be talking out of both sides of his mouth.

Salvation Army spokeswoman Maribeth Shanahan on why Maj. Cleo Damon, head of the Salvation Army office in Naples, Fla., turned down a $100,000 check from Florida Lotto winner David L. Rush. Ms. Shanahan said that Maj. Damon has counseled families that are homeless because of gambling losses (see p. 31).

When something like 24 happens, you bow your head and say thank you.

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Actor Kiefer Sutherland on the hit Fox TV show that reinvigorated his career (see p. 17).

It's like jelly. You press down on it, and it squirts up somewhere else.

Patsy Sšrensen, Belgian deputy to the European Parliament who monitors human trafficking issues in the Balkans, on the frustrations of those who fight forced prostitution in the region. The U.S. State Department estimates that about 200,000 women and girls are trafficked for prostitution in the Balkans each year.


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