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Issue: "Portable Pentagon," March 1, 2003

He doesn't understand when you do that throat thing, you don't look classy.

University of Memphis basketball coach John Calipari after Memphis player John Grice drew a technical foul for making a throat-slashing gesture in the closing seconds of a close game last week against fourth-ranked Louisville. Despite Mr. Grice's foul, Memphis went on to beat the Cardinals.

It's our way of showing our patriotic pride.

Neal Rowland, owner of Cubbie's restaurant in Beaufort, N.C., on changing the name of french fries on his menu to "freedom fries" because of France's opposition to U.S. policy on Iraq.

My music's always been about life. And situations. Situation comedies, situation life.

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Country singer Johnny PayCheck, summing up his career in 1997. Mr. PayCheck, 64 and bedridden with emphysema and diabetes, died in his sleep last week. Born Donald Eugene Lytle, Mr. PayCheck had several country music hits but was best known for the 1977 anti-work song, "Take This Job and Shove It."

We are not Sodom and Gomorrah.

Cancun, Mexico, tourism official Alejandro Alvarado on efforts to rein in the behavior of students who visit Cancun for spring break. Tourism officials in many popular spring break destinations worry that raucous students drive away conventions and other business.

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