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Issue: "Iraq: After the rout," April 26, 2003

"I needed to be incarcerated."

Former major league baseball outfielder Darryl Strawberry on serving time in prison. Mr. Strawberry, who was arrested numerous times for drug offenses, said "certain people have to go through certain channels to be able to come to grips with themselves-and that was me." "You have a right to 12 jurors who are awake." Cincinnati Common Pleas Court Judge Robert Ruehlman, to defendant James Toran, after the judge learned that a juror fell asleep during the trial of Mr. Toran, who is facing cocaine charges. Judge Ruehlman declared a mistrial and scheduled a new trial for June 5.

"It's nothing compared to my relationship with you and the girls and Jesus."

NBC News reporter David Bloom, commenting on his professional success in what would be his final e-mail to his wife, Melanie, before he died on April 6. Mr. Bloom, whose funeral was last week in New York, was an embedded reporter with the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division when he died of a blood clot.

"It's scaring the bikers."

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Motorcyclist Tommy Murray on an ordinance approved last week by the Charleston, S.C., City Council that bans the revving of loud engines. About 50,000 bikers planned to attend the Heritage Motorcycle Rally next week in suburban Ladson. Backers of the ordinance say the measure isn't aimed at the rally. "Wherever it comes from, noise is a problem," said Caroline Cleveland, head of a local neighborhood association.

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