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Issue: "Memorial Day 2003," May 24, 2003

It's a very unusual experience.

Baroness Scotland, a minister in the Lord Chancellor's office in London, on wearing the wig required of officers in British courts. The government is considering changes to the legal system's dress requirements.

It was like my birthday.

Kurdish farmer Hammad Amin Marool Bais on the ecstatic homecoming he received from locals in northern Iraq when he returned to fields from which he was evicted in 1986. Saddam Hussein forced out many anti-regime Kurds and confiscated their land for pro-regime Arabs. But the Arabs who farmed Mr. Bais's land were gone.

I worked in produce for seven years, and I've seen lots of things crawl out of lots of things.

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University of Iowa professor John Hellstein, whose wife found a lizard head in a salad she ordered at an Applebee's restaurant in Coralville, Iowa, agreeing with a county health official that the incident was "just an unfortunate fluke." Still, said Mr. Hellstein, "I don't expect she will be eating Santa Fe salads anytime soon."

You're never too old to go to school and learn something.

Retired Weirton, W.Va., steelworker Joseph Francis, 79, on the lesson he wanted to teach his grandchildren after graduating last week from West Virginia Northern Community College with an associate's degree in refrigeration, air conditioning, and heating technology. He plans to open his own air conditioning business.

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