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Issue: "Lord of the Rings," Dec. 20, 2003

Bill Janklow speeds when he drives-shouldn't, but he does.

U.S. Rep. Bill Janklow (R-S.D.), speaking of himself in the third person during a 1999 speech in which he was unapologetic about his notorious driving habits. Mr. Janklow resigned his House seat last week after a jury found him guilty of manslaughter for running a stop sign while driving 79 mph through an intersection and killing a motorcyclist.

Maybe they have gone to the well too long. It's not new anymore.

Retail analyst Dawn Spencer on Abercrombie & Fitch's use of overt sexuality in catalogs and stores. The clothing retailer's same-store sales are down so far this year, and the company has pulled its racy holiday catalog.

No. I wear No. 13.

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Indianapolis Colts kicker Mike Vanderjagt on whether he is superstitious. Through this season's first 13 games, Mr. Vanderjagt was the AFC scoring leader and had made 37 of 37 point-after attempts and 33 of 33 field goals.

Rapid sinkage.

Frank Newport, editor in chief of the Gallup poll, on the status of Democrat John Kerry's presidential campaign. In a USA Today/Gallup poll last week, Mr. Kerry had the support of only 7 percent of registered Democrats and "Democratic leaners." Four candidates beat him, led by Howard Dean with 25 percent. In April, he had been first with 18 percent.

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