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Issue: "Why the long face, Fidel?," May 1, 2004

"These people don't fear God."

Unnamed Riyadh resident on terrorists who bombed a Saudi government building last week, killing at least four people and wounding 148, including some in nearby homes.

"If I refer a patient to someone who does [abortions], I'm just as responsible for that abortion as if I did it myself."

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Milwaukee physician Cynthia Jones-Nosacek arguing for a conscience clause, passed by the Wisconsin legislature, that would allow pro-life medical workers to refuse to perform or give referrals for abortions. Gov. Jim Doyle says he'll veto the measure.

"We're not starting

from zero. We're coming from minus zero."

Mounzer Fatfat, adviser to Iraq's Ministry of Youth and Sports, on the state of Iraqi sports leading up to the summer Olympics. Uday Hussein, Saddam's son, depleted the ranks of Iraqi athletes by torturing those who performed poorly

and raping female athletes.

"When God stops

making little girls."

Music producer Lou Perlman on when the popularity of "boy bands" will end. Mr. Perlman says he follows a formula for such bands: "You need someone with dark hair, someone with light hair, someone with medium hair. And they have to be young and clean-cut, parent-friendly."


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