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Issue: "Bush: Holding the line," June 5, 2004

"He must have disliked something."

Muzammil Siddiqi, religious director of the Islamic Society of Orange County, on his experience with Adam Yahiye Gadahn, an al-Qaeda suspect named by the FBI on May 26. The son of California farmers converted to Islam at age 17 and, according to Mr. Siddiqi, became "very extreme in his ideas and views." Mr. Gadahn is now 25.

"I thank God

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for the miracle."

Ceneida Nova y Nova, resident of Jimaní, Dominican Republic, on the survival of her three children after a tidal wave swept through the village last week. Flooding destroyed villages-submerging one, Mapou, completely-along the Dominican-Haitian border, and authorities said that the number of dead could reach 1,000.

"The show must go on."

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey spokesperson Alexis Copeland on why the circus's 25-hour show in St. Paul, Minn., continued uninterrupted on May 22 after acrobat Dessi Espana, 32, plunged 30 feet headfirst into a concrete floor. Ms. Espana died later that night.

"It's not a documentary.

I only have two hours."

Roland Emmerich, director of summer blockbuster The Day After Tomorrow, on criticism that the movie isn't realistic because it depicts an ice age developing so quickly.


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