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Issue: "Berger can't keep a secret," July 31, 2004

"I keep hoping that if I'm annoying enough to them, they won't hire me back."

Singer Linda Ronstadt in a media interview prior to a July 17 show at the Aladdin hotel-casino in Las Vegas. During the show, she praised anti-Bush filmmaker Michael Moore as "a great American patriot" who is "spreading the truth," prompting half the audience of 4,500 to boo and leave the show. Aladdin officials fired her and escorted her from the property.

"I looked upon it as a duty."

Retired Air Force Gen. Charles W. Sweeney on flying the plane that dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, during World War II. Gen. Sweeney died on July 15 at the age of 84.

"We went to the moon with slide rules."

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Norman Chaffee, who worked on the propulsion system for the Apollo 11 moonshot, on the technology available for the 1969 mission. Veterans of the mission celebrated its 35th anniversary last week at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

"That's taxpayer money."

Brooklyn Center, Minn., retiree Mary Simmons on why she rejected free prescription drugs when a pharmacist told her that Medicare had mistakenly given her a drug credit meant for low-income seniors. Ms. Simmons' digging revealed that an HMO's computer glitch mistakenly gave the benefit to thousands.


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