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Issue: "2004 Olympics Preview," Aug. 14, 2004

"Millionaire mopes."

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Jay Mariotti's description of the USA men's basketball team after a 17-point loss to underdog Italy last week in a pre-Olympics exhibition game. The team is made up of NBA players.

"The ones who don't get it aren't part of it."

Anne Donovan, assistant coach of the USA women's basketball team, on the passion and commitment of the team's players. The team's 12 players have played a combined 915 games with USA Basketball, compared to 160 for the men's team. The women's team is 34-3 in Olympic competition since 1976.

"Win the Green."

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Name of a new reality show on KRCA-TV in Los Angeles. The prize for the winning contestant is the services of immigration lawyers to help obtain a green card for U.S. residency. The show's stunts have included drinking live tequila worms and jumping between two speeding 18-wheelers.

"Being thought of as a beautiful woman has spared me nothing in life. No heartache, no trouble."

Recently divorced actress and model Halle Berry on what she says are misconceptions women have about looks and lifestyle. "Beauty is essentially meaningless," she said, "and it is always transitory."


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