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Issue: "Iraq: Bravo Company's story," Aug. 21, 2004

"It was wrong, it was foolish, it was inexcusable."

New Jersey Democratic Gov. James E. McGreevey announcing his resignation last week after acknowledging that he had an extramarital affair with a man: "My truth is that I am a gay American." ­Several fundraising scandals have also surrounded the McGreevey administration.

"As long as a man is able to work and he's ­productive out there and he feels good-keep at it."

Legendary oil-field firefighter Paul "Red" Adair on why he continued to work well into his 70s. Mr. Adair, whom John Wayne portrayed in the 1968 movie Hellfighters, died last week at age 89.

"I used to resent King Kong. But I don't fight it anymore."

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Actress Fay Wray, in a 1963 interview, on her fame as the woman caught in King Kong's grip in the 1933 movie King Kong. Ms. Wray died last week at age 96.

"We learned to stand up for ourselves."

Marisa Miller-Stockie, 12, of St. Louis on what she and a friend learned after a city inspector shut down their lemonade stand because they didn't have a business license. Attention from a local television station prompted the city to allow the stand to operate.


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