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Issue: "Yasser Arafat: In memoriam," Nov. 20, 2004

"I just wanted to make sure I did this before I headed into the fight."

Marine Corporal Keith Arguelles, beaming and dripping wet after being baptized in a rubber dinghy filled with water in Iraq. About 35 marines gathered in a brick chapel for worship, prayer, and baptism as they prepared for the attack on Fallujah.

"It could be the mood of the country right now."

Wayne Llewellyn, president of distribution at Paramount, on the reason the movie Alfie, which is about a sexually active man, hasn't done well at the box office. Mr. Llewellyn said "the result of the election" may show that Americans "didn't want to see a guy that slept around."

"Autumn is the time of year that all the states turn red."

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Late-night talk-show host David Letterman after the election.

"It's a dud, just like the Cubs were."

Chicago Police spokesman Pat Camden on the hollowed-out shell of a grenade found by a groundskeeper in the right-field turf of Chicago's Wrigley Field on Nov. 2. Investigators do not know how the shell made it onto the field.


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