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Issue: "Terri Schiavo: In memoriam," April 9, 2005

"I don't think I'd be home today without Johnnie."

O.J. Simpson on defense attorney Johnnie Cochran, who died last week of an inoperable brain tumor at age 67.

"Beware the odds of March."

NPR sports commentator Frank Deford on the difficulty of betting successfully on the 65-team NCAA men's basketball tournament. Gamblers bet nearly $4 billion on the tournament.

"Maybe we have the next 'greatest generation' coming along here."

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Jeffrey Butts, director of the youth justice program at the Urban Institute, on a report last week from the Foundation for Child Development that shows large drops in crime and risky behavior like binge drinking among teenagers since the early 1990s. The report did, however, find that the obesity rate for children and teens has increased from 5 percent in 1975 to nearly 16 percent in 2004.

"John McCain in a pulpit."

Blogwriter "The Anchoress," describing leftist evangelical Jim Wallis. His Sojourners website posted a discussion of "persistent vegetative state" without mentioning Terri Schiavo's name. Mr. Wallis, while prominently opposing capital punishment for death-row inmates, told MSNBC's Chris Matthews "most of us don't know enough about it" to weigh in on Schiavo's case.

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