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Issue: "Who will be the next pope?," April 16, 2005

"68 percent."

The percentage of Americans who oppose same-sex marriage, according to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup survey released in early April. That's up from 55 percent last year.

"Years from now we'll look back, as gay men, and be pretty despondent that we popularized and glamorized this drug."

Dan Carlson, a former methamphetamine addict and anti-meth campaigner in New York, on the role of homosexuals in bringing the drug to prominence in the last decade.

"$199.7 million."

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The payroll of this year's New York Yankees. The Boston Red Sox, at $121.3 million, have the next highest payroll. The Yankees payroll tops the combined payrolls of five teams-Tampa Bay ($29.9 million), Kansas City ($36.9 million), Pittsburgh ($38.1 million), Milwaukee ($40.2 million), and Cleveland ($41.8 million).

"You could hold up a paper that says 'Great work!' and it won't even matter if it's written in red."

Joseph Foriska, principal of Thaddeus Stevens Elementary in Pittsburgh, on the hostility of many parents to the use of red ink by teachers in grading. Pen makers Bic, Pilot Pen, and Sanford report that teachers nationwide are driving up demand for less judgmental purple pens.


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