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Issue: "Senate wars over judges," May 14, 2005

"We told them we didn't want to see it again."

Teenager Josh Long, who was lost at sea with a friend for six days without food or fresh water, on what he told rescuers who asked what they wanted to do with their fishing boat.

"It's exactly what we don't want to teach our kids."

MIT professor Les Perelman on how students who simply write long essays and make up facts can score high on the SAT. The official guide for scorers states: 'Writers may make errors in facts or information that do not affect the quality of their essays. . . . You are scoring the writing, and not the correctness of facts."

"Being excellent at what you do in any facet of life, that can be a testimony about your faith."

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John Blake of the Fellowship of Christian Cheerleaders. The group works with 15,000 cheerleaders a year in camps and competitions as more cheerleading coaches are rejecting secular camps that emphasize provocative clothing and dancing.

"Despite the fact that we know that there is no such thing as a safe tan, people still associate bronzed skin with beauty and health."

Darrell Rigel, dermatologist at New York University Medical Center, on a survey finding that 60 percent of men and 54 percent of women think people look healthier with a tan.


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