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Issue: "Bob Geldof: Whose jubilee?," June 25, 2005

"Pathetic person."

Santa Barbara County (Calif.) prosecutor Tom Sneddon on pop star Michael Jackson. A jury on June 13 found Mr. Jackson not guilty on charges of child molestation.

"Remembering you are going to die is the best way to avoid the fear that you have something to lose."

Apple Computer Inc. CEO Steve Jobs in his June 12 commencement address at Stanford University. Mr. Jobs spoke of his bout with pancreatic cancer, during which a doctor told him he had 3-6 months to live. He later learned that his rare form of the disease was treatable.

"It's scary close."

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Terri Schroeder of the American Civil Liberties Union on likelihood of Congress soon passing a constitutional amendment to ban desecration of the U.S. flag. The House is expected to pass the amendment this week. If the Senate passes the amendment, it would then go to the states for ratification.

"We gave him two just in case he read it wrong and made a mistake."

Town of Oregon, Wis., clerk Denise Arnold on the number of ballots given to Randy Way, the only eligible voter in a referendum on whether a local village could annex an area in which he lives. State law required three paid poll workers to stay on duty for 13 hours during the June 14 referendum. Mr. Way brought them pizza.


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