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Issue: "Stand in the gap," Nov. 5, 2005

"The only tired I was, was tired of giving in."

Rosa Parks, dispelling the legend that she refused to give up her seat to a white man on a segregated Montgomery, Ala., bus in 1955 because she was tired. Parks' action sparked the Montgomery bus boycott and the civil-rights movement. She died Oct. 24 at the age of 92.

"I've had about a hundred of these at-bats in the backyard with my younger brother."

Geoff Blum of the White Sox, after hitting a home run in the 14th inning that won the third game of the World Series before winning the series in a shutout. "It's the stuff dreams are made of," he said.

"We figured if we can't beat 'em, join 'em."

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Pastor Russell Embling of Greerton Bible Church in Tauranga, New Zealand, on canceling Sunday worship services because the country's popular rugby team, the "All Blacks," will be playing on TV that day in Great Britain.

"Bad American habit."

Hans Kohler, mayor of Rankweil, Austria, on Halloween. Mr. Kohler and the mayors of several neighboring towns pushed for a boycott of Halloween, which is increasingly popular in Europe, because "it's an American custom that's got nothing to do with our culture."


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