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Memorable things they said

Issue: "Riots in France," Nov. 19, 2005

"Take it easy. This is sport."

New York marathon winner Paul Tergat of Kenya to runner-up Hendrick Ramaala of South Africa, the defending champ, who lost at the finish line last week in the closest race in the marathon's 36-year history. Mr. Tergat holds the world record for the 10,000 meters but lost that event at the tape in the 2000 Olympics by nine-hundredths of a second.

"We're always looking for adventure, but this is probably a little more than we would normally look for."

Mike Rogers, passenger on the Seabourn Cruise Lines ship Spirit when pirates in two small boats attacked it off the coast of Somalia on Nov. 5. The ship outran the pirates, who fired machine guns and a rocket-propelled grenade. One person suffered minor injuries.

"$23.8 million."

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The selling price for David Smith's stainless steel sculpture "Cubi XXVIII" at a Sotheby's auction last week. It was a new price record for contemporary art.

"Obviously you don't want a phone ringing inside a coffin during a funeral."

Peter Flanagan of Kirwan's funeral homes in Dublin, Ireland, on the importance of turning off cell phones buried with the dead, a practice increasingly popular in Ireland.


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