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Issue: "Daniel of the Year," Dec. 17, 2005

"This speaks to the dilapidated state of evangelical faith today."

David Wells, professor of theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston, on many large evangelical churches canceling worship services on Dec. 25, a Sunday this year, so that people will spend more time with their families on Christmas.

"An incredible fire hose display."

Jim Gale, spokesman for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, after 44 acres of coastline collapsed into the ocean late last month, causing a glowing stream of red lava to gush forth from the new cliffside.

"I've never been any other kind."

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New Kansas State University football coach Ron Prince on what it's like to be a black football coach. Mr. Prince, hired last week by the Big 12 school, became one of four black head coaches currently in NCAA Division 1-A football.

"We need a shtick."

Stacy Gervais, founder of a downtown merchants group in Augusta, Maine, voicing approval of a local lingerie store's use of live models in store windows to attract attention. Other merchants have objected to the practice, but police told them it isn't illegal.


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