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Issue: "Muddy Gras," March 4, 2006

"An academic coup d'état."

Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz on how the "hard left" forced last week's resignation of Harvard University president Lawrence Summers. Mr. Summers, despite polls showing 3-1 support for him among Harvard undergraduates, resigned a week before a scheduled no-confidence vote among faculty members.

"It's the most interesting plumbing job I've had so far."

Rexburg, Idaho, plumber Kip Salas on using a 100-foot plumbing device with a camera to locate Bessy the Burmese python in the ceiling of a local apartment complex. The 8-foot pet snake had escaped from a hole in the bathroom of her owner's apartment and wracked neighbors' nerves for two weeks.

"It's gotta be done, just go with the flow."

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Jessica Reed of St. Cloud, Minn., on giving birth in a bathroom twice. She gave birth to her son Seth 15 months ago at home and then to her daughter Faith on Feb. 20 at the VA medical center where she works as a nurse.

"I think we'll be doing more of these."

Orange County, Calif., District Attorney Tony Rackauckas after an internet sting lured 13 men, one an off-duty police lieutenant, to a Laguna Beach apartment. The men expected to have sex with 13- and 14-year-old girls, but were greeted by police officers instead.

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