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Memorable things they said

Issue: "Faculty follies," April 29, 2006

"So I could be just like my dad."

Diego Santiago, 5, on being made an honorary U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer. Diego is dying of lung cancer and has only weeks to live. His father is a Navy chief and the Navy made Diego an honorary chief, complete with a uniform in a boys' size 6.

"We have been focusing too much on academics."

Anthony Seldon, headmaster of Wellington College in Crowthorne, England, on a new class about happiness. Mr. Seldon said the class would be for students age 14 to 16 at the boarding school: "I can imagine this taking off in British schools."

"I'm a medical mystery. I've accepted it."

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Matt Chaffee, 22 and 5-foot-9, on finally reaching 100 pounds on April 15. Mr. Chaffee eats 6,500 calories a day, more than twice the average intake for an adult male, but still doesn't gain much weight because of health problems as a child. He weighed 17 pounds in kindergarten.

"Sanctuary city."

The way the city council of Maywood, Calif., hopes illegal immigrants will think of its town. The council passed a resolution opposing a proposed federal law that would criminalize illegal immigration and make local police departments enforce immigration law.


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