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Memorable things they said

Issue: "Bird flu," June 10, 2006

"For the sheer terror of it-the worst thing you can do to people is aim at their children."

Washington, D.C., sniper John Allen Muhammad's response, according to testimony by accomplice Lee Boyd Malvo, when Mr. Malvo asked him why he planned to bomb schools and children's hospitals after his wave of sniper killings four years ago. Already under a death sentence in Virginia, Mr. Muhammad was convicted in Maryland last week for six sniper killings in that state.

"Our strength is in our reality."

Paige Kimble, director of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, saying nothing needs to be scripted and no flash added for the first network-televised National Spelling Bee final June 1.


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Average amount of debt accumulated by students who took out loans to finance a college education, according to the U.S. Department of Education. The Department reported on May 30 that 65 percent of students took out loans.

"You just don't have to worry about tripping."

Lester Clancy of Mansfield, Ohio, on the cordless jump rope, an invention for which the U.S. Patent Office gave him a patent last month. The device consists only of handles with weights inside them to simulate the feel of a rope moving.


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