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Memorable things they said

Issue: "Street theater," Sept. 30, 2006

"If I didn't go and they were serious, I couldn't live with that on my conscience."

Matt Atkinson, 17, of Green Bay, Wis., on telling authorities that three of his friends were planning an armed assault on East High School, where he and two of the friends are students. Police searched the homes of his friends and found a cache of guns and makeshift bombs.

"I didn't like the idea of Nazis taking over my country."

World War II spy and French Resistance fighter Helene Deschamps Adams, who saved American pilots from capture and Jews from execution by the Nazis. She died Sept. 16 in New York at age 85.

"Sorry, we're being a litterbug here."

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NASA shuttle program manager Wayne Hale on two objects that floated away from the shuttle Atlantis in space last week. Atlantis returned safely to Earth on Sept. 21.

"Twenty bucks is a lot of money when you're broke."

Mark Giorgio of Palmetto, Fla., on why he leaped from the 50-foot U.S. 41 bridge into the Manatee River to chase a $20 bill that blew out of his hand. He also swam 100 yards to grab the bill before being fished from the water by a passing Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer.


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