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Memorable things they said

Issue: "Kids' books," Dec. 2, 2006

"It is grim, but where there's life there's hope."

British clinical toxicologist Jon Henry on the condition last week of Alexander Litvinenko. The former Soviet KGB agent, now a British citizen, was poisoned while investigating the death of a Russian journalist. Russian officials denied any involvement in the poisoning.

"The problem is that he's not a Don Quixote."

Oscar Aguilar, political science professor at the Ibero-american University, on Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's launching of a parallel Mexican government last week, complete with a "swearing in" ceremony attended by thousands, after his narrow presidential election loss. Aguilar said Obrador's moves could threaten Mexican stability.

"It was just shocking and horrific."

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Rebecca Musser, testifying at the trial of Warren Jeffs, leader of the polygamist Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, on the arranged marriage of her 14-year-old sister to a 19-year-old cousin. Jeffs is on trial as an accomplice to rape for forcing the girl, despite her vehement opposition, to marry the man. Musser is a former member of the church.

"I'm a man, and I don't want to be paying alimony to a man."

Lawrence Roach of Seminole, Fla., who argues that he should not have to pay alimony to his ex-wife now that she has undergone a sex change.


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