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Memorable things they said

Issue: "Crossing borders," June 23, 2007

"When can I see Mummy?"

Missing British 4-year-old girl Madeleine McCann, according to Norwegian Mari Pollard, who told authorities that she saw the girl talking with a man in Morocco. Kidnappers abducted Madeleine from a hotel in southern Portugal on May 3.

"Please sit down, sit down. Don't be scared. Nothing is happening."

Hamid Karzai, president of Afghanistan, after the Taliban tried to assassinate him during a speech in Ghazni province. The terrorists fired several rockets at Karzai, but the rockets reportedly landed some 200 meters away from him and the crowd, harming no one.

"Just wear it properly."

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Delcambre, La., Mayor Carol Broussard on a new city ordinance against wearing pants in a way that shows undergarments or certain body parts. Penalties include a $500 fine and up to six months in jail.

"I've been addicted to it and keep waiting to see what's next."

Natalie Meilinger of Palatine, Ill., on watching her baby monitor, which is picking up video from inside the space shuttle Atlantis. NASA officials said live video of the mission is available on NASA's website, and that the monitor is likely not picking up the signal directly from the shuttle but from somewhere else.


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