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Memorable things they said

Issue: "Shattered dreams," April 5, 2008

"I prefer life over death."

"Dilbert" creator Scott Adams, giving "the blindingly obvious reason" that he doesn't mock Muhammad in his comic strip. He says many readers raised the question after he penned a strip that they said mocked Jesus. He says he didn't think his strip made fun of Christianity.

"This job site will work incident and injury free."

Sign posted at New York's Deutsche Bank Building, adjacent to the World Trade Center site. The skyscraper, badly damaged in the 9/11 attacks, was being demolished floor by floor when a seven-alarm fire struck last year, killing two firefighters. With final demolition expected by the end of this year, the project now is the subject of a grand jury investigation into charges of negligence and kickbacks that have cost taxpayers $150 million.

"We were the little bitty college that made the Final Four."

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Former GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on winning the Iowa caucuses and seven other states while campaigning on a shoestring budget.

"The Federal Reserve has clearly signaled that they're going to throw savers under the bus."

William Larkin, fixed income portfolio manager at Cabot Money Management in Salem, Mass., on the Fed's aggressive lowering of interest rates since September.

"This is way better than bikes."

Amber Birdsall of Sanford, Mich., after she opened a huge gift box wrapped in pink paper on her seventh birthday last month and found her stepfather, Army Spc. Glenn Johnson, inside. Johnson had been deployed for 10 months in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Amber had thought the box contained a pair of bicycles.

"Hopefully I go out there and make myself the most underpaid player in the game for the next four years."

Adam Wainwright, who signed a four-year, $15-million contract with the St. Louis Cardinals rather than opting for more lucrative earnings as a free agent.


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