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Memorable things they said

Issue: "The audacity of real change," Aug. 23, 2008

"Please kill me."

Vince Weiguang Li, who is charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing and beheading of a fellow passenger on a Greyhound bus in Canada. They were reportedly his only words, said to the judge, during his Aug. 5 hearing.

"Even now as a Hall of Famer, the one thing I want to make very clear is that my identity and my security is found in the Lord."

Former Washington Redskins wide receiver Art Monk, at his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 2.

"They don't want the bananas."

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Bob Chiafos, of Darrah's Inc. Towing and Recovery in Hiawatha, Iowa, on an insurer for a semi-trailer. The truck hit a buffalo near Brandon, Iowa, on Aug. 6, sending about 30,000 bananas it had as cargo onto the highway.

"Running is what we do all our lives. It is part of our transportation."

U.S. Olympic track athlete Lopez Lomong, a former Lost Boy of Sudan chosen by his teammates to carry the American flag and lead the U.S. team into Beijing's National Stadium during opening Olympic ceremonies Aug. 8.

"What's next-security guards at the door saying 'You're overweight, you can't have a cheeseburger'?"

Andrew Casana, of the California Restaurant Association on the Los Angeles City Council's recent decision to put a moratorium on new fast food restaurants in South L.A. Council members said residents need healthier options.

"If the Border Patrol Doesn't Get You, the Chicken and Burgers Will-Go Vegan."

Billboard slogan that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) wants to put on fencing being installed on the U.S.-Mexico border. PETA's Lindsay Rajt told the Houston Chronicle that immigrants "are putting their health at risk by leaving behind a healthier, staple diet of corn tortillas, beans, rice, fruits and vegetables."


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