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Issue: "Unstoppable?," April 20, 2013

‘Pray.’

NASA chief Charles Bolden’s advice for addressing the potential threat of a large asteroid hitting Earth. Bolden spoke at a congressional hearing on the threat after an asteroid recently hit Russia, injuring more than 1,500.

‘We’re not big door lockers around here. It’s scary for our kids—and for us.’

Kindergarten teacher Amy Gardner of Kaufman, Texas, on the March 30 murder of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia Woodward McLelland, only two months after the murder of Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse. 

‘There’s no way that 1 in 5 high-school boys has ADHD.’

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Florida International University psychiatry professor James Swanson on new government data showing a 53 percent increase over the past decade in the number of U.S. children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

‘An earlier version of this article mischaracterized the Christian holiday of Easter. It is the celebration of Jesus’s resurrection from the dead, not his resurrection into heaven.’

A New York Times correction from an article on Pope Francis’ Easter message.

‘Our situation is like the man who is lost at sea. He finds a stick and holds onto it as long as he can.’

Ahmed Sheikh, 51, whose family lives in a small cave in northern Syria to escape civil war. Twenty-five members of his extended family have been killed, he said, by government shelling in Idlib province. The UN estimates that 4 million Syrians have been displaced in a conflict now entering its third year.

‘As I woke up on this Monday morning for the first time in 33 years without the official mantle of pastor, the only tears that came were tears of thankfulness. ... It is finished.’

John Piper on ending his tenure as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis on March 31.

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