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Issue: "Boston Terrorthon," May 4, 2013

‘The frustration is unbearable. The anger is rage. ... Maybe I should break out the rocking chair and reminisce on the career that was. Maybe this is how my book ends. Maybe Father Time has defeated me.’

NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, in a Facebook posting, after suffering an Achilles tendon tear that will sideline him for at least 6 months. Bryant later said he would return for next season.

‘Of course, some people are surprised I can even read.’

Former President George W. Bush on the surprised reaction to news that he’s taken up painting. His first pieces, published along with an interview by the Dallas Morning News, are signed “43.”

‘Twice, in D.C., I’ve caused a friend to literally leave a conversation and freeze me out for a day or so because I suggested that the Stupak Amendment and the Hyde Amendment made sense.’

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Slate columnist David Weigel on the pro-abortion view of most national news reporters and their reluctance to cover the trial of Kermit Gosnell.

‘Make more family-friendly films and fewer R-rated titles.’

John Fithian, CEO of the National Association of Theater Owners, to a movie industry convention on April 16. Fithian noted that PG-rated movies collectively made almost as much money as R movies in 2012, despite there being three times more R movies than PG movies. “Americans,” he said, “have stated their choice.”

‘I was raised in that generation of women can have it all, and I don’t think you can. I think some things fall off the table.’

Actress, director, and businesswoman Drew Barrymore on cutting back on parts of her career after having daughter Olive, now 6 months old, with husband Will Kopelman.


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