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‘This was a whole lot more than a simple affair. This was a love story.’ MARK SANFORD, South Carolina governor, on his relationship with an Argentine woman he considers his “soul mate”; Sanford says he is “trying” to fall back in love with his wife, at right

‘She didn’t feel a thing.’ KASSIM BAKARI, on his 14-year-old daughter Bahia, the only passenger to survive the crash of a Yemeni airliner in the Indian Ocean; 152 others are presumed dead

‘I want to make this statement. This is a real good statement here: Marshall and I–we own a record company.’ JOE JACKSON, plugging his new business venture during an interview about the death of his son, pop icon Michael Jackson

‘It is a thousand more times more likely that I am stupid than I am racist.’ CURTIS COLEMAN, a U.S. Senate hopeful from Arkansas, apologizing for saying that people traveling to the southeastern part of the state “might as well get a visa and some shots”

‘We understand your desire to trade white marble for White Mountains.’ JOHN ROBERTS, Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, bidding farewell to Justice David Souter, who left the bench on June 29

‘I don’t think it is a good idea.’ DR. RICHARD JARVIS, chairman of the British Medical Association’s public-health committee, on reports that Britons are hosting “swine-flu parties” in an attempt to build immunity to the virus

‘People wanted bigger weddings, newer carriages … They were buying things they didn’t need.’ MERVIN LEHMAN, an Amish father of four, on why his community in Indiana is struggling financially

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‘We’re here because there are inadvertent overdoses with this drug that are fatal.’ DR. JUDITH KRAMER, an expert on a Food and Drug Administration panel that recommended banning painkillers like Vicodin and Percocet and reducing the maximum dosage of Tylenol because the products contain acetaminophen, a drug associated with liver damage

‘More people will be suffering.’ DR. SEAN MACKEY, chief of pain management at the Stanford University School of Medicine, saying the agency’s recommendation would burden physicians and patients and lead to higher health-care costs


‘We don’t want to change history. We want to add to it.’ JOSEPH ALMEIDA, a Rhode Island state representative, on a referendum to cut the second part of the state’s official name–Rhode Island and Providence Plantations–which calls to mind the colony’s role in the slave trade

‘They’re trying to be revisionist, and revisionism doesn’t work. All this is going to do is divide people, not bring them together.’ ALFRED GEMMA, one of three representatives opposed to the measure, arguing that formally amending the state’s name would be “like tearing down our history”


Silver crime n.–Offenses committed by the elderly

USAGE: “A group of well-to-do pensioners who lost their savings in the credit crunch staged an arthritic revenge attack and held their terrified financial adviser to ransom [in] the latest example of what is being dubbed ‘silver crime’–the violent backlash of pensioners who feel cheated by the world.” –Times of London, June 24, 2009

Sources: AP; CNN; Reuters; New York Times; BBC; Wall Street Journal

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