Verbatim: Dec. 4, 2006

"The hand of Syria is all over the place."

SAAD HARIRI, son of assassinated former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, on last week's murder of Cabinet Minister Pierre Gemayel, the latest in a string of killings since 2005 of pro-Western leaders who opposed influence from neighboring Syria

"He went after them. He singled them out, and he taunted them, and he did it in a closed room where they were captive."

GLORIA ALLRED, attorney for two comedy-club patrons who endured the racist rant of actor Michael Richards (Seinfeld's Kramer) and want a face-to-face apology--and a retired judge to decide on compensation

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