Verbatim: Jul. 25, 2005

"I want to put to rest the speculation and unfounded rumors of my imminent retirement. I am not about to announce my retirement."

WILLIAM REHNQUIST, Chief Justice of the U.S. supreme court, in a statement following weeks of rumors that he would step down because of thyroid cancer

"All I can say is, Shucks."

WAYNE HALE of NASA, on the scrubbed launch of the space shuttle Discovery because of a faulty fuel-tank sensor

"If I'm ever released, I'd do the same again. Exactly the same."

MOHAMMED BOUYERI, a Muslim extremist, expressing no remorse at his trial for the slaying...

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