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"I was with JonBenet when she died. Her death was an accident."

JOHN MARK KARR, suspected in JonBenet Ramsey's killing.

"We just landed and were told welcome to Boston. . . . Everyone was out there, the F.B.I, the police."

CANDICE ELASMER of Sydney, who was on a plane diverted to Logan International Airport because of a suspicious passenger.

"This fellow here, over here with the yellow shirt, macaca, or whatever his name is. He's with my opponent. . . . Let's give a welcome to macaca, here. Welcome to America and the real world of Virginia."

US Senator GEORGE ALLEN of Virginia, pointing out a person of color at a campaign rally, and using a word that is a racial slur in some cultures. (Allen later apologized.)

"While President Bush was on vacation, this country was in the capable hands of his brother, Raúl."

DAVID LETTERMAN

"I'm happy there's finally a definition that's unambiguous." NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON, director of the Hayden Planetarium, about the new ruling on what makes a planet.

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