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If only they knew about the candy bar he stole when he was eight

Gregory Taylor of Los Angeles was sentenced to 25 years in prison under California's "three strikes" provisions when he was caught, according to police, "trying to go in the (church) kitchen to get something to eat." His previous offenses were purse snatching and attempted robbery without a weapon. The last was 14 years ago.

The price wasn't right

A Fox television affiliate in Tennessee has retracted an offer to local businesses to produce three "positive" news stories about them in exchange for $15,000.

Compassionate Conservatism

At least 80 people responded to former Republican National Committee chairman Haley Barbour's 1995 offer to pay $1 million to the first American who could prove wrong his statement that the entrants, is still in court.

Zoe Baird is available for an author tour

A new book, "Household Spanish: How to Communicate With Your Spanish Employees," includes such Spanish phrases as "Don't pour grease down the garbage disposal," "How long are you planning to stay in the USA?" and, "You're fired" ("Usta esta despedido").

You should have read my lips

Republican Tillie Fowler was elected from Jacksonville, Fla., in 1992 under the slogan "Eight (years) Is Enough." Fowler said in December 1998 that she might run in the year 2000 anyway, because "my problem was, I was too honest (when I made the pledge)."

"Luke, I am thy Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost"

In an article entitled "Reactions to the Theology of Star Wars," Mexico's Roman Catholic Church denounced the latest "Star Wars" movie, taking issue, among other things, with the movie's virgin birth, and Jedi knight Qui-Gon Jinn's clothing, which closely resembles that of a Franciscan monk.

Spirit of Woodstock--'99

Responding to a request to recognize August 8 as "National Admit You're Happy Day, "New York Gov. George Pataki wrote: "We have no official position on happiness. We're going to wait and see what the federal government and other governors do." Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating's office replied that "We'll need to check with our attorneys.
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