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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and former NBA star Dennis Rodman

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and former NBA star Dennis Rodman

Her white knight

'I knew something was wrong when a little, pretty white girl ran into a black man's arms. Something is wrong here. Dead giveaway'

-- Charles Ramsey, describing the rescue of Amanda Berry, one of three women held captive for years in a home in Cleveland.

Foul ball

'Maybe it's going to [require an] unwritten code between us players like they do in soccer, when somebody's hurt they kick the ball off the field'

-- Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista on the confusion on the field after Jays' pitcher J.A. Happ was hit in the head by a line drive. Play continued for several seconds while Happ was crumpled on the field.

Calling on Kim

'I'm calling on the Supreme Leader of North Korea or as I call him 'Kim', to do me a solid and cut Kenneth Bae loose'

-- Former NBA star Dennis Rodman's tweet to Kim Jong Un, asking him to free an American imprisoned in North Korea.

Birds, bees don't cut it

'We're talking about teenagers that use that sort of language. You could package it nicely, and you could teach it in a way where you're talking about the birds and the bees, but if you want to talk to (teens) then talk to them about real stuff'

-- Eric Mackey on a poster in his children's school that used explicit language to talk about safe-sex practices. Although the poster has been up since October, the teacher was suddenly told to work from home while the matter was investigated.

Suicide by partying

'It's not really worth it to literally party yourself to death. It's like committing suicide. You have to choose between what makes you feel good and what makes you think you feel good'

-- Rap pioneer Melle Mel on the deaths of several notable rappers in recent years due to drug- and health-related causes.

Hawking under fire

'The academic boycott against Israel is in our view outrageous and improper, certainly for someone for whom the spirit of liberty lies at the basis of his human and academic mission'

-- Israeli Presidential conference chairman Israel Maimon after physicist Stephen Hawking endorsed a Palestinian call to boycott the conference.

Shattered glass

'This is just the beginning. Google Glass is going to cause quite a brawl'

-- Timothy Toohey, a Los Angeles lawyer specializing in privacy issues as businesses and even entire areas of cities begin to pre-emptively ban the devices.

No kidding

'I went in and said, "I'm the surrogate mom and this is the mother and father." We knew it was an unusual situation'

-- Averill Stephenson, who delivered twins after being implanted with embryos from her sister and her husband. Mike Olson and Lisa Seel, are fighting to have Manitoba recognize them as the parents.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 11, 2013 J16

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