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Rob Ford: T.O. superhero

'Maybe he's cleaning up the city by smoking all the crack in it. You're next, prostitution rings.'

-- Daily Show host Jon Stewart, weighing in on Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's crack cocaine-video scandal.

One true thing

'He called me a whiner. That's probably right. It's also probably the first thing he's told you guys that's true in 15 years. I know what he is like. You guys are finding out.'

-- Sergio Garcia to reporters as his dispute with Tiger Woods continues to play out in the media.

A call to suicide

'It will certainly require new, spectacular and symbolic gestures to smash the drowsiness, to shake the anaesthetized consciences and to awaken the memory of our origins. We are entering a time when words must be authenticated by actions.'

-- Dominique Venner, who committed suicide at the altar of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, in a blog post apparently calling for others to follow his act in protest against same-sex marriage.

Pushing the envelope

'He's got some important questions to answer to Canadians about what he knew about this corruption, why he covered it up, why he actually lied about having been offered an envelope of cash and these are important things for Mr. Mulcair to come clean about with Canadians.'

-- Government House Leader Peter Van Loan, even though NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair simply walked away from an envelope being handed to him by then-Laval mayor Gilles Vaillancourt 17 years ago, and did not know its contents.

Zombie forgiveness

'I'm sure that man had a bad day that day.'

Ronald Poppo, who had most of his face chewed off in a bizarre "zombie" attack a year ago in Miami.

Prayers can't hurt

'We're not churchgoers, but we prayed. We prayed to my mother to watch over us. She passed away a few years ago.'

-- Christina Morris, who huddled in a closet with her four-year-old niece and her husband when a massive tornado struck Moore, Okla.

The end of the ride

'100 years of history would go down the drain.'

Unnamed RCMP staff sergeant, telling members of the Musical Ride that Staff Sgt. Caroline O'Farrell's allegations of sexual abuse needed to be "swept under the rug," according to a statement of claim.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 25, 2013 J12

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