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“He just kind of hovered there for a while — looked like a helicopter. Its wingspan is wider than the width of my Peterbilt.”

Logging truck driver Creig Hixson of St. Maries, Idaho, describing his collision with a bald eagle on Sept. 20

“This has to be the largest hit on the Spokane Police Department in its history.”

Spokane Police Chief Roger Bragdon, announcing he may have to lay off as many as 24 officers and eight support personnel to comply with 2005 city budget cuts.

“I’m embarrassed to say it’s a poorly tailored shirt.”

President Bush, denying that the bulge seen under his suit jacket during the first presidential debate was a secret sound system that allowed aides to feed him information.

“I don’t believe in curses. You make your own destinations.”

Boston Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez after his team won the World Series in four straight games, ending an 86-year drought that superstitious Boston fans say was caused when the team traded Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees.

“After three years of effort, we are on the brink of failure.”

From a statement by the 9-11 Family Steering Committee, on the inability of Congress to complete an intelligence bill before Election Day.

“It could be a sign of how eager people are to participate in this election.”

Washington Secretary of State Roger Reed, commenting on a large flow of mail-in ballots that have been returned by absentee voters well before Election Day.

“May those who love us love us and those who don’t, may God turn their hearts. And if God doesn’t turn their hearts, may God turn their ankles. So we’ll know them by their limps.”

The Rev. Michael Moynahan, rector of the Jesuit community at Gonzaga University, leading an Irish blessing during the grand opening of GU’s new basketball arena, McCarthey Athletic Center.

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