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“I knew something bad had happened, but I didn’t know what it was.”

— Coeur d’Alene Police Officer Mike Kralicek, describing what went through his mind when he woke up after having been shot in the face in the line of duty last Dec. 28.

“When I heard the wind had knocked down my tent, I expected to find it crumpled up against a pole, not ripped up in five pieces and spread all over town.”

Rusty Keele, whose produce business at Sprague Avenue and McDonald Road lost the tent it operates under during a powerful windstorm on Tuesday evening.

“It is a personnel matter, and it really isn’t a public issue.”

— Spokane Human Resources Director Mike Shea, refusing to provide details about an unnamed police officer who had been terminated over allegations of excessive force but is being rehired with $43,000 approved by the City Council last Monday.

“You’ve got all of these meth heads Dumpster diving, Internet hacking, raiding mailboxes, just anything they can.”

— Attorney Michael Kinkley, whose client contends he experienced identity theft after a bank left unshredded account records in a Dumpster.

“The desecration of the American flag , however, is not a form of free speech. It is a challenge to the institution that defends liberty.”

— Republican U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey of Georgia, during debate over H.J. Res. 10, the Flag Protection Amendment, which passed the House last Wednesday.

“We do not consecrate the flag by punishing its desecration, for in doing so we dilute the freedom that this cherished emblem represents.”

— Supreme Court Justice William Brennan in the 1989 majority opinion in Texas v. Johnson, which declared that flag desecration was protected under the First Amendment.

“You name anything else where you can go to school for two weeks, take a test, get fingerprinted, and in a few years be making a salary in the six digits.”

— Former paralegal Denine Hilbert, who enrolled in a class to prepare her to take a real estate sales exam.

“We won’t be known throughout the world by a Hollywood movie anymore.”

Neshoba County (Miss.) District Attorney Mark Duncan, following the manslaughter conviction of 80-year-old ex-Klansman Edgar Ray Killen in connection with the 1964 killings of civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney, featured in the motion picture, “Mississippi’s Burning.”

“My staff is as embarrassed as I am about the problems and mistakes made last year.”

— King County elections office director Dean Logan, after a survey showed more than half of his workers are embarrassed to work for the agency whose errors figured prominently in the challenge of Washington’s 2004 gubernatorial election.

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