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Quotes of the Week 

"I think I may need a bathroom break. Is this possible?" -- Pres. Bush in a handwritten note to Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice while seated at the United Nations, as reported by Reuters News Service.

"I wanted to get people talking. I did that. It also got me fired." -- Columnist Jillian Bandes of The Daily Tar Heel, the student paper at UNC-Chapel Hill. She was canned for allegedly misleading sources for a column that began, "I want all Arabs to be stripped naked and cavity-searched if they get within 100 yards of an airport."

"We're getting hammered down here, but at least we're not in New Orleans." -- Ken Scheider of Wilmington, NC, when asked about conditions during Hurricane Ophelia.

"I'm insane, but I'm not completely dumb." -- Johnny Depp, discounting rumors that he will soon open a club in Las Vegas.

"All this water is bad enough but having the ground open up, that's just too much." -- New Orleans resident, refusing to be evacuated to San Francisco.

"Hurricane Katrina is George Bush's Monica Lewinsky. The only difference is this: Tens of thousands of people weren't stranded in Monica Lewinsky's vagina." -- Jon Stewart, The Daily Show.

"A lot of schools believe that isn't the image they want of their cheerleaders." -- Susan Loomis of the National Federation of High Schools, explaining why the group has now banned cheerleader outfits that show their midriffs. Next up: Donna Reed heels?

"We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn't do it, but God did." -- Rep. Richard Baker (R-LA),

-- compiled by John Grooms

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