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It's a deeply personal decision but I feel my spiritual side needs to be filled back up.

U.S. Sen. Robert Kerrey, (D-Neb.), announcing he will not run for a third term this year. The popular Mr. Kerrey's departure makes it harder for Democrats to close the 55-45 gap that Republicans hold in the Senate, analysts say.

I hope he realizes what he did was wrong. He took a life. I think he needs to put God in his life.

Robin Adams, on 13-year-old Nathaniel Abraham, who two years ago shot and killed her son, Ronnie Greene Jr., outside a convenience store.

A Michigan judge ordered that Nathaniel be held in juvenile detention until age 21and then released. Prosecutors had sought to keep open the possibility of additional time in an adult prison.

It's a danger sign.

Investment strategist Hugh Johnson, in USA Today, on news that more investors are borrowing money to buy stock. The New York Stock Exchange reports that the value of margin loans outstanding at member firms is up 62 percent from a year ago.

I want to be a great player, but I try not to take myself too seriously. Hey, I go to school for free, and thousands of people come to watch me play a game. These are good times.

University of Notre Dame sophomore basketball star Troy Murphy, in Sports Illustrated, on the statistics he has compiled so far this year.

Through 15 games, Mr. Murphy led the Big East Conference in both scoring (25 points per game)and rebounding (11.1 per game), something no player has done for a complete season.

Trial judges get me more nervous than Regis Philbin.

Lawyer Dan Blonsky, in USA Today, on why appearing on the ABC game show Who Wants To Be a Millionaire wasn't as nerve-wracking as he thought it would be. Mr. Blonsky won the top million-dollar prize last week.