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Dispatches Quotables


“When is this gonna stop?”

Chicago Police Chief Fred Waller after the killing of 20-month-old Sincere Gaston, who was shot in his car seat while riding with his mother in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. The pace of homicides in Chicago grew rapidly in June, with 89 people killed.

“It is the system that obliterates people’s sense of humanity.”

Badminton world champion Ye Zhaoying, a household name in China, in a rare attack on the Chinese Communist Party.

“It isn’t hateful for women [to] speak about their own experiences, nor do they deserve shaming for doing so.”

Author and feminist J.K. Rowling on attacks she’s received from transgender activists for her opposition to parts of the transgender agenda, such as the allowing of men who identify as women into women’s changing rooms and restrooms.

“These are historical price changes we have never seen in a short window.”

Jagtar Nijjar of Gordon Food Service, one of the biggest food-service distributors in the United States, on the fast rise of store-bought food prices during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’ll vet a few of them to make sure they’re not weirdos. This could be a little Wrigleyville kind of thing.”

San Diego Padres fan Chip Messenger, whose condo overlooks the Padres’ Petco Park. He said he’d be willing to open his condo to others who want to watch baseball games when an abbreviated season begins—without fans in the stands.