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He's cool again.

Universal Pictures' Brian Glazer, on Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. Together with director Ron Howard, Mr. Glazer is planning a film biography of the soft-core pornographer. Mr. Glazer said he admires Mr. Hefner because "his lifestyle and how he handles his life is very upfront and not excessive in a way that is hurting anyone. He's not a gangster who's hurting anyone."

The one about shooting me? I didn't like that one too much.

New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, reacting to a new rap song titled "Who Shot Rudy?" Mr. Giuliani said he "stopped worrying about threats and stuff like that a long time ago when I was U.S. attorney."

During his time away, he realized he was just a piece of property.

Rhode Island assistant athletic director John Vanner, on sophomore Lamar Odom, who left college for the National Basketball Association, then changed his mind and tried to pull out of the NBA draft. Mr. Odom lost his college eligibility after signing with an agent; college officials spent four days considering whether they had enough of a case to ask the NCAA for a waiver of its eligibility rules. In the end, they bailed out.

They're even buying fewer lottery tickets.

Hanako Hara, a woman selling tickets for the national lottery, on the economic jitters in Japan that are prompting citizens not to spend and businesses not to borrow.

[Republicans] have increased the funding for education over the last three years far more than any Democrat ever did, and yet the Democrats continue to get credit for it.

Diane Shust, chief lobbyist for the National Education Association, quoted in the Congressional Quarterly Daily Monitor.

Hollywood has a reputation of not taking marriage seriously, but these two are taking it seriously.

Douglas Carpenter, pastor of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Cahaba Heights, Ala., who officiated at the San Francisco wedding of Friends star Courteney Cox and actor David Arquette.


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