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“It was 55 years ago, babe.”

—Baseball legend PETE ROSE, 81, dismissing a female Philadelphia Inquirer reporter’s question about an unidentified woman’s claim that Rose had sex with her in 1973 when she was 14 or 15 and Rose was in his 30s. Rose has claimed he thought the girl was of the legal age of consent at the time.

“Right now I find myself lying awake at 3 in the morning wondering if everything I’ve ever done is wrong.”

—University of Kansas astronomer ALLISON KIRKPATRICK, describing to Nature how new images from the James Webb Space Telescope (see “Galaxies far, far away,” in this issue) have upset theories of galaxy evolution.

“100 percent real.”

—Right-wing radio host ALEX JONES, admitting during a two-week defamation trial that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was not a hoax as he had previously claimed.

“It’s like the church head deacon having an affair with the choir director, then wanting to be the preacher.”

—Kentucky state REP. KEN UPCHURCH, commenting on elected state’s attorney Matthew Leveridge, who had affairs with a juror and a criminal defendant in 2013 and 2014 and is now campaigning to become a judge.

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