Voices in the News

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A sound montage of some of the voices in this past week's news, including: Don Herbert (Mr. Wizard); Ira Flatow; David Evans, father of accused lacrosse player Dave Evans; former Durham County District Attorney Michael B. Nifong; President George W. Bush; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV); Hossam al-Madhoun; Hala (a protester in Gaza); Deputy Secretary of State John D. Negroponte; Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.


From NPR News, this is WEEKEND EDITION. I'm Liane Hansen. And these were some of the voices in the news this past week.

(Soundbite of TV show, "Watch Mr. Wizard")

Unidentified Child: Mr. Wizard.

Mr. DON HERBERT (Host, "Watch Mr. Wizard"): You and I are going to attempt, before you leave today, to predict the unpredictable.

IRA FLATOW: I grew up with Mr. Wizard. I never missed his show. I loved his show. And you know, he had great stuff for we nerds in those days.

Mr. DAVID EVANS (Father of accused Duke University lacrosse player Dave Evans): These statements came out and maligned an entire team - 47 players, their parents, their grandparents, their brothers and sisters, their school were under attack by Mr. Nifong.

Mr. MICHAEL B. NIFONG (Former Durham County District Attorney): So it is my intention whether or not - whatever the decision was for me - to resign as district attorney in Durham.

President GEORGE W. BUSH: I would hope that the Senate majority leader has that same sense of a desire to move the product as I do - or the bill that I do and these senators do, because now is the time to get it done. It's going to take a lot of hard work, a lot of effort. We've got to convince the American people that this bill is the best to way to enforce our border.

Senator HARRY REID (Democrat, Nevada; Senate Majority Leader): I want a comprehensive immigration reform bill. The problem is the Republican senators to this point have not shown they want to support the president's immigration bill.

Mr. HOSSAM al-MADHOUN (Resident, Gaza): Gaza is not a place for human beings anymore. Hamas and Fatah have defeated the Palestinian people.

HALA (Gaza Protester): (Through translator) I'm saying it's enough killing. Enough. What are they fighting for? They're fighting over this broken chair and neither side deserves the broken chair. If neither side can solve their problems, let them go to hell.

Mr. JOHN D. NEGROPONTE (United States Deputy Secretary of State): My briefings in Ramadi made clear that Iraq's citizens can also do more to retake control of their towns and cities.

Mr. ROBERT GATES (Secretary of Defense, United States): Our troops are buying them time to pursue reconciliation, that frankly we are disappointed with the progress so far.

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