Voices in the News

A sound montage of some of the voices in this past week's news, including Rashin Smith, student at Success Tech Academy in Cleveland; Frank Jackson, mayor of Cleveland; Ole Danbolt Mjos, Nobel Prize Committee chairman; Al Gore, former U.S. vice president and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner; Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), speaker of the House; President George Bush; Robert Gates, U.S. secretary of defense; Sergey Lavrov, Russian foreign minister; Tanya Lokshina, head of the Demos Center human rights group.

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JAMES HATTORI, host:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm James Hattori.

And these were some of the voices in the news this past week.

Mr. RASHIN SMITH (Student, Success Tech Academy): I went in the bathroom and he was like, what's up, and he was loading up his gun. I got everybody on the third floor that was on - my side of the hall. And I was like, hey, he's shooting over there.

Mayor FRANK JACKSON (Democrat, Cleveland, Ohio): This is tragedy. And whenever tragedy happens we always look for the cause.

Mr. OLE DANBOLT MJOS (Chairman, Norwegian Nobel Committee): The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 is to be shared in two equal parts between the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC and Albert Arnold "Al" Gore, Jr. for their efforts to build up and disseminate great knowledge about man made climate change.

Mr. Al Gore (Former U.S. Vice President; 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Winner): We have to quickly find a way to change the world's consciousness about exactly what we're facing and why we have to work to solve it. I'm going back to work right now. This is just the beginning.

Representative TOM LANTOS (Democratic, California; Chairman, House Foreign Affairs Committee): When the Turkish government says there was no genocide of our minions, we have to set them straight.

Representative NANCY PELOSI (Democratic, California, Speaker of the House): This isn't about the government - the (unintelligible) government, this is about the Ottoman Empire.

President GEORGE W. BUSH: This passage would do great harm to our relations with the key ally in NATO and in the global war of terror.

Secretary ROBERT GATES (United States Secretary of Defense): We also address the possible concern on the Russian side that while the sites in present design form pose no threat to Russia or its deterrent, the concern that is in some future date - years from now that they might do so and our willingness to work with the Russians to provide assurances and reassurances in that respect.

Mr. SERGEY LAVROV (Foreign Minister, Russia): (Through translator) There is a potential threat for us here and we will have to take some measures to neutralize these threats. We would prefer to avoid such a scenario.

Ms. TANYA LOKSHINA (Chair, DEMOS Center Human): Let's say and hope that next time Secretary Rice comes to town, she'll come to tell me to speak about human rights and democracy to the Russian leadership.

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