Voices in the News

A sound montage of voices in this past week's news, including William Shatner and the late James Doohan, a.k.a. "Kirk" and "Scotty;" President Bush; Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts; Abina Adusa, eyewitness to the July 21 London explosions; British Prime Minister Tony Blair; Mark Whitby, eyewitness to the July 22 London subway shooting; Unidentified eyewitness to the Sharm el-Sheik bombings; Anita Kim, eyewitness to Sharm el-Sheik bombings.

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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 "Star Trek" montage)

Ms. NICHELLE NICHOLS: (As Lieutenant Nyota Uhura) The ship's outer skin is beginning to heat, Captain. Orbit clock shows we have about eight minutes left.

Mr. WILLIAM SHATNER: (As Captain James T. Kirk) Scotty.

Mr. JAMES DOOHAN: (As Lieutenant Commander Montgomery Scott) I can't change the laws of physics. I've got to have 30 minutes.

President GEORGE W. BUSH: I look forward to the Senate voting to confirm Judge John Roberts as the 109th justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Judge JOHN G. ROBERTS (Supreme Court Nominee): I always got a lump in my throat whenever I walked up those marble steps to argue a case before the court, and I don't think it was just from the nerves. I am very grateful for the confidence the president has shown in nominating me, and I look forward to the next step in the process before the United States Senate.

Senator PATRICK LEAHY (Democrat, Vermont): We have to ensure the Supreme Court remains a protector of all Americans' rights and liberties from government intrusion and that the Supreme Court understands the role of Congress in passing legislation to protect ordinary Americans from special-interest abuses. No one is entitled to a free pass to a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.

Ms. ABINA ADUSA (Eyewitness): I didn't see smoke. I could just smell smoke. And as we pulled into Warren Street, we just got off the train and tried to exit out of it, and like, people were panicking and, like, screaming and just--it was just lots of confusion.

Prime Minister TONY BLAIR (Britain): We react calmly and continue with our lives, and that's what I intend to do and I'm sure people will do the same.

Mr. MARK WHITBY (Commuter): The policeman nearest to me had the black automatic pistol in his left hand. He held it down to the guy and unloaded five shots into him. I've never seen anything like it in my life, really. It's--I saw them kill a man.

Unidentified Woman: At first, I didn't even think it was a bomb. I just thought it was some sort of explosion or some sort of crash.

Ms. ANITA KIM (Guest Relations Manager, Ghazala Gardens Hotel and Ghazala Beach Hotel): All the windows are broken, and when I seen that, I knew that something severe must have happened.

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