Voices in the News

A sound montage of voices in the past week's news, including: Aaron Smith, the BTK killer's prosecutor; Israeli forces evacuating Jewish settlers from Gaza; Shi Itzkovitz, Israeli police spokesman; Khan Younis, a Palestinian in Gaza; Dianna Foachia, a striking cleaner for Northwest Airlines; Heidi Morgan, a Northwest passenger; motorist Pete Davis; motorist Ricky Welch; unidentified motorist.

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LIANE HANSEN, host:

From NPR News, this is WEEKEND EDITION. I'm Liane Hansen.

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

Mr. AARON SMITH (Sedgwick County, Kansas, Prosecutor): And imposing that sentence on Dennis Rader, we will be able to close the chapter on him and then move on and focus our attention on the victims and their memories and the families that loved them.

(Soundbite of evacuation of Jewish settlers from Gaza)

Mr. SHAI ITZKOVITZ (Israeli Police Spokesman): It's very hard for us due to all the sensitive people who are crying. There are also people from our side, like soldiers and policewomen, who are crying as well together with the settlers.

Mr. KHAN YUNIS (Gaza Palestinian): I don't know why they're crying because this is our land. This is not their land. This is our homeland.

Ms. DIANNA FOACHIA(ph) (Northwest Airlines Cleaner Protesting at Detroit Metro Airport): We have to stand up for the right to say, `Hey, Northwest Airlines, give us a fair shake. Give us a job. We're not saying that we're not going to give you anything, but we're not going to give you everything either.'

Ms. HEIDI MORGAN (Northwest Airlines Passenger at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport): The mechanics have to be thankful that they have a job. You know, they let the pilots strike and they let them go a couple years ago. I don't know what makes the mechanics think that Northwest was going to go ahead and let them do it, too.

Mr. PETE DAVIS (Motorist in Columbus, Ohio): We're going to have to grin and bear it. I probably won't change my driving habits at all.

Mr. RICKY WELCH (Motorist in Columbus, Ohio): I'm going to spend like I always spent. This is the American way: make money, spend money. The hell with everything else.

Unidentified Motorist: And I think it's ridiculous. I really do. It's a ridiculous thing. It's affecting everything, you know? If it gets any worse, I'm sure the economy's going to be feeling it.

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