Voices in the News

A sound montage of some of the voices in this past week's news, including a friend of the late Simon Weisenthal; Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV); Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT); R. David Paulsion, acting director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency; Connie Mallet, a bartender at Channelview Ice House in Texas; Capt. Jesse Garcia of the Dallas Fire Department; Meteorologist Chris Landsea of the National Hurricane Center; Judge Robert Eckels of Harris County, Texas.

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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.

Unidentified Man: Simon Wiesenthal said that evil did not die with Adolf Hitler in the bunker, that it's a myth to think that with the end of Naziism that was the end of atrocities. He did not view his work as making amends to the past. He viewed his work as protecting the future.

Senator HARRY REID (Democrat, Nevada): I, frankly, have too many unanswered questions about the nominee to justify a vote confirming him to this enormously important lifetime position.

Senator PATRICK LEAHY (Democrat, Vermont): Judge Roberts is a man of integrity. I take him at his word that he does not have an ideological agenda. For me, a vote to confirm requires faith that the words he spoke to us had meaning.

Mr. R. DAVID PAULISON (Acting Director, Federal Emergency Management Agency): This is a big, dangerous storm. It's a massive storm. I urge all Gulf residents, not just the ones in Texas and the border of Louisiana, to pay attention to where this storm is going and pay attention to the track of this storm.

Ms. CONNIE MALLET(ph) (Bartender, Channelview Ice House): I feel just as safe sitting here in this metal-structured building as I would out there on the freeways not moving at all.

Unidentified Woman: If they tell you to evacuate, you should evacuate. I think that's just common sense for, you know, anybody's safety.

Captain JESSE GARCIA (Dallas Fire Department): These were nursing home patients and they died awaiting to be pulled out of the bus. We believe that several of these patients had oxygen. They might have had been carrying some extra oxygen inside the bus and that's one of the reasons why the fire was so intense.

Dr. CHRIS LANDSEA (NOAA Hurricane Research Division): Winds in Category 2 won't be doing any structural damage at this point, but it's still going to be causing trees to be coming down and a lot of debris flying through the air. So it's certainly not safe if you're in the core of the storm to be out and about.

Judge ROBERT ECKELS (Harris County): For a storm that was supposed to be the largest storm in the history of the Gulf bearing down on Houston, we have come out reasonably well.

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