Voices in the News

A sound montage of voices in the week's news, including: NASA administrator Michael Griffin; Robert Kurtzman, forensic pathologist for Pitkin County, Co.; Gov. George Pataki, (R-NY); Steven Gillers, NYU law professor; Denise Dresser, political analyst; Michael Bresen, columnist for Yediot Aharonot; Ellie Hosan; President Bush.

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SHEILAH KAST, host:

From NPR News, this is WEEKENED EDITION. I'm Sheila Kast. And these were some of the voices in the news this past week.

Unidentified Man (NASA): Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, (unintelligible), start, two, one, booster ignition, and lift-off of the space shuttle Discovery.

Mr. MICHAEL GRIFFIN (NASA): Some of you have lived NASA through some of the worst days we can have, and today you had a chance to live through one of the better ones that we can have. In fact, they don't get much better than this. And we're pretty happy.

Dr. ROBERT KURTZMAN (Forensic Pathologist): There was no evidence of foul play. The post mortem examination revealed that Mr. Lay had severe coronary artery disease. There was evidence that he had had a heart attack in the past.

Governor GEORGE PATAKI (Republican, New York): I think the court of appeals made the right decision. Marriage between a man and a woman has been the law of New York State since the beginning of this state, and any changes to that should be made by the elected officials, the legislators working with the executives.

Professor STEVEN GILLERS (Law, New York University's School of Law): It is so unacceptable. It's so weak that it may give the gay rights community some traction in going to the legislature.

Ms. DENISE DRESSER (Political Analyst): I think the only way forward for Mexico, regardless of who wins, is to call for a vote by vote recount. Because otherwise whoever finally comes out of the count as the winner will be suspect, if every vote is not reviewed. There will be a question of legitimacy, a cloud of illegitimacy cast over the next president.

Mr. MICHAEL BRESEN (Columnist for Yediot Aharonot): We always negotiate. So eventually we're going to anyways. So what's the point in hammering now into Gaza and just causing more hatred and just being inhumane?

Mr. ELLIE HOSAN (Palestinian): I don't want to sound like I like blood and I like to kill, but we don't have any other choice.

President GEORGE W. BUSH: The five of us - Russia, South Korea, Japan, China, and the United States - hopefully one voice about the rocket launches. And we will work together to continue to remind the leader of North Korea that there is a better way forward for his people.

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