Voices in the News

A sound montage of some of the voices in this past week's news, including: Eve C. Gartner, senior staff attorney for Planned Parenthood; Dr. Richard Land, leader, Southern Baptist Convention; Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA); Attorney General Alberto Gonzales; Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY); Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV); Virginia Tech President Charles Steger; Tina Harrison, Virginia Tech student; Virginia Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum; Seung-Hui Cho, Virginia Tech shA sound montage of some of the voices in this past week's news, including: Eve C. Gartner, senior staff attorney for Planned Parenthood; Dr. Richard Land, leader, Southern Baptist Convention; Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA); Attorney General Alberto Gonzales; Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY); Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV); Virginia Tech President Charles Steger; Tina Harrison, Virginia Tech student; Virginia Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum; Seung-Hui Cho, Virginia Tech shooter; Dr. Zenobia Hikes, vice president of student affairs; Nikki Giovanni, English professor at Virginia Tech. ooter; Dr. Zenobia Hikes, vice president of student affairs; Nikki Giovanni, English professor at Virginia Tech. (2:56)

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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.

(Soundbite of news clips)

Ms. EVE C. GARTNER (Senior Staff Attorney, Planned Parenthood): The writing is on the wall that the court is willing to overturn Roe v. Wade or to seriously consider overturning Roe v. Wade.

Dr. RICHARD LAND (President, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention): This is a tremendous day for justice. It's a tremendous day for the unborn. It's a tremendous day for America.

Attorney General ALBERTO GONZALES (U.S. Department of Justice): I had knowledge that there was a process going on.

Senator ARLEN SPECTER (Republican, Pennsylvania): Well, were you involved in it?

Atty. Gen. GONZALES: Senator, with respect to Carol Lam, for example…

Sen. SPECTER: Were you involved in the process?

Atty. Gen. GONZALES: I was involved in the process, yes…

Sen. SPECTER: Were you involved to a limited extent only?

Atty. Gen. GONZALES: Yes sir.

Sen. SPECTER: How much more could you have been involved than to be concerned about the replacement of Cummings and to evaluate Lam?

Senator MITCH MCCONNELL (Republican, Kentucky): The president, obviously, as you already know is not going to accept language that specifies a date for surrender or a language that micromanages the efforts of our military in Iraq.

Senator HARRY REID (Democrat, Nevada; Senate Majority Leader): I believe myself that the secretary of state, secretary of defense and you have to make your own decision - as what the president knows - that this war is lost.

Mr. CHALRES STEGER (President, Virginia Tech University): It is now confirmed that we have 31 deaths from the Norris Hall including the gunman. There are two confirmed deaths from the shooting in the Ambler-Johnston dormitory in addition to the 31 at Norris Hall.

Ms. TINA HARRISON (Virginia Tech Student): All we could hear was people screaming, laughter, and more screaming. And I counted 24 gunshots within a minute, and I lost track after that. I just started praying.

Mr. WENDELL FLINCHUM (Virginia Tech Police Chief): Cho Seung-hui. He was a 23-year-old South Korean here in the U.S. as a resident alien. Cho was enrolled as an undergraduate student in the senior year as an English major at Virginia Tech.

Mr. SEUNG-HUI CHO (Virginia Tech Gunman): You had a hundred billion chances and ways to have avoided today, but you decided to spill my blood. You forced me into a corner and gave only one option. The decision was yours. Now you have blood on your hands that will never wash off.

Dr. ZENOBIA HIKES (Vice President of Student Affairs, Virginia Tech): We have come together today to remember the cherished and innocent members of the Virginia Tech family whose lives were so abruptly ended in the senseless act that has left us all reeling in excruciating grief.

Professor NIKKI GIOVANNI (English, Virginia Tech): We are Virginia Tech. We are sad today, and we will be sad for quite a while. We are not moving on. We are embracing our mourning. We are Virginia Tech.

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