Undated (AP) _ ''The prosecutors have been dipping and dabbling in the politics of Washington for a long time, and it's unconscionable. ... And then they tried to kill me, it's unprecedented.'' - Mayor Marion Barry of Washington acknowledging he smoked crack the night of his Jan. 18 arrest, which he said was part of a long effort by federal authorities to discredit him.

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''We would rather be dead here than go back to Vietnam.'' - Nguyen Van Nam, one of 7,000 Vietnamese boat people at the High Island Detention Center in Hong Kong seeking refugee status.

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''When they come back we have tapes of people fixing their roofs, we have tapes of people shopping, even though they can't walk - allegedly. We have tapes of people loading heavy things into their vehicles.'' - Finance Director Ben Hayllar of Pittsburgh describing the videotaping of city employees fraudulently collecting workers' compensation.