Undated (AP) _ ''As soon as I heard it was turret No. 2, I knew he was dead. I waited and waited, but I knew.'' - Leasa Thompson, wife of Jack E. Thompson Jr., upon learning her husband was one of 47 killed in an explosion aboard the battleship USS Iowa.

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''Selling companies is seen as something like selling family.'' - Yoshihisa Murasawa, a consultant in Japan, on the chilly reception Tokyo business leaders have given to corporate takeover artist T. Boone Pickens, who has purchased shares worth about $1 billion in Koito Manufacturing Co.

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''It reflects badly on other concessions at the airport, like fresh fish.'' - Massport spokeswoman Teresa McAlpine on why officials have banned gag bottles of dirty Boston Harbor water from Logan International Airport.