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February 9, 2008

"Like everybody else, we stayed home. And did things."
JIM HEALY, father of Lauren, a Blizzard of '78 baby, remembering the storm

"We're broke."
DANIEL GRABAUSKAS, MBTA general manager, on the T's projected $75 million budget deficit in the upcoming fiscal year

"This whole rivalry, cities and things like that, this isn't about, you know, New York City is better than Boston. They're just cities. They're buildings. You know, this game is that the people of New York are better than the people of Boston. . . . Obviously, Boston has got great things. You've got your cream pies. Your strangler. Your massacre. You got your baked beans. Have you guys ever had Boston baked beans? Wow! They are so much better than regular baked beans."
Comedian JON STEWART, after the Giants beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl

"Trying to beat traffic."
New York Giants quarterback ELI MANNING, on why he thought New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick left the field at the Super Bowl with one second left

"I think we must get used to the idea that we are the Republican Party front-runner . . . And I don't really mind it one bit."
JOHN McCAIN, to supporters on Super Tuesday

"This is not an easy decision for me. I hate to lose . . . Because I love America, in this time of war, I feel I must now stand aside, for our party and for our country. . . . In this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign be part of aiding a surrender to terror."
MITT ROMNEY, withdrawing from the presidential race

"I want to say I've never been surrounded by so many fake breasts, but I went to the Academy Awards."
Academy Award winner and this year's Harvard Lampoon's Woman of the Year CHARLIZE THERON, asked to compare the Oscars and the Hasty Pudding program

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