May 22, 3:11 AM EDT

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"When a train derails on a speed-limited curve, there is one inescapable conclusion: The train was speeding. We look forward to deposing the memory-impaired engineer as to what he remembers happening." - Defense lawyer Robert Mongeluzzi on Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian, who was operating the train that derailed in Philadelphia earlier this month.


"We made so much noise about the oil spill in our pristine Santa Barbara coast that it was called the `environmental shot heard `round the world.'" - California artist Bud Bottoms on the environmentalist rally against oil drilling after the 1969 oil spill, which was near the spill that occurred on Tuesday.


"We are thrilled that Michelle's parole hearing was successful, and that she might soon be able to live her life freely as a woman. Being housed with men, sexually assaulted, and denied critical health care these past 30 years, Michelle has suffered greatly in prison and continues to suffer every day she is denied the surgery she desperately and urgently needs." - Ilona Turner, legal director of the Oakland-based Transgender Law Center, after a federal appeals court delayed transgender prison inmate Michelle-Lael Norsworthy's sex reassignment surgery after a state panel recommended that she be paroled.

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