"This fight is not over. Not only is the fight not over, I'm not through fighting."

John Edwards, speaking in Greensboro during his not-a-farewell tour of North Carolina before his Senate term ends.\ "A couple of more months are not going to be an inconvenience to the state."

John O. Craig III, Superior Court judge, granting a stay of execution to convicted murderer Charles Walker until attorneys can file new legal briefs.

\ "Give 'em Dell."

Jeff Thigpen, Guilford County commissioner, exulting after commissioners approved an incentives offer for the giant computer manufacturer.

\ "It's a lose-lose situation. If you don't fight back, you won't get suspended but everyone will call you a punk. If you fight back, you get suspended but respected."

Carlos Smith, a sophomore at Smith High, explaining why some students don't duck fights.

\ "We're been portrayed as a horrible gangster school, but the majority of students are successful."

Jawan Dow, student body president at High Point's Andrews High.

\ "It cannot be good for two sides of an industry to be opposing each other in court like this."

Peter Kilduff, associate professor of textile apparel management at UNCG, assessing the impact of a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Association of Importers of Textiles and Apparel, which seeks to block temporary quotas - favored by U.S. manufacturers - on imports from China.

\ "They actually hit us where we have the greatest need."

Jim Summey, pastor of English Road Baptist Church in High Point, lamenting the theft of meat worth $300 from the West End Ministries' food pantry.

\ "That's why they do the hit list, they want people to be scared of them. I didn't want them to think they have power over us, the power of fear."

Emily Tinsley, a 13-year-old student at Northwest Middle, explaining why she returned to school after the discovery of a purported "hit list."

\ "A promise is a promise. I know it is happening to a lot of people, but you feel like it is time for the little guy to stand up and fight, if possible."

Loretta Calhoun, who was informed by International Textile Group that her retiree medical and dental benefits, earned by her late husband at Cone Mills, will be terminated next year.

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