Quotes of the week

"Ever since I've known him, he's been a ball of energy. There's something to do, and time's a-wastin'."

— The Rev. Ken Crawford of Rantoul, describing his friend Warren Manley. Rantoul designated Friday and today as Warren Manley Days to honor one of their longtime leading citizens. Manley recently turned 90.

"What (the data) says to us is that nationally we've done a good job of educating people about the dangers of drunk driving, but we haven't done such a good job of reminding them that other drunk behavior, including walking, can be just as dangerous."

— Jonathon Adkins of the Governors Highway Safety Council, discussing a study that showed more than one-third of pedestrians killed in 2011 were intoxicated. Thirty-five percent of the 1,547 pedestrians killed had blood-alcohol levels of 0.08 or greater, the legal limit for driving.

"The shaved head kind of locks me in and gets my focus where it needs to be."

— University of Illinois linebacker Jonathan Brown, discussing the gleaming pate he displayed at the beginning of fall football practice.

"I've never prescribed medical marijuana, and I never plan to. I don't recall a patient in 30 years that I have not been able to control with conventional therapies."

— Dr. David Hagan, a family practice physician in Gibson City, expressing skepticism about the viability of using marijuana to help seriously ill patients cope with pain. Gov. Pat Quinn recently signed a medical marijuana bill into law.

"I think we're all still in shock. Everybody's standing around the newsroom talking about it. ... I don't think much work's getting done."

— Robert McCartney, a longtime employee of The Washington Post, describing his and his colleagues' reaction to the sale of the celebrated newspaper to Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com.

"It gave us an extra year, year-and-a-half with our pet. If we'd done nothing, she wouldn't have lasted a month."

— Phil Meyers of Springfield, discussing the experimental use of a cancer-busting drug, PAC-1, on Blaze, his golden retriever, at the UI's veterinary clinic. Medical researchers are now studying if PAC-1 can be helpful in treating people as well.

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