"Snow has become a four-letter word." — Tom McGarrigle, a politician in suburban Philadelphia, where another 9 inches fell Thursday.

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"The court is compelled to conclude that Virginia's Marriage Laws ... deny Virginia's gay and lesbian citizens the fundamental freedom to choose to marry." — Federal Judge Arenda Wright Allen, in ruling that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

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"He was a wonderful guy. He was always kind, always generous, and a joy to work with." — Alan Mills, manager for actor Ralph Waite, who played the kind family patriarch on the TV series "The Waltons." Waite died Thursday at 85.