"Children see total lawlessness and total impunity ... I think it reinforces this notion of hopelessness, of no protection. They see adult family members arrested, detained, and beaten, and homes looted. It's terribly destructive to their emotional well-being and their sense of place in the world." — UNICEF emergency coordinator Bob McCarthy, speaking about how armed fighters attacks on villages in Central African Republic are impacting the country's children.
"This type of hysterical war on crime, which I helped start 30 years ago, is just no longer appropriate. The war on crime actually was won 10 years ago. What you need is a general police attitude that people in New York are well behaved." — Bernie Goetz, whose 1984 shooting of four panhandling teens on the New York subway ignited charges of vigilantism, in comments made after appearing in court on a marijuana possession charge on Wednesday.
"The elf is the bane of my December. Her name is Arielle. She wears a Target-exclusive sparkly tutu that cost like 15 bucks. She has two. I can barely remember to brush my teeth, let alone hide her nightly or do an outfit change." — Deputy Editor of SELF Magazine and mom of three Meaghan B. Murphy, describing the travails of participating in the "Elf on the Shelf" holiday tradition.