"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.