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"A Russian cosmonaut is a galley slave, a human being deprived of any rights."

Rostislav Bogdashevsky, a Russian space pyschologist who has spent 35 years working with cosmonauts,

describing the aging Mir space station as a "sweatshop" and accusing Russia's Mission Control of having provoked the space collision in June by overloading the Mir's exhausted crew

"I wanted to be here to make sure the judge didn't give this man bail and put him back out on the street. I've been up all night. We drove six hours, and we have to drive six hours back, so my husband can go to work at 6 a.m. But I wanted the judge to see us."

Kim VerHage, mother of rape and murder victim,

at a detention hearing in Buffalo for a prime suspect in a Michigan crime