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Best of 2011: Notable quotes from local news

As another year draws to a close, we asked our local reporters and editors to share the most memorable quotes of 2011.

Some were weird. Others were heartbreaking. And at least one (ahem, Beltway sex) is simultaneously reasonable and ludicrous.

Read through some of our favorite quotes of the year, and vote for the one you think is most notable.

A Fairfax County police checkpoint, 2006. (Rich Lipski/TWP)

— Attorney Douglas R. Stevens, arguing that a man who caused a crash on the Beltway should be subject to punitive damages because he claimed he was ‘otherwise engaged’ at the time of the collision.

Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman (8) gets ready to hand the ball off to Washington Redskins running back Roy Helu (29). (Toni L. Sandys/WASHINGTON POST)

— Rex Grossman of the Washington Redskins, on multiple occasions.

Dr. Adam Riess. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

— Johns Hopkins astrophysicist Adam Riess, on how he learned that he was one of three winners of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics.

A candlelight vigil for fallen Virginia Tech police officer Deriek W. Crouse. (CHRIS KEANE/REUTERS)

— Lawrence G. Hincker, head spokesman for Virginia Tech, addressing reporters after the tragic shooting that claimed the lives of a university police officer and his killer.

Leslie Johnson, right, with her lawyer, Shawn M. Wright. (Mark Gail/THE WASHINGTON POST)

— Leslie Johnson, the former Prince George’s County Council member, telling a court that she had no part in the bribery scheme orchestrated by her husband, former County Executive Jack Johnson.

Bob Barker. (RON THOMAS/AP)

— Bob Barker, the former “Price is Right” host and fierce animal defender, on why he inserted himself into a debate over how to control Rockville’s booming deer population.

Jayna Murray was killed by a co-worker inside the Lululemon Athletica store in Bethesda. (Mark Gail/AP)

— Mary Ripple, a Maryland state medical examiner, testifying in the Lululemon murder trial that Jayna Murray sustained more than 300 injuries including brain bruising, stab wounds, chipped teeth and severe brain trauma.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. (Nikki Kahn/Post)

— A quote carved into the side of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial. Critics said the quote, a shortened version of the original, misrepresented the actual words from King’s 1968 sermon about the evils of self-promotion.

Zach Burroughs of Arlington. (Ricky Carioti/THE WASHINGTON POST)

— Zach Burroughs, AKA “ice cream cone man,” who braved a snowstorm in his quest for pistachio gelato.

Vote for the quote you think is the year’s most memorable and submit your own suggestions in the comments below.


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