Editor's note: The following is a recap of the week's news events, in the words of the newsmakers.
"From the officer's standpoint, you're going 100 miles an hour, you're being shot at, you know. Sometimes that information isn't relayed back correctly. This is law enforcement. This is not a situation where we're playing checkers or chess and we can slowly take things methodically down the road."
Sheriff Chris Nocco, explaining why initial descriptions of suspects in a Zephyrhills shooting indicated they were black. They were white.
"Sounds like she's scared of a hard day's work."
Pasco Detective John Suess, after arresting three people suspected of using a skimmer device to steal credit card information. One, Kathryn Perez, a server at Mugs n' Jugs in Port Richey, told deputies she targeted customers who made her work hard or were bad tippers, authorities said.
"My personal feelings are I have concerns. For (the Department of Environmental Protection) to go back and change their position, they would have to make a pretty strong case to the Legislature about why they did so.''
State Rep. Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, commenting on a proposed private garbage landfill near Dade City. Officials last week had said it appeared the state DEP was ready to approve it.
"I am local and I am here and I am eager to provide business."
Jason Braunstein, owner of J&S Printing in Port Richey, complaining to the School Board that the use of prison labor is hurting his business.
"That limb is getting awfully weak."
Developer Ken McGurn, whose Main Street Landing project in downtown New Port Richey has sat unfinished for years. He returned to the City Council this week to update his problems, saying he is on a financial limb.
"I think the (Republican) Party is losing its convictions, the sense of what the party is supposed to be about. We're compromising too much. I take your vote as a compromise. If we're going to cut the budget, cut the budget, don't just reduce the size of the increases."
Bill Thompkins, a 64-year-old Spring Hill retiree, during a town hall meeting conducted by U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent, R-Spring Hill.
"I used box mixes until about year ago because I didn't have a mixer."
Danielle Schwartzman, 23, whose cake baking prowess has earned her a spot as finalist for TLC's the Next Great Baker.