Wednesday, May 23, 2018
News Roundup

Pasco: The Week's News in Words

The following is a recap of the week's news events, in the words of the newsmakers.

"Moving a hospital is like changing the engine of an airplane while it's still in flight."

Nancy Bowen, a consultant with Health Care Transitions, which helped coordinate the transfer of patients from Community Hospital to the new Medical Center of Trinity.

"If you are setting sail on a five-year transitional timeline and you're leaving the board on the shoreline, then I would suggest … you may have rough seas ahead."

School Board chairwoman Joanne Hurley to superintendent Heather Fiorentino during a meeting in which board members complained of a lack of communication.

"You remember the nice places where you go. We need to make sure Pasco County does look good for the visitors that come here so they will come back."

County Commissioner Ted Schrader as he voted with the majority to continue a ban on animated signs.

"They aren't listening to us. And they are not considering what this will do to special events. They are trying to say that downtown businesses aren't already benefitting from these events, and that's just wrong."

West Pasco Chamber of Commerce executive director Joe Alpine after the New Port Richey City Council decided to allow bars to sell drinks "to go'' during downtown festivals.

"He told me he knew what true evil was. He told me that he had gone as far down the path as he could go."

Angel Peck testifying at Jackie Lee Braden's trial. Braden, 40, was sentenced to life for murdering his mother, Sherrill Wright, and stepfather, David Wright. Peck had a five-year relationship with Braden.

"When the court reporter sneezed, she even said 'bless you.' ''

Rob McCallum, public information officer for Colorado's 3rd Judicial District, describing the scene when Lee Grace Dougherty accepted a plea deal for her part in a cross-country crime spree that began in Zephyrhills.

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Three arrested for street racing after mother fatally struck pushing stroller on Bayshore Boulevard

Three arrested for street racing after mother fatally struck pushing stroller on Bayshore Boulevard

TAMPA — The two cars raced each other along Bayshore Boulevard just before noon, witnesses told police. One was a black 2018 Mustang. The other a gold Nissan. They sped side-by-side, trading the lead, police said, despite the traffic and pedestrians ...
Updated: 12 minutes ago

Eckerd College student critically injured in campus accident just before graduation

ST. PETERSBURG — An Eckerd College student fell from a ladder on campus in the hours before her graduation ceremony and remained hospitalized Wednesday with head injuries.Chicago native Rebecca Ryan Lavin-Burgher, known as Becca on campus and RyRy to...
Updated: 20 minutes ago
Live blog: It comes down to this for Bolts-Caps

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Updated: 23 minutes ago
Rays’ Jake Faria may be out until August, Vidal Nuno called up

Rays’ Jake Faria may be out until August, Vidal Nuno called up

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Updated: 1 hour ago
Birchwood owner will open a three-story restaurant and bar at St. Petersburg pier

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ST. PETERSBURG — Chuck Prather, owner of the Birchwood in St. Petersburg, returned from his daughter’s Maine wedding this week with an exciting announcement of his own. On June 7 the St. Petersburg City Council is expected to sign off on him being on...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Sinkhole opens up near Bayfront Health’s Brooksville hospital

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Updated: 2 hours ago
Hillsborough teachers hope to get some, but not all of their raise money

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Updated: 2 hours ago
USF posts (mostly) solid APR marks

USF posts (mostly) solid APR marks

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Updated: 2 hours ago
Son tells NC police he found dog leash around neck of strangled Hillsborough developer Bill Bishop

Son tells NC police he found dog leash around neck of strangled Hillsborough developer Bill Bishop

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Updated: 2 hours ago
State softball: Land O’Lakes advances to second straight title game

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Updated: 2 hours ago