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The Week in Words

Pasco's week in words for Aug. 18

"It was a scene you usually see in a movie, but it happened in Pasco County."

Sheriff Chris Nocco describing the scene in Moon Lake, where the SWAT team killed Robert William Kaminski, 62, at left. Nocco said he had pointed an AK-47 rifle at deputies.

"He was yelling, 'Help me! Help me! I can't get to the boat.' My dad didn't even think and before you knew it, he got in the water."

Erin Kowalski, 10, describing how her father, Brian Kowlaski, disappeared in the ocean near the Florida Keys after rescuing a friend's 8-year-old son. His body was recovered the next day.

"He was my youngest. He was my baby, my everything."

Veronica Merrell after her son, Dakota Merrell, 16, was killed when his ATV collided with a car on U.S. 19 in Hudson.

"If I have to, I will come and knock on every door of every student letting them know they have to attend. Our absentee rates are atrocious."

School superintendent Kurt Browning, reacting to a report that shows 10 percent of all Pasco students missed 21 or more days of classes during the 2011-12 school year.

"It's unfortunate Port Richey is again under the spotlight and we can do nothing but wait for the completion of the state attorney's investigation on this. But I think it would be very poor of us not to at least address this and let the citizens know we are aware of this, we are monitoring it, and we will take whatever appropriate action that we may need, if need be."

Port Richey City Council member Terry Rowe, regarding a pending DUI investigation of City Manager Tom O'Neill, above left.

"To me, closing or diminishing the amount of library hours is a sin against nature."

Diane Halterman addressing the County Commission, which had considered closing some libraries to save money. The commission later abandoned the idea.

"I don't have an answer for that.''

Pasco High football coach Tom McHugh when asked where sophomore star Nate Craig might be able to improve.

"I don't have an answer for that.''

Pasco High football coach Tom McHugh when asked where sophomore star Nate Craig might be able to improve.

Pasco's week in words for Aug. 18 08/16/13 [Last modified: Friday, August 16, 2013 6:28pm]
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