Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

The week in words

Pasco's week in words for Jan. 6

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

"I didn't mean to kill him. I just wanted him to stop beating me.''

Baron Von Duke Vercruysse, 23, during a jailhouse interview after he was charged with the murder of his father, Rene Dominique Vercruysse, on New Year's Eve in Holiday.

"She was a single mom with two kids. She was bright and had the potential to move up the ranks quickly. I hired her because I wanted to help her family. That was the biggest mistake in my life and my life has been impacted by that decision in every way."

Steve Van Gorden in his blog, lamenting the actions that led him to resign as Zephyrhills High School principal.

"There was a rodent, so of course there was poop there."

Gary Trapeo, owner of Towne House Pizza in Hudson after state health officials temporarily shut down the restaurant.

"This legislation does not take away the rights of gun ownership. It helps ensure the safety of our children and communities so that only those legally allowed to possess firearms do so."

Pasco Democratic Party chairman Lynn Lindeman in a letter to county commissioners urging a three-day waiting period and background checks for firearms bought at gun shows.

"Ever since I was my little sister's age (9), I wondered whether I would be that girl, would I get to hold that dove. For me to get this chance is a miracle, is a blessing to me."

Evelyn Bilirakis, 15, chosen to release the white dove to begin the annual Epiphany in Tarpon Springs. Her grandmother had the same honor in 1957.

Pasco's week in words for Jan. 6 01/05/13 [Last modified: Saturday, January 5, 2013 12:56pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. In advertising, marketing diversity needs a boost in Tampa Bay, nationally

    Business

    TAMPA — Trimeka Benjamin was focused on a career in broadcast journalism when she entered Bethune-Cookman University.

    From left, Swim Digital marketing owner Trimeka Benjamin discusses the broad lack of diversity in advertising and marketing with 22 Squared copywriter Luke Sokolewicz, University of Tampa advertising/PR professor Jennifer Whelihan, Rumbo creative director George Zwierko and Nancy Vaughn of the White Book Agency. The group recently met at The Bunker in Ybor City.
  2. Kushner to testify before two intelligence committees

    Politics

    WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner is set to make a second appearance on Capitol Hill — he will speak with the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, one day after he is scheduled to speak with Senate Intelligence Committee investigators behind closed doors.

    White House senior adviser Jared Kushner is scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee and the House Intelligence Committee. [Associated Press]
  3. Rays blow lead in ninth, lose in 10 to Rangers (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Rays manager Kevin Cash liked the way Alex Cobb was competing Friday night. He liked the way the hard contact made by the Rangers batters went away after the second or third inning. So as the game headed toward the ninth, there was no doubt in Cash's mind that sending Cobb back to the mound was …

    Rays starter Alex Cobb can hardly believe what just happened as he leaves the game in the ninth after allowing a leadoff double then a tying two-run homer to the Rangers’ Shin-Soo Choo.
  4. Exhumation of Dalí's remains finds his mustache still intact

    World

    FIGUERES, Spain — Forensic experts in Spain have removed hair, nails and two long bones from Salvador Dalí's embalmed remains to aid a court-ordered paternity test that may enable a woman who says she is the surrealist artist's daughter to claim part of Dalí's vast estate.

    Salvador Dal? died in 1989 leaving vast estate.
  5. Sessions discussed Trump campaign-related matters with Russian ambassador, U.S. intelligence intercepts show

    Politics

    WASHINGTON — Russia's ambassador to Washington told his superiors in Moscow that he discussed campaign-related matters, including policy issues important to Moscow, with Jeff Sessions during the 2016 presidential race, contrary to public assertions by the embattled attorney general, current and former U.S. …

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation after meetings with an ambassador were revealed.