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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]
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