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The Week in Words

The Week in Words: Nov. 22-28

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

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"This has cost me hundreds of hours. I've lost sleep, and my business is going down. A lot is happening to me as far as chest pains and all that."

Phil Abts, urging his fellow Port Richey City Council members to pay the $36,319 legal bill he incurred fighting an ethics complaint. The council declined to pick up the tab.

"I'm sure there will be a vigorous debate."

County Commissioner Pat Mulieri, on Sportsplex USA recommending a site in Trinity for the new multi-sports complex.

"If someone is shopping for a Rolex, they don't want a crowd around them all here for free jewelry cleaner."

David Hevia, owner of Kiefer Village Jewels, on the lack of Black Friday door busters and gimmicks among the downtown Dade City merchants.

"The contract reflects the economic time that we're in. I would have certainly wished we would have been able to do more for our dedicated employees."

Pasco schools superintendent Heather Fiorentino, on the agreement with the union that provides a one-time bonus for employees but no raises for the second straight year.

"These drugs just happen to be the fuel that drives our crime."

Pasco Sheriff Bob White, on a street-drug sweep that netted 63 suspects. About 80 percent of the cases involve the illegal use or sale of prescription drugs.

"It still turned out all right."

Elizabeth Smith, a Hudson woman who finished preparing the Thanksgiving feast after a family brawl landed her mother-in-law and father-in-law in jail.

"I'm real hungry."

Bonnie Dunlap, a homeless woman who was pushed 3 miles in a wheelchair for the Thanksgiving feast hosted Wednesday by the Calvary Chapel Worship Center's youth group. More than 50 people ate at the dinner, and more than 100 to-go boxes went out to needy people in the community.

"It's our last hurrah. It's sad that this is our last Black Friday. It's bittersweet."

Mike Peters, manager of the Port Richey Target, which is one of four stores nationwide slated to close Jan. 30.

"It's our last hurrah. It's sad that this is our last Black Friday. It's bittersweet."

Mike Peters, manager of the Port Richey Target, which is one of four stores nationwide slated to close Jan. 30.

The Week in Words: Nov. 22-28 11/28/09 [Last modified: Saturday, November 28, 2009 11:48am]
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