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The Week in Words

The Week in Words: Nov. 28-Dec. 4

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

"He'll likely wake up many, many nights with that vision, that noise, that dream. We've got a long road ahead."

Larry Dalla Betta of Trinity, regarding his son, Marine Lance Cpl. Justin Gaertner, left, 21, who lost both of his legs to an explosion in Afghanistan.

"I'ma get on there and crank it up. I don't know about doing no work, but I can sure crank that sucker up."

Charlie Daniels, left, the country music legend, as he accepted a $30,000 tractor for the Angelus in Hudson. Gulf Coast Tractor & Equipment of Land O'Lakes donated the tractor. Daniels was in town for his 20th annual fundraising concert for the Angelus, a home for severely disabled people.

"He's at least been trying to do something. Given the economy, I'm sure it hasn't been comfortable for him. I would just like to see the thing fashioned into some form that isn't an eyesore."

New Port Richey Deputy Mayor Rob Marlowe, commenting on developer Ken McGurn's announcement that a huge construction crane will show up Monday morning to begin work on the long-dormant Main Street Landing project.

"I believe they don't want the project. They keep punting."

State Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it is no longer reviewing Pasco's application to extend Ridge Road to U.S. 41.

"We're just farm people with some acreage in the country. They aren't going to listen to us."

Donald Swihart, a 37-year resident of the Highlands subdivision in Hudson, where Ja-Mar hopes to get approval for a 499-unit RV park.

"The deputies are just doing their jobs, but we're not calling them."

Rick Buckman, the county's parks director, after deputies began handing out $20 tickets at Key Vista Park to people who failed to pay the new $2 parking fee.

"This is a real change. It's a reality that is hitting us now."

School Board chairwoman Joanne Hurley, after the Pasco public school population dropped by 96 students — the first dip in enrollment since 1986.

The Week in Words: Nov. 28-Dec. 4 12/04/10 [Last modified: Saturday, December 4, 2010 1:55pm]
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    College

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida State's streak of 35 consecutive bowl appearances is in serious jeopardy after a last-second 31-28 home loss to Louisville on Saturday.

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  2. Funeral starts for soldier at center of Trump fight

    Military

    COOPER CITY, Fla. (AP) — Mourners remembered not only a U.S. soldier whose combat death in Africa led to a political fight between President Donald Trump and a Florida congresswoman but his three comrades who died with him.

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    Stage

    TAMPA — Charles Gounod's Faust sets the table early. The world-weary philosopher immortalized in a dramatic poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is in his study, lamenting his state of affairs. He's willing to give away everything he has to be young again, even his soul.

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    Crime

    TAMPA — With people in Seminole Heights on edge following three related shooting deaths on their streets, police have planned a community meeting for Monday.

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    Bucs

    TAMPA — Okay, all you road scholars, why do the Bucs keep falling behind in games not played at Raymond James Stadium?

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