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The Week in Words

The Week in Words

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

"I've not seen the evidence or what the facts are, but government officials are held to a higher standard so I'm sure that the council will address it."

Port Richey Mayor Eloise Taylor after prosecutors charged the city's manager Tom O'Neill with drunken driving for an incident July 13 in New Port Richey. His blood alcohol level was four times the legal limit, authorities said.

"We work hard all our lives. We should not have things taken away from us."

Mary Donovan, a Pasco resident addressing the County Commission about federal spending cuts that have threatened the Elderly Nutrition program.

"We were determined to reward those employees who have stayed loyal to the district over the years — especially during the economic downturn. They've earned the right to be paid more than someone who just got hired."

United School Employees of Pasco president Lynne Webb after a tentative agreement that will mean pay raises to teachers for the first time in six years.

"It's more than a post office to us. It's the heart of our community.''

Alta Trufant, a resident of Aripeka where the U.S. Postal Service has announced plans to shut down the local post office on Sept. 13.

The Week in Words 08/30/13 [Last modified: Friday, August 30, 2013 6:52pm]
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  1. Comedian and activist Dick Gregory dies at 84

    Nation

    The comedian Dick Gregory rose to national prominence in the early 1960s as a black satirist whose audacious style of humor was biting, subversive and topical, mostly centered on current events, politics and above all, racial tensions. His trademark was the searing punchline.

    Dick Gregory, a comedian, activist and author, died Saturday. [Tribune News Service, 2011]
  2. Winter Haven police investigating armed robbery at Dollar General

    Crime

    WINTER HAVEN — Police are investigating an armed robbery Friday night of a Dollar General store on W Lake Ruby Drive.

  3. Rowdies settle for draw at home

    Soccer

    ST. PETERSBURG — The good news for the Rowdies is that they still haven't lost a game at Al Lang Stadium since late April. The bad news is they had to settle for a 1-1 tie against Ottawa on Saturday night in front of 6,710 sweaty fans.

  4. Bats come to life, but Rays' freefall continues (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG —The six runs seemed like a ton, just the second time the Rays had scored that many in a game during their numbing two-plus-weeks stretch of offensive impotency, and amazingly, the first time at the Trop in nearly two months.

    Lucas Duda connects for a two-run home run in the sixth, getting the Rays within 7-5. A Logan Morrison home run in the ninth made it 7-6, but Tampa Bay couldn’t complete the comeback.
  5. 'Free speech rally' cut short after massive counterprotest

    Nation

    BOSTON — Thousands of demonstrators chanting anti-Nazi slogans converged Saturday on downtown Boston in a boisterous repudiation of white nationalism, dwarfing a small group of conservatives who cut short their planned "free speech rally" a week after a gathering of hate groups led to bloodshed in Virginia.

    Thousands of people march against a “free speech rally” planned Saturday in Boston. About 40,000 people were in attendance.