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The Week in Words

The week's news in the words of the newsmakers

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

"Oh my goodness. That's wonderful. That is everything I applied for. You just made my day."

Eugene Williams, the executive director of the Homeless Coalition of Pasco, after learning the county stands to receive $800,000 in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

"I totally forgot about it. I was holding it for a friend."

Tiffany Harbison, 22, of Gulfport after a new X-ray screening device at the Pasco jail revealed she had attempted to conceal drugs.

"Part of building character is owning up to mistakes and learning from them. ... He wants to do the right thing and is very much determined to get past this and do the best he can."

James Irvin Education Center principal Nancy Guss after student Mike Larry, 18, was arrested and charged with car burglary and two counts of simple battery. Larry recently had overcome extreme odds to sign a football scholarship with North Dakota State College of Science.

"Wilton Simpson is a business leader who understands the challenges that Florida is facing, and I look forward to his leadership in Tallahassee.''

Outgoing Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos endorsing East Pasco egg farmer Wilton Simpson in the Republican race for Senate District 11. Also seeking the seat is State Rep. John Legg of Port Richey.

"The Chasco event planners thought it was their God-given right to spend taxpayers' money, and that's wrong. It's just flat wrong."

New Port Richey Deputy Mayor Rob Marlowe regarding the city's decision to cut tax support for the annual Chasco Fiesta, which will kick off this week.

"We already feel landlocked by traffic during the county fair and races. We have to play chicken to get across 52."

Patty Titsworth, president of the Pines Homeowners Association in Dade City, which is seeking a traffic signal on SR 52.

"I don't think that's healthy. That's not the way that I roll."

Former Florida Secretary of State Kurt Browning, rejecting the idea of seeking a write-in candidate for the Republican primary in which he will try to unseat incumbent Pasco Schools superintendent Heather Fiorentino.

The week's news in the words of the newsmakers 03/17/12 [Last modified: Saturday, March 17, 2012 12:28pm]
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