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The Week in Words

Week in words

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

"Bad car. Bad, bad car.''

Attorney Peyton Hyslop, a former Hernando County judge, on the wording of a Brooksville ordinance controlling red light cameras that indicates the vehicle and not the driver is at fault.

"This is not a d--- joke.''

Howard Moore, whose wife received a ticket from a Brooksville red light camera infraction that cost her two days' pay.

"Two-thirds of this county's expenses are for law enforcement and the jail. The people who avail themselves of that system by breaking the law should be the ones paying for it.''

County Commissioner Dave Russell, on a proposal to double the $15 surcharge added in certain court cases to raise funds for courthouse improvements.

"The kid is a menace. I can feel very sympathetic for (Tai-Ling Gigliotti). How do you control an out-of-control child?"

Attorney Robert Whittel, who represents Anton Angelo, Gigliotti's fiance and co-defendant. Gigliotti and Angelo face several child abuse charges involving their care for Gigliotti's adopted son.

"These guys could start a war if they wanted to.''

Rick Yarber of Tampa, observing the firepower from about 50 people shooting machine guns and other weapons at a junked car during a Fourth of July machine gun shoot at a Hernando County gun range.

"Can't say. I never tried any of their's.''

Howard Delaine, 82, who has run Howard's BBQ in Brooksville for nearly half of his life, on the question of who has the best barbecue among the three barbecue joints in the two-block area.

"Our hope and expectation is that reasonable minds will reach reasonable solutions and we won't have to resort to reasonable courts.''

Attorney Bruce Snow, representing several out-of-county students who had been attending Nature Coast Technical High School in violation of district policy. The students have been barred from returning, but hope to reverse the School Board's decision.

"If someone is handicapped and doesn't have their placard that day, I want to make sure they don't come back and find their car gone.''

Brooksville City Council member David Pugh, on a proposed ordinance that would allow police to impound vehicles for a first offense, such as parking in a handicapped zone without proper documentation.

Week in words 07/11/09 [Last modified: Saturday, July 11, 2009 9:28am]
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  1. No toll lanes north of downtown Tampa in three of four interstate proposals


    TAMPA — Express lanes may not be coming to downtown Tampa after all. Or at least not to the stretch of Interstate 275 that goes north through Bearss Avenue.

    Seminole Heights resident Kimberly Overman discusses the new interstate options with V.M. Ybor resident Chris Vela (left), Hillsborough County Commissioner Pat Kemp and HNTB consultant Chloe Coney during a Tampa Bay Express meeting Monday night at the Barrymore Hotel. [CAITLIN JOHNSTON  |  Times]
  2. Pinellas grants St. Pete's request to add millions to pier budget

    Local Government

    Times Staff Writer

    The Pinellas County Commission has granted St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman's request to dedicate millions more toward the city's new pier.

    The St. Petersburg City Council on Thursday  voted 7-1 to appropriate $17.6 million for the over-water portion of the Pier District. This is a rendering of what the new Pier District could look like. [Courtesy of St. Petersburg]
  3. Man injured when small helicopter crashes into Odessa home


    ODESSA — A small manned helicopter crashed into the roof of a house in northwest Hillsborough County on Monday, injuring a pilot, officials said.

    Rescuers respond to a crash of a small helicopter on the roof of a home in the Odessa area on Monday. [Hillsborough County Fire Rescue]
  4. State investigation cites multiple failures in death of Largo child


    LARGO — It was sweltering in the bedroom of the Largo mobile home the day a child welfare case manager visited in July.

    Liz Rutenbeck, 24, poses with her son William in a Facebook photo. Baby William Hendrickson IV died while his mother was in jail after police said his father left ihim in a sweltering room.  A state investigation into the boy's death found multiple failures on the part of the child welfare system.
  5. 'Siesta Key' star punched in face, not sure who did it


    TAMPA —Alex Kompothecras, cast member on MTV's reality show "Siesta Key," tells police he was punched in the face outside a bar in Tampa's SoHo district.

    Alex Kompothecras, Juliette Porter, Pauly Apostolides, Madisson Hausburg, Chloe Trautman, Garrett Miller, Kelsey Owens and Brandon Gomes pose for a photo in Siesta Key in June before the debut of the MTV reality series Siesta Key. [
EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]