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The Week in Words

North Pasco week in words

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

"She knew so many people in Land O'Lakes. If you ever wanted to find out whatever happened to you-know-who, you'd find her because she'd been here for so long.''

Marge Whaley, retired Pasco School Board member regarding Dora Bean, a longtime teacher and community volunteer who died on Christmas Day.

"It was recreational for her. It let her get away. See, with skydiving, it's not about skydiving. It's about hanging out with friends, about making friends, and it was no different with Debbie.''

T.K. Hayes, who owns Skydive City in Zephyrhills. He spoke about Debbie Laws, 48, who was killed while jumping during the Christmas and New Year's Skydive Boogie.

"We'd like more intersections to be monitored, because it helps diminish crashes and saves lives. Is there a monetary incentive for the city? Yes. But we expect you to be a good driver and abide by state law.''

David Brown, Port Richey police chief, after the city agreed to hire a Jacksonville company to take over photographing red-light runners.

"This is a crisis we're in. We don't need to be micromanaging.''

State Rep. Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, after meeting with Pasco School Superintendent Heather Fiorentino regarding the financial crisis. Local school officials want the state to ease unfunded mandates and provide more flexibility for spending.

"We always knew that Fritz had the same values and aspirations as we did. He really is a true environmentalist.''

Leslie Neumann, longtime member of the Gulf Coast Conservancy regarding Fritz Musselmann, who retired this week after 33 years of acquiring and managing environmentally sensitive land for the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

"Absolutely, it's a concern. My heart goes out to these people.''

Gabriel Papadopoulos, program manager of Meals on Wheels in Pasco County, where 148 people are on the waiting list.

"I want him to be somebody.''

Crystal Rusaw, 20, above, who gave birth at 8:08 a.m. Thursday to Antonio Rusaw, the first baby of the new year in Pasco County.

North Pasco week in words 01/03/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 9:09am]
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  1. Hernando teacher faces sexual battery charges


    BROOKSVILLE — Deputies arrested a teacher on charges of sexual battery Tuesday, the Hernando County Sheriff's Office said.

  2. Drought forces tougher watering restrictions on Tampa Bay


    Homeowners in Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties will be limited to watering their lawns only once a week under new, tighter watering restrictions imposed Tuesday by the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

    A fallen pine tree burns and smolders in a section of pine flatwoods earlier this month in the Starkey Wilderness Preserve in Pasco County. Drought conditions have helped spark wildfires across the state. Now homeowners in Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties will face tighter watering restrictions imposed Tuesday by the Southwest Florida Water Management District. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]
  3. Sharing extreme views, neo-Nazis sometimes convert to radical Islam


    It sounds like an unlikely leap of faith: a neo-Nazi converting to Islamic extremism.

    Devon Arthurs, 18, told police  he shared neo-Nazi beliefs with his roommates, Jeremy Himmelman and Andrew Oneschuk, until he converted to Islam, according to a police report .
[Tampa Police]
  4. Target Corp. reaches $18.5 million settlement with 47 states over data breach


    Target Corp. has agreed to pay Florida $928,963 out of a newly-announced $18.5 million settlement over a huge data breach that occurred in late 2013.

    Forty-seven states and the District of Columbia have reached an $18.5 million settlement with Target Corp. to resolve the states' probe into the discounter's massive pre-Christmas data breach in 2013. 
[Associated Press]
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    TAMPA — Easily obtainable chemicals and equipment that investigators found at the scene of a double murder in Tampa Palms were assembled for one purpose, according to explosives experts: To create an improvised explosive device that could kill people and destroy property.

    Authorities search a vehicle late Sunday in Key Largo after arresting Brandon Russell of Tampa, who is not pictured. Russell faces federal explosives charges after Tampa police investigating a double homicide found bomb materials in his Tampa Palms apartment. [Photo courtesy of Kevin Wadlow,]