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The Week in Words: April 19-25

"I want to see him pitch. It's flattering that he even tries to emulate me, very flattering.''

Tampa Bay Rays pitching ace Scott Kazmir, above, regarding Mitchell High School ace Patrick Schuster, at left, who gained national attention for throwing four straight no-hitters.

"I said, "Just don't tell me they said anything about the president.'' '

Wanda Wright, recalling her reaction when her 18-year-old son told her about racist graffiti near her home in Meadow Pointe.

"I can't think of anything dumber in this economy than that.''

Tom Dempsey, chief executive of Saddlebrook Resort, regarding a proposal to increase the county tourist tax by 1 percent.

"He screamed, "Get out of the house, get out of the house.' ''

Terri Gonzalez, who escaped a fire that destroyed two apartments in New Port Richey. Authorities said a 15-year-old boy started the fire by lighting spray deodorant.

"I missed it. I walked in through the door and it felt natural. I'm really glad to be here.''

School Board member Cathi Martin, whose chronic absences led state lawmakers to call for her removal from office. She returned to work on Tuesday after a month of missed meetings, citing health problems.

"You literally wrote the plan for Pasco County. We're going to miss the heck out of you.''

County Commissioner Ann Hildebrand to Sam Steffey, a planner who worked 31 years for the county before retiring this week.

"I just couldn't punish my body anymore.''

Connie Duffy, a 26-year veteran social studies teacher at Bayonet Point Middle School who suffers from inoperable cancer. A committee that administers the school district's sick leave bank awarded her enough paid time to get her through the end of the school year after having earlier denied her the benefit.

"They have been nice, but Will is my favorite one.''

Jessica Howard, 7, of Trinity, who traveled to Tallahassee to push for a change in state policy that excluded homeschoolers from participating in the virtual schools program. Jessica, below, was referring to the lawmakers she met, saving her highest praise for Rep. Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel.

"The bottom line is, it's Bobby Lee Black.''

Assistant State Attorney Manny Garcia during closing arguments in Black's trial in Dade City. He was convicted of raping an elderly woman in Zephyrhills in 2007.

The Week in Words: April 19-25 04/25/09 [Last modified: Saturday, April 25, 2009 10:47am]
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