"If there ever was a person on this God's green earth who should understand the ramifications of driving under the influence, it is you."
Senior Circuit Judge Crockett Farnell to Charlton Oliver Jr., above, who will serve 15 years in prison for driving under the influence/manslaughter. It was the third accident for Oliver involving a death.
"We came and asked for our dog and they lied to our faces."
Ricky Ouellette, left, of New Port Richey, explaining what happened when he and his wife went to the SPCA on Congress Street in search of their missing dog, which was put to death.
"The people I feel worst about are our mothers and fathers. I see it as something we did, and our parents shouldn't be paying for it."
Melvin Velez, above, one of three Hudson High seniors banned from graduation ceremonies because of a prank.
"It's a little bit disturbing to me, this squaring off between our staff and this applicant. We're trying to make this more of a user-friendly place."
County Commissioner Mike Cox after Trinity Communities won a rezoning that had been opposed by the commission's professional staff.
"We keep losing industrial land by changing it to restaurants, gas stations and other ridiculous things. It's just killing property that could be done with some really nice stuff."
County budget director Mike Nurrenbrock during a meeting of top county planners.
"I'll be talking about the positives. That's what I like to talk about. I work on the others."
School superintendent Heather Fiorentino after the latest round of FCAT scores came in with mixed results.
"Both of them have left for more money."
Dade City police Chief Ray Velboom during a discussion with the City Commission about recruiting and retaining officers and whether to let them take home vehicles.
"You're down to one wife."
Circuit Judge Pat Siracusa to Marvin Frazer, 44, of Zephyrhills. He had been facing a bigamy charge but has since divorced one wife.