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"It has long been said that adversity is a great opportunity in disguise. Assuming that is correct, I should have a tremendous opportunity awaiting me."

_ Elizabeth Hapner, who resigned as a Hillsborough County judge last week in the face of attempts by the Judicial Qualifications Commission to remove her from the bench for abandoning her law practice to run for office in 1996 and for lying during a divorce proceeding. She already had been suspended.

"I think it's probably the most important environmental vote we've taken in 20 years."

_ Hillsborough County Commissioner Ed Turanchik, referring to an agreement that is designed to end the water wars waged in the Tampa Bay region for 20 years.

"You can't drive like that. I have my children in the car."

_ An unidentified woman who, with her two children watching, helped pummel a 19-year-old woman who unwittingly cut her off on Fletcher Avenue.

"We have to accept the fact that some of the staff knew what was going on and didn't tell anyone about it. We can't put it all on Audley."

_ Tampa Housing Authority Chairman Ed Johnson, explaining why some top managers at the agency will lose their jobs in the wake of a federal audit pointing out widespread problems. Much of the blame was placed on former THA Executive Director Audley Evans.

"This is not just more bricks with Lee's name on it. Ten to 15 years from now, it will make an incredible difference for people in Florida."

_ Dr. John C. Ruckdeschel, director of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, referring to the former state Hillsborough legislator after whom the facility is named. Moffitt is a former House speaker who orchestrated the original state funding for the facility and successfully lobbied the Legislature for $100-million to build a new research wing.

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