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Published Sep. 27, 2005

"He complained about trying to find work. He complained about not having any food in his refrigerator, and about not having the time or money to get groceries. He talked about his parents, how they were supposed to hook him up with some money but they didn't."

- Ronald Bogdahn, a neighbor of Harry Green, recalling what Green talked about in the days before Green was shot dead in an exchange of gunfire with deputies attempting to serve a warrant charging him with the robbery of a department store at Citrus Park Town Center.

"The county's losing 112 acres of public land that will forever be gone."

- Hillsborough County Commissioner Jan Platt talking about a 4-3 vote to approve the sale of county-owned land to a developer with plans to build a subdivision. Two years ago, the county vowed to protect the land from development.

"Somehow, the "or' didn't stick in my brain."

- India Williams, consumer affairs manager for the Tampa Water Department, explaining the confusion that ensued when district water officials restricted lawn watering to the morning or the evening one day a week, not morning and evening.

"We can't fathom any of this happening."

- Michele Karpenko, a friend of Carrollwood homemaker Kathie Freeman. Investigators say Freeman drove to the home of her ex-husband, Tampa lawyer Grover Freeman Jr., shot him 14 times and then attempted suicide by jumping off the Sunshine Skyway bridge.

"I think it really bothered her to see them together."

- Naomia Swain, housekeeper to Grover Freeman Jr., talking about the recent reconciliation of Grover Freeman and his current wife, and the effect she thinks it had on his ex-wife, Kathie Freeman.

"They thought the costumes were too revealing, but I'm not changing them."

- Kenneth Mitchell, artistic director of the American Stage theater and director of its current Twelfth Night Fever production, explaining why donors with the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay yanked $39,000 in support after complaining that the show was too risque.

"Back in my generation, they'd be the Cleavers."

- Bob McQuilkin, former Tampa Catholic cross-country coach of 21-year-old murder suspect Earl Hinson, talking about Hinson's family and suburban upbringing. Hinson is charged, along with another man, with shooting to death a pizza delivery driver and stealing his car and $150 in cash and checks, then attempting to kill a restaurant manager hours later.