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There is no one that had lawful authority to tell them to leave."

_ Hillsborough State Attorney Mark Ober, on his decision not to pursue charges against three protesters arrested for trespassing at a George W. Bush rally. Ober said police believed they were being instructed by the Secret Service and the FBI; in reality, they were taking orders from Republicans with handheld radios.

They had two handfuls of my hair. They put it in the garbage can."

_ Marcqueez Beal, describing an incident in which he said a Progress Village Middle School teacher and an aide forced him to the ground and used scissors to cut off several inches of his hair. The 14-year-old's parents have notified school officials they intend to sue.

One held it and the other one stepped on it. I was just trying to get my food and get out of there."

_ Leto High student Maxwell McCray, describing how school officials got rid of a rat in the cafeteria. Students have complained of a rat problem at the 37-year old school, which principal Daniel Bonilla says is exaggerated.

That's when I began to realize that one-third of modern history was classified."

_ John Loftus, recalling how as a young prosecutor he stumbled across classified documents, including some he thought proved U.S. and British intelligence agencies knew of the Holocaust when it was in its early stages. Loftus, a Nazi hunter and volunteer president of the Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg, has filed a lawsuit alleging controversial USF professor Sami Al-Arian used state-regulated organizations to launder and funnel money to terrorist groups in Syria.

It didn't knock me out. I don't know how. I was seeing black spots."

_ Hockey fan Tricia Hirsch, who was hit in the face with a hockey puck last year at a Tampa Bay Lightning game.

This is going to be a long year."

_ County commissioner Tom Scott, after commissioners squabbled over rules on which of them gets to attend parades and other functions. The battle, played out at a county commission meeting, emphasized the rifts in a bitterly divided board with six of its seven seats up for election.