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"Well, there goes the third-floor ballroom."

Attorney Ronald Cotterill, on reports that embattled landlord Steven Green missed mortgage payments on his Hyde Park mansion and is in danger of losing the $1.7-million home. Cotterill represents a painting firm and carpet company that were among contractors who did work for Green's apartment companies and then said Green stiffed them.

"I'm the one who takes the heat."

- Plant City city manager Phillip Waldron, who resigned a week after a federal trial in which two former officers detailed corruption in the police department. Officers alleged Waldron knew about problems, including the stealing of pornographic videotapes. Waldron, who has not been charged with a crime, denied the investigation was the reason he quit.

"It made me feel like a human being again."

- Robert Carr, after he had two lungs from a cadaver implanted in his chest. The former smoker is Tampa General Hospital's first lung transplant recipient.

"I did walk in the house and fix a drink."

- Developer Dick Beard, a co-chair of the Tampa/St. Petersburg host committee, admitting nervousness at learning Tampa was one of three cities being considered for the 2004 Republican National Convention.

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