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THE WEEK IN WORDS

Editor's note: The following is a recap of the week's news events, in the words of the newsmakers.

"Here, he doesn't have to worry about being made fun of."

Jack Schaeffer, about his slightly autistic stepson, Sly Marchesano, at the Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520 annual Halloween party for children and adults with special needs.

"We looked at each other. The first thing we thought of was the baby."

Maurice Spencer, a letter carrier whose home in Embassy Hills was struck by bullets, including one that slammed into the room of his 13-month-old son, Jiovanni.

"Well, quite honestly, being in the same room with him isn't exactly on my top tier of things I want to subject myself to. Nor would anybody in their right mind."

U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite,explaining why she has avoided appearing with challenger John Russell.

"I thought we had at least agreed to talk and disagree."

School superintendent Heather Fiorentino,expressing surprise to learn the United School Employees of Pasco had declared an impasse in contract negotiations.

"We moved here two years ago. And we've been counting the days. We wanted to be one of the first people to see it."

Patricia Biasi, who lives just over the Pasco/Hillsborough county line, on visiting the new Dillard's at the Shops at Wiregrass.

"This is one of the many things that will assist us."

Mary Jane Stanley, president of the Pasco Economic Development Council, on county officials signing off on at least $1.7-million in incentives to lure T. Rowe Price to Pasco County.

"It's the basics for a salad. Everybody eats lettuce and tomatoes."

Martha O'Brien, CEO of the Volunteer Way, which is growing fresh veggies behind its food bank to meet the growing need for food.

"I think maybe he was disoriented."

Susan Schmitz, on her father, Robert Stephens, 79, who died after his car pulled into the path of a train outside Dade City.

"It's time to end the triple dipping of taxpayers' money!"

Candidate Terri Conroy, in a flier criticizing County Commissioner Ann Hildebrand for drawing Social Security in addition to her commission salary and pension.

"Which is it, Fred?"

State Sen. Mike Fasano, confronting opponent Fred Taylor, who now supports offshore drilling under certain circumstances, with a Times article stating Taylor's previous opposition.

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