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From eyeball worms to a ‘frat house’ fire department, the top quotes from last week’s Tampa Bay Times

From parasitic worms to the Parkland school shooting to a fire department run like a "frat house," your top quotes from last week’s Tampa Bay Times.

• "You see cases where there are cysts full of fertilized eggs all over the brain. Luckily we caught it just in time."

— Dr. Don Perez of the Perez Eye Center, after removing a worm from a patient’s eye.

From Doctor removes worm from Tampa man’s eye

• "The fact is, you have two girls wounded by a stray bullet fired by some knucklehead who thinks it’s a good idea to shoot into a crowd."

— Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, at a shooting scene a block from Middleton High School on Friday.

From Two-students-wounded-by-gunfire-outside-Tampa-s-Middleton-High-campus

•"My husband used to say, ‘You’re always on the phone, every morning for like an hour,’ I’d tell him, ‘Well, I’m running a revolution.’"

— Tampa attorney Erin Aebel, who last year helped launch Surly Feminists for the Revolution, which has 15,000 Facebook followers .

From An army of fired up women is coming after Trump

• "I see it as a way to hopefully get a little windfall."

— Donna St. Hillier, a mental health counselor in Tallahassee, who says she would sell her liquor license if she won one in the annual lottery and use the money for retirement.

From Florida’s liquor license lottery can make you a ton of money. So why is it such a secret?

• "When you look at the folks who are buying tickets I would use the term ‘structurally broken."

— Chuck Sykes, the Sykes Enterprises CEO and former Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce chairman, commenting on Tampa Bay Rays ticket sales and how they could improve if the team moved to Tampa.

From On deck in Rays ballpark quest, Tampa Bay’s business community"

• "We had this monster living under our roof and we didn’t know. We didn’t see this side of him."

— Kimberly Snead, who with her husband James Snead, took in Nikolas Cruz, the teenager charged with killing 17 in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

From We had this monster living under our roof and we didn’t know it"

•"Everything is frozen in time. The bikes are all chained up. The cars are still there. There is homework everywhere: papers, pens and pencils. The binders are still open. There are carnations sticking in backpacks because it was Valentine’s Day. There are Valentine’s cards in the hallway. It takes your breath away."

— Sen. Lauren Book, D-Plantation, after touring part of Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed.

From ’We have to do something.’ Florida lawmakers tour Parkland school"

•"The department was run with virtually no checks and balances after it was removed from the county overview and placed under the control of (Fire Chief) David Freda.’’

— Hernando County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Jeff Kraft, who investigated a slew of misconduct allegations invloving the Hernando Beach volunteer fire department.

From Fire Chiefs Gone Wild. Ex chiefs ran a free spending ‘frat house’, investigators fine"

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