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Millions in renovations may come
Wed  Oct 19 2016 08:30AM
Bartow High School may have recently had a minor facelift, but it’s now looking at a major overhaul to the tune of about $25 million, according to Polk Public Schools … read more.
Get set, get ready … dig
Thu  Oct 20 2016 02:02PM
When most people imagine autumn colors, they usually think of orange, red, and yellow. Rarely do they consider green or any other bright color. While this may be true up … read more.
Ever heard this one?
Wed  Oct 19 2016 08:30AM
There may been truth to what Frank Johnson said at the start of the roast honoring S.L. Frisbie this past Oct. 11, as he cited the late actress Elizabeth Taylor. “I’m … read more.
Our veterans are centerfolds
Wed  Oct 19 2016 08:30AM
These 12 people probably never expected to be centerfolds, and most don’t fit the general idea, but nonetheless early next month they will be. Not in a skimpy swimsuit pin-up … read more.
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Supporters still trumped up
Wed  Oct 19 2016 08:30AM
Neither rain nor heat could deter Trump supporters from gathering at a local regional airport to hear from their presidential nominee when he made a whistlestop in Lakeland last week. Republican nominee Donald Trump flew into Lakeland Linder Airport at … read more.

Hall: Stuff still to do but getting back where it should be
Wed  Oct 19 2016 08:30AM
Continuing what he started four years ago, Board of County Commissioners District 5 incumbent candidate John Hall hopes to continue helping steer the county’s rebound from the recession that hit the county hard eight years ago. Hall, a Republican and the … read more.

Castagnero wants to be public’s servant
Wed  Oct 19 2016 08:30AM
Politics are not a new game for Lakeland resident Carol Castagnero. Oh, no. She’s run for office before, for everything from Congress, the governor’s office to state representative. But that’s changed. She’s after another office now, this one closer to … read more.

Dimmig says court needs to address core issues of crimes
Wed  Oct 19 2016 08:30AM
For Rex Dimmig, being the Public Defender is more than just representing indigent clients standing before a judge and prosecutor. It is showing that the legal system cares and that means going beyond the legal charges that has brought a … read more.

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State, National and World News
New 3D technology raises hopes for cold cases
Fri  Oct 21 2016 07:29PM
TAMPA — The faces are haunting. They stare, straight ahead, unblinking and made of malleable clay. There are fourteen total, all busts of the missing, the unidentified, the murdered. The forgotten. These faces appeared before law enforcement, University of South … read more.

Author of retracted rape story defends relying on ‘Jackie’
Fri  Oct 21 2016 07:29PM
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The author of the discredited Rolling Stone magazine article about a woman’s claim of being gang raped at a fraternity house sought to show jurors Friday why she found the woman so credible, highlighting the emotion and … read more.

Ex-NSA worker accused of stealing secrets to stay in custody
Fri  Oct 21 2016 07:29PM
BALTIMORE — A former National Security Agency contractor accused in a massive theft of classified information will remain in custody as prosecutors continue building a criminal case against him, a federal judge ruled Friday. U.S. Magistrate Judge A. David Copperthite … read more.

Purported niece, others seek shares of Prince’s estate
Fri  Oct 21 2016 07:29PM
CHASKA, Minn. — A Minnesota judge said Friday he’ll try to rule quickly on whether state law entitles a purported niece, grandniece and nephew of Prince to press their claims to shares in the late rock superstar’s estate. Attorneys for … read more.

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