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Cheers, jeers greet pot debators
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:00AM
Orlando lawyer John “For the People” Morgan and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd squared off Thursday in an Amendment 2 forum that drew both jeers and cheers from the standing … read more.
Ice, ice, baby — and add one more ice
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:00AM
By now, almost everyone knows about the ALS ice bucket challenge, in which a person is challenged to have a bucket of ice water poured on that person; in doing … read more.
‘Wave of the future’
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:00AM
In the next decade or two, you may be able to fire up your own 3-D printer to make replacement parts for home appliances, create a toy for your kid … read more.
Experimental treatment
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:00AM
(At the beginning of 2014, Gail Murray, who works for the Community Redevelopment Agency, began experiencing an extreme bout of fatigue and eventually had bloodwork done that revealed she had … read more.
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Bartow drops shortened home opener, 19-7
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:00AM
The hours of preparation and practice all led to the opening game of the 2014 season for the Bartow High School Yellow Jackets. The squad would have the home field advantage to meet the Auburndale Bloodhounds. Auburndale won the toss … read more.

Divine intervention leads to treatment
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
(This is the first of a two-part series. Part two will appear in the Saturday, Aug. 30 edition) Gail Murray was growing weary of being tired. By day’s end, after putting in a full day at her job with the … read more.

Sellers keeps seat on School Board
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:05AM
With most of Polk County’s election results in hand, it appeared late Tuesday that veteran Polk School Board Member Hazel Sellers would retain her District 3 seat on the School Board. Sellers had bested opponent Randy Wilkinson by some 7,000 … read more.

Helms wins Group 16 judicial seat
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
In the end it came down to who voters felt most comfortable with in the race for the opening on the bench of 10th Circuit Group 16, and certain credentials that had been ballyhooed may not have been enough to … read more.

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State, National and World News
UN to send investigators to Iraq to investigate Islamic State crimes
Mon  Sep 1 2014 01:40PM
GENEVA (Reuters) — The United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday condemned violations committed by Islamic State forces in Iraq that may amount to international crimes and agreed to send a mission to investigate them. The forum adopted a resolution … read more.

Al Qaeda in Yemen executes three “spies” for guiding drone strikes
Mon  Sep 1 2014 01:40PM
SANAA (Reuters) — Al Qaeda militants in Yemen executed three local men in the easterly Hadramout province on Monday whom they suspected of assisting U.S. drone strikes, security sources told Reuters. In a statement posted online, Al Qaeda in the … read more.

Britain unveils powers to strip suspected Islamist fighters of passports
Mon  Sep 1 2014 01:40PM
LONDON (Reuters) — British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday he would bring in new laws to give police the power to seize the passports of suspected Iraq and Syria-bound Islamist fighters. “We will introduce specific and targeted legislation … read more.

13 killed, 45 wounded in clashes in Libya’s Benghazi
Mon  Sep 1 2014 01:40PM
BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) — At least 13 people have been killed and 45 wounded in clashes between Islamists and forces of renegade general allied to the regular army in Libya’s eastern Benghazi city, medics said on Monday. Islamist forces including … read more.

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