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Cheers, jeers greet pot debators
Sat  Aug 30 2014 12:15AM
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 12:15AM
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 12:15AM
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 12:15AM
(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 12:15AM
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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S&P 500 edges up to new record
Fri  Aug 29 2014 10:42PM
NEW YORK (Reuters) — U.S. stocks closed out a strong month on a quiet note on Friday, with the S&P 500 posting a modest gain to close at a new record as the latest positive data helped extend a rally … read more.

UN urges US to stop police brutality
Fri  Aug 29 2014 10:42PM
GENEVA (Reuters) — The U.N. racism watchdog urged the United States on Friday to discontinue the excessive use of force by police after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman touched off riots in Ferguson, … read more.

Ukraine seeks to join NATO
Fri  Aug 29 2014 10:42PM
LAKE SELIGER, Russia — Ukraine called on Friday for full membership in NATO, its strongest plea yet for Western military help, after accusing Russia of sending in armored columns that have driven back its forces on behalf of pro-Moscow rebels. … read more.

ALS Association backs down on trademark attempt
Fri  Aug 29 2014 10:38PM
(Reuters) — In the wake of criticism over its attempt to trademark the words “ice bucket challenge,” the ALS Association said it is withdrawing its applications from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Following a blog post by a Virginia … read more.

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