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More civics; more civility, says Dennis Ross

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The vitriolic presidential campaign and its controversies are due in a major part to the education system failing to retain one of its traditional and historical obligations, the teaching of civics, U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, a Lakeland Republican, told a meeting of a Kiwanis Club in his hometown Thursday. “I have never seen anything like it,” Ross said of the combative campaigns and crowds this year. “And the reason is that we don’t teach our kids — the next generation —…

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Polk political notebook: Strong mayors, weak spellcheck and dueling websites

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Strong mayor pushed because of weak responses The city of Lakeland has been going through a series of bipolar political moves or lack of moves over the last few decades. Its leaders and business executives in the city can’t seem to figure out if they want to be a big municipality or a small town. A strong mayor is the sign of a large city, supporters say. But at the same time supporters are pushing for that big city appeal and…

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Lakeland’s “The Ledger” newsroom aims to unionize

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It’s the one word that strikes fear—or at least puts heartburn—in the chests of corporate management: Union. And the new barons of journalism aren’t immune. The Ledger‘s newsroom workers now are moving to unionize, according to a Tuesday press release from the NewsGuild-CWA (Communications Workers of America). The Ledger, Lakeland’s newspaper of record, was owned for 42 of its 92 years by The New York Times Company. It was bought in 2011 by Halifax Media, which was itself was later taken…

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Lakeland Republican incumbents to voter canvass this Saturday

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Republican incumbents, Congressman Dennis Ross, State Sen. Kelli Stargel, and state Rep. Colleen Burton, all from Lakeland, will participate in a voter canvass by the Republican Party of Florida. Republican canvassers will meet Saturday, June 11, 9 a.m. –  1:30 p.m. beginning in Room 104 of the Ordway Building at Florida Southern College, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland. In an effort by the local Democratic Party leadership, not seen in several years, all three as well all other GOP legislators in Polk…

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HD 41 candidate Sam Killebrew to hold Lakeland fundraiser Thursday

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A fundraiser for Sam Killebrew, Republican Primary candidate for Florida House District 41, is scheduled for 5:30 – 7 p.m., Thursday at the home of Harriet and Dean Boring, 2112 Hawthorne Trail, in Lakeland. Killebrew, retired contractor and a GOP fundraiser and activist, is competing with retired appellate Judge Charles Davis for the party’s nomination. The winner will face retired Circuit Judge and Democrat Robert Doyel in the general election to fill the seat of Republican Rep. John Wood, who…

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Amazon to launch Prime Now one, two-hour delivery service in Tampa Bay area

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Local Amazon customers could soon enjoy one- and two-hour delivery service, as the online retailer launches Prime Now in the Tampa Bay area. As first reported by Ashley Gurbal Kritzer of the Tampa Bay Business Journal, Amazon is leasing about 30,000 square feet of warehouse space center off Adamo Drive and is currently providing orientation for new part-time associates for the Prime Now service. Since Amazon has opened fulfillment centers in both Lakeland and Ruskin, Prime customers have the option…

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Florida woman fights to keep pet alligator ‘Rambo’ at home

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A Florida woman is fighting to keep her 6-foot-long pet alligator in her home. The 125-pound reptile named Rambo wears clothes, rides on the back of a motorcycle and has a bedroom in Mary Thorn‘s home in Lakeland. Thorn has had a license for the alligator she’s kept for 11 years, but it recently grew to 6-feet and wildlife officials say that size alligator must have 2.5 acres of land. Thorn tells the Orlando Sentinel that even if she had land…

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