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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
F-16s dispatched for unresponsive pilot of small plane near D.C.
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:42PM
(Reuters) — Two F-16 fighter jets were dispatched to check on a small plane that entered restricted airspace around Washington, D.C., on Saturday, and the fighter pilots observed the person at the controls to be unconscious before the plane ran … read more.

Sinkhole that proved popular at Corvette Museum will be filled
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:42PM
(Reuters) — A sinkhole that swallowed eight cars inside the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky will be filled even though it has become a tourist attraction that sharply increased attendance and revenue, the museum’s board decided on Saturday. The board … read more.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ tops this year’s box office universe
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:42PM
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) — The “Guardians of the Galaxy” misfits reached a new box office stratosphere over the U.S. Labor Day weekend, soaring past fellow Marvel hero “Captain America” to become the highest-grossing domestic movie of 2014. “Guardians” rang … read more.

Obama faces bipartisan criticism over his foreign policy
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:42PM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Barack Obama faced criticism over his foreign policy from both Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Sunday as he wrestled with crises in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Ukraine. Republican lawmakers seized on Obama’s comment on Thursday when … read more.

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