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by [ Full Article ] April 5th, 2014 | No Comments

Gaming out The Ledger’s “change in our editorial position”

You may or may not have seen new Ledger Publisher Kevin Drake’s “Open Letter to Readers” editorial on Sunday. If you missed it, you’ll be relieved to know that during his month as publisher, “it has become obvious to me that Polk County is a special place.” We can all breathe a little easier knowing […]

by [ Full Article ] April 15th, 2014 | No Comments

The Putnam County Clown Show and the Collapse of Homophobic Power

[Late ed. note: There are several comments awaiting approval -- including a couple of juicy critical ones. Remember, I have to know your real name in order to comment. You can comment under a fake name if you want. It's pretty lame to go fake name when you're trying to cast aspersions on people -- […]

by [ Full Article ] March 12th, 2014 | 8 Comments

Will the transfer wars cost Lakeland the FHSAA hoops championships?

I am told that Lakeland is on the cusp of losing the FHSAA state basketball championships as the result of a power struggle between our city’s state legislators and the Florida High School Athletics Association. My well-placed source for this story reached out to me directly, and I trust this person implicitly. To boil it […]

by [ Full Article ] February 26th, 2014 | No Comments

READ THE REPORT: Dead City Hall Walking

One problem of complex investigative reports is the ease with which one can lose the forest for the trees. That’s what happening with the new State Attorney’s report on Doug Thomas and his alleged knowledge of widespread shenanigans in police hiring. I want to try to clarify for people the core facts/issues, as I see […]

by [ Full Article ] February 18th, 2014 | No Comments

Your City Hall Just Lost a Leader

Tamara Sakagawa, community redevelopment manager for Lakeland since 2002, has resigned. Sakagawa, 40, oversaw the redevelopment of Dixieland, downtown and the midtown redevelopment areas.Sakagawa declined Thursday to discuss why she is leaving her job. Her last day will be April 11. — The Ledger In that resignation, Lakeland lost the person most responsible for making […]

by [ Full Article ] February 14th, 2014 | 4 Comments

Kids These Days — Maria Fabian Edition

Maria Fabian has a story. She’ll introduce it to you in a moment. It’s wrenching; and it’s the core of Invisible Innocence, the book she co-wrote with Tampa filmmaker Fred Smith. I met Maria some months ago at Deep Carnivale, a sort of book and art festival in Tampa. I was impressed not just with […]

by [ Full Article ] February 11th, 2014 | 1 Comment

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