I’ve had a Lakeland official decry that the videotaped beating became a “Lakeland” story. After all, the students went to Mulberry, and the home was closer to Highland City than anywhere. I believe one key was the original arrest report. The home’s address shows a Lakeland ZIP code. We are the biggest town to the event, but I’m surprised more media people didn’t go for the obvious Mulberry and Mayberry metaphor.
Over at the Polk County News Blog Billy Townsend points to a sentence in the New York Times about the Mulberry 8:
They and two male classmates were charged as adults with battery and kidnapping in the March 30 attack in Lakeland, a lower-middle-class town in Central Florida. — NYT
You wonder why the Times didn’t use a story from the Ledger. After all, they own the paper. Anyway, Cave is the Times Miami bureau chief and I guess there just isn’t enough news coming out of that sleepy town.
I like this from the late 2007 memo announcing Cave’s promotion from Baghdad correspondent:
It will be Damien Cave’s turn to stock up on bottled water and batteries.