Lakeland Local columnists took on sociopathic infant rulers, obesity, vintage fashion, G’mores and gardens. We also featured a pair of photosets: 2011 Strawberry Festival and the Hunter Museum of American Art.
While much of legacy media this week was gaga over some warlock TV star, there were a few articles you might have missed…
Atheist says arrest baseless, questions timing was part one of a series on the arrest of EllenBeth Wachs. Steve Steiner wrote the piece for the Polk County Democrat. Steiner dipped deeper into the story than any other outlet in town.
High Speed Rail stayed in the news: LaHood reopens high-speed rail project application process to Florida [Kristal Roberts, ABC Tampa], High-speed rail in Florida still barely alive [Janet Zink] and Two Transportation Firms Find High-Speed Rail Would Have Been Profitable [John Chambliss]
In a move to solidify control of the state: House Speaker: Split Fla.’s High Court [Lloyd Dunkelberger]
This week’s WTH? story: Premature labor drug spikes from $10 to $1,500 and a video piece The price of treating preterm labor goes through the roof
You might have missed one or two attractions Jill Schensul visited for her piece: More of the old Florida attractions (I can’t help but wonder why the girl in the photo is wearing a toboggan and mittens.)
Ending Shift, Two Deputies Pull Teen Back from Edge [Jeremy Maready]
I didn’t see this in any of my legacy media haunts, but I did see this on the PR Newswire: Summit Donates One Million Dollars for Florida Student Scholarships
I’m working with NFocus so I won’t write about their latest film for Lakeland Local, but I’ll note: Gasparilla Film Festival board members announce selections [Virgina Johnson]
Finally, the slightly deeper pockets of the legacy media are the subject of one recent “letter to the editor:” Keep Pushing For Crimestoppers’ Public Records
Speaking of the workings at the Ledger…Ledger Editors Taking New Roles in Newsroom explains some changes at the newspaper. I’ve heard rumors for weeks about the Ledger hiring new staff and starting an investigative team. Personally, I wish they could have accomplished the changes without the Thanksgiving layoffs.