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58 min ago | Brandon Sun

Some niche retirement communities geared to people with specific interests or backgrounds

Niche retirement communities are growing particularly popular as the 76 million baby boomers reach retirement age.

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Related Topix: Tavares, FL, Religion, Hindu, Fitness, Yoga, Aerobics

Sat Jul 26, 2014

WFLX-TV West Palm Beach

Surgeries cancelled over fear of rare disease

Officials at a Polk County medical center have shut down surgeries after they suspected a surgical instrument may have been exposed to a rare, fatal brain disease.

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Related Topix: Mad Cow Disease, Health

Fri Jul 25, 2014

Business Wire

Fitch Affirms Lakeland, FL's Energy System Revs at 'AA-'; Outlook Stable

Outstanding energy system revenue bonds are secured by a first lien on net revenues of the city's electric system.

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Related Topix: Lakeland, FL

Wed Jul 23, 2014

ABC Action News

Polk County residents upset coyote attacks back

At the beginning of the year, pet cats started to disappear with their dismembered bodies left in their front yards.

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WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

Couple arrested for impersonating law enforcement

Couple arrested for impersonating law enforcement The two suspects were regulars at the convenience store they tried to get money from.

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Related Topix: Mulberry, FL

Mon Jul 21, 2014

ABC Action News

Polk County infant needs second heart transplant

Every time Sarah Rodgers of Bartow sees her 3-month-old son, Roper, in the hospital room, she wants to hug and kiss him.

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Related Topix: Kidney Cancer, Health, Bartow, FL

WCTV Tallahassee

Gov. Scott Appoints Judge J. Kevin Abdoney to the Tenth Judicial Circuit Court

Judge Abdoney, 43 of Lakeland, is currently a Polk County Court Judge. Prior to his appointment to the county court bench in 2008, he served as an Assistant Public Defender in Tampa and later as an Assistant State Attorney in the Tenth Circuit.

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Related Topix: Rick Scott, US Governors, Lakeland, FL, Tampa, FL

Sun Jul 20, 2014

WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

Wanted Winter Haven man in custody

Wanted Winter Haven man in custody Byron Nigel Swan is in custody and has been transported to the Polk County Jail.

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Related Topix: Winter Haven, FL

WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

Career criminal jailed for armed robbery dies in sleep

Career criminal jailed for armed robbery dies in sleep 54-year-old, Lakeland resident, Greg Mitchell Hughes, who was arrested on July 17, 2014 died in his sleep.

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Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law, Lakeland, FL

Sat Jul 19, 2014

WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

Lakeland Police investigate shooting

Lakeland Police Department received a call on July 19, 2014 at approximately 7:34 a.m., regarding shots fired into a residence located at 1301 Golconda Rd. Lakeland Police investigate shooting Lakeland Police Department received a call on July 19, 2014 at approximately 7:34 a.m., regarding shots fired into a residence located at 1301 Golconda Rd.

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Related Topix: Lakeland, FL

Fri Jul 18, 2014

WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

Bill: Polygraph job applicants to protect children

A Lakeland congressman, concerned that child predators work where kids play, is proposing a bill that would allow a polygraph test for potential employees.

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Related Topix: Family, Lakeland, FL, Kids, US Politics, US News, Republican, US House of Representatives, Representative Dennis Ross

Bradenton.com

Lakeland's J.Burns' Pizza opens on Anna Maria Island

Matt Wade couldn't shake the nostalgia of the days he worked at J. Burns' Pizza Shop as a 15-year-old in Lakeland.

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Related Topix: Life, Food, Pizza, Lakeland, FL, Anna Maria, FL, University of South Florida, Sarasota, FL

Thu Jul 17, 2014

News Max

Sex Crimes Prosecutor: Theme Park Pedophile Stings a Nightmare For Disney

It's no surprise that a pedophile sex-sting operation in Florida this month netted a handful of employees of kid-friendly theme parks including Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando, a California-based sex crimes prosecutor told Newsmax TV on Thursday.

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ABC Action News

Multiple car break-ins reported at Legoland

"As we were unpacking, we noticed some cases were empty, and then as you kept looking and noticing more things were missing it became a bigger shock," said Ryan Williamson.

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Related Topix: Winter Haven, FL

Wed Jul 16, 2014

Capital Soup

FDOT RoadWatch Advisory: US 27 from Ritchie Road to Barry Road in Polk County

US 27 from Barry Road to US 192 Construction project: US 27 from Ritchie Road to south of Barry Road: Construction project: today, July 16 through Saturday morning, July 19, while crews pave US 27, pending weather.

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Tue Jul 15, 2014

NBC2 News

FWC catches commercial turtle poachers

Three Lakeland men and an Okeechobee freshwater turtle farmer were caught illegally harvesting, selling and buying wild-caught freshwater turtles as a result of a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission investigation.

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Related Topix: Lakeland, FL, Seminole County, FL, Apopka, FL

Capital Soup

FDOT RoadWatch Advisory: Polk County

US 17-92 East at Sweetwater Club Boulevard Haines City reduced to one lane each direction: US 17/92 East is reduced to one lane traffic in each direction at Sweetwater Club Boulevard in Haines City due to a semi-truck and vehicle crash.

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Related Topix: Haines City, FL

Mon Jul 14, 2014

WPTV Local News

FWC arrests suspected turtle poachers

Four men, including an Okeechobee freshwater turtle farmer, are under arrest in connection with illegally selling, buying or harvesting wild-caught fresh water turtles, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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Highlands Today

Sheriffa s office starts crisis intervention training

Highlands County Sheriff Susan Benton has kicked off a two-year initiative to train law enforcement and detention deputies in crisis intervention techniques.

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Related Topix: Highlands County, FL, Bartow, FL, Avon Park, FL, Sebring, FL

Sun Jul 13, 2014

WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

Fire rescue responds to hazmat situation

The fire department responded to GTECH Printing located on Frontage Rd S around 7 a.m. after signs of smoke were seen by maintenance employees.

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Related Topix: Fire

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