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Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jun. 15, 2022 07:12 AM EDT

Palm Beach Post. June 12, 2022. Editorial: Better data from Florida essential for pandemic control It didn’t take an audit by the Florida Auditor General to confirm what many of us suspected all along: Florida’s COVID-19 pandemic data was, and most likely remains,...

American defender Kobi Henry transfers to Reims

Jun. 14, 2022 14:36 PM EDT

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — American defender Kobi Henry transferred to Reims in the French League on Tuesday from second-tier Orange County of the United Soccer League’s League Championship. The 18-year-old from Lakeland, Florida, made his debut for Orange County on Aug. 22, 2020,...

Former city commissioner gets 3 years for killing shoplifter

May. 23, 2022 15:48 PM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida city commissioner was sentenced to three years in prison Monday for fatally shooting a shoplifter at his store. Michael Dunn, 51, pleaded guilty in Polk County court in March to manslaughter with a firearm, according to court records. He was...

In 107 years, Rose Borusovic has seen a lot

May. 22, 2022 03:12 AM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Rose Borusovic was born during World War I in Czechoslovakia and moved to the U.S. in 1939, a year when the World’s Fair opened in New York and Adolf Hitler invaded her homeland. On Wednesday, she turned 107, the oldest resident ever to walk the halls of...

Officials: Florida panther struck and killed by vehicle

Apr. 19, 2022 03:14 AM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle. It’s the 11th panther death attributed to fatal collisions, out of 11 total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The...

Thunderbirds back in Lakeland with brand new routine

Apr. 09, 2022 03:16 AM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Rumbling filled the skies as the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds arrived at Lakeland Linder International Airport on Monday afternoon to a handful of curious spectators. The Thunderbirds will perform their newly choreographed show at the 2022 Sun ‘n Fun...

Rachel Balkovec cheered, wins debut managing Yanks affiliate

Apr. 09, 2022 00:02 AM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Cheered by many fans who came just to see her make history, Rachel Balkovec debuted with a win Friday night as the first woman to manage the affiliate of a Major League Baseball team. Balkovec guided the New York Yankees' Class A Tampa Tarpons over Lakeland...

LEADING OFF: Balkovec up; Scherzer, Freeman, Correa debut

Apr. 08, 2022 02:57 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around baseball today: ___ BRAND NEW BALLGAME Rachel Balkovec is set to become the first woman to manage a minor league affiliate of a major league team when her Class-A Tampa Tarpons in the New York Yankees' organization face...

LEADING OFF: Balkovec up; Scherzer, Freeman, Correa debut

Apr. 07, 2022 21:54 PM EDT

A look at what's happening around baseball on Friday: ___ BRAND NEW BALLGAME Rachel Balkovec is set to become the first woman to manage a minor league affiliate of a major league team when her Class-A Tampa Tarpons in the New York Yankees' organization...

Newly acquired Meadows expected to be set for Tigers' opener

Apr. 05, 2022 15:17 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Newly acquired Detroit Tigers outfielder Austin Meadows is expected to be ready for opening day Friday against the Chicago White Sox after recently being slowed by an oblique injury. Meadows was set to play in a simulated game Wednesday. The...