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Cary Carreno, a longtime advisor and financial backer of newly elected U.S. Rep. Ross Spano, isn’t on Spano’s staff, so his role in firing a campaign treasurer and interviewing prospective staffers is raising concerns on Capitol Hill, Politico’s Marc Caputo reports. Campaign finance irregularities have led to calls that Spano not be seated in Congress, but Caputo reports there is little chance of that happening because the election has been certified by state officials.
LAKELAND REGIONAL: In a report that spans roughly two full pages, business writer Kevin Bouffard examines the quickly dissolved partnership between Lakeland Regional Health and Orlando Health. The picture that emerges involves a clash of cultures and lines of authority, as well as disagreements over whether a merging of IT and supply chain could achieve savings.
WATSON CLINIC: More than 200 people reported stomach ailments after a clinic holiday luncheon Wednesday, prompting a Polk County Health Department investigation of a possible food-borne illness outbreak. (The article, which appears in A2 in print, has not been posted online yet. We’ll add a link if it gets posted.)
Lakeland High School’s football team proved the naysayers wrong Friday night when they ended a 15-0 season by rolling over nationally seventh-ranked St. Thomas Aquinas 33-20 for their seventh state championship, all under the tutelage of 43-year coach Bill Castle.
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The three candidates running in the Jan. 15 special election for Lakeland City Commission introduce themselves in videos produced by the city communications department. The candidates are asked to talk about their background, campaign themes, time management and why a citizen should vote for them. Video links:
In advance of tonight’s 8 p.m. Dreadnaughts-Raiders 7A state championship game at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, longtime preps writer Roy Fuoco examines the long rivalry between Lakeland and St. Thomas Aquinas.