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Tampa’s Creative Loafing joins the game of curating Lakeland news, focusing on the weird and unseemly stuff: an alligator roaming Eaglebrooke, two 14-year-olds stealing Dad’s gun and holding someone up, another 14-year-old found with a gun at school, a guy facing 65 counts of molesting kids and an after-school program under investigation after leaving a 6-year-old locked in a van.

Their conclusion: “That seems a little busy with the crazy even for Florida.” Somehow I don’t see civic boosters trading “little mecca of cool” for “busy with the crazy.”

Source: Creative Loafing Tampa Bay

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Barry Friedman founded in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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