CRAWFORD STREET: The mysterious homicide of a 14-year-old boy at 845 W. Crawford St. (map) has shaken nearby residents, who say they knew little of the seemingly friendly family who rarely stayed overnight at the somewhat-hidden house since they moved a vehicle-hauling business in about a year ago. Neighbors agree there is no reason to think the killing was gang-related.

LATE FIREWORKS: A rain delay of Wednesday’s Flying Tigers game (they beat Jupiter 6-0) meant that after-game July 4 fireworks didn’t start until 11 p.m. On Facebook, some disappointed attendees suggested the team should have interrupted the game for fireworks at 9, while others defended the team.

ELECTRIC RATES: The rate increases proposed by Lakeland Electric for this fall include hikes for the utility’s various commercial classes. The biggest jump is for the four-year-old General Service Business Demand category, whose revenues don’t cover the cost of providing the service, utility managers say.

MARCH FOR OUR LIVES: The student-led movement that emerged from the Parkland school shootings plans to register voters at Lake Mirror’s Kryger Park at 2:30 today. (UPDATE: The organizers tweeted that the correct location is Mega Mercado at George Jenkins Blvd. and Wabash.) A counter-rally in support of the Second Amendment is being organized by state Rep. Ross Spano of Brandon, a Republican candidate for Congress, and will be held at City Commissioner Michael Dunn’s military surplus business.

FILMS: Temple Emanuel’s Jewish Film Festival launches at 4 p.m. Sunday with the documentary “Leonard Bernstein: Larger Than Life.”

Source: The Ledger

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