MOM REACTS: After yesterday’s announcement clearing three LPD officers in the December fatal shooting of 17-year-old Michael Taylor (our story), his mother tells The Ledger: “I’m not angry. I have an attorney who’s working on the case and I trust her to do her part, just like (State Attorney) Brian Haas has to do his part.”

POLY DEATH: The December death of Florida Poly student Joshua Barton has been ruled a suicide by Polk’s medical examiner.

CITYMAKER: Kathy Abels, named October’s CityMaker by the #LoveLakeland organization, started volunteering with VISTE after moving to Lakeland and now helps with multiple non-profits.

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Barry Friedman founded Lkldnow.com 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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