• BOOK BAN: The effort to remove 16 books from Polk school libraries is an initiative of the Florida Citizens Alliance, The Ledger reports in a subscribers-only story. The non-profit organization has worked to ban certain books in schools throughout Florida for five years and prompted the state law that  allows any citizen, not just parents of school children, to challenge books in school libraries. |  ALSO: Why this complaint is being handled differentlyBackground
  • COVID-19 INFECTIONS declined in Polk County for a third straight week, with 5,268 new cases reported last week. Testing positivity declined from 27.6% to 20.7%, according to the Florida Department of Health. Deaths in Polk attributed to the virus increased to 43 last week from 24 a week earlier, the CDC reports. | ALSO: LkldNow coverage and charts

Source: The Ledger

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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.