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DOWNTOWN: During the first day of a two-day City Commission planning retreat, the Lakeland Economic Development Council’s Steve Scruggs presented some ideas for how 10 surface lots in downtown Lakeland might be developed into residential and commercial uses. (See his slideshow). He’s been working with the Lakeland Community Redevelopment Authority’s Nicole Travis, who presents her downtown recommendations to commissioners Wednesday in the second day of their retreat | Watch the retreat live starting at 8:15 a.m.

DRUG HOUSES: LPD is boarding up an apartment at 1012 N. Texas Ave. and a home at 315 Emma St. today after a city board found them to be public nuisances because of drug activity.

DOG ATTACK: A 3-year-old Lakeland girl is recovering at Tampa General Hospital after being bitten by a dog outside her family’s house on Sunday afternoon.

MARIEL BOOK, DOCUMENTARY: Florida Southern College prof Jose Manuel Garcia, whose new oral history of the Mariel boatlift is getting national attention, will sign copies of the book at the Polk Museum of Art Thursday at 6 p.m. The documentary “Voices from Mariel,” which is based on his work, will screen at 7.