EASTSIDE ODOR: Polk County has no grounds to shut down BS Ranch & Farms and hasn’t proved it’s the cause of odors, a special magistrate ruled. (Note: There’s a longer version in print and eReplica.)
CITY RETIREES: Commissioners are considering a $500 one-time payment to 985 retirees or surviving spouses because pensions have not kept up with inflation.
QUEEN AT WAL-MART: Gary White pens a delightful feature about the mad dash to find a copy of “Stone Soup” for Queen Noor of Jordan to read to students when she spoke at a Roberts Academy benefit. My favorite scene: the queen searching the aisles of the Dale Mabry Wal-Mart on the way from the airport.