Read It in the Morning Paper

  • “In March, a newly hired electrical engineer discovered a major safety flaw in Unit 3, which has existed since it was commissioned in the early 1980s. In the case of a powerful enough short circuit — an event that has not occurred in decades of operation — components could fail spectacularly.” Though early indications find the problem fixable, the investigation continues.
  • “Florida Southern College has added to its list of endowed teaching positions with the creation of the Dr. Sarah D. and L. Kirk McKay Jr. Endowed Chair in American History, Government and Civics.” Kerr named FSC political science professor R. Bruce Anderson as the first appointment to the chair.
  • LPD officials released details about the automobile crash Wednesday that damaged the SunTrust building. “About 2 p.m. Todd Barry, 53, of Maitland, was heading south on South Florida Avenue while Sharon Spears, 70, of Lakeland, was heading east on Lemon Street. Both drivers told LPD they had a green light.”
  • “The closest private well to Mosaic’s property is 3 miles from the sinkhole. All the samples have been taken from wells 3 to 5 miles west of the sinkhole, which, according to Mosaic, is the direction the aquifer flows in that area, at a rate of about one-fifth mile a month.” Mosaic reported that independent tests show those wells are within drinking water standards for radioactivity. A sinkhole opened August 27th under a gypsum stack causing a leak of 215 million gallons of contaminated wastewater into the Floridan Aquifer.
  • “Relationships between police officers and minority citizens, quality of life in Polk County and job opportunities within government agencies are among the topics that will be discussed at Wednesday’s community forum.” The city-hosted community forum will be 6 to 8 p.m. at the Coleman Bush Building, 1104 Martin L. King Jr. Avenue.
  • Tim Bosko, of Beef ‘O’ Brady’s fame, is set to make a go at the Cleveland Heights golf course restaurant. “Bosko’s Clubhouse Grill is scheduled to debut sometime in October. A lease was signed Sept. 23, giving the family full rule over a sprawling, 10,000-square-foot venue featuring a roomy bar sporting new flat-screen televisions, expansive main dining room and dance floor, private dining rooms and a veranda with a view of the greens and fairways.” (Link not yet available. We’ll update when the article makes the online edition.)
  • Pro Tip: It’s easy to read the local news first at the Ledger.