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Kiaron Thomas, 21, faces charges of obstruction of a roadway after a prank caught on video showed him eating pancakes in a Lakeland crosswalk. (Lakeland police)

A Lakeland man decided to eat pancakes in a crosswalk, and the police were not amused

LAKELAND — Kiaron Thomas went to iHop this week and decided to enjoy his pancakes in the middle of a crosswalk at Memorial Boulevard and Brunnell Parkway. Police didn't seem to find the humor in the strange prank, and now the 21-year-old faces charges he placed an obstruction in the roadway and disrupted the flow o …


Omari Accius 6, enjoys recess at Citrus Grove Elementary School on Thursday, February 9, 2017. Florida lawmakers are again considering a statewide mandate for daily recess in public elementary schools.

Florida House committee proposes changes to school recess bill

Next week would have been make-or-break for this year’s efforts by the Florida Legislature to implement mandatory daily recess in public elementary schools....


People's Budget Review revs up for budget season

Formed in 2012, the People's Budget Review has been a force to be reckoned with in the city's budget cycle....


ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of March 19, 2017

It was another active week for Florida education news, with controversial measures moving through the Legislature and new revelations about achievement and access gaps for minority children. A federal judge allowed immigrant families to pursue their lawsuit alleging Collier County schools denied their children an education, and the Jefferson County School Board approved a contract to have all its schools run by a charter operator....