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Fire Crews Called To Rescue Bizarre Animal Stuck In Tree

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 04.19.2016 | Weird News

Firefighters often rescue cats stuck in trees. Occasionally they save enormous dogs, young children or women from high branches. But a pet iguana? Thi...

Couple Allegedly Allowed 9-Year-Old To Drive Home Because They Were Too Drunk

Reuters | Lee Moran | Posted 02.09.2016 | Crime

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A Wisconsin couple allowed their 9-year-old daughter to drive them and their 11-month-old baby because they were too drunk to do...

Words Beyond Walls: Real Lies and US Immigration Detention

Christina Fialho | Posted 06.04.2016 | Politics
Christina Fialho

Ulises H. is in U.S. immigration detention, but he and his family believe he is a U.S. citizen. Currently, Ulises is detained at the Polk County Adult Detention Center, which was deemed one of the worst immigration detention facilities in 2012 by the Detention Watch Network.

LOOK: 'Monster' Alligator Fight Captured In Grisly Photos

The Huffington Post | Janie Campbell | Posted 07.31.2014 | Green

This is why most Floridians don't walk their dogs near a lake: you just never know when an alligator is lurking nearby, ready to lunge at something sm...

How Is Legoland Becoming Florida's New Must-see Attraction? One Brick at a Time

Jim Hill | Posted 07.26.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

After that brand-new LEGOLAND Florida Hotel opens in 2015, what piece of old Cypress Gardens will Adrian and the Merlin Entertainments team next try to revive / restore?

Parents Should Be Charged Along With Kids in Bullying Cases

Steve Siebold | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Steve Siebold

While we may always have bullies, we don't always have to have bullying. We owe it to our children to protect them and provide a school and community environment where they can successfully and fearlessly learn and grow.

GOP Official In Iowa Resigns, Says Republicans Are 'Too Conservative'

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics

Chad Brown, co-chairman of the Polk County Republican Party in Iowa, has resigned and switched his political affiliation to "independent," arguing in ...

41 Busted In Child Sex Sting

Posted 06.18.2013 | Crime

Forty men and one woman face a slew of charges following a major Florida operation targeting people who use the Internet to arrange sexual encounters ...

Human Trafficking and Prostitution: Here's a Better Way to Confront Them

Steven Kurlander | Posted 03.24.2013 | Crime
Steven Kurlander

When it comes to the sex trade, there always will be occasional, much publicized sweeps of prostitutes and johns in some seedy section of a city. There always will be some righteous state legislators, too, introducing virtuous bills targeting some aspect of this socially unacceptable behavior.

Michael McLaughlin

Have You Seen This Man? Police Share The Many Mugshots Of Cross-Dressing Fugitive | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 04.19.2012 | Weird News

Police are looking for a sex offender known for using multiple aliases who has been arrested numerous times while dressed in woman's clothing. Bre...

Cops: Dad Shook Crying Son To Death For Interrupting Video Game

Posted 04.09.2012 | Crime

A Florida man is accused of killing his newborn son because the child would not stop crying while he played videogames. Jacob David Hartley, 20, ad...

WATCH: Atheists 'Unbless' Highway 98

Posted 03.19.2012 | Miami

Atheists of Florida took to Highway 98 in Lakeland on Saturday to wash off "holy oil" put there by the Christian Churches of Polk County. For the P...

Guns, God and Gays Are Non Starters in 2012, says Iowa Republican Chairman.

Michael J. Hunt | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics
Michael J. Hunt

"When you're on a plane and it's going down, the last thing you should be concerned with is your seat location or the food selection," [Polk County Republican Chairman] McLaughlin said ... discussing the importance of candidates keeping the national debate focused squarely on the economy, as opposed to social issues such as same-sex marriage or abortion.

Sonja Sharp

Florida School Bus Monitor Accused Of Operating Underage 'Sex Slave' Prostitution Ring | Sonja Sharp | Posted 09.14.2011 | Crime

A Florida cop and a school bus monitor were arrested Thursday in connection with a child prostitution ring, Polk County Sheriff's Office said in a sta...