Bill's Daily News: Space, Schools, History & Crime

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SpaceX Satellite Launch Celebrated 

(Cape Canaveral, FL) -- SpaceX is celebrating the launch of a satellite from Cape Canaveral. A 13-thousand-pound British international broadband system was launched into orbit late yesterday from Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center. SpaceX did not attempt to land the rocket again due to the amount of rocket fuel needed to complete the mission. 

Pinellas Superintendent Asks Scott To Reject Education Bill

(Tallahassee, FL) -- Two officials are trying to pull the governor in opposite directions when it comes to education funding. State lawmakers have approved almost 24-billion dollars in education spending, plus an additional 400-million dollars in reforms. Pinellas Schools Superintendent Mike Grego sent a letter to Governor Rick Scott last week asking him to reject what he calls 'problematic legislation' because of its emphasis on charter schools. Land O'Lakes House Speaker Richard Corcoran, though, is part of a social media campaign urging Scott to approve the spending. If the standard system was doing the job completely there would be no charter school debate.

Orlando Removing Confederate Statue From Downtown 

(Orlando, FL) -- The city of Orlando is removing the Confederate "Johnny Reb" statue from downtown's Lake Eola Park. Mayor Buddy Dyer announced at city hall yesterday that the century-old monument honoring Southern soldiers in the Civil War will be moved to the Greenwood Cemetery. The announcement came amid protests yesterday from detractors who waved Confederate flags. His detractor is somebody’s Southern Patriot!

Corrine Brown Defiant 

(Jacksonville, FL) -- Former Jacksonville Congresswoman Corrine Brown is steadfastly proclaiming her innocence after a guilty verdict in her federal corruption trial. Brown continued to defend herself yesterday as she told reporters at the Jacksonville federal courthouse that she plans to fight her criminal fraud conviction. The 12 term representative was in court yesterday with her attorneys to obtain juror transcripts from last week's proceedings. In documents publicly released yesterday, the juror that was removed from the jury box before the conviction thought Brown was "not guilty" based on religious conviction.

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