MAYBE THE FBI COULD USE THEM...
President To Visit South Florida High School Where 17 Students Shot To Death (Broward County, FL) -- The White House says President Trump will visit the South Florida school where a deadly shooting took place. Deputies say former student Nikolas Cruz killed at least 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County, and wounded at least 12 before leaving the campus and later being taken into custody. President Trump had already planned to come to Florida today, but it's not clear if the school visit will happen today. Cruz appeared in court yesterday and was ordered held without bail.
FBI Warned About School Shooting Threat In September (Parkland, FL) -- A report says the FBI was warned about someone with the same name as the accused high school shooter months ago. BuzzFeed News says that someone calling themselves "Nikolas Cruz" left a comment on Mississippi bail bondsman Ben Bennight's YouTube video in September that read, "I'm going to be a professional school shooter." Bennight immediately contacted the FBI with a screenshot of the comment, and flagged it on YouTube. At a briefing yesterday morning, the FBI said they had been unable to identify the poster or find the YouTube post. TODAY’S FBI- WAS THE SHOOTER’S REAL NAME TOO OBSCURE OF A CLUE FOR YOU?
Sheriffs Discuss Ways To Prevent Mass Shootings (DeLand, FL) -- A couple Central Florida sheriffs seem to have different ideas on how to prevent school shootings. Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly said yesterday the federal government needs to allow gun sellers to have access to a potential buyer's mental health records. Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood, though, thinks the time has come to stop waiting for elected officials to protect our kids. He tells the "Daytona Beach News-Journal" he'd like to deputize school officials and train them on how to handle a shooting.
BCSO and Space Coast Jr. Sr. High React to Threat (Brevard County, FL) -- Here in Brevard, the Sheriff’s Office is reassuring parents, students and staff at Space Coast Jr./Sr. High that a threat posted to social media that the school would be day two of mass shootings was not a credible threat. Florida Today reports that a South Carolina student was arrested for posting the social media threat and was arrested by South Carolina authorities. The student claimed the post was a joke. There will be additional deputies around the school this morning as a precaution.
Homestead Exemption Increase Would Cost Brevard Millions (Titusville, FL) -- An effort to save money for homeowners could cost Brevard County. County Manager Frank Abbate yesterday told commissioners that if an expansion of the Homestead Exemption is passed by voters this year, it will cost the county more than 12-million dollars in tax revenue. Abbate also claims only 22-percent of county residents would benefit from increasing the exemption. The increase in the exemption is known as Amendment One, and it will need 60-percent support on November's ballot to become law.
George Washington's Hair Found Inside New York Library Book (Schenectady, NY) -- A New York state college says they've found a lock of George Washington's hair inside one of their library books. Union College said archivists going through books at the Schaffer Library found Washington's hair in an envelope inside a leather book titled "Gaines Universal Register or American and British Kalendar for the year 1793." The envelope was labeled: "Washington's hair, L.S.S. & (scratched out) GBS from James A. Hamilton given him by his mother, Aug. 10, 1871." Experts say people frequently exchanged hair as a keepsake during that era. SO, APPARENTLY THE BOOK’S NOT VERY ESSENTIAL TO EDUCATION. 1793 TO NOW…AND THE ENVELOPE WAS JUST DISCOVERED?
Man Wins Lottery After Losing Home To Wildfire (Alberta) -- A Canadian man is able to rebuild his home after losing it to a wildfire, thanks to his recent lottery win. Bill Pendergast lost his Alberta home to a 2016 wildfire and has been working on rebuilding it for the past two years. He said now he'll be able to finish the project after winning a lottery jackpot worth one million dollars. Pendergast won the jackpot from a Lotto ticket he bought while visiting his father in Newfoundland. He said the money will also go toward his retirement fund and maybe even a Ford Mustang.
Man Proposes From Cop Car (Provo, UT) -- Wedding plans are underway for a Utah man who proposed from the back of a police car. Police in Provo say the suspect was pulled over and busted on Valentine's Day for an outstanding warrant and his soon to be bride was also taken into custody. Officer Courtney Manwaring says the groom asked for permission to profess his love and was given the go ahead to do so. Manwaring obliged and both suspects cried but she did say yes. The police department refused to give out their names but is hoping that both get beyond these bad times and have long, happy lives. IT’S PRETTY CERTAIN THAT THE COUPLE WAS NOT ANTICIPATING THIS KIND OF GETTING PINCHED FOR VALENTINE’S DAY!
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2016, a judge ordered Apple to help the FBI break into a phone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters that had killed 14 people. Investigators hadn't been able to unlock the phone of shooter Syed Farook because of encryption technology. Apple previously declined to voluntarily help.
2011, IBM super computer Watson emerged as the big winner in a "man versus machine" showdown on TV's "Jeopardy!" Watson out-answered human competitors Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, both former "Jeopardy!" champions, by a wide margin to win the three-day trivia tournament.
1989, investigators determined the blast aboard Pan Am Flight 103 was caused by a bomb hidden inside a cassette recorder. The crash over Lockerbie, Scotland, killed 270 people.
1959, Fidel Castro was sworn in as prime minister of Cuba after the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista.
1948, NBC Television presented the first daily newsreel telecast.
600, Pope Gregory the Great issued a papal decree declaring "God Bless You" as the proper response to sneeze.