Mick's Morning News: 03.22.18

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Woman Arrested For Punching Pregnant Woman  (Cocoa, FL) -- A Cocoa woman is back in jail after she was arrested just hours after being released. Stephanie Hylard was arrested this weekend for punching a woman who is seven-and-a-half months pregnant. The arrest came not long after she had bonded out of jail for domestic violence. "Florida Today" reports the arrest for that incident came last week at the same home when police say she threw knives at her ex-boyfriend.

Students Discuss Upcoming March For Our Lives  (Tampa, FL) -- Teenagers around the country will be uniting for a cause they hope will save lives, including theirs. Students from the Tampa Bay area yesterday discussed their plans for this weekend's March for Our Lives in Tampa and St. Petersburg. At a press conference at Hillsborough County's Plant High School, students said they hope their voices will lead to new gun laws, like a ban on bump stocks, but they're against arming school employees. Marches are scheduled in Melbourne, Tampa and around the country.

Eight FHP Troopers Will Enhance Security At MSD  (Parkland, FL) -- On a related note, Parents seem to be on board with the governor's idea of beefing up security at Stoneman Douglas High School. Governor Rick Scott yesterday announced eight FHP troopers will be at the school today to protect students. Some parents expressed support for the idea, but their children are a bit more skeptical. Some students tell CBS4 it's overkill and that what would really help is changing gun laws.  THAT’S A COMMON THEME AMONG STUDENTS AND THEY DID NOT GET IT ON THEIR OWN.  THE STUDENTS IN THE MELBOURNE MARCH AND OTHERS AROUDN THE COUNTRY ARE ECHOING THE IDEA THAT ARE NOT FOUNDED IN REASON OR BASED ON EVIDENCE OF QUICKLY RESOLVED ACTIVE SHOOTER SITUATIONS.

Authorities Try To Restrict Brother Of School Shooter With New Law  (Fort Lauderdale, FL) -- The Broward County Sheriff's Office is trying to keep the brother of Parkland school shooter Nikolaus Cruz, from having access to weapons. Zachary Cruz is in jail for trespassing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. By issuing a "Red Flag" risk protection order, deputies hope to take any weapons he may have, and keep him from getting any more of them. The Red Flag provision is part of the recently enacted Florida school safety bill, which gives law enforcement the power to temporarily seize weapons from suspects who have been taken into custody for an involuntary mental health assessment.

New Records Raise More Questions About CareerSource  (Clearwater, FL) -- A new revelation about CareerSource is part of what a Pinellas County official calls an egregious pattern of unacceptable behavior. The CareerSource Pinellas board met yesterday to discuss records that show the job search agency repeatedly assigned a fake phone number to clients for which it claimed to have found jobs. Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch tells the "Tampa Bay Times" this is further evidence of what could be criminal behavior by the agency. Also, yesterday, the board voted to sever ties with President and CEO Edward Peachey and pay him more than 100-thousand dollars if he agrees not to sue them.

Unique PC Coffee Shop Expanding  (Panama City, FL) -- A restaurant that has changed lives will try to change more in a new location. Panama City's Vinny and Bays announced recently they will open a new location in Newnan, Georgia. The coffee shop opened six months ago downtown on Harrison Ave staffed by people with special needs. Owner Kara Rigby says parents of employees have told her they don't know how they could live without the coffee shop, and she tells the "News Herald" she wants people all over the country to have that feeling.

Library Officials Speculate Rare Books Were Taken Slowly  (Oakland, PA) -- Hundreds of books are missing from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and many of them are very rare. Library officials say they knew about some missing books about a year ago during an insurance appraisal and they believe many were taken slowly over an extended period of time. The books were actually in a room that can only be accessed through an appointment by researchers and scholars. Detectives with the Allegheny County DA's office say they have suspects in the case but there are concerns all 314 missing books will be recovered. The books are valued at millions-of-dollars and include one from the 15-hundreds and another from mathematician Isaac Newton.

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1994, the National Football League announced the addition of the two-point conversion. It was the league's first scoring change in 75 seasons.

1990, former tanker captain Joseph Hazelwood was found innocent on three charges in connection with the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska. The jury convicted him on a charge of negligent discharge of oil.

1985, Wendy’s hamburger restaurant ended its relationship with Clara Peller. She coined the famous phrase "Where's the Beef?"

1934, the first Masters golf championship began in Augusta, Georgia.

1894, the Montreal Hockey Club defeated the Ottawa Hockey Club, three-to-one, in the first Stanley Cup championship game.

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