Mick's Morning News: 05.21.18

posted by Bill Mick - 

Polk County Schools Ban Backpacks  (Bartow, FL) -- The deadly school shooting in Texas is leading to a change in Polk County. The school district announced after Friday's shooting that backpacks will not be allowed for the rest of the school year.

Sheriff Grady Judd also says each school will have a deputy on patrol. There's no word on if the ban will remain in place for the next school year.

Teen Charged With Shooting  (Palm Bay, FL) -- A teenager is charged with attempted murder for a shooting in Brevard County. The 13-year-old boy is accused of shooting two people in Palm Bay this weekend.

Police say the victims are juveniles, and they're in serious but stable condition. No details on the shooting have been released.

FBI Investigating Incident At OIA  (Orlando, FL) -- A service dog appears to be at the center of an incident that has the FBI's attention. A pregnant woman says Gainesville's Timothy Manley punched her and her service dog last week on a plane at Orlando International Airport.

Manley's wife tells Channel 9 it was the pregnant woman's fiancé who was the aggressor, and the incident involving the dog was an accident. The FBI is handling the case because it happened on a plane, but no charges have been announced.

Eppes Family Speaks Out On Statue's Future  (Tallahassee, FL) -- The descendants of the man considered the founder of FSU are speaking out to preserve his legacy. Francis Eppes has a building on campus named after him and there's a statue of him outside the Westcott Building, but an advisory panel has recommended removing both honors because he owned slaves.

His descendants want both symbols to remain, and they say it's ridiculous a small group of people are trying to erase his legacy. They also recently told the "Tallahassee Democrat" being a slave owner doesn't define Eppes, and it's unfair to judge him by today's standards.

Ohio Man Being Followed By Pig Calls Police  (North Ridgeville, OH) -- Authorities say an Ohio man called the police after being followed by a pig. Initially when officers received the call, they thought the man was drunk so they went to pick him up. Upon arrival officers found the man totally sober and did find a pig stalking him.

The man was walking home from an Amtrak station when the pig decided to follow him. Police loaded the pig into a cruiser and took the animal to the police station, where it was later picked up by its owner.

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1999, after 18 winless nominations, soap opera star Susan Lucci finally won her first Daytime Emmy Award as Best Soap Actress for her longtime role as Erica Kane on ABC's "All My Children."

1980, ”The Empire Strikes Back" opened in movie theaters across the U.S.

1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean when her plane landed in Ireland. She had taken off from Newfoundland a day earlier.

1927, Charles Lindbergh arrived in Paris, France, in his plane "The Spirit of St. Louis." It marked the first time a person had flown across the Atlantic Ocean.

1881, the American Red Cross was founded by Clara Barton.

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