Mick's Morning News: 07.02.18

posted by Bill Mick - 

Immigration Rally Held In Brevard  (Melbourne, FL) -- America's freedoms are being replaced by fear and ignorance. That's what a protester said this weekend at an immigration rally in Melbourne. A group braved the rain and lightning to march on the Eau Gallie Causeway to call for an end to President Trump's zero-tolerance policy toward illegal immigration.

The event's organizer tells "Florida Today" the asylum seekers being separated from their children have a right to be here, and this country was built on immigrants.

Judge's Order Grants Reprieve To Puerto Rican Evacuees  (Kissimmee, FL) -- A judge's ruling in Massachusetts is allowing some in Central Florida to breathe a little easier. A federal judge this weekend ordered FEMA to extend a housing deadline for Puerto Rican evacuees across the country.

That ruling allows hundreds of evacuees in Central Florida to stay in their hotels until Wednesday morning, but after that there's uncertainty. One woman tells 'Channel 9' she and her family came here with nothing, and they haven't been able to save enough to afford an apartment.

Deputy Pulled From Burning Car  (Orlando, FL) -- Bystanders are credited with saving a deputy from a burning patrol car in Orange County. It happened yesterday morning after a crash at the Pine Hills toll plaza.

The sheriff's office says Deputy Jamie Hoffman's cruiser caught fire after he rear-ended an SUV. Hoffman was pulled from the car and taken to the hospital.  His injuries are not serious.

Dozens Of Fire Victims Apply For State Aid  (Eastpoint, FL) -- Dozens of Franklin County wildfire victims are a step closer to getting some much-needed financial help. About 90 victims of the Eastpoint fire filled out forms last week to get up to five thousand dollars in state aid.

Many of the applicants lost their homes and equipment they need for work in the fire. While grateful for the help, some tell the "Tallahassee Democrat" the state needs to do more for the many residents who live paycheck-to-paycheck.

Social Media Break Leads To Decreased Stress  (Undated) -- Taking a break from social media for just five days can reduce the amount of stress people feel. A study published in the "Journal of Social Psychology" found that some of the stress people feel while spending hours on social media can lead to feelings of non-productivity and unhappiness.

While people who quit for five days reported less stress, they also reported a decrease in the sense of well-being. Researchers think it could be related to "Fear of missing out," or not knowing what others are doing.

Postal Worker Busted For Delivering Marijuana (Hampton, VA) -- Federal charges are being filed against a Virginia postal worker who allegedly took part in an elaborate drug scheme. Authorities took Darryl Harding into custody last week and say the long-time Post Office employee was being paid to move the drugs and took them to addresses that were not on the packages.

Two others were nabbed in the case as well and the three are said to have been working together. Harding has worked for the Post Office for decades but now faces bribery and conspiracy charges.

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1985, General Motors announced the installation of electronic road maps in some of their higher priced cars.

1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The new law made it illegal to discriminate against people based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

1947, a flying object believed by many to be an alien spacecraft crashed near Roswell, New Mexico. The military later said it was a weather balloon.

1937, Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific Ocean while trying to make the first around-the world flight.

1867, the first elevated railroad opened for business in New York City.

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