Gillum Picks Orlando's King As Running Mate (Orlando, FL) -- An Orlando businessman will try to help Andrew Gillum make Florida history. The Democratic nominee for governor yesterday announced that Chris King will be his running mate as Gillum tries to become the state's first black governor.
King is one of the candidates Gillum beat to secure the nomination, and King says he and Gillum, who are both 39, grew close during the campaign.
DeSantis Introduces Running Mate (Orlando, FL) -- Ron DeSantis hopes one of the state's top lawmakers can help him become governor. The Republican nominee and Sixth District congressman was in Orlando yesterday to introduce Miami State Rep Jeanette Nunez as his running mate.
The 46-year-old mother-of-three is in a leadership position in Tallahassee as speaker pro temp (TEM). If DeSantis wins, Nunez will become the first female Cuban-American lieutenant governor.
Former Brevard Superintendent Argues For More Police Protection At Schools (Sunrise, FL) -- The man who once ran Brevard County's schools doesn't believe the state is doing enough to protect students. Former superintendent Desmond Blackburn was in Broward County this week to address the commission that was formed to study the Parkland shooting.
Blackburn urged the commission to recommend that the state require every school to have an armed officer on campus, but it doesn't look like he succeeded. The commission supported requiring armed SROs at all high schools and middle schools, but elementary schools would only be required to have an armed staff member.
Bank Terminates Fried's Campaign Account (Fort Lauderdale, FL) -- The Democratic nominee for ag commissioner is facing more banking problems. BB-and-T this week closed the campaign account of Fort Lauderdale's Nikki Fried for violating federal law.
Fried is a supporter of medical marijuana, but federal law says banks can't accept money from companies involved in marijuana. Wells Fargo also closed Fried's campaign account last month for the same reason, and Fried's campaign tells the Herald/Times they'll issue a statement on Monday.
FSU Alum Burt Reynolds Dies (Tallahassee, FL) -- Most know him as a legendary actor, but many in Tallahassee will remember Burt Reynolds for his close ties to his alma mater, Florida State. The actor and former Seminoles football player passed away yesterday in Palm Beach County at the age of 82 of cardiac arrest.
He played for the Noles in the mid-50s and maintained close ties to the program long afterwards. Reynolds once bought uniforms for the team, donated money for a dorm named after him and also helped FSU film students.
Stolen M&M Statues Miraculously Returned (Holmdel, NJ) -- A pair of stolen M&M statues in New Jersey are safe after being miraculously returned. Mr. Red and Mr. Yellow M&M's were reportedly stolen sometime after the August 19th or 20th KIDZ BOP concert at the PNC Bank Arts Center.
State police didn't share any details about how the candy three-foot tall candy figurines were returned, but they did thank Live Nation, the PNC Bank Arts Center, and M&M Mars Corporation for helping locate them.
Restaurant Owner Fined For 'Pee' Sign (New Haven, CT) -- A Connecticut restaurant owner is being fined over a sign about dog pee. Duc Nguyen owns the Vietnamese restaurant Duc's Place in New Haven and took action not too long ago after dog walkers allowed their pups to urinate into the flower pot in front of his business.
He popped up a sign explaining to pet owners it was a "pay-per-pee" flower pot. City enforcement officials didn't laugh about it and fined him 250-dollars for code violations. They say he created a public nuisance.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2004, the FCC ordered 20 CBS television stations to pay more than half a million dollars in fines for airing Janet Jackson's breast-baring incident at the 2004 Super Bowl.
1998, the Japanese cartoon "Pokemon," which is based on a Nintendo game, premiered in syndication.
1979, the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network was launched as the nation's first all-sports channel. The network is better known as ESPN.
1963, The National Pro Football Hall of Fame was dedicated in Canton, Ohio.