Deadly Shooting In Brevard County (Palm Bay, FL) -- A man is dead after a shooting in Brevard County. It happened yesterday morning in Palm Bay on Alfonso Ave Southeast near Liberty Park. The victim was identified as Melbourne 24-year-old Ashanti Jenkins. No arrests have been announced, and there's no word on a motive.
Man Shot In DeLand (DeLand, FL) -- A search is underway for three people involved in a shooting in Volusia County, including the victim. The shooting happened early yesterday morning in DeLand on Margaret Street. Deputies say DeLand 44-year-old Carlos Manzanares was shot, but when they got there, he was nowhere to be found. Deputies are looking for him, the shooter and a person of interest, who's believed to be in the New Smyrna Beach area.
Ditka Hospitalized In Naples (Naples, FL) -- Pro football Hall of Famer Mike Ditka is recovering in Collier County after a health scare. The former player and coach suffered a heart attack last week while playing golf in Naples. His agent tells ESPN the 79-year-old had a pacemaker installed at a Naples hospital and is doing much better. A Chicago TV station reports that Ditka could be released from the hospital this week.
FSU Prez Defends Taggart (Tallahassee, FL) -- FSU's president is speaking out against what he calls ignorant and despicable criticism of Willie Taggart. After this weekend's 41-14 loss to Florida, someone posted an image of Taggart, who is black, being lynched. School President John Thrasher called the post disgusting and extremely disappointing. He also called Taggart a respected member of the FSU family, and he said Taggart has the school's full support.
NASA Insight Mission Nears Mars (Pasadena, CA) -- A NASA spacecraft is expected to land on Mars today. The Mars InSight lander is scheduled to touch down on the Martian surface around 3 pm Eastern. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory says the Mars mission will streak into the planet's atmosphere at 12-thousand miles per hour, and will be slowed by retro rockets and a giant parachute as it makes its 77-mile descent to the ground. After landing, the stationary probe will wait 16 minutes for the dust to settle before unfurling the solar panels that will give it power. The landing will take place on a smooth Martian plain close to the planet's equator. The Insight lander will monitor seismic activity drill 16-feet underground, to give scientists a better understanding of how Mars evolved.
School Bans Christmas For Being Too Commercial (England) -- A school in England is banning Christmas. Students at Lady Lumley's School in Pickering, North Yorks were told this week that the true meaning of Christmas has been, quote, "lost and buried under and avalanche of commercialization." The message was delivered at a school assembly by none other than Father Christmas. All Christmas activities are banned unless the kids can persuade their religious education teacher to bring it back. They have until November 30th to email their teacher and explain why they should be allowed to celebrate Christmas.
Man Tries To Have His Wife Deported (Portland, OR) -- An Oregon man will be sentenced in a few weeks after prosecutors say he tried to bribe an immigration official to deport his wife. Federal agents say Antonio Burgos of Portland apparently wanted to get rid of his wife and her kid after moving them to the U.S. Court documents say Burgos and the woman were no longer getting along and she moved out of their home. He was accused of offering four-thousand-dollars to an ICE agent to have her and the child deported back to El Salvador. Burgos pled guilty to bribery last month in exchange for a reduced sentence.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
1975, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme was found guilty of trying to assassinate President Gerald Ford. Fromme was a well-known Charles Manson follower.
1973, the Boston Strangler was killed by another inmate at a prison in Massachusetts.
1942, the movie "Casablanca" starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman premiered in New York City.
1861, West Virginia was created by secession from the confederate state of Virginia following a dispute over slavery. Statehood became official on June 20, 1863.
1789, President George Washington used Thanksgiving Day to observe the adoption of the Constitution. It became the first national celebration of Thanksgiving.