UCF Board To Discuss Whittaker's Resignation
(Orlando, FL) -- The fate of UCF's president could be decided today. The Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet to discuss Dale Whittaker's offer to resign. Whittaker submitted his resignation this week over the school spending scandal in which millions of dollars were improperly used for building construction. In his resignation letter submitted yesterday Whittaker wrote he hopes stepping down will end punitive measures against the school and restore a healthy relationship between UCF and state lawmakers. About five thousand people have signed a petition at Change.org urging the Board of Trustees to refuse to accept Whittaker's resignation.
Broward School Board Approves New Safety Measures
(Fort Lauderdale, FL) -- Steps are being taken to make Broward County schools safer. The school board yesterday voted to implement a formal code red policy and require each classroom to have a hard corner. Both measures were recommended by the MSD Public Safety Commission. School board member Lori Alhadeff lost her daughter in the Parkland school shooting, and she believes her daughter could have been saved if these measures were in place.
Police Officer Cleared Of Wrongdoing After Shooting Unarmed Man
(Cocoa, FL) -- A Cocoa police officer is cleared of any wrongdoing, after he mistakenly shot an unarmed man. The FDLE made the decision, after reviewing video of the shooting from December eleventh. Officer Xzevies [[zee-vees]] Baez fired at the victim, who had a dark object in his hand. Instead of a gun though, it turned out to be a cellphone, and he was talking with a 9-1-1 dispatcher at the time.
Body Found In Medical Center Parking Lot
(Titusville, FL) -- A discovery in a Brevard County parking lot is the subject of an investigation. A man's body was found in a van outside Parrish Medical Center in Titusville yesterday morning. No cause of death has been revealed, but it's not considered suspicious. There's no word on how long the unidentified man may have been in the van.
SWAT Team Employees Punished For Dubai Trip
(Kissimmee, FL) -- Some Osceola County employees are being disciplined after a trip to Dubai. Members of the SWAT team went to Dubai this month for a competition, in which they finished third and collected 25-thousand dollars. The sheriff, though, said yesterday that instead of turning that money over to the sheriff's office, as the law requires, they pocketed it. The employees were ordered to repay the sheriff's office and forfeit some vacation time.
TPD Responds To Viral Uber Horror Story
(Tampa, FL) -- A woman's horror story about an Uber ride is said to be a misunderstanding. Tampa Police yesterday discussed a Facebook post by a woman who got into the wrong car at Tampa International Airport this week. The woman claims the driver was a sex traffic worker who kidnapped her, but police say a language barrier between the driver and the woman led to confusion. Police also say there's no evidence the driver is involved in sex trafficking, but they say it's still a good idea to double-check that you get into the correct car when using a ride-share service.
Petition Pitches Selling Montana To Canada For $1-Trillion
(Undated) -- An online petition is pitching selling Montana to Canada for a trillion dollars. The man behind the petition says the money could help pay down the national debt. More than seven-thousand people have signed the petition, which includes a description that's pretty nasty to the fourth-largest state. The description reads, "We have too much debt and Montana is useless." One person who signed the petition said if the U.S. sells the state to Canada he'll move back to Montana. Others suggest sweetening the deal by throwing in California, Ohio, or Texas.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2016, Denny Hamlin won the 58th running of the Daytona 500 in the closest finish in race history. Hamlin edged out Martin Truex Jr. by 0.01 seconds for his first career Daytona 500 victory.
1972, President Nixon began his historic visit to China.
1965, civil rights leader Malcolm X was shot to death while addressing a crowd at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City. He was 39.
1931, Alka Seltzer was first introduced to consumers.
1885, the Washington Monument was dedicated.