Details Released On Epcot Death
(Orlando, FL) -- Some details are out on the death of an Orange County man working at Epcot. The Orange County Sheriff's Office, yesterday, released a report into the death last week of a man working for an equipment rental company. Investigators say Winter Garden's George Grimes fell out of a cherry picker while it was being loaded into a pickup truck, and he was not wearing safety equipment. The 58-year-old died at the scene.
Sen. Scott Appears At Port Canaveral
(Port Canaveral, FL) -- Port Canaveral can play a key role in Florida's rise as a global shipping leader. That's what Senator Rick Scott said yesterday in a visit to the port. Scott discussed plans to get more federal funding for the port. He says investing in the port will create thousands of long-lasting, quality jobs.
DeSantis Suspends Port Richey Acting Mayor
(Port Richey, FL) -- A city in Pasco County is, once again, without a mayor. Governor Ron DeSantis, yesterday, suspended Port Richey Acting Mayor Terrence Rowe after Rowe's arrest this month for obstruction of justice. Rowe is accused of conspiring with former mayor Dale Massad to target the police officer who arrested Massad last month for practicing medicine without a license. DeSantis also suspended Massad after that arrest, and Massad is now in the county jail.
Pool Builder Under Investigation
(DeLand, FL) -- A Volusia County businessman is accused of defrauding his customers. The sheriff's office confirmed, yesterday, that Aquatic Daze Custom Pools and Spas is under investigation. The company has locations in Edgewater and Port Orange, and customers have complained that owner James Griffin has taken their money but not installed the pools he promised. One alleged victim tells the News-Journal that Griffin told him he ran out of money.
Miami Beach Residents Complain About Spring Breakers
(Miami Beach, FL) -- Spring Break is starting to wind down, and the end can't come too soon for Miami Beach residents. At an emergency city commission meeting yesterday, residents vented their frustration with this year's event. They said crowds are bigger, more violent, they're drinking more and using more drugs than in recent years. The police chief told residents they'll bring in extra officers from outside the city this weekend, and Mayor Dan Gelber promised more aggressive policing.
Florida Prosecutors Offer Deal To Patriots Owner
(Palm Beach County, FL) -- Florida prosecutors are offering a deal to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and other men accused of soliciting prostitutes in Palm Beach County. They will drop the charges if they admit guilt, complete an education course about prostitution, do 100 hours of community service, and pay court costs. There's no word yet on whether Kraft will accept the offer.
NASA Issues Warning About Space Herpes
(Houston, TX) -- NASA is issuing a warning about space herpes, reporting the virus had flared up in rocket astronauts. The research in the journal Frontiers Microbiology says the extreme stress put on the body by space travel causes a suppressed immune system. When the immune system is suppressed, once-dormant viruses are then able to reactivate. Reports say the longer the spaceflight mission, the more the viruses seemed to reactivate, which could post significant risks to astronauts.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2018, Facebook was hit with a class action lawsuit over its huge data scandal. The federal lawsuit filed in California sought unspecified damages from Facebook and Cambridge Analytica for improperly gathering personal information without permission.
2005, President Bush signed an emergency bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate designed to prolong the life of a severely brain-damaged Florida woman. The feeding tube that kept Terri Schiavo alive for 15 years was removed a few days earlier after a contentious court battle between the woman's family and her husband who wanted the tube removed.
1996, a Los Angeles jury convicted Erik and Lyle Menendez of first-degree murder in the shotgun slayings of their millionaire parents.
1995, a nerve gas attack on a Tokyo subway killed ten people and injured more than five-thousand.
1934, the first test of radar took place in Germany.