Wednesday Launch At 80% 'Go'
(Cape Canaveral, FL) -- There's a good chance a launch that could rattle the Space Coast will take place this week at Cape Canaveral. SpaceX is planning a launch Wednesday morning of a Falcon 9 rocket, and Air Force officials announced yesterday that weather conditions are 80-percent 'Go.' The launch is set for 3:59 a.m. and is expected to create a sonic boom. The rocket will carry supplies to the International Space Station.
Sandhill Cranes Cause Deadly Crash
(Melbourne, FL) -- A man is dead after a crash involving sandhill cranes in Brevard County. FHP says two cars were stopped on Wickham Road yesterday morning to let some cranes cross the street, and that's when a third car collided with the other two. A 100-year-old man riding in that third car was killed, and the driver suffered serious injuries. The driver of another car also suffered serious injuries.
Shots Fired At FHP Troopers
(Brooksville, FL) -- A man is hurt after a multi-county chase that included shots being fired at law enforcement in Hernando County. FHP says 22-year-old Travis Lovett shot at troopers during yesterday's chase and hit a patrol car's windshield, but no one was hurt. Lovett is also accused of trying to run over two Citrus County deputies before he crashed in Sumter County and was thrown from the car, which he allegedly stole. He was taken to the hospital where he's in serious but stable condition.
Child Falls From Third-Story Window
(Tampa, FL) -- A family can breathe a sigh of relief after a scary incident in Hillsborough County. A three-year-old girl fell out of a third-story window in Tampa yesterday, but she suffered no major injuries. Police say she fell after pushing on a window screen. She's in the hospital, but she's expected to survive.
Booker Discusses Voting Rights
(Miami Gardens, FL) -- Cory Booker is blaming Florida lawmakers for ruining what he calls an amazing moment for the country. The Democratic presidential candidate was in Miami Gardens yesterday to discuss voting rights. He praised voters for approving a law that restores the voting rights of ex-felons, but he also criticized Tallahassee Republicans for requiring all fines be paid before voting rights are restored. The New Jersey senator compared that to a poll tax, and he urged state senators to reject it.
Sajak To Chair MI College
(Hillsdale, MI) -- Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak is now the chairman of a Michigan college. The Detroit Free Press says Sajak has been made Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Hillsdale College, about 100 miles west of Detroit. The college newspaper says Sajak has a brilliant mind and a sound knowledge of the school. Sajak says he wants to improve the school renovations, academic standards and outreach.
Butt-Dialing Helps Houston Police Snag Store Thieves
(Houston, TX) -- Two suspected store thieves are under arrest in Houston after one of the alleged burglars butt-dialed 9-1-1. Houston Police responded to an alarm at a Best Buy early Saturday after three suspects hit the store and got away with laptops and other electronics. At that moment, a 9-1-1 dispatcher fielded a call with only noise in the background, which later turned out to be from the cell phone in the back pocket of one of the suspects. From the location and timing of the call, officers ID'd and found the vehicle and were finally able to chase it down. Two of the three suspected burglars were arrested while the third suspect is still on the loose.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2003, Apple launched its iTunes Music Store.
2000, tens of thousands of angry Cuban-Americans marched peacefully through Miami's Little Havana, protesting the raid in which armed federal agents yanked six-year-old Cuban refugee Elian Gonzalez from the home of relatives.
1992, rioting began in Los Angeles following the acquittal of four white police officers charged in the videotaped beating of motorist Rodney King. At least 53 people died during the three-day unrest. More than one-billion-dollars in damages resulted in the rioting.
1990, wrecking crews began tearing down part of the Berlin Wall surrounding the Brandenburg Gate.
1961, ABC's "Wide World of Sports" aired for the first time on a Saturday afternoon. The show was hosted by Jim McKay and featured Howard Cosell, Frank Gifford, Al Michaels, Jack Whitaker, Heywood Hale Brun and many more.