Online Video Shows Explosion During Recent SpaceX Test
(Cape Canaveral, FL) -- An online video appears to show a mishap during a recent SpaceX test was more dramatic than the company admitted. SpaceX said there was an anomaly during last week's test at Cape Canaveral, but the video first posted to Twitter this week showed the capsule exploded. It's not clear who leaked the video, but workers with one company were warned after the video came out that posting such videos is cause for termination. The company tells the Orlando Sentinel it was just reminding employees of a longstanding policy.
Arbitrator Rules In Favor Of Suspended OPD Officer
(Orlando, FL) -- An Orlando police officer can claim victory in a dispute over his suspension. Officer Robert Schellhorn was suspended for 80 hours for referring to customers at a gay nightclub as savages two years ago. An arbitrator recently ruled, though, that the suspension was excessive compared to the punishments other officers received for similar incidents. The arbitrator also ruled the term savages may not have been a gay slur but could have just referred to the behavior of the bar's customers.
Man Arrested For Indecent Incident At Typhoon Lagoon
(Orlando, FL) -- A man is facing charges for a disturbing incident at a Disney World theme park. Manatee County 57-year-old William Hayes was arrested this week for inappropriately touching himself at Typhoon Lagoon. Two children witnessed the alleged incident inside a changing room over a week ago. Deputies have not released the ages of the boys, but they say they're under 16.
Two Brevard County Schools Ranked Among Florida's Best
(Titusville, FL) -- Two Brevard County public schools are among Florida's best. US News and World Report released its annual list this week of the best public high schools in the country. Melbourne's West Shore Junior-Senior High School came in sixth in Florida while Edgewood Junior-Senior High School ranked 10th. Nationally, West Shore ranked 50th.
St. Pete Woman Draws Praise For Inspirational Post
(St. Petersburg, FL) -- A Tampa Bay woman is drawing praise for sharing her inspirational story of defying the odds. St. Petersburg's Lisa Koykar wrote on LinkedIn last week that she was once told by a judge that she'd wind up in handcuffs, but now she's set to get her Masters degree in nursing. She was 18 and had been through eleven foster homes when the judge gave her what she tells 10News was a kick in the gut. Her post has gotten more than 200-thousand Likes, and she hopes it helps people realize no matter what our circumstances, we should all be given the chance to shine.
SFL Dems Vote To Stop Plastic Straw Bans
(Tallahassee, FL) -- Two South Florida Democrats are joining Republicans in the plastic straw debate. A bill that passed the Senate in Tallahassee yesterday makes it illegal for local governments to ban plastic straws for the next five years. Broward County Democrat Lauren Book and Palm Beach County Democrat Bobby Powell voted for the bill, which most Democrats opposed. The bill passed the House last week, and it now goes to the governor.
Houston Company Searching To Fill "Snooze-terns" Positions
(Houston, TX) -- A Houston-based mattress company is looking for people who are willing to get paid for testing out beds. Mattress Firm said the paid internship is for 30 hours a week and in addition to testing mattresses they would need to create written and video reviews for social media. The "snooze-terns" would work out of the company's headquarters in Houston. They'd also create video content including sleep tips. The ideal candidate is someone who is proficient in napping no matter what time of day it is.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2016, the iconic elephants of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus performed for the final time. The curtain came down on the long circus tradition after decades of protests by animal rights activists.
2011, President Barack Obama announced the death of elusive terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden from the East Room of the White House. Known to be the mastermind of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, Bin Laden was killed in a mission carried out by Navy SEALs.
1941, General Mills introduced Cheerios cereal.
1939, "Batman" made his debut as a comic strip hero by D.C. Comics.