SpaceX Crew Capsule Destroyed
(Cape Canaveral, FL) -- SpaceX is confirming its crew capsule was destroyed in ground testing two weeks ago. Today the company said it's too soon to know what went wrong on April 20th. During the testing, flames engulfed the entire capsule.
Many Florida School Districts Opposed To Arming Of Teachers
(Undated) -- While it's appears Governor Ron DeSantis will sign a bill allowing Florida teachers to carry guns in class if their school boards approve, many districts are already saying no. Among the districts only wanting officers to carry weapons on campus are Orange, Seminole, Lake, Osceola and Hillsborough Counties.
Pulse Gets $500k In State Budget
(Orlando, FL) -- The new state budget includes what one lawmaker calls a tremendous way to honor 49 angels taken by hate. That's what Orlando State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith says about the 500-thousand dollars in the budget for a memorial and museum to the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting. Next month will mark the third anniversary of the shooting at the gay nightclub that claimed 49 lives. Pulse co-owner Barbara Poma tells the Orlando Sentinel the museum and memorial will be a touchstone of love and support for survivors and visitors from around the world.
Pulse Nightclub Owners Accused Of Breaking The Law
(Orlando, FL) -- The owners of the Pulse nightclub are accused of trying to defraud those affected by the deadly shooting. A lawsuit amended yesterday claims owners Barbara and Rosario Poma illegally transferred the club from one company they owned to another to hide the club's value. Lawyers for dozens of survivors and victims' families say this was done to make it hard for the plaintiffs to claim restitution. The Pomas' lawyer says the lawsuit is utterly frivolous.
State Senate Proposes Close To $2B For Hurricane Michael Relief
(Tallahassee, FL) -- State lawmakers are proposing what one calls significant funding for the Panhandle. The senate's 2019-20 budget includes almost two-billion dollars for Hurricane Michael recovery. Details released yesterday show that includes 115-million dollars for affordable housing for those displaced by the storm. The Senate president says the budget would restore critical life-safety services, like roads and hospitals.
Man Flags Down Deputies To Show Off Marijuana Plant, Offers To Let Them Smoke Pot
(Flagler County, FL) -- A Flagler County man is arrested after a strange scene. A body worn camera shows the suspect flagging down deputies, to show them a two-foot tall marijuana plant he was illegally growing. He also asked the deputies to smoke pot with him. He was then taken to jail.
New Scrabble Words Added
(Undated) -- OK is now officially allowed in Scrabble. The two-letter word is one of more than 28-hundred new words added to the latest edition of Collins Official Scrabble Words. It joins other new additions on the board like fleek, yowza and genderqueer. While OK, previously banned for being capitalized and an abbreviation, might be a controversial choice for some hardcore players, it's one of three new two-letter words added. The others are ew, an expression of disgust and ze, that's z-e, a gender neutral pronoun.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2018, Evacuations were ordered on Hawaii's Big Island after lava started spewing from the Kilauea [[ Kill-uh-way-uh ]] volcano. Eruptions continued for weeks to follow, causing mass damage.
2006, a federal jury in Virginia recommended life in prison without the possibility for release for Zacarias Moussaoui who pled guilty to six conspiracy charges in the September 11th, 2001 attacks on the United States. After the verdict was announced Moussaoui shouted "America, you lost!"
1979, British Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher became the first female prime minister in Great Britain.
1963, more than one-thousand blacks, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, marched through the city of Birmingham, Alabama, in a peaceful protest against segregation in local stores and restaurants. The group was met with violence from Birmingham police. The violent response was captured on national television, which sparked a huge push in the civil rights movement.
1952, an airplane landed at the North Pole for the first time.
1936, Joe DiMaggio played his first major league baseball game for the New York Yankees.