Florida Forest Service Warns Of High Fire Risk Due To Dry Conditions
(Undated) -- The Florida Forest Service is urging residents to use caution when using anything flammable outside. Their daily report on fire danger shows almost every Florida county is in the "Moderate" or "High" range, making forest fires more probable in the state. Safety officials say the lack of humidity and rainfall is creating an increased risk of fires. The warning was issued as firefighters continue to work to contain the Yellow Bluff fire, which at its peak spanned 600 acres.
Prosecutor Ayala Won't Seek Reelection
(Orlando, FL) -- A controversial prosecutor won't seek reelection. Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis [[ ar-uh-miss ]] Ayala announced yesterday she will not run next year for a second term in the Ninth Circuit. She was the state's first African-American state attorney, but she might be most remembered for announcing two years ago that she would not seek the death penalty. Governor Rick Scott then reassigned all her death penalty cases, and the state Supreme Court ruled against her.
Judge In Casey Anthony Case Considering Run For State Attorney
(Orlando, FL) -- The judge who presided over the Casey Anthony trial may run for Ayala’s job. Belvin Perry said yesterday he's strongly considering running to be state attorney for Orange and Osceola counties. Perry is currently a lawyer, and he says he'll announce a decision as soon as January.
Orange County Deputy Fired For Drinking On The Job
(Orlando, FL) -- A deputy who helped end the standoff at the Pulse nightclub is now out of a job. Orange County Deputy Matthew Futch confirmed last week that he was fired for drinking while on duty in September and lying about it to his bosses. Futch denies it and has appealed, but he has no desire to get his job back. An explosion Futch set as a bomb technician the night of the Pulse shooting helped deputies bring an end to the ordeal, and he tells the Orlando Sentinel the stresses of the job cost him his marriage, and he's currently in therapy.
Two Free Fishing Weekends Announced For June
(Undated) -- Floridians can fish for free during two upcoming weekends. License-free saltwater fishing is June 1st and 2nd. Those who wish to pursue freshwater fishing can do so license-free on June 8th and 9th.
Florida Man Bitten By Toilet Snake
(Coral Springs, FL) -- A Coral Springs man is recovering after he was bitten by a snake hiding in his toilet. Coral Springs police say the man found a ball python in his apartment toilet at about 4 a.m. The non-venomous snake struck out and bit the man on the hand, giving him a minor injury. Authorities say they don't know where the snake came from. It was then taken to a local reptile center.
Pokemon To Launch Sleep App
(Tokyo) -- Soon you'll be able to play Pokemon in your sleep. The game company said in Tokyo today that it's developing a mobile app called Pokemon Sleep. The new app will keep track of how long the user sleeps and when they wake up, and then use that data to change the gameplay. The Pokemon Sleep mobile app is set for release next year. The Pokemon franchise is currently enjoying success with its new movie, Detective Pikachu, which has made over 120-million dollars in North America.
TODAY IN HISTORY
1999, the space shuttle "Discovery" completed the first-ever docking with the international space station.
1974, President Nixon agreed to turn over 12-hundred pages of edited Watergate transcripts.
1973, Tom Bradley became the first black mayor of Los Angeles.
1961, food stamps were first issued in the US.
1953, Mount Everest was conquered as Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tensing Norgay of Nepal became the first climbers to reach the summit.
1951, C. F. Blair became the first man to fly over the North Pole in a single engine plane.