Memorials Held For Pulse Nightclub Shooting
(Orlando, FL) -- A ceremony was held yesterday in Orlando at the site of the club to mark the three-year anniversary of the tragedy that claimed 49 victims. One survivor says he knows others who are still going through surgery. Flags throughout the state flew at half-staff and churches tolled their bells 49 times in tribute to each of the victims.
DeSantis Announces Funding For Permanent Pulse Memorial
(Orlando, FL) -- The governor is promising to help establish a permanent memorial to the Pulse shooting victims. Governor Ron DeSantis announced yesterday while visiting the nightclub site that he'll approve 500-thousand dollars for the memorial. A survivor of the shooting said it meant a lot for the governor to be there.Also, Orlando State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith said he hopes the gay and Latino communities can have a strong relationship with the governor.
Governor Draws Criticism Over Pulse Proclamation
(Tallahassee, FL) -- The governor is facing criticism for his attempt to honor the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting. Governor Ron DeSantis issued a proclamation Tuesday for the third anniversary of the shooting at the gay nightclub in Orlando. The original proclamation made no reference to the LGBTQ community, though, and Orlando State Rep. Anna Eskamani accused him of 'straight-washing.' DeSantis issued another proclamation yesterday correcting the omission, and he and his wife laid flowers at the site of the shooting.
Tallahassee Police Chief Resigns
(Tallahassee, FL) -- Tallahassee is in search of a new leader for its police department. Police Chief Michael DeLeo [[ duh-LEE-oh ]] announced his resignation yesterday, effective July Fifth. He has been chief for over five years, and he says police have made significant strides in making the community safer. Major Steve Outlaw will take over on an interim basis, and the city plans to conduct a nationwide search for a permanent chief.
Man In Japan Sees Would-Be Car Thieves In Jacksonville
(Jacksonville, FL) -- A call from her husband thousands of miles away is credited with helping a woman stop a thief in her own driveway. The woman was home in North Jacksonville with her children recently when her husband called from Japan. Through their home security app, he apparently saw two men in the driveway trying to break into their cars. She confronted the men and even detained one of them until police arrived, but she tells First Coast News the other suspect got away.
Missouri Woman Finds Python In Kitchen Pantry
(Ballwin, MO) -- One Missouri woman is a bit shaken after finding a large snake in her kitchen. Ballwin police officers say the unnamed woman returned from vacation to her apartment, just 20 miles outside of St. Louis, and found a python slithering around in her kitchen pantry. They helped secure and wrangle the snake before animal control showed up to take over. It isn't known how the snake ended up in her apartment, but officers say they think it must have been another tenant's pet.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2005, a jury in Santa Maria, California acquitted pop star Michael Jackson on all ten counts related to accusations brought by a 13-year-old boy who said Jackson molested him at his Neverland Ranch. A somber-looking Jackson wiped tears from his eyes as the verdict was read, and left the court house quietly, offering a few brief waves before disappearing into a black SUV that took him back to Neverland.
1994, former football great O.J. Simpson was questioned by Los Angeles police in connection with the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown-Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.
1994, a jury in Anchorage, Alaska found the Exxon Corporation and Captain Joseph Hazelwood reckless in the "Exxon Valdez" oil spill disaster, opening the doors for a billion-dollar lawsuit filed by the victims of the spillage.
1966, the United States Supreme Court handed down what would become known as the Miranda Decision. The ruling gave individuals the right to remain silent after being taken into custody by police.
1888, Congress created the Department of Labor.