SpaceX Scrubs Launch
(Cape Canaveral, FL) -- Fans of Nickelodeon have reason to look forward to today's SpaceX launch. A launch set for yesterday was scrubbed seconds before blast off and rescheduled for tonight at 6:01. The Dragon capsule to the International Space Station will carry 25 payloads, which is the most ever. Those payloads include Nickelodeon's green slime in an effort to teach kids about microgravity's effect on the substance.
Corrections Officers Arrested For Beating Inmate
(Clermont, FL) -- A video captured on a contraband cell phone now has three Lake County prison guards out of work and facing charges. Lake Correctional Institution officers Milton Gass, Hunter Lingo and Joshua Petersilge were arrested yesterday and fired for beating an inmate. The incident was recorded by another inmate at the Clermont facility and posted to YouTube two weeks ago. The Florida Department of Corrections says it will not tolerate inmate abuse at any level.
Lawmaker Wants To Remove Confederate Statue
(Tallahassee, FL) -- One lawmaker supports an effort to remove what she calls a painful reminder of an ugly and hurtful history. That's what Tallahassee State Rep. Loranne Ausley says about a statue that honors Leon County soldiers killed in the Civil War. Orange County State Rep. Geraldine Thompson announced this week she will file a bill to remove the monument at Monroe Street and Apalachee Parkway. Ausley tells the Tallahassee Democrat she looks forward to working with Thompson to remove the monument once and for all.
Man Shot At While Confronting Burglars
(North Miami, FL) -- A man is lucky to be alive after encountering burglars in Miami-Dade County. Miami police say the man was shot at over a dozen times when he came across two people breaking into a police officer's car yesterday morning. The victim wasn't hit, but some bullets damaged his car. No arrest has been announced, but the shooting was caught on surveillance cameras.
One-Million Dollar Bail For Credit Card Fraud Suspect
(Volusia County, FL) -- Bail is set at one-million dollars for a Volusia County woman accused of credit card fraud. Several law enforcement agencies teamed up to arrest 31-year-old Nicole Siroky. They say she stole more than 20-thousand dollars by making phony cards, by using victim's identities.
RetailMeNot Paying You To Shop
(Undated) -- Call it a dream job -- getting paid to shop. Retail-Me-Not is hiring its first shopping specialist. The company already offers coupon codes at stores all over and now they need someone to test them. You'll get five-thousand dollars for a week of shopping and one free meal a day. Even better, you get to keep everything you buy. Anyone interested needs to submit a short video and explain how they score discounts. Applications are being accepted until August 9th.
Police: Florida Wife Grabbed Husband's Penis Too Hard
(Tampa, FL) -- Florida police say a woman grabbed her husband's genitals so hard that he had trouble walking. Forty-four-year-old Anastacia Tasch faces a domestic battery charge for the incident after her husband filed a complaint. The husband told police Tasch walked over to him in the morning while he was sleeping and squeezed him so forcefully that he "crumpled over." Tasch admitted to the incident, saying she was trying to initiate sexual intercourse. The domestic battery charge is only a misdemeanor.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2000, Texas Governor George W. Bush selected Dick Cheney to be his running mate for the presidential elections.
1990, Roseanne Barr's ear-piercing rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner" at the opening of a doubleheader at San Diego's Jack Murphy Stadium set off a firestorm of controversy.
1981, Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton became the highest paid player in the National Football League. He signed a new, three-year deal, worth nearly two-million dollars.
1978, the world's first test-tube baby was born in England. Baby Louise was born to Lesley and Gilbert Brown.
1866, Ulysses S. Grant was named General of the United States Army. He was the first American officer to reach the rank.