SRO Suspended Over Arrests Of Two Children
(Orlando, FL) -- A school resource officer is suspended for arresting two children in Orlando. A six-year-old and an eight-year-old were arrested last week at a charter school but police aren't saying what happened. SRO Dennis Turner was suspended because he made the arrests without getting approval from his supervisor. The grandmother of the six-year-old tells Channel 9 the girl kicked a school employee during a temper tantrum.
Gillum Accuses DeSantis Of Voter Suppression
(Tallahassee, FL) -- Former Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum and Governor Ron DeSantis are at odds again. Gillum yesterday accused his opponent in last year's election for governor of voter suppression. The Division of Elections took down the state's voter registration page for what it says was routine maintenance, but Gillum finds the timing suspicious since this is National Voter Registration Week. State officials say the maintenance was needed to make sure the site would be able to handle the expected increase in traffic.
Jury Selection Begins In Tallahassee Murder Trial
(Tallahassee, FL) -- The family of a murdered FSU professor could move a step closer to justice today. Jury selection begins in Tallahassee in the murder trail of Katharine Magbanua and Sigfredo Garcia. They're accused of shooting Professor Dan Markel to death five years ago outside his home in Betton Hills. Investigators believe Markel's ex-wife hired the two suspects to kill her husband due to a custody dispute, but she has not been charged.
Melbourne To Host UN-Like Conference
(Melbourne, FL) -- Brevard County will play host today to an event described as a business version of the UN. More than 160 countries will be represented at the International Organization for Standardization meeting that starts today in Melbourne. Those attending will set international standards for issues that will allow the companies to receive government contracts. Melbourne joins previous host cities Tokyo and Paris, and a local economic official tells Florida Today choosing to hold the event in the Space Coast is proof of the area's growth and economic maturity.
City Of Ocala Sued Over Homeless Ordinance
(Ocala, FL) -- A city in Marion County is facing a lawsuit over its treatment of the homeless. The ACLU of Florida is among those who filed the suit in federal court last week against the city of Ocala. The plaintiffs claim the city's law that makes it illegal for the homeless to sleep in public places is unconstitutional. The ACLU says the law is also discriminatory because it allows homeowners to sleep outside but not the homeless.
China Sea Monster Turns Out To Be Airbag
(Hubei, China) -- Chinese authorities say the "Loch Ness monster" of the Yangtze River has turned out to be a deflated airbag. A video of the mysterious long, black object has been viewed millions of times in China. The grainy video shows what appears to be a serpent-like creature slithering on the Yangtze River near the Three Gorges Dam, sparking theories on social media about a sea monster. But on Tuesday, ferry workers on a pier downstream fished it out of the river and said the "Three Gorges Water Monster" was actually a deflated airbag, that was probably discarded from a shipyard upstream.
Louisiana Woman Bites Camel's Testicles To Escape
(Grosse Tete, LA) -- One Louisiana woman has proven she will do anything to survive. Police in Grosse Tete say the unidentified woman, along with her partner, were trying to retrieve her deaf dog at a truck stop recently before she went into a camel's enclosure. The camel, named Caspar, apparently sat on the woman, and she then bit his testicles in order to escape. She was taken to the hospital in an unknown condition. Caspar is said to be the truck stop's latest attraction.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2002, the first version of Mozilla Firefox browser was released. It was originally called Phoenix 0.1 but was later changed due to trademark issues.
1969, "The London Daily Mirror" became the first to print a rumor that Beatle Paul McCartney was dead.
1962, "The Jetsons" premiered on ABC. It was the first program to be carried by the network in color.
1957, nine black students who had entered Little Rock Central High School were forced to withdraw when a mob of white protestors formed outside the school.
1846, the planet Neptune was discovered by a German astronomer.