Pearl Harbor Artifact Now At Brevard County Museum
(Merritt Island, FL) -- An artifact from the day that will live in infamy is being readied to go on display in Brevard County. The Brevard Veterans Memorial Center in Merritt Island received, last week, a piece of the USS Arizona that was sunk during the Pearl Harbor attack. The four-by-five foot steel piece will go on display in December during a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ceremony. The chairman of the Brevard Veterans Council tells Florida Today it's a phenomenal addition to the museum.
Seven-Year-old Child Arrested
(Pensacola, FL) -- A week after the arrests of two six-year-olds in Orlando made national news, a seven-year-old in Escambia County is now facing charges. The boy was arrested after an incident over a week ago at Ferry Pass Elementary School. The second-grader allegedly repeatedly punched a behavioral coach after being removed from a classroom for throwing chairs. Deputies say the punches reopened a surgical wound on the coach's hand.
Police Officer Fired After Stalking Arrest
(St. Petersburg, FL) -- A St. Petersburg police officer is out of a job over charges he faced in Hillsborough County. The officer was fired yesterday after pleading guilty to a felony charge. He was arrested last year for aggravated stalking.
Cuban Plane Stowaway Gets Temporary Asylum
(Miami, FL) -- A Cuban man who arrived in Miami in a plane's baggage area won't have to go home anytime soon. Yunier Duarte was granted temporary asylum yesterday and will soon be released from a detention center. The 26-year-old landed at Miami International Airport last month after hiding on a plane that took off from Havana. His lawyer tells the Miami Herald Homeland Security is appealing the judge's ruling.
Man Falls 50 Feet From Utility Pole
(Lauderhill, FL) -- A man is fighting for his life after a bizarre incident in Broward County. The unidentified man climbed a power pole yesterday in Lauderhill, touched live wires, caught fire and fell 50 feet to the ground below. Somehow he was still conscious when rescuers got to him, but he suffered third-degree burns on 60 percent of his body. He's in critical condition.There's no word on why he climbed the pole.
Walrus Sinks Russian Boat
(Arctic Cape) -- A walrus is to blame for sinking a Russian Navy landing boat. No one was hurt in the attack which took place last week off the shore of Cape Geller in the Arctic. The Russian Ministry of Defense believes the animal targeted the boat as a means of protecting her young. Researchers onboard the sunken vessel managed to swim to safety. They were part of a joint expedition by Russia's Northern Fleet and Geographical Society.
Two Stolen Vehicles Crash Into Each Other In Mississippi
(Jackson, MS) -- Police are investigating after two stolen vehicles crashed into each other in Jackson, Mississippi on Tuesday. Authorities say one was stolen from a gas station while the other was taken near the Jackson State University campus before both collided with each other. Occupants of the two vehicles fled, but officers caught one injured man a short distance away.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
1993, a Florida judge ruled it was legal for 12-year-old Gregory Kingsley to divorce his parents.
1992, The Mars Observer probe was launched by NASA. It would fail 11 months later.
1981, Sandra Day O'Connor was sworn in as the first female justice on the Supreme Court.
1974, scientists say the use of aerosol sprays will harm ozone, thus leading to global weather changes.
1954, Elvis Presley made his first and only appearance at the "Grand Old Opry." The future King of Rock and Roll sang "Blue Moon of Kentucky." The performance was not well received and the booking agent suggested Elvis go back to driving a truck.
1789, the first U.S. Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution and sent them to the states for ratification. Ten of the 12 were approved and became the Bill of Rights.