Mick's Morning News with Jorge Medina

Former Lakeland Official Pleads Not Guilty To Solicitation Charge

(Lakeland, FL) -- A former Lakeland official is fighting the criminal charges against him. Former Lakeland City Attorney Timothy McCausland pleaded not guilty this week to solicitation. The 69-year-old was arrested last week in an undercover prostitution sting in Hillsborough County. Two days later, McCausland retired, and the city commission will meet today to discuss the job vacancy. 

Former Teacher Arrested For Sex With Student

(New Smyrna Beach, FL) -- A Volusia County teacher is accused of having sex with a student. New Smyrna Beach High School teacher Megan Parris turned herself in yesterday after a warrant was issued for her arrest. The 28-year-old math teacher allegedly had sex with a 16-year-old male student off campus. She has taught at the school for two years and was also a girls basketball coach. 

Pasco County Woman Gets 20 Years For Sex With 11-Year-old Boy

(Tampa, FL) -- A Pasco County woman will spend decades behind bars for disturbing charges. Marissa Mowry was sentenced this week in Hillsborough County to 20 years for having sex with a boy when he was eleven and she was his 22-year-old nanny. The relationship lasted three years. She's now 28, and he's now a 17-year-old father because Mowry got pregnant and gave birth to a boy five years ago. 

Storm Surge Warning In Effect For Bay Area

(Miami, FL) -- Tampa Bay may have to brace for the effects of a tropical storm. Potential Tropical Cyclone 16 is expected to become Tropical Storm Nestor today. The National Hurricane Center has a Storm Surge Warning in effect from Indian Pass in Gulf County to Clearwater Beach. The surge could reach as high as four feet at its peak, and up to four inches of rain are possible. We could start to feel the effects of the storm as soon as this afternoon.  

Astronaut To Take Gift From Brevard County Students Into Space

(Merritt Island, FL) -- Some Brevard County students may have special interest in an upcoming rocket launch. Students at Merritt Island High School yesterday gave astronaut Chris Ferguson a dog tag, and he agreed to take it with him on his next mission to the International Space Station. Ferguson told students of the Da Vinci Academy of Aerospace Engineering he's looking forward to seeing how the space station may have changed since his last visit. He also tells Florida Today it's great to talk to students and tell them of the really cool opportunities a career in the space program can provide.

New Sam Adams Beer Illegal In 15 States

(Boston, MA) -- Some beer enthusiasts will have a hard time finding a new brew from Samuel Adams. The Boston-based brewery released its latest barrel-aged extreme beer Utopias earlier this week. The company says it has 28 percent alcohol by volume and is illegal in 15 states. Only 77 wooden casks of the limited release drink were brewed this year. 

Russian Man Says Apple Made Him Gay

(Moscow, Russia) -- A Russian man is filing suit, claiming that tech giant Apple turned him gay. In the lawsuit, the unidentified man says Apple sent him cryptocurrency known as GayCoin instead of the Bitcoin he had ordered. When it arrived, GayCoin came with a note saying "Don't judge until you try," which apparently convinced him to try out same-sex relationships. He is seeking more than 15-thousand dollars in damages. A closed door hearing will take place in Russia soon.

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1988, the sitcom "Roseanne" made its debut on ABC.

1977, New York Yankees slugger Reggie Jackson earned the nickname "Mr. October" by hitting three home runs on three successive pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Six of the World Series. The Yankees went on to win the series four-games-to-two.

1968, the U.S. Olympic Committee suspended Tommie Smith and John Carlos for giving the "black power" salute as a protest during a victory ceremony at the Summer Games in Mexico City.

1922, the British Broadcasting Corporation, the BBC, was established.

1898, the U.S. took control of Puerto Rico.

1892, the first long-distance telephone line between Chicago and New York was formally opened.

1867, the U.S. took formal possession of Alaska from Russia. America bought the state for seven-point-two-million-dollars.

1867, American football rules are decided in New York with people from Columbia, Rutgers, Princeton and Yale universities.

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