High Costs Hurting NASA's Moon Mission
(Cape Canaveral, FL) -- High costs could hurt NASA's effort to send men back to the moon. The agency's inspector general said yesterday they're having trouble keeping costs of the Space Launch System, or SLS, under control. Costs are expected to exceed 18 billion dollars sometime next year and 23 billion in three years. The plan, as of now, is for astronauts to return to the moon within four years.
Florida Tech Closes Graduation Ceremony
(Titusville, FL) -- Graduation will be very different this year at a college in Brevard County. Melbourne's Florida Institute of Technology announced yesterday that no guests will be allowed at its graduation ceremony in May. The commencement ceremony will be live-streamed, though, on the school's website. In a letter to students Florida Tech's president wrote he wanted to make the announcement as soon as possible considering how many families of international students need to make their travel plans early.
USF Suspends Large On-Campus Gatherings
(Tampa, FL) -- USF is taking action to prevent the possible spread of the coronavirus. The school announced yesterday that large gatherings will not be allowed on-campus for the next 30 days. Large gatherings are defined as those with over a hundred people. Small gatherings will be allowed provided they get prior approval.
Princess Cruise Ship Can Dock Today At Port Everglades
(Fort Lauderdale, FL) -- Some cruise line passengers will be able to return home after a coronavirus scare. The CDC announced yesterday that the Caribbean Princess can dock today at Port Everglades. There was concern that two crew members may have come down with COVID-19 after working on a ship with 19 infected crew members off California. Tests on those two crew members came back negative, though.
Biden Cancels Tampa Bay Appearance
(Tampa, FL) -- Joe Biden is changing his plans because of the coronavirus. The former vice president announced yesterday he's canceling tomorrow's campaign appearance in Tampa. His campaign cited what it calls the coronavirus public health emergency as the reason.
Tampa Strip Club Gives Out Masks
(Tampa, FL) -- A Tampa strip club is making national headlines. Deja Vu Showgirls is giving away ten-thousand face masks to customers because of coronavirus. It's also giving out bottles of sanitizer.
Apple Reportedly Testing Feature To Rescind Text Messages
(Cupertino, CA) -- Take back that text. It's what many have wished for at some point and soon it could be reality. Apple is said to be testing the feature for its next software update. It would let iPhone users retract messages, but not secretly. The sender and recipient would be notified. Other possible new features include the little dots when someone in a group chat is typing and the ability to tag in a group message. Apple typically releases updates in the fall.
List Shows Strangest Items Left In Ubers
(Undated) -- People have left all sorts of stuff inside of Uber cars. According to a list released by the company, drivers have found all kinds of oddities left behind after dropping off customers. They have forgotten uncooked steaks, hard-boiled eggs, an entire food processor, a box of mice, drugs and even a specimen cup from a doctor's office. On the common side, Uber says people mostly leave their phones, wallets and keys behind.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
1993, Janet Reno was unanimously confirmed by the Senate to become the first female attorney general.
1989, "COPS", debuted on FOX-TV as a regular series.
1969, Levi-Strauss started selling bell-bottomed jeans.
1901, U.S. Steel was formed when industrialist J.P. Morgan purchased Carnegie Steel Corp. The event made Andrew Carnegie the world's richest man.