Mick's Morning News

Archbishop Wenski Describes 'Eerie' Easter Services

(Miami, FL) -- Easter 2020 will be remembered as an eerie one. That's what Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski said yesterday as churches were closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Wenski adds it's almost otherworldly to see how much things have changed in recent months. He tells CBS 4 News, though, that Easter is a way for us to maintain hope through our trials and tribulations. 

Man Charged With Assault For Coughing On Deputy

(DeLand, FL) -- A man arrested for domestic violence is also facing charges for coughing on a Volusia County deputy. DeLand's Brent Smith was arrested Saturday for allegedly threatening his mother at their home on Leon Ave. During the arrest, he also allegedly coughed and spit on a deputy and told him he hoped the deputy caught the coronavirus. The 46-year-old is charged with assault, and Sheriff Mike Chitwood tweeted yesterday if any deputy gets sick, he'll hold this "scumbag" personally responsible.

Violence Continues In Jacksonville During Pandemic

(Jacksonville, FL) -- While many cities around the country are seeing a drop in crime during the pandemic, that doesn't appear to be the case in Jacksonville. The city has recorded 53 murders this year, which is six more than at this point last year. The Times-Union reports this is the most murders at this point in the last 15 years. 

Polk Superintendent Surveying Students On Graduation

(Bartow, FL) -- Graduating seniors in Polk County may be able to get their diplomas without leaving their cars. A drive-through graduation ceremony is one option seniors are being asked to consider with plans for a traditional graduation ceremony up in the air. Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd has posted a survey online that also includes options like holding a traditional ceremony this summer, getting diplomas in the mail, or having an online ceremony. Students have already missed out on big events like the prom, and one senior tells The Ledger they got all the work of senior year without the rewards. 

Osceola County Mask Ordinance Takes Effect Today

(Kissimmee, FL) -- Osceola County is taking further steps to flatten the curve. County officials announced last week that, starting today, masks must be worn in public. Residents are asked to use simple items, like bandannas, scarves or t-shirts, so that PPE can be available for first responders. There are exceptions to the order for those who are under two-years-old, those who have difficulty breathing with a mask and those who are exercising while following social distancing guidelines. 

Walmart Cashier Helps Customer Pay Bill

(St. Petersburg, FL) -- An act of kindness is responsible for leaving Walmart shoppers shocked in St. Petersburg. That's the reaction cashier Tatyana Holmes says she got when she helped a customer on 34th Street South pay her bill last week. Another customer who saw Holmes' gesture says she was moved to tears and wrote about it on Facebook. Holmes tells 10News she was always taught to help when she can, and she hopes those who hear her story will pay it forward. 

Trio Sets Record By Driving Across Country In Less Than 27 Hours

(Atlanta, GA) -- Their names won't be going in the record books, because they don't want to get arrested. But three people have set what is believed to be a record by driving from New York City to Redondo Beach, California, in 26 hours and 38 minutes. The attempt has its roots in a 1981 movie called "Cannonball Run." The attempt on April 4th was aided by freeways emptied because of the coronavirus pandemic. Atlanta car enthusiast Ed Bolian said he's seen documentation from the latest run.

Vegas Bunker Listed At $18M

(Las Vegas, NV) -- A doomsday bunker in Las Vegas has all the comforts of home, it's just underground. The 15-thousand square foot home was built in 1978 amid nuclear war fears. Now it's on the market for 18-million-dollars. It comes with a pool, spa, even trees, along with murals and lighting to replicate open spaces from dawn to dusk. 


1999, right-to-die suicide advocate Dr. Jack Kevorkian was sentenced to ten to 25 years in prison in Michigan for second degree murder. Kevorkian was convicted earlier of administering a lethal injection into a Lou Gehrig's disease patient.

1998, Dolly, the cloned sheep, gave birth to Bonnie in a normal delivery.

1970, the crew aboard Apollo 13 radioed Mission Control in Houston about a problem with the spacecraft. They were about four-fifths of the way to the moon when an oxygen tank burst. The nation watched and waited as the crippled spacecraft and its crew members miraculously made it back to Earth.

1943, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C.

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