Furloughed Disney Workers May Get Automatically Registered For Unemployment Benefits
(Orlando, FL) -- Disney workers who lose their jobs may have an easier time collecting unemployment benefits than many others. Disney World has announced 77-thousand workers will be furloughed next week, and Governor Ron DeSantis announced yesterday he's looking at ways to get those workers automatically registered for unemployment assistance. DeSantis says they wouldn't get any special place in line when it comes to getting their compensation, but they'll be able to avoid the frustration many have faced when trying to register for the benefits. DeSantis says he hopes by getting the Disney workers automatically registered, it can make the system efficient for everyone.
DeSantis Defends Labeling WWE As An Essential Business
(Tallahassee, FL) -- The governor is standing by a controversial decision about what kind of businesses are essential. Earlier this week, Governor Ron DeSantis declared the WWE was an essential business, which allows the company to stage wrestling shows in their Orlando facility. DeSantis said yesterday people are starved for new entertainment content, and there will be no crowd at the shows so only a small number of people will be there.
FIT Making Face Shields
(Melbourne, FL) -- A Brevard County school is doing its part to help those on the front lines of the pandemic. Florida Tech is making face shields and masks for doctors and other healthcare workers. Students and employees in Melbourne are using a 3D printer to make about a dozen masks per day. A school official recently told Florida Today they get requests from first responders, and they'll keep producing the items for as long as they can.
Released Inmate Accused Of Murder
(Tampa, FL) -- A man released as a non-violent offender is now accused of murder in Hillsborough County. James Williams was one of more than 100 inmates released last month to lessen the chance the coronavirus would sweep through the Orient Road Jail. The next day, though, deputies say the 26-year-old killed someone in Tampa, and he was arrested yesterday for second-degree murder. Despite being arrested 35 times, Williams was considered a low-level offender at the time of his release.
USF Doctor Links Shutdown To Insomnia
(Tampa, FL) -- A USF doctor believes there's a link between the coronavirus and insomnia. Health Director Dr. William Anderson says the pandemic has caused anxiety, which has led to a lack of sleep. He also believes working from home has thrown us off our regular schedules. He recently told ABC Action News we should try to avoid information on the coronavirus before going to bed so our brains will calm down.
No New Emojis In 2021 Due To Coronavirus Pandemic
(Mountain View, CA) -- Stamp a sad face on this story. The coronavirus crisis is now affecting emojis. There won't be any new characters added next year. The group that oversees them relies on volunteers and says they have a lot on their plates right now. So the release date is being pushed back to 2022. But the 117 new emojis announced in January are still coming out this September. Those include the transgender flag and a gender-neutral Santa Claus.
Farm Animals Can Now Take Part In Zoom Meetings
(Half Moon Bay, CA) -- Imagine seeing a goat, llama or sheep join in on that next Zoom work meeting. A California farm is making it happen. They had to stop on-site programs due to the coronavirus so they decided to go virtual to stay afloat. For 65-bucks, barnyard animals can share the screen with Zoomers isolated at home. They've been requested at least 300 times and have even been invited to Fortune 500 firms.
Spanish Woman Erratic And Naked Following Alleged Lockdown Violation
(Spain) -- A Spanish woman apparently lashed out after a court appearance for allegedly violating Spain's stay-at-home mandate. One viral video shows the woman stripping down and hopping on top of a cop car before being taken back into custody by officers. The woman got naked right after being released on bail. Authorities say she was taken to a hospital for evaluation. The 41-year-old was reportedly first arrested for streaking through a daily tribute for emergency workers.
TODAY IN HISTORY, April 15:
2019, the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris caught on fire.
2016, the Army approved the first 22-female officers for ground combat jobs.
2013, two bomb blasts near the finish line of the Boston Marathon resulted in three deaths and multiple injuries. The bombs exploded about 12 seconds apart. The FBI later identified two Chechen brothers as the primary suspects in the blasts. One was killed in a shootout with police days after the bombings. The second was taken into custody.
1955, Ray Kroc opened the first McDonald's restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois. Hamburgers cost 15-cents, fries were ten-cents.
1947, Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers broke the baseball color line when the team started him at first base.
1912, the "unsinkable" British luxury liner Titanic sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean on its maiden voyage.
1892, the General Electric Company was incorporated.