NASA And SpaceX Review Upcoming Mission
(Cape Canaveral, FL) -- A launch space fans have been waiting about a decade for is a step closer to happening. NASA and SpaceX yesterday conducted their Launch Readiness Review of tomorrow's launch of the Crew Dragon capsule to the International Space Station. Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are set to be the first astronauts to launch from U.S. soil since 2011, and this will also be the first time NASA will use a private company to launch astronauts into space. One snag could be the weather, and a forecast for Wednesday is expected this morning.
Hundreds Rescued From Ocean This Memorial Day Weekend
(Daytona Beach, FL) -- Lifeguards are credited with saving hundreds of people this Memorial Day weekend in Volusia County. Between Thursday and yesterday, Beach Safety Ocean Rescue says 560 people were pulled from rough water. One drowning was reported.Thursday a 62-year-old Orlando man was found unresponsive off Ponce Inlet. They also say crowds were huge all weekend, with an estimated ten-thousand people showing up Saturday.
Officer-Involved Shooting In Daytona Beach
(Daytona Beach, FL) -- Daytona Beach's police chief is defending the actions of his officers after a shooting. It happened yesterday morning near International Speedway Boulevard and Ridgewood Ave. Police Chief Craig Capri says officers were responding to a reported carjacking when they confronted a man with a rifle, and officers fired when the man refused to drop the rifle. The suspect is expected to recover, and Capri says his officers did what they had to do to survive.
Police-Involved Shooting In Fort Lauderdale
(Fort Lauderdale, FL) -- A man is hurt after he was shot by police in Broward County. It happened about 7:00 last night in Fort Lauderdale. Police say officers responding to a call of shots being fired from an apartment balcony found a man with a gun. He was eventually shot, but details have not been released. The man was taken to the hospital, and he's expected to survive.
Tampa Ex-Felon Grateful For Judge's Ruling
(Tampa, FL) -- A Tampa man wants to give a judge a hug for his latest ruling. Eugene Williams is one of the hundreds of thousands who could benefit from a federal judge's ruling Sunday that allows ex-felons to vote in Florida. The 44-year-old Williams has never voted before, and before the judge's ruling, he would have had to pay four-thousand dollars in court costs in order to vote. Williams tells News Channel 8 this helps erase the stigma that comes with serving time in prison.
Washington Nationals Pay Tribute To 'Baby Shark' On Their World Series Rings
(Washington, DC) -- Baby Shark is sinking its teeth into the World Series champions, forever. The Washington Nationals used the children's song as their anthem and now it's etched in their rings. The interior shows a shark wearing a team shirt and holding the World Series trophy. The outside of the ring also represents their red, white and blue color scheme with 30 rubies, 108 diamonds, and 32 sapphires.
Kansas Man Visiting Unemployed Works As 'Tequila Fairy'
(Wichita, KS) -- One Kansas man is using tequila to lift the spirits of those who have lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic. Bryce Lob has become known as the "tequila fairy" after he began to use his company to drop off tequila bottles on the doorsteps of the unemployed. Lob says the company, which first started the effort through a social media post, has served free alcohol to hundreds of residents including bartenders, chefs and business owners. Those who have been served tell local media outlets that it is nice to know they aren't alone.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2016, Louisiana signed the Blue Lives Matter Bill, becoming the first state to make violence against police a hate crime.
1998, the Supreme Court ruled that Ellis Island is mainly in New Jersey, not New York.
1978, the first legal casino outside the state of Nevada opened in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
1911, the first Indianapolis 500 took place.
1836, the United States House of Representatives adopted the Gag Rule. The rule was adopted to restrict needless, long discussions in Congress.