Crew Dragon Docks With ISS
(Cape Canaveral, FL) -- There's cause for celebration at NASA. The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule carrying two astronauts successfully docked yesterday morning with the International Space Station. The docking came less than 19 hours after Saturday's launch of Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken from Cape Canaveral. After boarding ISS, Hurley said in these dark times, this is one effort we can show the ages.
Protests Held In Orlando
(Orlando, FL) -- Plans to keep protests peaceful in Orlando are proving difficult. Hundreds marched through the city yesterday to protest the death of unarmed black man George Floyd during his arrest in Minneapolis. The protests were peaceful during the day, but tensions rose as night fell. At one point, police say protesters threw rocks, bottles and construction equipment at officers, who fired tear gas and pellet guns in response.
Protests Continue In Jacksonville
(Jacksonville, FL) -- Protesters appear to be taking a more peaceful approach to getting their message across in Jacksonville. Acts of vandalism were reported Saturday, and one police officer was hurt, but protests yesterday were quieter. Over 100 people gathered at the Duval County Courthouse to call for change. Some arrests were made, though, as police say protesters tried to block the Main Street bridge.
Hundreds In Volusia County Protest Floyd's Death
Hundreds took part in protests yesterday in Daytona Beach and Port Orange. No major incidents were reported, but one protester had his foot run over by a driver who fled the scene. Sheriff Mike Chitwood tweeted his thanks to those who marched peacefully and without damaging the community.
Kissimmee Police Holding Peaceful March
(Kissimmee, FL) -- Police in Osceola County are doing their part to show solidarity with those outraged by the death of George Floyd. Kissimmee Police Chief Jeff O'Dell announced yesterday officers will take part in a peaceful march downtown tonight. O'Dell tweeted police will walk together with the community united against any police misconduct or brutality.
Protests Continue In Miami
(Miami, FL) -- Violence in Miami is blamed on very dangerous actors with ulterior motives. That's what Miami-Dade Police Director Freddy Ramirez said yesterday about protests over the death of George Floyd. Ramirez says those negative influences are discrediting a just cause, and he vows that police will not allow the destruction of our businesses and community. Over two dozen arrests were announced, but no major incidents were reported.
DeSantis Calls Out National Guard
(Tallahassee, FL) -- The National Guard is involved in efforts to keep the peace in the Jacksonville area. Governor Ron DeSantis deployed 150 guardsmen this weekend to Camp Blanding. A spokeswoman for the governor says the Guard is there to preserve the peace and public safety. Guardsmen were also deployed to Fort Lauderdale and Tampa.
NFL Players Help Repair Tampa Store Damaged In Protests
(Tampa, FL) -- Some NFL players with Tampa Bay roots are teaming up to help a business damaged in protests. Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Auden Tate, Buffalo Bills receiver Ray-Ray McCloud, and Indianapolis Colts cornerback Isaiah Rodgers gathered yesterday at Champs Sports. USF quarterback Jordan McCloud was among more than two dozen others who joined them to pick up broken glass on Fowler Ave. Sickles High alum Cadi Molina organized the cleanup, and he tweeted there are other ways to express feelings of helplessness without destroying our beautiful city.
Florida Seniors Graduate On Jet Skis
(Key West, FL) -- Graduating seniors at a high school in Key West have a unique twist on their graduation night stories. Somerset Island Prep seniors put on their cap and gowns yesterday only to jump on a jet ski to receive their diplomas. The principal stood on a nearby boat with an extension pole in order to safely give students their certification. Each participating senior took a jet ski safety course the day before and wore a life jacket under their gown.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2006, already convicted and sentenced to death in for his involvement in a sniper killing in Virginia, John Allen Muhammad was sentenced to six consecutive life prison terms for a series of sniper killings in Maryland. The sentence followed Muhammad's conviction after his second trial for the shootings that terrorized the Washington, D.C. area in 2002.
1980, the Cable News Network, also known as CNN, made its debut.
1944, the government of Mexico abolished the siesta.
1938, the first issue of "Action Comics" was released. The comic book featured the world's first superhero, Superman.
1869, Thomas Edison received a patent for his electric voting machine.
1796, Tennessee became the 16th state.
1792, Kentucky became the 15th state of the union.