SpaceX Launch Called Off
(Cape Canaveral, FL) -- SpaceX announced yesterday that today's launch of a South Korean military satellite has been scrubbed due to possible hardware issues. The launch was set for between 5:00 and 9:00 p.m. No new date has been announced.
USF Doctor Believes Florida Is Prepared
(Tampa, FL) -- A USF doctor sees reason for optimism amid rising coronavirus numbers. Florida reported more than 12-thousand new COVID-19 cases yesterday, but Dr. Charles Lockwood says our death rate is one of the lowest in the country. He says that's because more young people are falling ill, and their cases aren't usually fatal. He also tells CNN while the virus is spreading in Florida, we're much better prepared than we were when the virus first hit as hospitals have enough beds and ventilators on hand.
Brevard Bar Suspended For Violating COVID Restrictions
(Cocoa, FL) -- A Brevard County bar is being punished for violating coronavirus restrictions. State officials announced yesterday they suspended the license of Cocoa's George and Dragon English Pub and Restaurant. The bar's owners were found to have recently allowed people to consume alcohol on the premises. Bars are only allowed to serve alcohol to-go.
Teachers Resist Call To Reopen Schools
(Tallahassee, FL) -- Teachers across Florida are fighting back against what they call a tone-deaf order. The state's education commissioner recently called for all public and charter schools to be open for in-person learning this fall. The presidents of 10 unions that represent thousands of teachers, though, called that order reckless, and they said it could endanger the health of students, educators and their families.
DeSantis Promises Flexibility In School Reopening
(Tallahassee, FL) -- The state appears to be willing to be flexible when it comes to schools reopening in South Florida. Governor Ron DeSantis was in Miami yesterday, and he said he wants education officials to work with local districts. He adds that he understands Miami is different, and its response to reopening schools will be different than in other parts of the state. Parents in Miami-Dade have until tomorrow to choose how they want their child to resume classes next month. Brevard’s school board is set to vote on our reopening plan this morning.
Sheep On The Run Found At Dunkin' Donuts
(Riverside, CA) -- It turns out a missing California sheep just had a hankering for some doughnuts. Dawn Jones and her family were on vacation when their pet, King Solomon the sheep, ran off their property after being startled by some Fourth of July fireworks. The sheep was later found at a nearby Dunkin' Donuts. Police apprehended the animal and kept him safe until Jones and her family returned home. Jones says they walk the sheep to the doughnut shop which in turn makes him familiar with the spot.
Former Pentagon Staffer Says Possible UFO Threat Needs To Be Investigated
(Undated) -- A former Defense Department staffer says world leaders need to investigate UFOs to learn whether they're a threat. Luis Elizondo worked in the Office of Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence before leaving the agency nearly three years ago. He's now a director at a private agency pursuing evidence of unidentified flying objects. Elizondo says evaluating potential threats posed by UFOs should involve the collaboration of leaders around the world. He said it's impossible to say for sure that UFOs are harmless and that interest extends far beyond the U.S.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
1985, Baltimore defeated Oakland 28-to-24 in the final United States Football League game.
1972, the State Department blasted actress Jane Fonda for making anti-war radio broadcasts in Vietnam.
1881, infamous outlaw Billy the Kid was shot and killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett in Fort Sumner, New Mexico.