FDLE Finds Edwards' Death Doesn't Warrant Further Review
(Tallahassee, FL) -- The FDLE last week released its findings of a review of the 2018 death of Gregory Edwards, who died in a hospital a day after he was arrested in West Melbourne and brought to the county jail. The review found the sheriff's office conducted a complete and thorough investigation and no further criminal investigation is necessary. Edwards' widow told Florida Today that she has not been contacted by the FDLE and she's still considering suing the sheriff's office.
Teacher Sues State Over Schools Reopening Plans
(Orlando, FL) -- An Orange County teacher is suing the state over its plan to reopen schools. Southwest Middle School teacher Kathryn Hammond sued the governor, Superintendent Barbara Jenkins, the Orange County School Board and others yesterday. Hammond claims it's not safe enough to reopen schools. She's pregnant with her third child, and she claims in the suit that her doctor has advised her not to return to the classroom.
Miami Imposing Fines For Not Wearing Masks
(Miami, FL) -- For those not wearing a mask in Miami, the time for warnings is over. Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said so last week in announcing a new policy that takes effect today. Fines will now be issued to anyone not wearing a mask in public, starting at 50 dollars for a first offense. Suarez says we're in an unprecedented public health crisis, and the only way out is together.
Doctor Says Children Suffer Without Formal Teaching Structure
(Hollywood, FL) -- A Broward County doctor believes children would benefit from returning to the classroom. Dr. Daniel Bober, a psychiatrist in Hollywood, says studies done after Hurricane Katrina showed children suffered from not being in a traditional learning environment. He recently told Local 10 News when children are removed from the formal classroom setting, they don't perform as well and they show signs of anxiety and depression.
Pediatric Association Calls On Governor To Rethink Timing Of In Class Teaching
(Undated) -- A professional pediatric association is asking Governor Ron DeSantis to rethink the timing for teachers and students to return to the classroom. The Governor has said he wants teaching to resume in school classrooms in August. The Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics penned a letter to DeSantis on Thursday to say that even though kids do best when in school, they recommends allowing every school district to make the decision when to return to the classroom based on health system coronavirus infection rate data for their areas.
Goat Adopts Mississippi Church During Coronavirus Shutdown
(McComb, MS) -- A goat plays the role of caretaker for a church building in Mississippi during the coronavirus shutdown. A report in the Enterprise-Journal says the creature seems to enjoy hanging out on the front steps of Rose Bower Baptist Church. The report says members of the community have dubbed the animal "the holy goat."
NY Pub Sells $1 'Cuomo Chips' To Comply With New Order
(New York, NY) -- A pub in New York is adding an order of chips to every tab to follow the state's new guidelines. Harvey's Irish Pub in upper New York is charging its customers one dollar for "Cuomo Chips." The chips are named after Governor Andrew Cuomo who announced Thursday customers can no longer only buy alcohol at restaurants or bars. "Cuomo Chips" allow customers to still come in and drink without having to run their tab up with the cost of food. Harvey's Irish Pub posted on their Facebook page saying they are doing everything to remain in compliance while protecting their staff and customers.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2012, tragedy struck in Aurora, Colorado when a gunman opened fire on moviegoers attending the midnight-screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" at the Century 16 Movie Theaters at the Aurora Town Center. Twelve people were killed and 70 others were injured.
1999, 38 years after sinking to the bottom of the Atlantic, astronaut Gus Grissom's "Liberty Bell Seven" Mercury capsule was recovered and hoisted to the surface.
1994, O-J Simpson offered a reward of 500-thousand dollars for the capture of his wife's "real killer." Simpson's legal team set up a toll-free number for leads.
1969, astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the surface of the moon. Buzz Aldrin later joined his colleague on the moon's surface. Astronaut Michael Collins piloted the Apollo Eleven command ship Columbia.
1925, the Goodyear blimp made its first appearance at a sporting event. It was in Cleveland at the Cleveland Indians-Washington Senators game.
1859, the baseball game between Brooklyn and New York marked the first time spectators were charged admission to a game. It cost 50-cents to watch the game.