Mick's Morning News

Three Arrested In Polk County Triple-Murder

(Bartow, FL) -- A triple-murder in Polk County appears to be the result of a dispute over a truck. Sheriff Grady Judd announced yesterday that three suspects have been arrested for last week's murders in Frostproof on Lake Streety Road where three friends planned to go fishing. Lake Wales' TJ Wiggins, who's the alleged shooter, his girlfriend, Mary Whittemore, and his brother, Robert Wiggins, are facing charges. Judd says TJ accused one of the victims, Keven Springfield, of selling the engine from TJ's truck. 

State Rep. Fine Tests Positive For COVID-19

(Tallahassee, FL) -- A state lawmaker is among the latest to get the coronavirus. Palm Bay State Rep. Randy Fine announced yesterday he has tested positive for COVID-19, along with his wife and two children. He says everyone feels under the weather, but nothing that would raise alarm bells if it wasn't for the fact that it's COVID.

Broward Schools To Start Fall Online-Only

(Fort Lauderdale, FL) -- Students in Broward County may not be going back to the classroom any time soon. Superintendent Robert Runcie said yesterday all classes will be taken online until the coronavirus is brought under control. He also says online options will include evening classes to accommodate parents' work schedules, and ESL students and those with disabilities will be allowed to learn on campus a few days a week. The state recently ordered public schools to be open next month for at least five days a week, but Runcie tells CNN he expects the state will waive that requirement for Broward. 

Craft Breweries Ask Governor For Help

(Tampa, FL) -- A craft brewery in Tampa is among hundreds asking the governor for help. The businesses are limited to serving 'to-go' customers only, and members of the Florida Brewers Guild sent Governor Ron DeSantis a letter this week asking him to lift those restrictions. Ken Foutch, CEO of a craft brewery in Ybor City, says this is the most challenging time in the history of beer since Prohibition ended. He tells News Channel 8 his biggest concern is just staying in business, and he hopes someone in Tallahassee is listening. 

Carvalho Criticizes Decision To Keep Fall Sports On Schedule

(Miami, FL) -- The leader of the Miami-Dade County school system is among those unhappy with the FHSAA. Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said yesterday it was highly unfair of the FHSAA to recently decide not to delay the fall sports schedule. He says schools in Miami-Dade won't be ready to start practicing next week because of the coronavirus. He tells CBS 4 News sports can start later, but if schools don't have time to play at least eight football games, they won't be eligible for the postseason.  

Documentary Group Releases 4k Definition Mars Video

(Undated) -- Earthlings now have a high definition video of what it looks like on Mars.  Britain's ElderFox Documentaries posted a ten-minute video that was created by stitching together high-definition images captured by NASA's rovers. The video's narrator says this is the "most lifelike experience" of being on Mars. 


2012, the NCAA slapped Penn State University with a 60-million-dollar fine, barred the school from participating in competing in bowl games for four years and vacated all of its football wins from 1998 as punishment for its cover up of the child sex abuse scandal involving assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. The NCAA also stripped late head football coach Joe Paterno of the title of the winningest coach in major college football history, pointing to his role in the cover-up. 

1999, Eileen Collins became the first woman to command a U.S. space flight with the launch of Space Shuttle Columbia. 

1962, the "Telstar" communications satellite sent the first live television broadcast from the United States to Europe. 

1903, the Ford Motor Company completed the sale of its first automobile to Chicago dentist Ernst Plennig. It was a Model A designed and manufactured by Michigan machinist Henry Ford.

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