Mick's Morning News

VP Pence Visits Miami

(Miami, FL) -- Mike Pence says safety won't be compromised in the race for a coronavirus cure. The vice president was in Miami yesterday where The University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine is researching a vaccine developed by Moderna. One thousand people will be part of Phase Three of a clinical trial at the school. While Pence says the vaccine is progressing at warp speed, he says no corners will be cut and the trial will move forward at a safe and effective pace.

College Faculty Members Call For Online Learning

(Tallahassee, FL) -- Teachers at colleges around the state are urging the governor to keep schools closed. Leaders with the United Faculty of Florida said yesterday they sent a letter to Governor Ron DeSantis about the concerns they have about returning to campus. They ask DeSantis to have colleges and universities offer online courses only until the pandemic is brought under control. The union says bringing students back to campus could turn colleges into superspreader sites. 

Man Accused Of Misspending PPP Money

(Miami, FL) -- A Miami man is accused of misspending money he got in PPP loans. David Hines was arrested yesterday for using the money to buy a Lamborghini, jewelry, clothes and stays at resort hotels. The 29-year-old got almost four million dollars worth of the federal loans. The money was supposed to be used for struggling businesses to make payroll and avoid layoffs. 

Marlins' Home-Opener Postponed Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

(Philadelphia, PA) -- The Miami Marlins home-opener did not happen last night.The team is dealing with a coronavirus outbreak. ESPN reports 14 Marlins players and coaches have tested positive for COVID-19. MLB says members of the Marlins traveling party are self-quarantining while awaiting the results of coronavirus testing. The Phillies postponed their game last night with New York Yankees just in case any Phillies players were exposed to the virus.

Oregon Officer In Quarantine After Spat With COVID-19 Patient

(Tigard, OR) -- An Oregon Police officer is in quarantine following an incident with a man who later tested positive for COVID-19. Officers responded to a call at a Tigard McDonald's of a man driving around the restaurant while seemingly intoxicated. They found the man passed out inside the vehicle in the parking lot and said they smelled the heavy odor of alcohol. When officers tried to arrest the man, he reportedly almost hit a patrol car before coughing and spitting in the face of one officer. The man said he had the coronavirus, which he later tested positive for. He has been charged with DUII and felony aggravated harassment. 

Florida Man Drives With Candle, Sets Car On Fire

(Charlotte County, FL) -- No one is injured after a fire broke out inside of one Florida man's car. Officials from the Charlotte County Fire Department say the fire started because the man was driving with an open fragrant candle which tipped over in the vehicle. The man stopped and ran to fill a trashcan with water, but the flames engulfed the car. Crews responded and put out the blaze, though they could not save the vehicle. Authorities warn everyone to never drive with a burning, open candle.

TODAY IN HISTORY:

2015, Walter Palmer admitted to killing the beloved Lion, Cecil, In Zimbabwe. The Minnesota dentist paid over 54-thousand dollars for the opportunity to kill Cecil, who was reportedly lured out of a national park.

1978, "National Lampoon's Animal House" opened in movie theaters around the country.

1939, Judy Garland recorded the song "Over the Rainbow."

1896, the community of Miami, Florida, was incorporated.

1868, the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. It granted citizenship to "all persons born or naturalized in the United States," which included people of African heritage who had just been freed from slavery after the Civil War.

1866, the metric system was authorized for the standardization of weights and measures throughout the United States.

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