Mick's Morning News

DeSantis Discusses Reopening Schools

(Clearwater, FL) -- Teachers who don't feel safe returning to the classroom should not have to do so. That's what Governor Ron DeSantis said yesterday in Clearwater while discussing education options for the fall semester. DeSantis encouraged school districts to be flexible with teachers who prefer to hold classes online only. DeSantis also discussed how important it is for special needs students to be able to return to the classroom.

Polk County Commission Candidate Arrested

(Bartow, FL) -- An arrest in Polk County is credited with preventing a possible electoral train wreck. That's what Sheriff Grady Judd said yesterday about the arrest of Martin Grenfell who's running for a seat on the county commission. Grenfell allegedly claimed on a registration form last month that he had never been convicted of a felony, but the 56-year-old was convicted of a felony seven years ago, and his civil rights have not been restored. That makes Grenfell ineligible for public office, and Judd says if Grenfell broke the law now, imagine the damage he could have done once elected. 

Craft Breweries Get Creative To Reopen

(Dunedin, FL) -- Some Tampa Bay businesses are getting creative in order to be able to reopen. With craft breweries closed because of state guidelines, some owners are adding food to their menus so they can open. One owner got a food license to be able to reopen her Dunedin brewery yesterday. Another brewery owner is bringing in a food truck so she can reopen today, and she tells ABC Action News there's no other way she can survive. 

State-Supported Testing Sites To Close Ahead Of Storm

(Tallahassee, FL) -- Tropical Storm Isaias [[ ee-sah-EE-us ]] could make it more difficult to get tested for the coronavirus. Officials announced yesterday that it will close all state-run testing sites because of the coming storm. Effects from the storm could be felt as soon as tomorrow in parts of the state. The sites will close at 5:00 p.m. today, and they're expected to reopen by Wednesday morning. 

Dunkin Launches Coffee Cereal

(Undated) -- Dunkin is putting their coffee into two new flavors of cereal. The coffee shop announced they are partnering with the cereal manufacturer Post to make coffee-infused cereal. Starting in late August, people will be able to get their hands on their Mocha Latte or Caramel Macchiato flavored cereal while at the grocery store. While the cereal does contain caffeine, its about the same ammount of a tenth of a cup of coffee. A Post spokesperson says nailing the rich, smooth and creamy taste was their top priority.

Connecticut Man Allegedly Decapitated Landlord With Sword

(Hartford, CT) -- Details are emerging about the killing of a retired Travelers employee who was found dead inside his Hartford, Connecticut home on Sunday. Police say Jerry Thompson used a Samurai sword to decapitate Victor King inside of the house. Thompson has refused to speak to police or to his public defender while being held on two-million-dollars bond. Police say King was renting Thompson a room in his home, and the attack happened in a dispute over the payment of rent.

TODAY IN HISTORY:

2015, a fourth hidden-camera video was released accusing Planned Parenthood of selling aborted fetal tissue. The Center for Medical Progress released the video which features actors posing as researchers meeting with Planned Parenthood employees.

2009, President Obama played host to Harvard Professor Henry Gates and Cambridge, Massachusetts Police Sergeant James Crowley in the White House Rose Garden. The meeting, dubbed the "beer summit" by some members of the media, was designed to reduce tensions created when Crowley arrested Gates at his home a few weeks earlier, and the President accused the police of acting "stupidly." 

1999, Linda Tripp was charged with illegal wiretapping in Maryland for recording her phone conversations with former White House Intern Monica Lewinsky. Tripp's recordings would later lead to the impeachment of President Clinton.

1975, former Teamsters Union President Jimmy Hoffa disappeared from the Detroit area, never to be seen or heard from again.

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