SpaceX Pulls Off Unique Launch
(Cape Canaveral, FL) -- SpaceX is celebrating a rare feat. Yesterday the company became the first in 60 years to launch a satellite into polar orbit from Cape Canaveral. The Falcon 9 rocket was carrying a satellite that will use radar to track natural disasters for Argentina's government. Usually, rockets that go into polar orbit launch from California.
Man Fleeing Police Causes Deadly Crash
(Daytona Beach, FL) -- A man fleeing police is accused of causing a deadly crash in Volusia County. Daytona Beach Police say they were trying to pull over Nyshon Bennett for running a stop sign yesterday morning, but the 31-year-old refused to pull over, ran a red light and crashed into a car driven by Daniel Ruddell, Jr. Ruddell's car was pushed into a telephone pole at Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and South Street, and the 50-year-old was killed. Bennett crashed into three empty cars, and he's in critical condition.
Suspect Killed In Officer Involved Shooting
(Holly Hill, FL) -- A suspect is dead in an officer involved shooting. Saturday, Daytona Beach Police Chief Craig Capri said a tipster led officers to an apartment where an attempted murder suspect was hiding out. The suspect fired shots at the officers who returned fire, killing the suspect. One officer was hit but was saved by his vest. A second officer was injured when he tripped and fell, hitting his head. Chief Capri says both officers will be okay. He says body cam will be released.
Black Lives Matter And Counter Protesters Have Dangerous Face Off In Tallahassee
(Tallahassee, FL) -- Also on Saturday Police in Tallahassee say some Black Lives Matter and counter protesters had a dangerous face off. The two groups got into it that afternoon outside the Old Capitol Building. Officers had to intervene when a counter protester pulled out a gun during a fight with one of the Black Lives Matter demonstrators. No shots were fired.
Woman Freed After Tree Collapses Onto Home
(Orlando, FL) -- An elderly woman is alive today thanks to what Orlando Police call a miracle. The 90-year-old woman was trapped in her home on Bentley Street yesterday after a tree fell on it. Police were able to free the woman. The home was destroyed, but police say the woman suffered no injuries.
School Starts In Volusia County
(DeLand, FL) -- Classes start today in Volusia County. More than 60 percent of the district's students are going back to classrooms, and the rest are learning online. The 40-thousand students attending school in person and their teachers must wear masks and have their temperatures checked. Classrooms will be disinfected regularly, and other precautions include plexiglass shields at desks and hand sanitizing stations.
School Starts In Miami-Dade County
(Miami, FL) -- A fall semester unlike any other gets underway today in Miami-Dade County. District schools are open but classrooms are closed as students will begin the new year online only. Teachers are not expecting a smooth start, and the union president says the online platform being used isn't ready. Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, though, is optimistic in-person learning can begin mid-September.
Student Says Teacher Was Checking Out Porn Before Logging Out of Virtual Classroom
(Sebastian, FL) -- An area teacher is accused of watching porn as he wrapped up a virtual class. The Indian River County Sheriff's Office got a call this week from the school district that a teacher "possibly transmitted pornographic materials" after a Sebastian River High School student reported the teacher opening up different sites and videos that featured porn after most of the class had logged off for the day. The student called it "very disturbing" and "quickly made a video for evidence." The teacher was using his personal computer to teach the class. District officials say the teacher has been reassigned pending a full investigation.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2009, the Walt Disney Company announced that it had acquired Marvel Entertainment in a deal worth four-billion dollars.
2005, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, emergency management officials began moving approximately 23-thousand beleaguered New Orleans residents stranded inside the Superdome to the Astrodome in Houston, Texas. Conditions inside the Superdome began to deteriorate soon after Katrina hit. The dome was surrounded by filthy water and was without power and air conditioning in the aftermath of the hurricane.
1919, The Communist Labor Party of America was founded in Chicago, Illinois.
1888, the body of "Jack the Ripper's" first victim was discovered in London. The serial killer would go on to strike five more times over the next three years.