Mick's Morning News

Woman Killed In Cocoa Shooting

(Cocoa, FL) -- A woman is dead after a shooting in Brevard County. It happened last night in Cocoa at the Candlewood Apartments on North Fiske Boulevard. She has not been identified. No arrest has been announced, and there's no word on a motive. 

Florida Severs Ties With Quest Diagnostics Over COVID-19 Testing

(Tallahassee, FL) -- Florida is cutting ties with a nationwide company over its coronavirus testing. The state health department says Quest Diagnostics failed to follow Florida law by not reporting nearly 75-thousand test results dating back to April in a timely manner. Quest officials say all people who tested positive were notified of their results. The DOH reports more than 76-hundred new COVID-19 cases in Florida, but says the number would be about 37-hundred new infections without the Quest backlog. 

DeSantis Reopens Nursing Homes To Visitors

(Jacksonville, FL) -- Governor Ron DeSantis is allowing visitors back into nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Under new rules established by a state task force, facilities must go 14-days without any new COVID-19 cases, visitors must wear personal protective equipment and have their temperatures checked, and visits are by appointment only. Visitors have been banned from nursing homes in Florida since March.

Brevard County School Closes Due To COVID

(Rockledge, FL) -- Brevard County school officials are making what they call a difficult but proactive decision to keep students safe. The district announced yesterday it will close Golfview Elementary School in Rockledge the rest of the week. The district cites expanded cases of COVID-19 and its desire to prevent further spread of the virus. 

Volusia School District Responds To Photo Of Students Massed Together

(Port Orange, FL) -- A photo taken at a school in Volusia County is spreading concern. The picture taken Monday at Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange shows students massed together in a hallway. District officials said yesterday the picture was taken while students were waiting for their schedules, and the crowd was broken up after just a few minutes. Since the photo was shared on Twitter it has gotten dozens of comments.

Hackers Blamed For Miami-Dade School Tech Issues

(Miami, FL) -- A cyber attack is being blamed for disrupting the start of the school year in Miami-Dade County. Students and teachers reported more problems logging in yesterday, just as they did when classes started on Monday. Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said yesterday hackers were responsible for a malicious, well-orchestrated, complex attempt to derail and destroy the essential connection for students and teachers. He also blames Cisco and Comcast for what he calls a catastrophic failure. The FBI, Secret Service and Miami-Dade Police are investigating, and the FDLE has been notified.

Teacher's Book About COVID Is Amazon Best Seller

(Tampa, FL) -- A Hillsborough County teacher is now a best-selling author. Westchase Elementary School's Emily Oquendo recently wrote a children's book about what school will be like during the pandemic. It's called A Unique Start From Six Feet Apart, and it's a Number One Best Seller on Amazon. Oquendo tells ABC Action News she decided to write the book because she was losing sleep trying to figure out how to reassure her daughter about returning to school. 

Dictionary.com Adds 650 New Words

(Undated) -- Dictionary-dot-com is adding more than 650 new words to its database. The new words range from the acronym GOAT -- for greatest of all time -- to "emotional support animal", to MeToo. Some of the changes are meant to reflect changes in language, such as the capitalization of the term "Black," when referring to the ethnicity. The term "Brownface," meaning the imitation of a minority group member's appearance, traditional dress or speech by a person who is not a member of that group, has also been added. And for others, there's WWE superstar The Rock's favorite insult, "jabroni," meaning a stupid or foolish person.

Woman Faces Backlash For Selfies Holdig Tiger's Testicles

(Thailand) -- A woman in Thailand is facing backlash after her selfies with a tiger at a zoo. The woman visited the Tiger Kingdom zoo in Northern Thailand last week and uploaded her selfies online. In one photo, she is seen holding on to the tiger's testicles. Many online say the woman's actions were inappropriate and some slammed her calling the action dangerous. Upon seeing the photos, Tiger Kingdom's head zookeeper Pirom Cahntama said they do not allow tourists to grab animal's private parts, but they are allowed to touch any part of the animal's body so long as a specialist is present. Priom promised no one else would be allowed to touch that part of their animals again.


1969, the first ATM in America was installed and started dispensing money in New York City.

1969, Star Trek- the original series aired its final episode.

1966, "The Addams Family" and the cartoon, "The Flintstones," aired for the final time on ABC Television.

1963, "The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite" was expanded from 15 to 30 minutes making it network television's first half-hour nightly newscast.

1963, Alabama Governor George Wallace prevented the integration of Tuskegee High School by surrounding the building with state troopers.

1945, President Harry S. Truman proclaimed this day as Victory over Japan Day (V-J Day).

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