Labor Day Weekend Boosts Tourism Industry's Hopes
(Orlando, FL) -- Those in the tourism industry may see reason for optimism after Labor Day weekend. Orlando's major theme parks, Universal and Disney, announced they reached capacity over the weekend, including Volcano Bay yesterday. Dr. Robertico Croes [[croe-ez]] is associate dean of UCF's College of Hospitality, and he says that could be a sign the tourism industry will come back strong. He tells News 6 as COVID cases continue to drop in the state, Florida will again emerge as a number-one destination.
Miami Beach Mayor Not Overly Concerned With Beach Visitors
(Miami Beach, FL) -- It's not the big Labor Day weekend crowds at the beaches that has a mayor in Miami-Dade County worried. Large numbers of people were seen this weekend in Miami Beach, though crowds weren't as big yesterday. Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber says while there were certainly a lot of people at the beach, that's not where the real problems have been. He told CNN last night the real problems are often at large home parties or get-togethers where CDC guidelines are ignored.
Rep. Demings: Time To Start Coming Up With Action Plans
(Orlando, FL) -- Congresswoman Val Demings says it's time to start putting together plans to move the country forward after months of protests. Appearing yesterday on ABC's This Week, the Florida Democrat said what's going on around the country can't keep happening. Demings said racism is part of every system including health care and education. She insisted the country needs a commander-in-chief who knows that's true.
Season's 16th Named Storm Forms In Atlantic
(Miami, FL) -- The season's 16th and 17th named storms are now churning in the Atlantic. Tropical Storms Paulette and Rene have formed about 13-hundred miles east of the northern Leeward Islands. Neither storm is expected to threaten Florida or the U.S.
"Mighty Mice" Could Give Clues To Helping Astronauts in Zero Gravity, Study
(Undated) -- Genetically-enhanced mice that were aboard the International Space Station are revealing clues that could lead to health advancements in zero gravity. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Monday, the study shows the "mighty mice" produced a molecule that helped prevent against muscle and bone density loss while in space. It also promoted the recovery of muscle and bone mass once they returned to Earth. The results could help develop therapies for astronauts before they head to space.
Queen Elizabeth's Estate Transformed Into Drive-In
(England) -- Queen Elizabeth the Second is inviting people to her country estate to watch a movie. The Queen's Sandringham Estate will be transformed into a drive-in theater starting on September 25th. The queen will be playing three movies a day such as "Rocketman," "Toy Story," and the "Greatest Showman" for three days. Entry costs about 40 bucks a car.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2004, President Bush surveyed the devastation left in Florida by Hurricane Frances.
1998, Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals broke major league baseball's record for home runs in a single season, hitting number 62 off Chicago Cubs pitcher Steve Trachsel.
1985, Cincinnati Red Pete Rose tied Ty Cobb's career record for hits, with a single for number four-thousand-one-hundred-91.
1974, President Gerald Ford pardoned former President Richard Nixon for any crimes he may have committed or participated in while in office. Ford explained his action as an attempt to end national divisions created by the Watergate break-in.
1966, the television show "Star Trek" debuted on NBC.
1504, Michelangelo's marble statue of David was unveiled in Italy.