TPD Chief Discusses Arrests At Protest
(Tallahassee, FL) -- Despite complaints of excessive force, Tallahassee's police chief supports how his officers handled a recent protest. Police Chief Lawrence Revell went before the city council last night to discuss the weekend protest in which about a dozen arrests were made. He says officers only put on riot gear because they were being attacked by the protesters, and he says that's unacceptable. He added officers responded with, in his words, a good show of force.
Orange County COVID-19 Inspectors To Work Weekends
(Orlando, FL) -- Businesses should be aware of a change in how Orange County will ensure compliance with COVID-19 guidelines. County Mayor Jerry Demings announced yesterday the COVID-19 Strike Team will start inspecting businesses on weekends, starting Saturday. Demings says the change is in response to complaints made about businesses that are primarily open nights and weekends.
DCPS To Phase Out Hybrid Learning
(Jacksonville, FL) -- Hybrid learning will soon come to an end for students in Duval County. Hybrid learning allows students to attend school in-person some days and learn remotely on other days, but the district announced yesterday that the state has approved its plan to end hybrid learning. That means all students under the hybrid model will have to return to the classroom, including sixth graders who are due back Monday. Seventh and eighth graders will return to the classroom the following Monday, the 21st, and high schoolers are due back September 28th, which is two weeks later than originally planned.
Miami-Dade School Board Discusses Online Learning Woes
(Miami, FL) -- At least one Miami-Dade school official wants an end to what she calls a nightmare. School board members yesterday discussed the problems teachers have had trying to teach kids remotely while classrooms are closed. Board member Dr. Marta Perez called for abandoning the online platform, My School Online, which was subject to cyber attacks. Parents and teachers told board members the online platform was an unmitigated disaster similar to Hurricane Katrina.
LA County Officials Back Off Trick-or-Treating Ban
(Los Angeles, CA) -- Los Angeles County officials are walking back a previous ban on Halloween trick-or-treating during the pandemic. Earlier this week, the LA Department of Public Health posted guidelines on its website that prohibited the popular Halloween activity. But as of today, officials have revised those guidelines to say it is now "not recommended." County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer says, despite the change, children should not go door-to-door to collect candy.
Florida Woman Arrested After Allegedly 'Testing' Sex Toy In Store
(Fort Pierce, FL) -- Florida Police say a woman was taken into custody for causing a disturbance at an adult toy store. Officers responded to the store in Fort Pierce to find 36-year-old Theresa Stanley locked in the stock room. Stanley was allegedly in the room with one of the store's products and her pants pulled down. Police say Stanley stopped using the toy, valued under 46 dollars, when they broke into the room. She has been charged with larceny and indecent exposure.
Study: Dog's Heart Rate Increases When Owners Say "I Love You"
(Undated) -- It looks like dogs may realize when their owner tells them "I love you." Canine Cottages' new study followed four dogs for a week while tracking their heart rates. When the owners told their dogs they loved them, the dog's heart rates increased on average 46-percent. The study also found dogs' heart rate decreases by 23-percent on average when they cuddled with their owners.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
1993, "The X-Files" debuted on the Fox network.
1991, the Senate Judiciary Committee opened their hearings on the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court.
1990, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" starring Will Smith debuted on NBC.
1963, twenty-three African-American students entered public schools in Tuskegee, Mobile and Birmingham, Alabama. One week earlier, Alabama Governor George Wallace surrounded the schools with state troopers in an attempt to block integration.
1955, "Gunsmoke" debuted on CBS Television. The show starred James Arness as Marshal Matt Dillon.
1953, Swanson sold the first TV dinner.
1913, the first paved coast-to-coast highway in America -- the Lincoln Highway -- opened.