Mick's Morning News


SpaceX Launch Postponed

(Cape Canaveral, FL) -- Mother Nature is putting plans for another SpaceX launch on hold. The company announced last night that, due to severe weather, it has called off plans for the next possible launch which would have been today. The weather is expected to last a couple days and no new launch date was announced. The launch was originally set for yesterday but was scrubbed 15 minutes before lift-off because of what SpaceX called a recovery issue.

Carvalho's Nonprofit Under Investigation

(Miami, FL) -- The company behind the Miami-Dade school district's online learning platform is involved in another controversy. The Inspector General announced this week it's investigating a donation K12 made to the nonprofit chaired by Superintendent Alberto Carvalho. The Foundation for New Education Initiatives got a one-and-a-half million dollar donation from K12, which got a no-bid contract to run the district's online learning platform. That platform, My School Online, was scrapped shortly after the school year started due to several problems. 

HillsCo Closing Three COVID-19 Testing Sites

(Tampa, FL) -- There will soon be fewer places to get tested for the coronavirus in Hillsborough County. Officials announced yesterday that three public test sites are closing due to a lack of demand.  

St. Petersburg Approves New Budget

(St. Petersburg, FL) -- St. Petersburg's new budget includes a change that could lead to fewer police shootings. The city council yesterday passed a 672-million-dollar budget that includes money for a new program that calls for social service workers to respond to mental health calls instead of police. A recent task force report found the life of 55-year-old Jeffrey Haarsma could have been saved if an incident last month was treated as a mental health issue instead of a criminal one. A police officer shot Haarsma to death when he attacked her, and while the shooting was considered justified, the task force found fault with how police handled the incident.

Burger King Lists Whopper Ingredients On The Wrapper

(Miami, FL) -- Burger King is revealing what exactly is in its Whopper. The recipe can now be seen right on the wrapper. The fast food chain printed the ingredients to point out the burger is all natural. That means it no longer has artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Burger King is aiming to have its entire menu that way by the first of the year.

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1975, the FBI captured newspaper heiress Patty Hearst in San Francisco, 19 months after Hearst was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army.

1965, "I Dream of Jeannie" debuted on NBC. 

1964, "The Addams Family" debuted on ABC.

1927, the Columbia Phonograph Broadcasting Company debuted with a network of 16 radio stations. The company later became CBS.

1851, "The New York Times" was published for the first time.