Weekly Unemployment Claims Down In Florida
(Undated) -- Weekly unemployment claims are down in Florida. The U.S. Labor Department reports about 29-thousand people filed for first-time jobless benefits last week. That's about 96-hundred fewer than the week before. The numbers are expected to fluctuate as more layoffs are expected to impact the hospitality and leisure, transportation and other industries in Florida.
Brevard County Inmate Dies
(Titusville, FL) -- The death of an inmate in Brevard County is under investigation. Cocoa's Henry Lee Walker was found unresponsive this weekend in his cell at the Brevard County Jail. The 59-year-old was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Deputies say preliminary evidence indicates suicide, but the medical examiner will conduct an autopsy.
Man Arrested For Starting Fire At Church
(Tampa, FL) -- A man accused by the sheriff of wreaking havoc in Hillsborough County is behind bars. Eugenio Rodriguez-Colina was charged this week with arson for allegedly starting a fire two weeks ago inside Incarnation Catholic Church in Town 'N Country. Sheriff Chad Chronister says the 45-year-old also robbed a store in Tampa four days after the church fire. Rodriguez-Colina was arrested this week after he allegedly shoplifted at a Walmart on Dale Mabry Highway.
Volusia County Woman Wins $1M In Scratch Off Game
(Tallahassee, FL) -- A Volusia County woman is among the Florida Lottery's latest winners. The agency announced yesterday that Ormond Beach's Marie Sidun recently won one million dollars in a scratch off game. The 64-year-old bought a 15 Million Dollar Gold Rush Special Edition ticket at a 7-Eleven on South Nova Road. She opted for the lump sum payment of 700-thousand dollars, and the store will get two thousand dollars.
NY Pizza Shop Offers Comforting Words For $1 On Delivery Menu
(Brooklyn, NY) -- There's no denying the nation could use some encouragement right now, and one pizza shop is trying to cash in. Vinnie's Pizzeria in New York is offering comforting words, for just one dollar. The new menu item can be added to any online order. The website says the delivery driver will look the customer straight in the eyes and say "Everything's gonna be ok and you're doing the best you can."
TODAY IN HISTORY:
1996, former Los Angeles Police Detective Mark Fuhrman was sentenced to three years probation and a 200-dollar fine after pleading no contest to perjury charges in connection to his testimony in the O.J. Simpson murder trial.
1995, O.J. Simpson's eight month murder trial came to an end when the jury hearing Simpson's case reached a verdict of not guilty after only four hours of deliberations.
1959, "The Twilight Zone" aired for the first time on CBS. Rod Serling was the creator and host of the show.
1950, the first "Peanuts" comic strip appeared in nine newspapers.