SpaceX Reports Successful Test Fire
(Cape Canaveral, FL) -- SpaceX is ready for its next rocket launch, but Mother Nature may not comply. The company announced yesterday it had a successful test fire of a Falcon 9 rocket's main engines. That rocket is now set to launch at 12:14 this afternoon at Cape Canaveral, but weather conditions are only 50-percent Go. The rocket will carry 60 Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit as part of SpaceX's effort to spread broadband internet around the world.
NASA Plans To Reveal 'New Discovery' About Moon On Monday
(Washington, DC) -- The world is about to learn something brand new about the moon. NASA plans to reveal what it calls an "exciting new discovery" on Monday. Scientists only hinted it will help support deep space exploration. The agency intends to send the first woman and another man to the lunar surface in 2024. That will help prepare for a Mars mission by 2030.
Trump Campaign Denies Hiring Armed Security Guards To Monitor Polling Site
(St. Petersburg, FL) -- The Trump campaign says it had nothing to do with a case of alleged voter intimidation in Pinellas County. Pinellas Elections Supervisor Julie Marcus says two armed men dressed as security guards were seen outside a St. Petersburg poll location yesterday. Marcus says Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told her the men claimed to be hired by the Trump campaign. A campaign official, though, says they did not hire the men or direct them to go to the voting location.
Threatening Emails Came From Iran
(Washington, DC) -- Investigators believe they have found the source of threatening emails sent to registered Democrats in Central Florida and elsewhere. The emails sent this week warned recipients the sender would come after them if the recipient didn't vote for President Trump. Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and the FBI announced last night the emails came from Iran. Ratcliffe also said investigators determined the emails were a desperate attempt by desperate adversaries to hurt Trump.
State Pushing Theme Parks To More Accurately Report Injuries
(Orlando, FL) -- Central Florida's theme parks may be forced to change how they report injuries. The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced this week that it will meet with parks officials in January. At that meeting, state regulators say they plan to urge Disney World, Universal and others to report more complete information on injuries suffered on rides. The Orlando Sentinel previously reported that Universal has described broken bones as either numbness or pain, and state Senator Linda Stewart says if the park's don't agree to change, lawmakers will have to get involved.
Lawyer Arrested For Bank Robbery
(Miami, FL) -- A Maimi lawyer is accused of also being a serial bank robber. Aaron Honaker was arrested this week for allegedly trying to rob five banks in the last month in Coral Gables and Aventura. Coral Gables Police say the 41-year-old admitted he was planning to rob another bank at the time of his arrest Tuesday night. Police say Honaker was only successful in two of his alleged robbery attempts, and they say he made off with over 18-hundred dollars.
Florida Gators Planning Return To Football Facility Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
(Gainesville, FL) -- Players and staff are planning to return to the University of Florida football facility Monday after the team has reported more than two dozen coronavirus cases in the past two weeks. Coach Dan Mullen, who is among those infected with the virus, reported another new positive case during a weekly coaches' conference call. The outbreak has been traced back to two players who had ignored symptoms but still traveled with the team to its game at Texas A & M University. Mullen says the team may alter its travel routine for remaining games especially when it comes to smaller locker rooms. The Gators are scheduled to take on Missouri on October 31st.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
1982, Sylvester Stallone's first Rambo film, "First Blood," opened across the U.S.
1962, President Kennedy announced an air and naval blockade of Cuba, following the discovery of Soviet missile bases on the island.
1907, Ringling Brothers bought out their rival, Barnum and Bailey circus, to form the most famous circus in the world.