DeSantis Resists Calls For Lockdown
(Kissimmee, FL) -- The governor won't be changing his approach to the coronavirus. Governor Ron DeSantis said yesterday in Kissimmee that he won't issue a statewide mask mandate or a lockdown because he doesn't think they work. DeSantis was at Boggy Creek Elementary School where he also announced schools will remain open in the spring semester. He says closing schools is probably the biggest public health blunder in modern American history.Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber is one of those who has asked for a statewide mask mandate, and he says DeSantis' refusal to issue one will end up killing people. Gelber tells Local 10 News it's absurd DeSantis won't use his bully pulpit to tell people to wear masks.
Daytona Beach Police Chief Promises Changes To Address Recent Violence
(Daytona Beach, FL) -- A new effort is in the works to reduce violence in Daytona Beach. Police Chief Jakari Young met with residents last night after four people were killed in six shootings in the last 10 days. Young says he's launching a new initiative called Park, Walk and Talk. It calls for officers to spend 30 minutes walking around their zone to get to know people and build trust.
USF Doctor Discusses Different Vaccines
(Tampa, FL) -- Those in line for the COVID vaccine may have a choice to make, but a USF doctor says it shouldn't be a hard one. Both Moderna and Pfizer have vaccines that could be distributed soon, but USF Dr. Michael Teng says you shouldn't worry about which one to take. He tells 10 Tampa Bay they're actually really similar to each other both in how they work and their effectiveness.
Cold Weather Plunging Into Central Florida
(Daytona Beach, FL) -- The coldest weather of the season will be plunging into Central Florida through Wednesday. The coldest air will move in tonight with temperatures dropping into the mid-thirties. A slow warmup is expected into the weekend.
Fight Over Thanksgiving Leftovers Led To Fatal Chicago Stabbing
(Chicago, IL) -- Prosecutors in Illinois say a man was fatally stabbed during a brawl that started over Thanksgiving leftovers. Twenty-nine-year-old James Dixon is said to have been tipsy at a Chicago home when he decided to shove his bare hands into some leftover Thanksgiving food. That reportedly offended the host's boyfriend, 52-year-old Vincell Jackson, who confronted the man before they began to fight on the front porch. Police say that's when Dixon stabbed Jackson nine times. The man later died at a hospital. Dixon was found with several knives, including one covered in blood, and taken into custody. He now faces a charge of first degree murder.
NASA Is Asking The Public For Help With Moon Exploration
(Undated) -- NASA is seeking ideas from the public on how to cut through ice on the moon. It's called the "Break the Ice Lunar Challenge" and applicants could make up to 5-million-dollars. NASA says there are two phases. The first phase involves new ideas and the second implements the technology. Then NASA will divide a 500-thousand-dollar prize. At the end of Phase 2, the winner could earn four-point-five-million-dollars.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
1992, Amy Fisher was sentenced to five-to-15 years in prison for shooting and seriously wounding Mary Jo Buttafuoco.
1969, the U.S. government held its first draft lottery since World War Two.
1955, seamstress Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama. Police took Parks into custody after she refused to give up her seat in the front of a bus to a white man. The arrest sparked a year-long boycott of the buses by blacks. The U.S. Supreme Court eventually ruled that segregation on city buses was unconstitutional and struck down the law.
1941, Japanese Emperor Hirohito signed a declaration of war against the United States, United Kingdom and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Days later, on December 7, 1941 Japanese forces struck at the U.S. Fleet in Pearl Harbor.