Mick's Morning News


Teens To Be Charged As Adults In Polk County Murder

(Polk City, FL) -- Four teenagers will be tried as adults in the death of a woman in Polk County. Sheriff Grady Judd yesterday announced 18-year-old Elijah Stansell is now charged with first-degree murder for the death of Polk City's Suzette Penton. Two 16-year-olds and a 14-year-old are now charged with attempted murder. Stansell allegedly used his car to run over Penton last month after she confronted the teens for attacking her son, Hunter, at her home.  

Cold Weather Could Help Marine Life In Brevard County

(Titusville, FL) -- While Floridians might not like the cold weather we're getting, it could benefit marine life. Scientists in Brevard County say the cold weather will produce oxygen in the Indian River Lagoon, and that could save fish that have been struggling to survive. Thousands of dead fish have been found washed up on the shore this week due to a lack of oxygen caused by algae blooms. A local expert tells Florida Today the reprieve may only be short-term, though, and he fears this year's wet weather could cause a massive fish kill like the one seen four years ago. 

Broward Students Look To Reverse Camera Policy

(Fort Lauderdale, FL) -- Students in Broward County are trying to reverse a new policy. The district announced last week that students learning remotely must have their cameras turned on to mark their attendance and to get them more engaged in the lesson. One student, though, started a Change.org petition to change the policy, claiming it discriminates, and over 87-hundred people have signed it. One student tells NBC 6 some students may be embarrassed to show their home environment.

Autopsy Inconclusive In Death Of Missing Jacksonville Girl

(Jacksonville, FL) -- An autopsy in the death of a missing Jacksonville girl whose remains were found in Alabama is inconclusive.  The mother of five-year-old Taylor Rose Williams reported her missing from their Brentwood home in early November. The medical examiner found no evidence that would allow Duval County prosecutors to charge her mother, Navy petty officer Brianna Williams with murder or manslaughter. The autopsy report shows Taylor may have been dead for over a month before she was reported missing.

Orange County Mayor Wants To Fine Businesses Violating Safety Guidelines

(Orange County, FL) -- Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings wants to start fining businesses who are repeatedly violating safety guidelines. Demings says county coronavirus strike force teams have identified the Gilt and Fuego nightclubs as repeat offenders in recent weeks. Both were reportedly packed during the Thanksgiving holiday. However, Governor Ron DeSantis continues to block local officials from imposing fines to enforce safety protocols, including face mask ordinances.

You Can Get Paid 5K To Bake Cookies During The Holidays

(Undated) -- If baking is your craft, you could make an extra five-thousand-dollars this holiday season. Reynolds Kitchen is looking to hire a Cookie Connoisseur to help them find a delicious new cookie recipe for the Christmas season. Interested applicants can submit an original cookie recipe that uses a unique or an unexpected ingredient. In addition to getting paid, the person chosen for the role will have their winning recipe included in the Reynolds Kitchen virtual Cookie Countdown to 2021 on Facebook and their website.

TODAY IN HISTORY:

2015, 14 people were killed and 22 were seriously injured in a terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California. The shooters, married couple Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, were later killed in a shootout with police after they tried to flee in a SUV.

1961, Cuban leader Fidel Castro announced he was a Marxist-Leninist and would lead Cuba to communism.

1954, Senator Joseph McCarthy was condemned by the U.S. Senate for misconduct following his investigations of thousands of suspected communists.

1859, abolitionist John Brown was hanged for his raid on Harper's Ferry the previous October. 

1823, United States President James Monroe introduced his Monroe Doctrine. The doctrine declared continents in the Americas no longer open to future colonization by European powers. It also noted that the United States would no longer interfere with existing European colonies or their internal affairs. In November 2013, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry declared the era of the Monroe Doctrine over, encouraging instead a deeper level of cooperation as equal partners in the western hemisphere


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