Mick's Morning News


SpaceX Launches Rocket To ISS

(Cape Canaveral, FL) -- SpaceX is celebrating a milestone launch. Yesterday the company launched a Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station. It was the 100th successful flight of a Falcon 9 and the first for the redesigned Dragon Cargo capsule. That capsule that is scheduled to dock this afternoon at the ISS. 

Southwest To Temporarily Lay Off Hundreds In Orlando

(Orlando, FL) -- Southwest Airlines says it will temporarily lay off several hundred employees stationed in Orlando. WESH reported Friday that the notice says between March 15 and April 1 there will be 376-employees to be furloughed. Those affected include first officers, flight attendants ramp agents and others. The airline blames the negative economic impact of the months long COVID-19 shutdown and other restrictions this year. Southwest says the company lost 70-percent of its revenue in the third quarter of 2020.

Federal Appeals Court Denies Transgender Inmates Request for new Hearing

(Leon County, FL) -- A federal appeals court has denied a transgender prison inmate's request to reconsider her discrimination case. The full 11th Circuit of Appeals followed the ruling of a three-judge panel that prison officials do not need to give her any additional considerations. Originally, a federal court judge in Tallahassee ruled that Reiyn Keohane (Rain Ke-o-hane) should be allowed to wear women's underwear and groom as a woman while she is in custody. Under the new ruling, prison workers will not be forced to accommodate those requests.

Duval School Board Votes To Explore Selling DCPS Headquarters

(Jacksonville, FL) -- Duval County is exploring selling a prime piece of real estate. The school board voted last week to look into possibly selling the district's headquarters on Prudential Drive. Board member Lori Hershey proposed the measure. She says the property on the St. Johns River has risen about five-million dollars in the last four years, and an appraisal last year valued the building at 13-million. 

News Team Goes Remote Due To COVID-19 Diagnosis At Pensacola Area TV Station

(Pensacola, FL) -- The news team at channel 15 in the Pensacola area is working remotely after a team member tested positive for COVID-19. WPMI says the news team started working remotely yesterday afternoon when they found out a team member has tested positive. The announcement says sister station WEAR is helping out with some of the news cast production work. Both stations serve the Pensacola, Florida and Mobile, Alabama area.

Metallic Monolith Mystery Apparently Solved

(Undated) -- The mystery of the monolith in the red-rock desert in Utah has apparently been solved. A community of artists known as "The Most Famous Artist" are taking credit for the global fascination, posting a photo of the monolith on their social media page saying "monolith-at-a-service-dot-com." The photo of the three-sided metal monolith includes specs of the artwork, saying they are selling them for 45-thousand-dollars and delivery should take four-to-six weeks. The metal object first appeared in Utah, and then in Romania and Pine Mountain in Atascadero, California. 

TODAY IN HISTORY:

2005, a 44-year-old man was killed after two Air Marshals opened fire on an American Airlines flight at Miami International Airport. The Federal Air Marshal Service said Rigoberto Alpizar got on the plane and allegedly indicated he had a bomb in his backpack. Marshals on the flight shot Alpizar after he ignored repeated commands to get on the ground.

1963, CBS Television became the first to use instant replay during a football game. The new technology made its debut during the Army-Navy game.

1941, Japanese military planes launched an attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The attack killed more than three-thousand Americans and left a major portion of the U.S. Pacific Fleet in pieces. It will be forever remembered as "a date which will live in infamy." The attack signaled the United States' entry into World War Two.

1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. 


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