Brevard County Sheriff Opposes School Marshal Program (Titusville, FL) -- Brevard County's sheriff wants to stop a program he recently called the best way to protect students. Sheriff Wayne Ivey said yesterday he has recommended the school board stop consideration of a program that would have allowed school staff to be armed. Ivey says there won't be enough time to implement the marshal program for the next school year. He also tells "Florida Today" he wants to focus on hiring more resource officers before taking another look at the marshal program at a later time. SO, IT BECOMES MORE ABOUT THE SHERIFFS BUDGET THAN PROTECTING KIDS. WAYNE WAS RIGHT ON THIS FROM THE BEGINNING AND IF HE HAS CAVED TO POLITICAL PRESSURE FROM THOE WHO ARE UNEDCUATED ABOUT ACTUALLY STOPPING A SHOOTER, I AM SORELY DISAPPOINTED!
Broward District Rejects Arming School Staff (Fort Lauderdale, FL) -- Broward School Board members said yesterday that a plan to make schools safer would only make them more dangerous. They unanimously rejected a plan to arm school staff. The idea was supported by state lawmakers after the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting two months ago, but one board member says it would just lead to more guns in schools. The board hopes, instead, it can use the money set aside for arming staff to hire more school resource officers. WHEN BODIES STACK UP AGAIN, REMEMBER THESE VOTES AND COMMENTS, FOLKS.
Orange County School Board Wants Tax To Support Public Education (Orlando, FL) -- Orange County voters will be asked to dig a little deeper to support public education. The school board last night voted to ask the County Commission to put a referendum on the August ballot that would again impose a tax to help fund schools. A similar tax was passed in 2010 and 2014, and this tax would also be in place for four years. Officials tell the "Orlando Sentinel" the tax would cost the average homeowner about 11 dollars a month, and it would raise more than 600 million dollars to give teachers raises and prevent budget cuts.
Prostitute Arrested For Having Sex With Underage Boy (Orlando, FL) -- A recent arrest is another sign of the dangers kids face online. Orlando Police say 28-year-old prostitute Sarah McGill was arrested last week for having sex with a 14-year-old boy. The two apparently arranged, through a website, to meet at the downtown Courtyard Marriott for sex in exchange for almost 500 dollars. Police say McGill told a detective the boy appeared to be underage.
DeLand To Sue Lake Helen Over Auto mall Annexation (DeLand, FL) -- DeLand is ready to take a neighboring city to court. The City Commission this week voted to give the city attorney the power to stop Lake Helen from annexing land needed for an Auto mall on I-4. The land in question is in an area served by DeLand utilities, and DeLand wants concessions that would make the project smaller. DeLand City Manager Michael Pleus realizes this move will create tension between the two cities, but he tells the "Daytona Beach News-Journal" it's the city's obligation to resolve the issues involved.
ISS Conducting Sperm Experiments (Undated) -- There's a lot of sperm on the International Space Station. The most recent supply mission included containers of human and bull sperm. It's part of an experiment to study how weightlessness affects how sperm move and fuse with an egg. The experiment will eventually be sent back to the University of Kansas where scientists will study the results. MOOOOO
Robotic Bees Being Developed For Mars Trips (Undated) -- Robotic bees may one day swarm Mars. NASA is funding a program to develop "Marsbees," which are winged robots that would help map and explore the Red Planet. The bots are about the size of a bumblebee and would have battery-powered wings. Each Marsbee would be sent out on short explorations to get samples of the atmosphere and map terrain before returning to a Mars rover to charge its batteries. So, far the research is still in the early stages.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2003, seven American POWs held captive since the start of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq were found walking along a road 40 miles north of Baghdad after U.S. Marines were tipped off to their whereabouts by an Iraqi citizen. The soldiers, from the 507th Maintenance Company, were taken prisoner after an ambush near Nassirya on March 23rd, 2003 -- four days after the March 19th invasion of Iraq.
1997, fire damaged Italy's 500-year-old San Giovanni Cathedral, home of the Shroud of Turin.
1980, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued regulations specifically prohibiting sexual harassment of workers by supervisors.
1970, Apollo 13 was launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It was intended to land on the moon, but the mission was aborted after an oxygen tank exploded two days later. Despite several obstacles, including limited power, shortage of water, loss of cabin heat and more, the crew safely returned to Earth on April 17th.
1970, Paul McCartney announced he would never again record with John Lennon. LIKE I SAID YESTERDAY, WINGS WAS BETTER ANYWAY!
1968, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968 into law.
1951, President Harry S. Truman relieved General Douglas MacArthur of his commands in the Far East.
1947, Jackie Robinson became the first black player to play major league baseball when he suited up for an exhibition game for the Brooklyn Dodgers.