Brevard County Chooses Next Superintendent (Titusville, FL) -- The search for a new school superintendent in Brevard County is at an early end. The school board yesterday voted to offer the job to current Chief Operating Officer Mark Mullins more than two weeks ahead of schedule.
The board was scheduled to just narrow the list of candidates yesterday, but "Florida Today" reports members changed their minds when they realized Miller was, in the words of one member, head and shoulders above the rest. Mullins says it's a great honor to lead the same school system where he began his teaching career almost 25 years ago.
Medical Examiner Trying To Determine What Time Accused Cop Shooter Killed Children (Orlando, FL) -- The medical examiner is trying to determine at what point during a standoff four children were killed by an accused cop shooter. For more than 20 hours, 35-year-old Gary Lindsey junior held his two children and his girlfriend's two children hostage inside an Orlando home, after he shot and seriously wounded Officer Kevin Valencia.
The Orlando Police SWAT team tried to get Lindsey to surrender, but once they forced their way into the apartment, they found he had already shot and killed the children and himself. Officer Valencia remains in critical condition.
Documents: Police Tried To Interview Accused Serial Killer Before Capture (Tampa, FL) -- Documents show investigators were getting close to catching the accused Tampa serial killer, without knowing it. Before the arrest of Howell Donaldson the third in November, police began tracking down every Tampa Bay area resident who had recently purchased a .40 caliber Glock handgun.
Donaldson was on that list. An officer stopped by his house to speak to him but he wasn't home, and an ATF agent texted him but got no reply. Donaldson could get the death penalty if convicted.
Putnam Calls For Raising Out-Of-State College Tuition Rates (Tampa, FL) -- A candidate for governor thinks out-of-state students aren't paying their fair share to attend schools like Florida State. Adam Putnam yesterday proposed raising the tuition rate at state schools for out-of-state students.
Right now, a non-resident that attends FSU pays less than 22-thousand dollars a year, and he wants the rate closer to the 35-thousand dollars UNC-Chapel Hill charges non-state residents. Putnam tells the "Tampa Bay Times" Florida has a lot to offer, but state educators are selling it cheap.
Domino's To Repair Potholes With 'Paving For Pizza' Initiative (Undated) -- Domino's Pizza is offering to fill potholes across America with their new initiative called "Paving for Pizza." The chain announced they would be repairing roads with potholes directly affecting their customers.
They've already done work in Texas, Delaware, Georgia and California, but are extending the initiative across the nation. The pizza chain says the holes, cracks and bumps in the road can cause damage to your pizza, and they're here to help "save your good pizza from these bad roads."
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2004, a day after celebrating his 80th birthday, former President George H.W. Bush successfully completed a skydive at the Texas A&M campus in College Station, Texas. Bush performed a tandem jump with a member of the Army's Golden Knight's skydiving team.
1994, former football great O.J. Simpson was questioned by Los Angeles police in connection with the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown-Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.
1994, a jury in Anchorage, Alaska found the Exxon Corporation and Captain Joseph Hazelwood reckless in the "Exxon Valdez" oil spill disaster, opening the doors for a billion-dollar lawsuit filed by the victims of the spillage.
1966, the United States Supreme Court handed down what would become known as the Miranda Decision. The ruling gave individuals the right to remain silent after being taken into custody by police.
1927, the American flag was displayed from the right hand of the Statue of Liberty for the first time.
1888, Congress created the Department of Labor.