Mick's Morning News: 06.15.18

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Rape Charges Dropped Against UCF Students  (Orlando, FL) -- Two UCF students won't be prosecuted for raping a woman. Charges filed two months ago against David Kirk and Jack Smith were dropped yesterday.

Prosecutors said the case was not suitable for prosecution but did not give details.

Committee Recommended Firing Medina Months Before MSD Shooting  (Parkland, FL) -- The parent of a Parkland shooting victim is upset with how district officials handled a sexual harassment complaint against a school monitor. Stoneman Douglas monitor Andrew Medina has been criticized for not alerting school officials when he saw Nikolas Cruz on campus just before the shooting, which came months after the district's Professional Standards Committee voted to fire Medina for harassing Meadow Pollack.

Human Resources overruled that decision, though, and gave Medina a three-day suspension. Pollack died in the shooting, and her dad yesterday told the "Sun Sentinel" if he had known about this back then, he would have made sure Medina was removed from the school.

Teachers Ask Scott To Stop Investing Pension Money With Gunmakers  (Tamarac, FL) -- Broward teachers want to sever their financial ties to gun makers. Three percent of teacher salaries are invested with gun makers for the teachers' pensions and the Broward Teachers Union yesterday publicly asked Governor Rick Scott to put an end to that.

The union says one of the companies their money is invested with makes the AR-15 rifle used in the Parkland shooting. The governor has not responded to the request.

Merritt Island Golfer Plays In US Open  (Southampton, NY) -- Not too far behind familiar names like Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson, you'll find the name of a golfer from Brevard County. Merritt Island's Mickey DeMorat [[duh-MORE-at]] is tied for 13th after the first round of the US Open in New York, and he's just three shots back of the leaders.

The Eastern Florida State College grad shot a two-over on his 23rd birthday yesterday with his dad caddying for him. DeMorat says being in the top 15 gives him a lot of confidence heading into today's second round.

Free Arby's If "Beefy" Johnston Wins U.S. Open  (Undated) -- A self-described "Beefy" golfer just might earn you a free sandwich on July 4th. Arby's says if England's Andrew "Beef" Johnston wins the U.S. Open this weekend, they will pay off with a free Bacon Beef 'n Cheddar sandwich on Independence Day.

Johnston was a fan favorite during the 2016 Open when he said he would be drunk for a week if he won the tournament. He finished tied for 54th that year. Johnston made the tournament field this year by winning a qualifying round in England.

TODAY IN HISTORY:

2007, CBS aired Bob Barker's final appearance on the long running game show "The Price Is Right" twice -- once in daytime and once in primetime. The 83-year-old Barker had launched the show in 1972.

1995, O.J. Simpson struggled to fit into a pair of leather gloves that prosecutors at the trial said were used in the killings of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.

1924, Congress approved a bill to make all Indians citizens.

1916, the Boy Scouts of America was incorporated by a bill signed by President Wilson.

1844, Charles Goodyear patented vulcanized rubber. He later made the rubber into tires.

1775, George Washington became Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army.

1752, Benjamin Franklin discovered the relationship between lightning and electricity. He tied a key to his kite string and stepped out into a storm.

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