Mick's Morning News: 06.21.18

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OPD Officer Recovering From Shooting During Standoff  (Orlando, FL) -- A police officer shot during an armed standoff is showing signs of progress. Sources tell Channel 9 that Orlando Police Officer Kevin Valencia is now breathing on his own.

He was shot in the head while responding to an apartment building last week where Gary Lindsey killed four children and himself. The 27-year-old is a husband and father of two.

Carjacking Suspect Crashes Into Church  (Orlando, FL) -- A person is hurt and a church is damaged after a carjacking in Orlando. It started last night outside a convenience store when the suspect jumped into the victim's car.

The victim tried hanging onto the car but fell off as the carjacker sped away before crashing into Washington Shores Church of Christ. The suspect took off on foot, and the victim was taken to the hospital but is expected to survive.

Space Florida Approves Loan For Moon Landing Project  (Cape Canaveral, FL) -- Space Florida is trying to give a boost to a company planning to launch moon landers from the Space Coast. The state agency's board yesterday approved loaning an unnamed company one-and-a-half million dollars to help the company win a NASA contract for moon landing projects.

Space Florida says it hopes this will help attract other companies to the area who want to be part of moon-landing launches. A Space Florida executive tells "Florida Today" the loan recipient would open a facility at Cape Canaveral and use Kennedy Space Center for testing.

New Video Shows Children In Homestead Shelter  (Homestead, FL) -- A new video is giving us a glimpse inside the Homestead shelter where children are being held after crossing the border illegally. It was released last night by the US Department of Health and Human Services showing children inside the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children.

In the five-minute video, the children are shown drawing, painting, eating, playing basketball, getting medical checkups and attending classes.

An employee is offering an inside look at the shelter. The unidentified Comprehensive Health Service worker says the food is nasty and the children often cry themselves to sleep. The worker tells 'Local 10 News' if he could change anything about the shelter, he would change everything.

Burger King Russia Pulls Offensive Ad  (Moscow) -- Burger King Russia is apologizing for an ad offering around 50-thousand dollars and a lifetime burger hookup to women who get impregnated by World Cup athletes. The global soccer competition is being held in Russia this year.

The ad, posted on social media, explained that getting impregnated by star athletes would pass down the football genes and boost the success of Russia's team in future generations. Burger King stopped the campaign after deeming it too offensive.

Parking Space Argument Becomes A Sword Attack  (Manville, NJ) -- A New Jersey man is in trouble with the law for allegedly slicing another man with a sword during a parking spot argument. Officials in Somerset County say Jared Razzano got into a heated dispute over the parking space last week when the other man pulled out an aluminum leveling tool about four feet in length.

Razzano allegedly responded with an actual sword and started slashing several times and nearly severing one of the victim's fingers. The other man is in stable condition and Razzano is in the Somerset County Jail on counts related to assault and weapons possession.

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1989, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled burning the American flag as a form of political protest is protected by the First Amendment.

1982, a Washington D.C. jury found John Hinckley Jr. innocent by reason of insanity in the assassination attempt on President Reagan and the shootings of three other men.

1879, F-W Woolworth opened "Woolworth's Great Five Cent Store" in Pennsylvania. He would later become one of the richest men in the world.

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