SpaceX Wins Contract For Classified Mission (Cape Canaveral, FL) -- SpaceX has a milestone to celebrate. For the first time yesterday the company's Falcon Heavy rocket was awarded a military launch contract.
The Air Force awarded the company a 130-million dollar contract for a classified mission to launch in 2020. The Falcon Heavy is the world's most powerful rocket, and it just completed its first demonstration flight four months ago.
Man Accused Of Threats Against Ex-Girlfriend (Orange City, FL) -- A man is facing charges for stalking and threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend in Volusia County. Deputies arrested Deltona 33-year-old Ferdinand Thompson after they say he showed up at the woman's home in Orange City and cut her car's power steering.
The "Orlando Sentinel" reports Thompson was also arrested last week for threatening to kill the woman. After his release on bond the woman says he repeatedly called her and continued to make threats.
Accused School Shooter Discusses Mental Illness In Jailhouse Conversations (Ocala, FL) -- Jailhouse phone calls could indicate an accused school shooter plans to use mental illness in his defense. Sky Bouche [[boo-shay]] is in the Marion County jail after his arrest for a shooting at Ocala's Forest High School four months ago.
Channel 9 obtained records of a phone call Bouche had with his grandmother about his trial in August. In the conversation, his grandmother tells him she has been meeting with his doctors to collect paperwork she says will be key in his case.
Petition Calls For Early Voting At FSU (Tallahassee, FL) -- There's a new effort underway to make it easier for college students to vote early in elections. The League of Women Voters yesterday filed a petition in federal court that would open FSU for early voting.
State law does not allow early voting to be held in campus buildings. The governor's office tells the "Tampa Bay Times" the lawsuit is a frivolous election-year gimmick.
Wayne County Sells Haunted Complex For One Dollar (Westland, MI) -- A haunted psychiatric hospital is being sold in Westland, Michigan. It's actually the complex that once housed the Eloise Psychiatric Hospital and it’s known for unusual and even haunted occurrences over the years.
The complex first went into operation in the 18-hundreds but has been closed for years. Wayne County is selling the 28-acres for one-dollar to a development company and it’s to be turned into affordable housing for senior citizens along with emergency housing. Some have reported hearing moans and screaming from the grounds over the years and paranormal and there is a graveyard on the location.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2016, the NHL's Board of Governors awarded an expansion team to Las Vegas.
2012, a Pennsylvania jury found former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky guilty on 45 out of 48 counts related to child sexual abuse.
1981, Mark David Chapman pled guilty to killing John Lennon outside the singer's New York apartment.
1970, President Richard Nixon signed a bill changing the voting age from 21 to 18.
1946, jet airplanes were first used to transport mail.