Mick's Morning News: 07.03.18

Developer Plans Hotel On Vacant Melbourne Land (Melbourne, FL) -- A developer's plans for a vacant lot have Melbourne officials excited. That's the word City Manager Mike McNees used to describe River Walk Marina Partners' plans to build a seven-story hotel.

The property on US One between NASA Boulevard and Cherry Street has been vacant for years. The two-million dollar sale was finalized Friday, and McNees tells "Florida Today" the city is really pleased to put the property back in private hands.

Hannity Campaigns With Gaetz And DeSantis (Pensacola, FL) -- Voters this year are facing the most important mid-term election of our lifetime according to WMMB afternoon host Sean Hannity yesterday at a rally in Pensacola for candidates Matt Gaetz and Ron DeSantis.

Gaetz is running for re-election to Congress, while Congressman DeSantis is running for governor. Hannity told the crowd and the "News Journal" DeSantis and Gaetz are the heart of the Freedom Caucus, which he calls the lifeblood of what's making Congress work today.

Asylum Seeker Discusses Immigration Process (Homestead, FL) -- A woman now in Homestead has a first-hand account of what it's like to deal with America's new zero-tolerance approach to border crossers. Buena Ventura Martin-Godinez entered the country in May from Guatemala with her newborn son, while her husband came separately with their seven-year-old daughter.

While she and her son were kept together, she says her husband was sent to Atlanta and their daughter to Michigan. She was reunited with her daughter this weekend, but she told the "Miami Herald" yesterday if her husband is sent back to Guatemala, the gang members might kill him.

FSU Being Sued For Tasing Incident (Tallahassee, FL) -- Florida State University is being sued for a Tasing incident that left a man with brain injuries. William Wilcox filed the suit last week against the school and FSU Police Officer Christopher Blair.

Wilcox claims after he was Tased, he fell to the ground, hit his head and suffered traumatic injuries. FloridaPolitics.com reports Wilcox claims he was running from Blair during the incident four years ago, and he did not pose a threat.

Celebrate The Fourth On The Third (Daytona Beach, FL) -- You don't have to wait until the fourth to celebrate the Fourth. Some communities in Volusia, Flagler and Brevard counties are holding July Fourth fireworks shows tonight.

Daytona Beach has a Main Street Block Party that starts at 6:00 with fireworks at 11:00. DeLand's Firecracker Festival, Palm Coast's Fireworks in the Park and Port Canaveral's Fireworks Over The Harbour all start at 5:00 tonight with fireworks starting at 9:00.

Coffee Drinkers Live Longer (Undated) -- A new study from the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests coffee drinkers are 12-percent more likely to live longer compared to non-coffee drinkers. The study also found a link between coffee consumption and a decreased risk of stroke and Type 2 diabetes.

They say the findings aren't due to the caffeine within coffee, but could have to do with the chemical compounds within the coffee bean itself. Either that, or as one researcher says, it may just be because it brings people joy.

Man Jailed For Pointing Bow And Arrow At Police (Simi Valley, CA) -- Charges are being filed against a California man who allegedly pointed a bow and arrow at police. Police in Simi Valley say officers were helping Ventura County Fire paramedics on a medical emergency over the weekend when Lawrence Lindeman came out of his house and for some reason pointed the weapon at them. Officers took cover, pulled their guns out and eventually got the 60-year-old to surrender.


2009, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin announced her plans to resign her post as governor. Palin was the vice presidential running mate for Arizona Senator John McCain during his unsuccessful bid for presidency in 2008. She resigned her post as governor one year before her term was scheduled to end.

1945, a passenger car rolled off the assembly line at the Ford Motor Company plant in Detroit, Michigan, for the first time in three years. Automobile production had stopped because of World War Two.

1878, John Wise of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was the pilot for the first flight of a dirigible.

1863, the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania ended as the Northern troops forced Confederate soldiers to retreat.

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