Children's Services Tax Won't Go On Ballot (Orlando, FL) -- A controversial measure designed to help children won't be put before voters this year. The county commission yesterday refused to put the 58-million dollar tax on November's ballot.
Supporters of the Children's Trust of Orange County say the tax would have benefitted many of the poorest children, and it would have only cost homeowners a few dollars a month. Mayor Teresa Jacobs, though, told supporters and the Orlando Sentinel the program lacked specifics.
Two Small Planes Collide In Everglades, Three Dead (Miami, FL) -- Three people have died after mid-air collision between two small planes in the Everglades. It happened nine miles west of an airport this afternoon. Both planes were from the same flight school. It's not clear if there are any survivors, or what may have caused the crash.
FSU To Remove Eppes Statue (Tallahassee, FL) -- FSU is looking to distance itself from its founder and his controversial past. University President John Thrasher announced yesterday the school will remove a statue of founder Francis Eppes from Westcott Plaza, but his name will remain on Eppes Hall.
The statue has stood since 2002, but there were calls to remove it because Eppes owned slaves and supported the Confederacy in the Civil War. Thrasher also announced he'll ask state lawmakers to allow him to remove the name of segregationist and former judge B.K. Roberts from a College of Law building.
Reaction To Thrasher's Decisions (Tallahassee, FL) -- FSU students who pushed for the removal of the founder's statue believe the school can still do more. A member of Students for a Democratic Society says she's glad to hear the statue will be moved, but she's disappointed Eppes Hall will remain.
Board of Trustees Chairman Ed Burr says he supports Thrasher's decisions, but Eppes' great-grandson tells the Tallahassee Democrat he hopes Thrasher didn't open a can of worms for the school.
Florida Tech Scientist Helps Discover New Shark Species (Melbourne, FL) -- A Florida Tech scientist is credited with finding a new shark species. Shark biologist Toby Daly-Engel was part of a team that recently discovered the Genie's Dogfish.
LiveScience.com says the fish is found in the deep waters of the Gulf and western Atlantic, and it's only about two feet long. It's named after late shark researcher Eugenie Clark, who founded the Mote Marine Lab in Sarasota.
Real-Life Robo-Cop Patrols SF Gas Station (San Francisco, CA) -- There's a real-life robo-cop on patrol at a San Francisco South of Market gas station. Weighing 400 pounds at over five-feet-tall, a new robot now roams the grounds of the Shell station.
The "K-Five" security-bot is made by a Silicon Valley startup and records and stores footage, including license plate numbers. It's drawing so much attention that a neighbor has created a livestream of the robot on YouTube.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2016, the highest-ranking Baltimore police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray was found not guilty on all charges. Lieutenant Brian Rice faced charges that included involuntary manslaughter after Gray died from injuries suffered while being transported in a police van.
1984, 21 people were killed after a gunman opened fire at a McDonald's fast food restaurant in California. The suspect was later killed by police.
1976, 14-year-old Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci earned a perfect score of ten on the uneven parallel bars in the Olympic Games. It was the first ten ever given in the event. She went on to win three gold medals, a silver and a bronze.
1969, a car driven by Senator Edward Kennedy plunged off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island near Martha's Vineyard. The crash killed Kennedy's passenger Mary Jo Kopechne .
1936, the first Oscar Mayer Wienermobile was completed. The hotdog-shaped vehicle promotes the famous Oscar Mayer wiener.