Shark Spotted In Satellite Beach (Satellite Beach, FL) -- It's Shark Week on the Discovery channel and also at a local beach. A shark was spotted recently at Satellite Beach's Hightower Beach in just a foot of water.
A Viera man shot video of the shark swimming just a few feet away from some kids and others who are standing in the shallow water. Florida Today reports no one was hurt, and the shark eventually swam away.
No Charges Against Former State Senator Latvala (Tallahassee, FL) -- A former state senator will not face charges for allegations made by a former lobbyist. Tallahassee State Attorney Jack Campbell announced yesterday he will not file corruption charges against Jack Latvala.
Laura McLeod accused the Clearwater senator last year of hinting he would push her agenda if she had sex with him. Campbell says he could find no proof to back McLeod's claims.
Judges Order Release Of Documents of Parkland Shooter (Parkland, FL) -- We could learn more about the Parkland school shooting in the alleged shooter's own words. A judge yesterday ruled that parts of Nikolas Cruz' confession for February's deadly shooting must be released.
Cruz' confession came during 13 hours of interviews with investigators after the shooting. Another judge, yesterday, ruled that the school district must release documents that could show how much of a threat Cruz was thought to pose.
Fake Wedding Scheme Exposed In Brevard County (Titusville, FL) -- A woman could be heading to prison for her role in a fake wedding scheme in Brevard County. Federal prosecutors announced yesterday that Kazakhstan 35-year-old Valeriy Tsoy was convicted for paying a US citizen 10-thousand dollars to marry her so she could get immigration papers. Prosecutors say there have been at least 50 such weddings in the area in the last two years involving immigrants from at least a dozen countries. Tsoy is the ninth person convicted in the scheme, and Florida Today reports she could get five years in prison when she's sentenced in October.
PCB Wins Lawsuit Over Scooter Rentals (Panama City Beach, FL) -- A scooter rental business isn't giving up its fight against Panama City Beach. Classy Cycles, Inc yesterday filed a notice of appeal after a judge this week ruled against them in a lawsuit against the city.
The company sued over a law that bans scooter rentals after 7:00 p.m. and looks to ban all rentals in two years. City attorney Cole Davis tells the News Herald the company's appeal will be an uphill battle, and he's optimistic the issue is settled.
Study Shows Dogs Know Empathy (Baltimore, MD) -- A new study suggests dogs may be able to sense their owner's feelings and show empathy. In the Johns Hopkins University study, participants were separated from their dogs by a magnetic door and were instructed to either hum "twinkle twinkle little star" or to cry.
Dogs whose owners were crying pushed through the magnetic doors three times quicker than other dogs. The study was titled "Timmy's in the Well: Empathy and pro-social helping in dogs," an homage to 1950s American cultural icon Lassie, who saved little Timmy who had fallen down a well.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2007, the long-awaited movie based on Fox's long running animated sitcom "The Simpsons" opened in theaters nationwide. "The Simpsons Movie" grossed an estimated 71-point-eight-million dollars to top the box office in its opening weekend.
1998, former White House intern Monica Lewinsky was interviewed by federal prosecutors in an attempt to reach an immunity deal.
1996, a pipe bomb explosion at Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park cast a dark cloud over Olympic Summer games in Atlanta. (Ruined Richard Jewel’s career for a while- Eric Robert Rudolph was the actual bad guy.)
1974, the House Judiciary Committee voted in favor of recommending President Nixon's impeachment for obstruction of justice in the Watergate case.
1960, Vice President Richard Nixon was nominated for president at the Republican national convention in Chicago.
1953, the armistice agreement that ended the Korean War was signed in Panmunjon , Korea. Delegates from North Korea and the United States signed the pact. The U.S. delegates were representing South Korea.
1940, Bugs Bunny made his official debut in a Warner Brothers animated cartoon film short.
1909, Orville Wright set a record for the longest airplane flight while testing the U.S. Army's first airplane. He kept the plane aloft for one hour and 46 minutes.