Residents Worry About Cocoa Beach Drinking Water (Cocoa Beach, FL) -- Cocoa Beach is trying to reassure worried residents about the city's drinking water. City Manager Jim McKnight met with residents yesterday morning at Cocoa Beach Country Club.
Recent tests have found cancer-causing chemicals in the groundwater, but McKnight says tests of the city's drinking water have come back negative. He also told Florida Today more testing will be conducted this month.
Stand Your Ground Protest In Tallahassee Today (Tallahassee, FL) -- A controversial law will be the subject of a protest today in Tallahassee. Participants will call for changing, if not repealing, the Stand Your Ground law.
The family of a Pinellas County man who was killed in a Stand Your Ground shooting last month will be at the event, along with Mayor Andrew Gillum, who's also running for governor. The Tallahassee Democrat reports the protest will start at 11:00 at Bethel Baptist Church on North MLK Boulevard.
Hernando County Beef O'Brady's Won't Air NFL Games (Brooksville, FL) -- A Hernando County sports bar is taking a stand against those who kneel during the National Anthem. The Beef O'Brady's in Brooksville recently said it will not purchase the NFL Sunday Ticket package for the upcoming season.
The restaurant will still air games that are on local TV, but owner Curtis West says he got complaints from some customers who are veterans last year about airing the games. West plans to use the money he's saving from not buying the package to give veterans discounts on game days.
Cows Corral Car Thief (Sanford, FL) -- K9s aren't the only animals that help police officers in the line of duty. A man wanted for stealing a car this weekend in Seminole County was arrested thanks to the help of some cows.
Deputies say the man ditched a stolen car in Sanford and tried to get away on foot by running through a cow pasture. Video from the sheriff's office helicopter shows cows chasing the man, until he escapes through a fence right into the arms of waiting deputies.
Taggart Makes Players Hold Hands After Fight (Tallahassee, FL) -- Florida State’s new football coach seems to have an interesting way of punishing players. Toward the end of yesterday's practice, defensive end Tre Lawson and offensive lineman Jauan Williams got into what the Tallahassee Democrat describes as a dust-up.
Coach Willie Taggart decided to have the players walk off the field after practice while holding hands. While Lawson and Williams didn't find it amusing, the Democrat reports several others who saw it did.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2009, Sonia Sotomayor was sworn-in as the 111th justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Sotomayor became the first Hispanic and only the third woman to serve on the nation's highest court. President Obama nominated the 55-year-old federal appeals court judge to replace retired Justice David Souter. In addition to being the first Hispanic, Sotomayor also became the first justice to be sworn in on television.
1974, President Richard Nixon announced in a national broadcast address he would resign the presidency the following day.
1968, Richard M. Nixon was nominated for president at the Republican National Convention in Miami, Florida.
1945, President Harry S. Truman signed the United Nations Charter.
1899, A.T. Marshall patented the refrigerator.
1876, inventor Thomas Edison received a patent for the mimeograph machine. The machine is the forerunner of the copy machine and was still in use into the late 1960’s 0r early 1970’s.