Mick's Morning News: 08.14.18

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Poll Shows Orlando-Area Latinos Support Nelson Over Scott  (Orlando, FL) -- Displaced Puerto Ricans in Orlando could be key to deciding Florida's US senate race. A poll released yesterday of Latinos finds Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson with a three-point lead over Republican challenger and governor, Rick Scott.

The Hispanic Federation poll finds the difference in Orlando is even wider with Nelson holding a 20-point lead. While the economy was the top issue, a polling analyst tells the Orlando Sentinel rebuilding Puerto Rico was still cited as a very important issue by those surveyed.

Patients' Records Found At Dump  (Merritt Island, FL) -- A Facebook post has a patients of a Brevard County doctor worried about their privacy. Someone this weekend posted images online of documents found at a dump in Cocoa of patients of Merritt Island's Dr. Leon Cohen.

Cohen says the files have been recovered, and he blames a third party he hired to have the documents shredded. The state's attorney's office tells Florida Today Cohen may not have broken any laws, but he could be disciplined by the state medical board.

Gillum, Graham React To Stand Your Ground Arrest  (Undated) -- The arrest of a man in a deadly and controversial shooting is a step toward justice. That's what former Second District congresswoman Gwen Graham said yesterday after Michael Drejka  was charged with manslaughter for killing Markeis McGlockton.

The Pinellas County sheriff originally refused to charge Drejka because of the Stand Your Ground law, and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum said he's relieved that charges were filed. Gillum and Graham are Democrats running for governor, and they say the law needs to be suspended or repealed.

Firefighters Trapped In Engine After Crash  (Miramar, FL) -- A storm that caused a power outage is also responsible for trapping some firefighters in their truck. Three Miramar firefighters were trapped last night on Miramar Parkway after a power line came down on their truck while they were inside.

The line was hanging low because of a storm that left about two thousand FPL customers in the dark at one point. Rescue crews freed the firefighters from the truck, which had a cracked windshield, and one firefighter suffered minor injuries.

Uber Moving Forward With Fleet Of Flying Cars  (San Francisco, CA) -- Uber is one step closer to getting its fleet of flying cars off the ground. Last year, Uber unveiled its future plan for flying taxis. Now, the ride-hailing company's aviation program Uber-Air is teaming up with the University of Texas and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory to make that a reality.

The team will design new rotor technology that's needed to help the vehicles take flight with cruising altitudes of one-thousand to two-thousand feet and speeds up to 200 miles-per-hour. The collaboration is expected to take about 18 months. Uber says testing will follow shortly afterwards in Dallas and Los Angeles and riders could potentially use the service by 2023. However, the project still faces regulatory issues and other logistical obstacles as it progresses.

Robbery Suspect Believed To Be Shot By Customers  (Indianapolis, IN) -- An Indianapolis man is dead after customers in store he tried to rob killed him. Police in Indianapolis say the suspect was armed over the weekend when he went into the GetGo store and tried to hold the place up.

There were two others who were carrying guns with them and they shot the man, later identified as Phillip Madden. He was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead a short time later. Police are still investigating but say nobody else was hurt.

TODAY IN HISTORY:

2014, President Obama called for peace and healing after several nights of riots in Ferguson, Missouri.

1997, Timothy McVeigh was sentenced to death for the 1995 bombing of Oklahoma City's Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The blast killed 168 people.

1953, David Mullany Sr. invented the wiffle ball for his 13-year-old son. 

1945, President Harry S. Truman announced that Japan had surrendered to the Allies. The surrender signaled the end to fighting in World War Two.

1935, the Social Security Act was signed by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

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