Mick's Morning News: 08.23.18

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NEW PARKLAND VIDEO RELEASED

More than two hours of footage from inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School reveal much of the scene inside the school in the wake of the mass killing there in February.  The videos show students scrambling to exit the building and law enforcement entering some seven minutes later.

Video from the five cameras has no audio and does not appear to show the shooter who killed 17 and wounded 17 others.

SATELLITE HIGH WATER RETEST CONFIRMS ORIGINAL RESULTS

Retesting of water samples at Satellite High mirror those of earlier tests according to a report released by Universal Engineering Sciences.  Three areas of the school had been sampled.

Florida Today noted there are no EPA maximum levels of the chemicals tested, but the levels detected are well below those set by some other states’ agencies.

WALMART DISTRIBUTION CENTER OPENS IN COCOA

WALMART’s “Perishable Distribution Center opened yesterday in Cocoa.  The 555-thousand square foot facility currently employs 400 people and may not be the last of WALMART ventures in Cocoa.  The retail giant owns 125 acres nearby and has plans for more management and distribution purposes.

FLORIDA TODAY reports that jobs at the center run from equipment operators to quality control and maintenance with wages starting at over $16 an hour.

PARRISH PAYS UP, PARTLY

Cocoa Mayor and Florida House candidate Henry Parrish has paid over $18,000 in back taxes on his business and home in Cocoa.  A campaign mailer in the House District 51 race brought the issue to light and led to interesting comments by Parrish and his opponent Tyler Sirois.

Florida Today’s report notes that Tax Collector Lisa Cullen has two other properties owned by Parrish that show they are delinquent on taxes.  Taxes fall delinquent in April of the year following the tax bill being mailed.

Protesters Call For Tax Collector To Resign  (Sanford, FL) -- A Seminole County official is being pressured to resign. Protesters gathered yesterday in Lake Mary to urge Tax Collector Joel Greenberg to step down. Greenberg has faced criticism since posting on Facebook this weekend a comment about Muslims. Greenberg was elected two years ago, and he says he has no plans to resign.

WOMAN TWEETS HER WAY OUT OF NASA INTERNSHIP

USA TODAY reports a woman who had landed a NASA internship ended up LOST IN SPACE after her vile communication on TWITTER with a former NASA engineer went public.  The tweets included an F-bomb and sexually suggestive language that could not be published in the national paper. 

After an exchange of apologies the engineer is now trying to help the woman find a place in the aerospace industry.

Astronauts Play Tennis In Space  (International Space Station) -- The U.S. Open Tennis Tournament begins next Monday and astronauts on the International Space Station are getting into the spirit. NASA astronaut Drew Feustel [[ FOY-stul ]] played the first tennis match in space earlier this week.

Feustel's play was relayed back to Earth and projected onto the Unisphere outside Arthur Ashe Stadium at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. Feustel and his Space Station crewmates, American Ricky Arnold and Russian Oleg Artemyev, played with small racquets and foam balls on their makeshift, zero-gravity court.

TODAY IN HSITORY:

2000, Richard Hatch became the first winner of the CBS' hit reality game show challenge "Survivor." Hatch won the grand prize of one-million dollars, outlasting 15 other contestants to be crowned the "sole survivor."

1989, Pete Rose was banned from baseball for life after he was caught gambling on baseball games. Rose signed an agreement with the commissioner of baseball, accepting the lifetime penalty without admitting to betting on baseball.

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