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Kristi Yamaguchi tweets at Nancy Kerrigan to ‘break a leg’ on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Kristi Yamaguchi tweets at Nancy Kerrigan to ‘break a leg’ on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Prior to Monday’s premiere of “Dancing with the Stars” Season 24, former figure skater and “DWTS” champion Kristi Yamaguchi took to Twitter to wish fellow former figure skater Nancy Kerrigan good luck in the worst way possible. >> Read more trending news Hours before Kerrigan took the stage, Yamaguchi tweeted, “So excited for you @NancyAKerrigan ! Can’t wait to see you grace that ballroom floor, break a leg!” Yes, that’s right. She told Kerrigan, victim of the famous 1994 attack, in which she was assaulted with a police-style baton to the knee, to “break a leg.” Just before the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit that year, a man, who had been paid by Kerrigan rival Tonya Harding’s ex-husband, struck her on the right knee, injuring her leg. While it wasn’t broken, Kerrigan did suffer cuts, bruises and swelling and walked with a limp. Twitter responded with generally surprised reactions. Of course, Yamaguchi was just employing a common -- if ill-fitting, considering Kerrigan’s history -- phrase, but that didn’t stop the internet from freaking out over it. Yamaguchi has not clarified her comment, nor has she deleted the tweet. Kerrigan took the joke in stride, tweeting, “Thank you @kristiyamaguchi for the advise (sic)! It definitely is helping!”

Man whose parents locked him away for 2 years wants them to stay in prison

Man whose parents locked him away for 2 years wants them to stay in prison

For two years, Mitch Comer’s mother and stepfather, Sheila Comer and Paul Comer, kept him locked inside a bedroom in his family’s rental home in Georgia. He was shut off from the outside world and even his two younger sisters until September 2012. By then, Comer, who was 18 at the time, was loaded on a bus and sent to Los Angeles with some cash and pamphlets from a homeless shelter. He was spotted by a former security guard, st the Los Angeles bus station, who called police. When he was returned to Georgia, Comer was severely malnourished with translucent skin — evidence of his ordeal. The story made national headlines. >> Read more trending news Nearly five years after his mother and stepfather were sentenced to 15 years in prison as part of a plea deal, the two could be up for parole, according to the Paulding County District Attorney. In his first public interview since his ordeal, Comer said Thursday he doesn’t want that to happen. “I don’t think that’s right,” he said. “I don’t like it at all.” Mitch Comer, who now goes by Mitt, said Paul and Sheila Comer should serve more prison time, and DA Dick Donovan agrees. “Letting them out after just five years just doesn’t … it offends me as a prosecutor and I’m sure it would offend the people of Paulding County if they knew about it,” Donovan said. Despite the two years of his life that was taken from him, Comer has flourished, completing high school and now studying at Kennesaw State University. His passion is electronics, and one day, he’d like to be inventor. Until then, he’s like any other college student, he says. He’s managed to put his abuse behind him. “A long time ago, I heard about a dude that was left in a closet and he came out happy, and I said I’m going to be that dude, too,” Comer said.

Inmate accused of plotting murders of sexual assault victims

Inmate accused of plotting murders of sexual assault victims

An inmate in a Pennsylvania jail the Allegheny County Jail is accused of plotting the murders of five juveniles who accused him of sexual assault. Michael Scherbanic, 29, a prisoner in the Allegheny County Jail and is now charged with 27 new criminal counts, including solicitation to commit criminal homicide.  >> Read more trending news Allegheny County police said they uncovered an elaborate criminal plot to intimidate victims, recruit witnesses to perjure themselves and to try to prevent the trial against Scherbanic on sexual-assault charges.  According to a criminal complaint, Scherbanic told his cellmate he’d pay him as much as $1 million to carry out the plan.   The five targets of the alleged murder plot were five separate victims of sexual assault cases filed against Scherbanic in 2016, police said.  Those cases involve juvenile male students of Scherbanic’s karate dojo, the “Tang Soo Do Karate College' in North Versailles. The complaint said Scherbanic drew diagrams of one of the target’s homes to show his cellmate where a propane tank was that could “be exploded to kill multiple residents.” >> Got a question about the news? See our explainers here  Scherbanic also identified people that his cellmate could recruit to help carry out the plot as well as hide the bodies, the complaint said. There were also plans to destroy the creditability of someone who was going to testify against Scherbanic in the sex-assault trial. Sherbanic told his cellmate to “plant drugs, or a gun or possibly child porn,” the complaint said.  Scherbanic was charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with a minor, indecent assault, endangering the welfare of children, corruption of minors and indecent assault in those cases. The complaint also alleged Scherbanic had been stashing ground up pain pills in his cell in case the plan did not work, so he could commit suicide.  The investigation was conducted with the assistance of the Jail Administrative Investigators and detectives from the district attorney’s office.

Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday that he's committed to fighting for the death penalty in murder suspect Markeith Loyd's case.  Scott removed State Attorney Aramis Ayala from the case last week after she announced she wouldn’t pursue the death penalty in Loyd’s case or any others during her tenure.   Loyd is accused of fatally shooting his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon, in December and Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton in January.   Lawmakers in Tallahassee criticized Scott Thursday, saying he is setting a dangerous precedent.   They said that it puts the governor in the business of potentially reviewing every murder case in the state to determine whether he thinks a defendant deserves the death penalty.   WFTV asked Scott if he's willing to take the battle all the way to the Florida Supreme Court. The governor doubled down on his belief that the decision is his to make.   “What doesn't make sense to me is, one, that you should always fully prosecute the law,” he said. “That's what all of us expect out of our elected officials.”   Scott said that Loyd's case is so egregious that it demanded his intervention.   “This case in particular, it's just horrible,” he said.  Ayala will appear in court Tuesday to try to convince a judge to reinstate her as the prosecutor in Loyd's case.
In Time Magazine’s most recent cover story, President Donald Trump tells their Washington Bureau Chief, “I can’t be doing so badly, because I’m president and you’re not.” The story appears in the magazine with the cover asking “Is Truth Dead?”  The words are in red against a black background, a clear homage to Time‘s famous 1966 cover that asked, “Is God Dead?” President Trump talked with the magazine’s Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer for about 20 minutes.  He refused to back off any of his past statement saying, “I’m a very instinctual person, but my instinct turns out to be right.” On the FBI director James Comey testifying this week that he hasn’t seen any evidence of wiretapping claims, President Trump told Scherer “I have articles saying it happened.”
A man was shot in the arm while driving his SUV in Altamonte Springs in what police say appears to be a road rage shooting. It happened on Thursday shortly before 1 p.m. at the intersection of State Road 436 and Westmonte Drive. The driver was the only person in the car and was hit in the bicep and has non life-threatening injuries. Officer Evelyn Estevez says the suspect was driving a black four-door vehicle with tinted windows. “There wasn’t a verbal altercation that happened at the light,” she said, though police still believe it appears to be road rage.
UCF Police have placed CrimeLine signs in the area where over 30 cars were broken into Monday night. It happened near the Lake Claire Apartments. The suspects were discovered by passersby who alerted police. Responding officers found the suspects’ vehicle had crashed on Rouse Road, but they were able to get away. Police recovered the vehicle and the tools used to smash windows in the parked vehicles. Security video indicates there are three people involved in the crimes. UCFPD officers were at the apartments on Tuesday to take statements from victims and witnesses.
On Friday, U.S Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will visit Valencia College in Kissimmee. She’ll host two student round table discussion that focus on the college’s dual enrollment and career training programs. This will be DeVos’ second visit to Central Florida as Education Secretary. She accompanied President Trump on a trip to St. Andrews Catholic School in Pine Hills on March 3rd. The visit to Valencia College will be DeVos’ first solo trip out of Washington D.C.
Deputies with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office say a Tavares High School athletic trainer bought alcohol for students and partied with them this month. Kyle Rentschler, 31, is an athletic trainer at the school and currently lives in Mount Dora.  Deputies accuse him of meeting with several students at a Winn Dixie on March 12 and buying alcohol for them. He and the students drank in the Paisley area of the Ocala National Forest, and deputies say he even had one of them drive him to the store for another booze run. Investigators say they became aware of the party after a party contacted deputies with a video. Rentschler is charged with three counts of selling, giving and serving alcoholic beverages to person under 21, and two counts contributing to delinquency or dependency of a child.
Short on votes, Republicans delay House vote on GOP health care bill

After hours of negotiations that featured personal intervention by President Donald Trump, Republican leaders in the Congress were forced to back off a planned vote on a GOP health care bill, unable to find enough votes approve it and send it on to the Senate for further work.

While House leaders said votes were possible on Friday, there was no final agreement to vote on, as more conservative members of the House Freedom Caucus refused to get on board with a deal offered by the White House.

“We have not gotten enough of our members to get to yes,” said Rep. Mark [More]

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Short on votes, Republicans delay House vote on GOP health care bill
Short on votes, Republicans delay House vote on GOP health care bill
Outrage over video of frat boy using shark to open a can of beer
Outrage over video of frat boy using shark to open a can of beer
Joe Kelley
Joe Kelley joins the staff of News 96.5 as News Director and host of Orlando's Morning News. Joe comes to Orlando from News 96.5’s sister-station KRMG in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he also held both positions. Joe has been recognized many times over for his successes as an on-air radio personality and community leader. He has received awards from Radio and Records Magazine, Radio Ink Magazine, Las Vegas Women in Communications, the Tulsa Press Club, the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters and more. In 2007, Joe was named to the 'Top 40 Under 40' achievers in Tulsa People Magazine, The Journal Record Newspaper and the Tulsa Business Journal.
Shock - Zoo cuts off rhino horns to protect from thieves and poachers
Shock - Zoo cuts off rhino horns to protect from thieves and poachers
Tunes, Crafts and Soccer - the icFlorida 'Fun 3'
Tunes, Crafts and Soccer - the icFlorida 'Fun 3'
High-speed train bill could derail All Aboard Florida’s Brightline
High-speed train bill could derail All Aboard Florida’s Brightline
Pokemon go now has a dating site
Pokemon go now has a dating site
Wikileaks: CIA can hack iPhones, Macs even after factory reset
Wikileaks: CIA can hack iPhones, Macs even after factory reset
State offering Python Patrol training session in Naples
State offering Python Patrol training session in Naples
Kevin Rafuse
Kevin Rafuse is an afternoon reporter, and anchor for News 96.5 WDBO
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to visit Valencia College on Friday
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to visit Valencia College on Friday
UCF police urge students to call CrimeLine after campus break-ins
UCF police urge students to call CrimeLine after campus break-ins
Anti Islam candidate loses bid for Prime Minister
Anti Islam candidate loses bid for Prime Minister
Gene Wexler
Gene spent his youth in upstate New York before making the pilgrimage down to the sunshine state. After spending a few years reporting, anchoring, and hosting at our sister station WOKV in Jacksonville, Gene was asked to bring his talents to Orlando at News 96.5 WDBO
Trump tells Time reporter: “I’m president and you’re not”
Trump tells Time reporter: “I’m president and you’re not”
A former Russian lawmaker, Voronenkov was shot to death outside a hotel in Kiev.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Thursday he wanted to block Neil Gorsuch's confirmation to the Supreme Court.
Rep. Duncan Hunter paid back nearly $60,000 and said any misuse was accidental.
If more than 21 Republicans vote against the bill, its passage is in jeopardy.