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    If you loved the trailer for Wonder Woman, you'll like what Mashable is saying this morning.  A small group of film writers got to see the movie last night and they think Wonder Woman is pretty great. One writer tweets - It's exciting, powerful, bold and simply wonderful. Some called it the best DC movie since THE DARK NIGHT. The movie opens in the U.S. June 2.
  • The University of Central Florida is joining other central florida entities in calling on people to voluntarily reduce water use and increase water conservation in response to a Water Shortage Warning.  The dry conditions and lack of rain prompting the South Florida Water Management District to issue the warning for 16 counties across the state including Orange and Osceola. Less than average rain fall has also played a role in brush fires popping up across the state.  
  • Uber is making it easier to hop out of one of their cars and onto Sunrail. The ride-hailing service says it's android app will now allow users to easily access real time public transportation data. Uber's news release says the idea is better connected cities, a viable alternative to owning a car and reduced traffic and parking. Uber is partnering with the Transit app.   When riders are in an Uber and their destination is at or a block away from a transit stop, it will start showing them upcoming departure times in the Uber feed.  The service is rolling out in 50 cities including Orlando today.
  • The ad only ran in the United Kingdom but it's created quite a firestorm. The ad features a boy struggling to come to terms with his fathers death, until it's revealed they shared a love for a filet of fish sandwich.  Bereavement charity, Grief Encounter tells the BBC it's received countless calls from parents saying their grieving children had been upset by the ad.  A McDonald's spokesperson said it was not their intention to offend. They wanted to highlight the role McDonald's has played in customers everyday lives, both in the good and difficult times.
  • There may have been only a 20 percent chance of rain Saturday, but alot of soccer and baseball games got rained out over the weekend.  It was a welcome break from the heat and scorching temperatures.    The national weather service says less than one quarter of an inch fell at Orlando International Airport, but more than eight inches fell north of Tampa.   While the rain cooled off the Keetch Byram Drought Index county average in Seminole county, fire danger remains high in Seminole, Orange and Osceola counties.  Seminole is at 550, Orange 600 and Osceola a scorching 650.  The Index is the scale the Forestry service uses, along with other factors to gauge fire danger. 
  • Perhaps one more reason we are not seeing alot of Sean Spicer. The Washington Post stirred the pot as it covered the firing of FBI director James Comey.  In it’s story it mentioned White House Spokesman Sean Spicer emerged from shadowy bushes on the White House grounds.  The Post later clarified their story to say Spicer huddled with his staff near television sets on the White House grounds, not “in the bushes,” as the story originally stated.    But that did not stop the speculation or the meme’s.   
  • As you watch your grass fade into shades of brown during our heat wave, there are a few things you can do to give it a better chance for survival. Landscape designer Keith Williams says keep your grass a little longer. That forces the roots deeper and keeps the weeds from competing for water.  And because the turf is denser, it requires less water. Williams tells HGTV you should mow less and when you do , cut it early in the day or as the sun begins to go down. Keeping in mind any water restrictions posted for your area, most lawns require about an inch of water per week to stay healthy. Williams says the best time to water is the early morning - to allow the moisture to be more efficiently absorbed by the roots.
  • Senator Marco Rubio says he was surprised by the firing of FBI director James Comey.  Rubio says the FBI director had always been professional to him in his work on the Senate Intelligence committee. ABC news  caught up with the Senator in what looks like an airport or hotel hallway.  Rubio says “it’s a decision the president’s made and we’ll go from here.”  We’re adding your reaction to the Presidents move to axe the FBI director.  You can weigh in on the open mike in the News 96.5 wdbo app.
  • Sea World is out with it's first quarter numbers. Total revenues for the twelve parks in the first quarter is $186.4 million, nearly 34 million dollars less than 2016. Attendance was down 15 percent but the company blames the drop on where the Easter holiday falls on the calendar. Last year it was in the first quarter, this year it was in mid April, well into the second quarter. In it’s statement Sea World also says traffic was poor at it’s San Diego Park. The new Orca encounter under construction at the park won't open until this summer and there was a lack of new content at the park.   Sea World also says it’s admission per capita declined in the quarter due to an unfavorable ticket mix driven by more season pass products and free promotional ticket offerings, when compared to the first quarter of 2016
  • Investors are expecting big things from the mouse today. The Walt Disney Company releases it's second quarter earnings after the closing bell on wall street today.   Analysts expect a 6.6% profit increase over the same quarter last year. The Film studio is getting the credit, with profits from 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' and 'Beauty and the Beast.'   The trouble spot according to the L.A. Times could be ESPN, it's been struggling and two weeks ago fired 100 anchors and producers.
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    Marsha Taylor is co anchor of Central Florida's morning news.  She's no stranger to Orlando - she moved here when her father was a navigator on B-52's stationed at what was then Mccoy Air Force Base.  (It's now Orlando International Airport)  Marsha is a radio-TV graduate of Morehead State University in Kentucky.  After graduating she came home and started looking for a job!  Her first job was WDIZ - 100.3 - a rock station - after 3 years there Marsha moved to public radio - 90.7 in Orlando.  She arrived at WDBO in 1986-lured by a combo job reporting and anchoring...and a chance to say WDBO - 60 times a minute.  Or at least it sounded like that after public radio.  Marsha anchored - midday - the afternoon news...and has spent the last 17 years co- anchoring Central Florida's Morning News.  During her tenure as News Director - she won countless awards - including the 2012 Best Radio News Operation in the state - from the  Associated Press.

      She's married with 3 children.   Her oldest son is in the Army - her daugher is an RN with Orlando Health and her youngest son is an  8th grader.  Marsha keeps up with Longwood Babe Ruth baseball and middle school.  She enjoys reading and getting up REALLY early to join the show every morning at 5am.

     

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  • A senior White House official is a person of interest in the investigation into ties between Russia and the Donald Trump campaign, the Washington Post has reported. >> Read more trending news Jared Kushner, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson are current Trump administration officials who have acknowledged contact with Russian officials, according to the report. >> RELATED: Who are the key players in the Russia/Trump saga?
  • On a Saturday morning 27 years ago, death knocked on Marlene Warren’s front door in Wellington, Florida, wearing a clown suit.  The murder has remained unsolved for nearly 30 years. Here’s a look back at what happened that rainy morning on Memorial Day weekend, May 26, 1990. >> Read more trending news Marlene Warren lived in the prosperous Aero Club neighborhood in Wellington, where many of the large homes on one-acre lots have backyard hangars for their owners’ private planes. An airstrip runs through the center of the community. The steamy season was beginning to settle in across South Florida that Saturday when a clown came to Warren’s door just before 11 a.m. Answering the door, a smiling Warren accepted the bundle of flowers and balloons the clown held. >> Related: Killer of Jupiter girl still at large 27 years later “Oh, how pretty,” her son remembered her saying. They were the last words she would speak. Wearing an orange wig, red nose and gloves, camouflaged with white paint creating a grotesque happy face, the death-dealing clown raised a pistol and delivered a single shot at point-blank range to Warren’s face. Her 21-year-old son, Joey Ahrens, in the living room with a group of friends, reached his mother as she collapsed amid a spreading pool of blood. He recalled seeing the clown’s brown eyes before it climbed into a white Chrysler LeBaron convertible. Warren, 40, died two days later. >> Related: Police serve warrant in brutal murder of Indiana teens Homicide investigators focused on Warren’s husband, Michael, 38, and Sheila Sheltra Keen, 27, whom Warren had hired to repossess cars for his West Palm Beach used car lot. Acquaintances told police Michael Warren and Keen were having an affair, which they denied. Read more here.
  • Montana Republican Greg Gianforte’s congressional campaign has raised $100,000 and counting in the hours since he allegedly “body-slammed” Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs. >> Read more trending news  That’s according to NBC News’ Peter Alexander, who cites a source close to the campaign operation. The incident occurred Wednesday at a campaign event for Gianforte, who is running in a Montana special election to replace the House seat vacated by now-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Montana’s only House seat has been held by Republicans since 1996. >> RELATED: Montana congressional candidate Greg Gianforte allegedly body-slammed a reporter to the ground Guardian reporter, Ben Jacobs tried to get Gianforte to answer a question about the GOP health care bill when the candidate allegedly exploded on him. As Jacobs intended to record Gianforte’s answer to his health care questions, he recorded the entire incident. The alleged assault and battery was witnessed by reporters for Fox News and others. Jacobs called police and filed a report. While Gallatin County police allowed Gianforte to leave the scene (which he quickly did, not even telling the audience gathered what had happened), they later issued him a misdemeanor assault citation. Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin is a donor to Gianforte’s campaign. Publicly available Federal Election Commission records show he made a $250 donation in March.
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the Justice Department will ask the Supreme Court to review an appeals court ruling that blocked President Donald Trump's travel ban.  The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday ruled 10-3 against the travel ban. The decision bars the administration from suspending new visas for visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.   Sessions says the Justice Department 'strongly disagrees' and will continue to vigorously defend Trump's order. He says the court's ruling blocks Trump's 'efforts to strengthen this country's national security.'    Sessions says Trump is not required to admit people from 'countries that sponsor or shelter terrorism until he determines that they can be properly vetted' and don't pose a security threat. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
  • NASA is learning some of the secrets of the largest planet in the solar system, revealing data Thursday from the space agency’s Juno mission to Jupiter. >> Read more trending news Jupiter, the fifth planet from the sun, is a gas giant with an atmosphere mainly composed of helium and hydrogen, and characterized by towering clouds of ammonia and turbulent storms, including one that has raged for hundreds of years and is larger than Earth, known as the Great Red Spot. With the initial scientific information from Juno, researchers are realizing the planet is even more complex than scientists imagined.  The spacecraft’s camera, called the JunoCam, recorded images of Jupiter’s north and south poles that show colossus, swirling Earth-sized storms, knocking into each other as they rocket around the top and bottom of the planet. The storms covering the north pole are very different from those in the south, though. >> Related: Space travel is measured in light years, but what’s a light year anyway? “We’re puzzled as to how they could be formed, how stable the configuration is, and why Jupiter’s north pole doesn’t look like the south pole,” Juno’s principal investigator Scott Bolton said in a briefing about the new data. Bolton said it’s also unclear whether these are permanent storms at the poles. “We’re questioning whether this is a dynamic system, and are we seeing just one stage, and over the next year, we’re going to watch it disappear, or is this a stable configuration and these storms are circulating around one another,” Bolton said. Juno has also revealed new information about the planet’s irregular and lumpy magnetic field and its gaseous atmosphere. >> Related: Alien life possible on small Saturn moon, maybe on a Jupiter moon, too Researchers are hoping to learn more about the Giant Red Spot, too, one of the “most iconic features in the entire solar system. “If anybody is going to get to the bottom of what is going on below those mammoth swirling crimson cloud tops, it’s Juno and her cloud-piercing science instruments,” Bolton predicted. The Juno spacecraft launched on Aug. 5, 2011, and entered Jupiter’s orbit last summer on July 4. The results from Thursday’s briefing were collected in a Juno fly-by last August when the craft was within 2,600 miles of Jupiter’s cloud tops, NASA said.