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  • Dr. Charlie fry was surfing not far from Sydney, Australia when something hit him on the right shoulder.  He turned and faced the open mouth of a shark with rows of teeth.  Not thinking but just reacting, the doctor reached out and punched the shark.   He says he knows it was pure adrenaline but he really thought he was going to die.  Fry says he scrambled to stay on his board and caught the next wave into shore.  The 25 year old suffered multiple puncture wounds.  The doctor says he believes the shark was between five and a half and six feet long and he plans to get right back in the water once his wounds heal. 
  • It’s that weekend.  You know, fall back.  When we are supposed to remember to turn your clock back an hour.  So at 2am Sunday morning, roll the clock back to one am and you won’t be late for church, a breakfast date or the Bucs game.  Some people love having that extra hour of sleep, but many parents hate it getting dark earlier because the kids have less time to play outside.  And who really uses a clock anymore, well maybe there’s one on your stove or microwave.  But of course don’t forget the coffeemaker.  You’ll need that one.
  • You might have a lot on your table this morning at work. But it's different at Google.  The BBC reporting the companies CEO wants employees to fix the burger emoji. Since the tek giant's burger puts the cheese under the burger while others Apple for one...puts the cheese on top. Geesh and just like that - the burger tweet gets more than 18 thousand retweets, 37 thousand likes and close to two thousand comments.  But what about the lettuce?
  • The retailer says it wants to be more in tune with customers' mindset, so it plans to ease in holiday promotions this year while better recognizing Thanksgiving. The retailer's holiday plans also include a new e-gift service, adding kiosks that focus on impulse presents mainly under $15, and launching a wallet feature to its app. It's also offering more weekend deals since shoppers do more holiday buying then. 
  • Another Fema recovery center opens in Orlando. You'll have a chance to talk to FEMA in person about your individual or small business. You can get help filling out applications or  check on the status of an existing application. The center is open from 8am until 8pm in Orlando at the Orange county Bank building at 2250 North Orange Blossom Trail.  If you are filing for financial assistance, bring your insurance policy and bank information. FEMA grants do not have to be repaid and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid or other federal benefits.
  • WASHINGTON, Oct. 2, 2017 – Prestage Foods, Inc., a St. Pauls, N.C. establishment, is recalling approximately 38,475 pounds of ground turkey that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The fresh ground turkey was produced on September 25 and 26, 2017 (with corresponding USE BY of 10/9/17 and 10/10/17). The following products are subject to recall: 1.3-lb. White Styrofoam trays with clear plastic film covering packages containing ground turkey labeled “Publix ground turkey breast WITH NATURAL FLAVORINGS” with ink jet printing on the side of trays displaying the first 4 digits of 7268 and 7269. 1.3-lb. White Styrofoam trays with clear plastic film covering packages containing ground turkey labeled “Publix ground turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORINGS” with ink jet labeling on the side of trays displaying the first 4 digits of 7268 and 7269. The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-22000” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail distribution centers in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. The problem was discovered on September 27, 2017, when FSIS was notified by plant employees performing sanitation on processing equipment. On the same day, one of the retail locations involved noticed metal shavings in a package of ground turkey from the recalling firm, and notified the company. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls. Consumers and media with questions about the recall can contact Deborah Johnson, Communications Director, at (910) 596-5833.
  • Things are moving fast at a Texas chemical plant outside of Houston. Two explosions are reported and a plume of smoke is over the plant. The sheriff of Harris county tweets ten deputies are being treated for what's believed to be a non toxic irritant.   Only one was transported, the other nine drove themselves to the hospital to be checked out.  The Arkema plant -makes organic peroxides used in plastics, fiberglass and resins. Without power the company could not keep it's products refrigerated.  
  • Are Disney guests being asked to pick a new name for Hollywood Studios? Some of the names on the survey:  Disney XL park....Disney Legends Park....and Disney Hyperia Park? There's more suggestions on the survey,  how about Disney Storyverse Park or Disney Cinemagine Park?    One blog FILM suggests the under performing park is transitioning from a park about making movies to being inside some of your favorites like Toy Story and Star Wars.
  • Elon Musk showed off a news spacesuit astronauts may wear riding in a SpaceX craft. The crisp white suit features a helmet with a large tinted face shield. Musk writes in a tweet, it actually works and is a functioning version of what the company will one day be giving to astronauts to wear aboard SpaceX missions.
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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 Cocoa man has been ticketed for reckless driving after Florida Highway Patrol says he allegedly plowed through a bedroom with three children inside early Saturday.   44 year old Johnny Woodberry was driving a 2005 Cadillac down Lunar Lake Circle around 2 AM. He reportedly lost control and traveled into the yard of a house on the 700 block.    The vehicle struck the house and continued inside a bedroom, where three children were asleep.    The three children suffered minor injuries and were taken to Wuestoff Hospital and were later released.
  • The annual 'Wreaths Across America' ceremony was held today at Greenwood Cemetery. The program is conducted each December where the mission is to Remeber, Honor, and Teach about the men and women who gave their lives for our country.   At the ceremony, Orlando Police Department personnel from each branch of the military, including police chief John Mina, along with those in attendance gathered wreaths and laid them on the gravesides of our nations veterans.    The ceremony is coordinated and carried out at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as over 1,200 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad.
  • A new Star Wars virtual reality experience makes its debut today in Disney Springs.   Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire transports guests into the Star Wars universe allowing them to move freely throughout the multi-sensory experience with friends and family. You and your team of three others will go undercover as Stormtroopers to capture Imperial intelligence vital to the survival of the rebellion.    The trailer can be seen here:  Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire – The VOID and ILMxLAB – Hyper-Reality Experience It is at The VOID, which is in the Marketplace section right by Once Upon A Toy. Tickets start at 30 dollars per person. Its for ages 10 and up. You must also sign a liability waiver before entering, and anyone under 18 must have a parent or guardian present to sign the liability waiver in person.    The experience lasts 30 minutes. Tickets can be purchased right here.
  • After officially releasing the final details, Republicans in Congress set votes for next week in the House and Senate on a sweeping overhaul of the federal tax code, as GOP leaders expressed confidence that they would have the votes to pass the first major tax reform package since 1986. “This is what the American people have been waiting for: more jobs, fairer taxes, and bigger paychecks,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan. “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is now only two votes and a signature away from becoming the law of the land,” Ryan added, as Republicans said a vote would take place on Tuesday in the House. “I’m very excited about this moment,” said Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), the lead tax-writer as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act lets you keep more of your hard-earned money, meaning less of your paycheck will go to Washington. Period. pic.twitter.com/eBI303t0Ar — Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) December 16, 2017 If you want to read through the bill, and the basic explanation of what the provisions would do, then click here, and take a look at the final version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. The first 500-plus pages is the bill text, followed by another almost 600 pages of explanation and financial charts about the legislation. Here’s some of the high points: 1. Final tax brackets more tax cuts than tax reform. The House plan envisioned just four tax brackets, instead of the current seven. But the final deal left the current system in place, and focused mainly on cutting the income tax rates. The current tax brackets are 10%, 15%, 25%, 28%, 33%, 35% and 39.6%. This GOP plan trims that to 0%, 10%, 12%, 22%, 24%, 32%, 35%, and 37%. Here’s a graphic from the bill on what the new system looks like: 2. Individual tax changes are temporary, most business tax changes are permanent. In order to hold down on the cost of this bill, Republicans set the plan so that almost all of the individual tax changes for individuals expire after 2025, in eight years. So, for example, the tax brackets listed above – if Congress does not act by the start of 2026, those tax cuts would then increase back to the previous 2017 level – this is exactly what happened with the Bush tax cuts of 2001/2003 and the “fiscal cliff” at the end of 2012. 3. Individual mandate tax penalty ends – but not in 2018. Added by the Senate, the provision that ends the tax penalty for not buying health insurance coverage under the Obama health law will be zeroed out, but not immediately. The final GOP plan allows the individual mandate to stay in effect in 2018 – so if you were thinking about rolling the dice and not getting insurance for next year, that would put you in the crosshairs of a tax penalty from the IRS. Share of Individual Mandate Penalty Payments by Income Level: •Under $50,000: 58% •$50,000 to $99,999: 28% •$100,000 or more: 14% (IRS, 2015) — Will Little (@Willy_fr_Philly) December 16, 2017 4. Some notable things that are NOT happening in the GOP bill. Some issues went away in the House-Senate negotiations. The final bill does not include provisions that would make tuition awards for graduate students into taxable income. The bill will not force people to pay taxes on employer provided tuition aid for people working at colleges and universities. The bill will not increase the amount of time that you need to own and occupy a principal residence in order to qualify for certain tax free gains on the sale of that home. And the deduction for teachers who buy school supplies, that was preserved at $250 (the Senate wanted to double it to $500, but that was not included in the final deal). Just in! #ReworkTheReform worked! #TaxCutsandJobsAct final text in: No tuition waiver tax. Student loan interest deduction, Lifetime Learning Tax Credit, and Employer Education Assistance are all preserved! #NAGPS4U #TaxReform #SaveGradEd @cmugsa @WSU_GPSA @Mizzou_GPC — NAGPS (@NAGPS) December 15, 2017 5. If you closed on your expensive home Friday, you’re in luck. The final GOP tax reform bill makes changes in how people can deduct mortgage interest payments. Current law states that such a mortgage deduction is limited to no more than a mortgage of $1,000,000 – this plan drops the upper limit to $750,000 (the House had proposed a $500,000 cap). Unlike other provisions, this $750,000 change has a retroactive component to it, as it plainly states that you had to have purchased your home by December 15, 2017 to qualify for the old $1 million limit. So, if you closed on your house on Friday with a mortgage of over $750,000, you will fare better on your tax return than someone who closes on that same home a day later.
  • The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright was arrested in California and charged with first-degree murder Friday night. >> Read more trending news Sherra Wright-Robinson was arrested in her Riverside, California, home Friday. Jail records show she was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside at 9:28 p.m. PT. No charges are listed. Wright-Robinson was indicted and arrested for conspiracy, criminal attempted first degree & first degree urder in the death of Wright, police said. Deborah Marion, Wright's mother, said authorities told her Wright-Robinson would be charged with first-degree murder, the same charge that was filed against Billy Ray Turner, who was arrested on Dec. 5. Wright starred at the University of Memphis and was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers as the seventh overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft. He played 13 seasons in the NBA with the Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings and Cleveland Cavaliers before retiring in 2009. The former NBA star was last seen alive on July 18, 2010 when he left Wright-Robinson’s home. The next day, police received a phone call from Wright's cell phone, but it was interrupted by gunfire, according to Shelby County District Attorney's Office. Wright's body was later discovered on July 28, 2010, in a field near Hacks Cross and Winchester. The then 34-year-old was shot multiple times.  Investigators found the alleged murder weapon in a lake near Walnut, Mississippi, on Nov. 9, 2017.