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    Apparently, when you own your own golf course, you can do whatever you want...literally. Video making the rounds on social media shows President Donald Trump committing a cardinal sin in the game of golf.  He’s seen driving a golf cart directly on a putting green. Barstool Sports shared the video on Instagram after a Twitter user posted it Wednesday.   It has since been shared by other websites and is gaining attention. Some might criticize Trump for the faux pas, but nobody mentions it as he rolls by. 
  • A rabbi affiliated with  a Maitland synagogue is behind bars, accused of impregnating a girl. Lloyd Haughton, 41, is being held in the James K. Polk Correctional Facility on a charge of sexual battery on a minor. Sanford police began investigating Haughton’s relationship with a 15-year-old girl on March 31, when she came forward to report the rabbi molested her. The girl’s mother told police, about a month later, that her daughter was pregnant and Haughton was the father.  The two allegedly met at Synagogue Beth Israel two years ago.  The girl reportedly terminated the pregnancy.  Investigators with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement say Haughton was, in fact, the biological father. Haughton’s bond has been set at $35,000.  He’ll go before a judge Thursday afternoon.
  • It may have sounded like fun at first, but a Minor League Baseball team from South Carolina has issued a public apology for mocking Tim Tebow. The general manager of the Charleston RiverDogs has apologized for mocking Tebow during a recent series against Tebow’s team, the Columbia Fireflies over the weekend. Among the jabs, some subtle, and some not-so subtle, the RiverDogs played the “Hallelujah Chorus” every time Tebow came up to bat.  The RiverDogs mascot also started “Tebowing” throughout the game. “Tebowing” refers to Tebow’s infamous celebration by praying in the endzone after scoring a touchdown during his football playing days. Charlie T. RiverDog also wore eye black strips with the Bible verse John 3:16, also worn by Tebow during his football days. Throughout the game Friday night, the RiverDogs showed other Fireflies players on the stadium’s jumbotron with “NOT TIM TEBOW” accompanying each player’s image. After receiving widespread backlash on social media, the RiverDogs general manager issued a formal apology published in the Charleston Post and Courier.  #BushLeague 
  • Video of a close call at a Korean zoo has gone viral. The CCTV video comes from the Grand Park Zoo in Seoul, South Korea.  It shows a calf and an adult walking along the side of a pool, when the smaller animal slips and falls in the water.   Within seconds of falling in, another elephant races to investigate. Without hesitating, both adult elephants spring into action.   They wade into the pool and quickly pull the smaller elephant to safety. Since, the video was posted on Sunday, it’s been viewed and shared tens of thousands of times. >>WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
  • Hikers on a north Florida trail got to see a female alligator defend her offspring from the prying lens of a would-be photographer. The dangerous encounter played out in front of hikers over the weekend along the La Chua Trail in Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park near Gainesville.  One of the hikers, Ben Boukari Jr., recorded what he saw and posted the video to Facebook. Luckily for the man, he was able to get out of the way of the charging gator.  His camera appears to have taken the brunt of the attack. Seconds after the alligator crawled back into the water, it charges at the man a second time. Another hiker can be heard talking about the female gator.  The woman predicts the animal would come back, which it did. It’s unclear if the man’s equipment was damaged. >>WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
  • Machine Gun America in Kissimmee touts itself as “Orlando’s only automatic adrenaline attraction.” The attraction offers tourists a once in a lifetime opportunity to use firearms they can’t buy at their local sporting goods store in a controlled environment with a range safety officer. Machine Gun America is also in the process of planning an expansion.  Brian Rahl, MGA’s general counsel and principal, says there are plans to open up a military history museum within the next year.   Rahl says the museum will, “go through the evolution of firearms, from the very beginning to the present day.”  He says besides entertaining guests, MGA also works to educate people. “It’s not just coming in, giving someone a firearm and letting them go shoot like a typical gun range,” said Rahl. MGA also offers a simulator for folks who aren’t comfortable in a “live fire” situation.  They also recently opened a movie room where guests can learn more about the firearms at MGA. Once inside the range, each guest gets their own safety officer who goes over each firearm and safety measures.  MGA has a variety of packages that allow guests to pick out which guns they want to shoot to tailor their experience.      Orlando’s Morning News reporter Darrell Moody got to check out MGA and get a hands-on education on the range. >>CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO
  • A tourist attraction in Kissimmee is offering free firearms safety courses in honor of the victims of the Pulse terror attack one year ago.   President Marc Adler says several of their staff members at Machine Gun America were directly affected by the attack last year that left 49 people dead and dozens injured. “Everyone on staff wanted to do something.  So, we all sat down and decided that the best thing we can do is to promote education,” said Adler. Out of that discussion, Adler said they decided on a “three-pronged approach.”  Machine Gun America is offering free firearms safety courses this month.  They’re also giving away free gun locks, while supplies last, and facilitating firearm transfers. Adler says it’s just their way of giving back to the community. “We wanted to make that we got that knowledge out to our community.  We do live here and we want to make sure that we’re  doing the best that we can to give back,” said Adler.  The fire firearms safety courses are being offered on Saturday, June 17, and the following Saturday, June 24. Space for each class is limited.   To sign up, send an email to shoot@machinegunamerica.com.
  • According to a new report, total U.S. credit card debt has reached its second highest level since 2008 and could soon top the $1,000,000,000,000 mark by the end of 2017. For the past five years, WalletHub has released an annual report examining Americans’ credit card debt. Analyst Jill Gonzalez says the $89.4 billion in credit card debt added last year is troubling. “Right now, for instance, we’re expected to end 2017 with more than $60 billion in new credit card debt, says Gonzalez.” Gonzalez says at that pace, total U.S. credit card debt will exceed $1 trillion by the end of the year. “We’ve never hit the trillion dollar mark before,” says Gonzalez. According to WalletHub, U.S. credit card debt reached $984 billion during 2008 at the height of the “great recession.”  In the 4th quarter of 2016, that number climbed to $980 billion. Americans paid down $31.5 billion in credit card debt during the 1st quarter of 2017, but Gonzalez says that provides little reason for comfort. “We’re spending more and more every year, we’re paying down less and less.  That’s a dangerous combination,” said Gonzalez.
  • There is another video of a large alligator strolling across the fairway of a South Carolina golf course. This latest video was posted to Facebook last week by the Fripp Island Activity Center. This is not the first time an alligator has stopped play at a South Carolina golf course. Last week’s video has been viewed and shared hundreds of thousands of times.  >>WATCH THE VIDEO BY CLICKING HERE
  • Orlando will pause a week from today to honor the victims of the Pulse terror attack nearly one year ago. June 12, has been designated  “Orlando United Day - A Day of Love and Kindness.” Orlando residents are encouraged to take some time during the day to do good in their community. A series of events will be held throughout the day to remember the 49 people who were killed and 53 others left injured by the Pulse terror attack. The Orange County History Center will feature its collection of artifacts related to the attack.  The exhibit will be on display from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Admission to the museum will be free throughout the day. The Orange County Administration Center will display a section of the Sea to Sea Rainbow Flag. At 11 a.m., Pulse will host a community gathering for reflections and remembrance.  The ceremony continues until 1 p.m. Lake Eola Park will be the site of the Orlando Love ceremony, where thousands will gather around the lake to remember those who lost their lives. The day’s events concludes back at Pulse for another community gathering from 10 p.m. until midnight.
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    Darrell Moody joined News 96.5  in April 2013.

    He is a 6th generation native Floridian, born and raised in central Florida.  He graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2003.  In 2007, Darrell began his radio career with the Florida News Network and WFLF in Orlando.  Since then, he has worked for Metro Networks, Virtual News Center and several local News/Talk radio stations.  He also hosted the public affairs program Focus Orlando on AM 660 WORL for two years and for nearly four years he was a breaking news helicopter videographer for Central Florida News 13.

    Darrell lives in Winter Park with his wife and two daughters.  In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf and working in his yard.

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  • A man who allegedly stole a woman’s purse at a South Florida gas station dragged the victim with his car when she tried to get her purse back.  >> Read more trending news The woman was pumping gas at a Broward County station on June 2 when Robert Flagg, 19, broke her car window, grabbed her purse and tried to make a getaway in his car, according to NBC 6 Miami. When he was about to drive off, the victim grabbed her purse from inside the alleged thief’s car through an open window and was then dragged through the parking lot, authorities said. >> Related: Car stolen with baby inside, mother dragged by thieves Flagg was later arrested.  Read more  here.
  • A 14-year-old girl fell 25 feet from a gondola ride at Six Flags Amusement Park in Queensbury, New York, Saturday night as a group of park guests gathered under her to help break her fall. >> Read more trending news The “Sky Ride” was stopped at the park about 55 miles north of Albany when the accident happened, according to CBS News. The teenager was on the ride with a child relative when she fell from the two-person car, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.  The ride was stopped after the operator was told of a rider in distress, CBS reported. The video shows the girl somehow slipped through the safety bar, which briefly held her aloft while she dangled in the air. The teen from Delaware struck a tree before landing in the crowd, which had gathered to catch her. She was treated at the park, then taken to an area hospital. >> Related: Girl, 11, dies after falling out of ride at water park Park officials said the ride was working properly. “There does not appear to be any malfunction of the ride, but we have closed the attraction until the a thorough review can be completed,” USA Today reported park officials said in a statement. Another person was injured as he was trying to help catch the girl.
  • A Chicopee, Massachusetts, mother is accused of abandoning her 4-year-old son after he was found wandering without clothes Saturday afternoon. According to police, the boy was found alone in a Family Dollar store without clothes on. >> Read more trending news Police told WGGB-TV that the boy “may be autistic.”  The names of the boy and the mother were not immediately released. Read more here.
  • An overweight passenger on a Spirit Airlines flights from Las Vegas to Denver said he was embarrassed and humiliated by the airline when it took away one of two seats he had booked in order to fly more comfortably. >> Read more trending news Jose Cordova told Denver 7 that he bought two seats on both his original flight to Vegas and for the return trip because of his size. 'I am a big person and I know one seat wouldn't fit for me, and to be comfortable, I wanted to have two seats,' Cordova said.  'You don't want to overhang on someone else's lap, so you want to make sure you have that extra seat without bothering anybody.'  Cordova said his flight to Vegas was fine, but Spirit overbooked his return flight and took one of his seats without asking. >> Related: United Airlines changes policy after man dragged from flight “They stole one of his seats. They sold it out from under him,” Denver 7 quoted one of Cordova’s friend Scott Tenorio as saying. Spirit apologized to Cordova and said it was refunding the cost of his flights. It also said it was investigating what happened.
  • Andy Szasz was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2012 and beat the initial cancer after receiving treatment, but after falling ill with pneumonia in December, he was rushed to the hospital and placed into an induced coma the next day when he stopped breathing. >> Read more trending news Doctors at Southampton General Hospital in England estimated he would be in a coma for a week, but they were surprised when he woke up after just four days with the help of his dog, Teddy, a 4-year-old schnauzer-poodle mix. While waiting for him to come out of a coma, Andy’s wife, Estelle, received special permission to bring Teddy into the hospital. Pet visits usually take place outside the hospital, but hospital staff made an exception for Teddy. Inside Edition reported that Andy woke up from his coma as soon as Teddy entered the hospital room and started barking. “Ted is such a remarkable little dog in many ways,” Andy said. “He’s clever, loving, loyal, funny and a right little character.” >> Related: Mastiff named Martha crowned world’s ugliest dog Fiona Hall, senior sister for the general intensive care unit, told the Daily Mail that having pets around during recovery can be incredibly beneficial for patients, their friends and families, and hospital staff. “It can be motivational, aiding recovery, and can provide a pleasant and familiar experience in what can otherwise prove to be a long, uncomfortable journey in hospital,” she said. For helping his owner wake up, Teddy was recognized by the U.K.’s Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), the same organization Andy adopted him from, under a special animal category. He was the only animal to win an award under the newly-created category.  >> Related: Dog saves family with nine children from house fire