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    It's definitely not the first time residents of the Springs located in Longwood to see bears, but it's definitely not common to see them in broad daylight. 'I came out and heard a snapping of branches above me and as soon as I looked up, I see the mother bear and her baby,' said one neighbor. Another neighbor said, 'We put the dogs outside in the yard and they start barking like crazy. Well wouldn't you know why, there's two bears up in our tree!' The mother and cub resorted to staying in the shade and trees, most likely to avoid the heat.  Most residents nearby understand the general rule: leave the bears alone, and the bears won't bother you. In the meantime, let's admire those adorable round ears on that cub.
  • It's not the first time residents of the Springs have seen bears, but it's definitely not common to see them in the middle of the day. 'I came out and heard a snapping of branches above me and as soon as I looked up, I see the mother bear and her baby,' says a neighbor. Another neighbor says, 'We put the dogs outside in the yard and they start barking like crazy. Well wouldn't you know why, there's two bears up in our tree!' >> Read more Floridoh! stories The mother and cub seem to be wanting to escape the Floria heat by catching some shade in the trees. Most residents nearby understand the general rule: leave the bears alone, and the bears won't bother you.
  • A panel of law enforcement experts speaking exclusively with News 96.5's Joe Kelley and Star 94.5's Monica May, on what law enforcement is doing in Central Florida Wednesday evening. The expert panel consisted of Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, Orlando Police Chief John Mina, Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith, former Chief Judge Belvin Perry, and Executive Director of Crimeline, Barb Bergin. The event being simulcasted by both Star 94.5 and News 96.5, is also aimed for local law enforcement to answer questions from citizens. 
  • Drunk drivers will be targeted by law enforcement officers from several agencies in Orange County Friday night and Saturday morning, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.Sheriff's officials said the DUI saturation patrol operation will run from 11 p.m. Friday until 4 a.m.  Saturday. Along with deputies from the sheriff's department, police officers from cities in Orange County and from the University of Central Florida will take part.Officials said the goal of the operation is to remove suspected DUI offenders and traffic violators from the streets and to educate motorists.
  • Jones High School’s head football coach Kevin Lewis confirmed with News965 that they have welcomed their new female football coach, Acoreous Lewis. Acoreous Lewis is an FSU graduate who teaches English at Jones High School.  Except English isn't the only topic she teaches, as she's also a football coach that's been working with the school's offensive and defensive linemen.  'I love sports and I always wanted to be involved with sports...so I end up finding out who the head coach was at Jones High School, and I told him I was interested in coaching football.' Lewis ended up getting the coaching job, but not without raising a few eyebrows.  'He [the coach] was shocked at first but very welcoming, and open and very excited for me to coach football.'  Lewis isn't the first female to be involved with football, as there have been female high school football players before. Coaching however is a completely different matter. I've looked for records indicating if there have been female high school football coaches before in Florida, and so far I've come up empty.  If that's true, then that would make Lewis the first female high school football coach in the state of Florida.  But to Lewis, this coaching position isn't just a score for her, but for women everywhere.  'I really feel like I'm breaking a barrier for women.' Although Lewis doesn't want to end her football coaching career at the high school level. 'One thing I think that is going to be challenging is my pursuit to coach football at a higher level...not as many people would be as accepting to a female coaching football.' Football season doesn't return until the beginning of fall, so Lewis has been working with the offensive and defensive linemen for their upcoming spring game versus Lake Minneola. “I love the coaches I coach with, and I love the enthusiasm about coaching football.' Kickoff against Lake Minneola is 7 pm, on May 21st. 
  • Senior Vice President Katherine Jaeger of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores tells News965 that Florida's painkiller abuse is rising.  Last year the CDC listed Florida as having anywhere between 72 and 82 prescription painkiller medications per 100 people.   According to Jaeger, drug abuse is the leading cause death for adults between 24 and 44.   'More people die from overdosing on prescription pain medication than cocaine and heroine combined.'   Jaeger also credits this rise of abuse to young adults who can get to the medication easier.   'Most young Americans get these prescription pain killers through their family's or friend's medicine cabinet.'  Some of the more popular medications people are getting their hands on are Vicodin, Percocet, and Hydrocodone.   However, Florida did experience a plunge in prescription drug abuse when the state government cracked down on 'pill mills', or clinics that conspire in  prescribing and dispensing controlled substances outside of medical practice standards.   The CDC reports Florida experience a 23 percent decrease from overdoses on prescription pain medication  from 2010 to 2012. 
  • Daytona Beach police are searching for the man who they said punched a 76-year-old woman as she was walking down the street Friday. Police said the unidentified woman was walking northbound on the sidewalk on S. Ridgewood Avenue when she was approached by a man who appeared to be in his 30s. Raw: Man punches elderly woman in face She told police he asked her, “Where’s the freaking police?” twice before he punched her in the face. Surveillance video captured the incident. It shows the woman being punched on the left side of her face and immediately falling to the ground. She was taken to Halifax Hospital with a possible broken nose, bruised left eye and possible brain swelling. Police said the suspect and the victim do not know each other. The man was described as a white, in his 30s with blond hair, and was wearing a white and red shirt, blue jeans and white tennis shoes. Police are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
  • It's the second time in a week where the Eye has had to be shut down.  The wheel's operating systems detected an irregularity around 11 AM Thursday, forcing the staff to close down the wheel.  It was later revealed that an oil leak caused the ride to shut down. The ride has been shut down for over 24 hours, and it's still not clear when it will be open again. 
  • In an exclusive interview, I was able to talk to former head coach Earl Holmes before he made his official announcement of suing FAMU. For reminder purposes, Holmes was a legend when he was a player at FAMU.  In his college days, he was known as the Hitman, finishing as the school’s all-time leader in tackles. Holmes was inducted into the FAMU Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. He went on to play in the NFL for 10 seasons, before getting a call to join the football staff at FAMU. He would later make the transition of being defensive  coordinator to head coach. However it would be the week of FAMU’s 2014 Homecoming game where Holmes would be notified that his time as head coach was over.  Holmes tells me, “You know at the end of the day it was done…no one explained anything other than ‘we’re moving in a different direction’.” Holmes finished with an overall 6-16 record but contests that certain athletic department officials were either uncooperative or didn’t communicate  with him.  “I never really got a chance to sit down with Kellen Winslow…there was no communication…When you’re a head coach you try to…especially with someone coming in late, you try to let that person or people know the 3-5 year plan [on rebuilding the program]...but that never took place,” claims Holmes. Now Holmes will be filing a wrongful termination lawsuit today in Leon Circuit Court. Reasons for  Holmes’ suing the school range from the school allegedly breaking of a good-faith and negligent misrepresentation on the part of the university. “To this day, no one has come out and said the truth,” says Holmes. Attorney Tim Jansen will hold a 3 p.m. news conference today at the Leon County Courthouse, where Holmes is expected to speak. “It was very disrespectful.  Again, you put your faith in God and not in man,”says Holmes. It has yet to be confirmed if Holmes has secured a coaching job at the University of Florida. News965 has contacted FAMU’s athletic department and is awaiting their response.
  • From January 1st through January 7th, you may be seeing your neighbors lighting blue lights on their front porch. The blue lights are meant to honor fallen Law Enforcement Officers in an event called National Blue Light for the Fallen. KFSM News in Arkansas reports that the national event was recently started by a woman over social media, Callee Landers who felt like police weren't getting enough support. Landers started a Facebook group called Turn the Neighborhood Blue, which then went viral. Landers says she got the idea after two NYPD cops were shot and killed in December. Now states all over the nation are participating in the National Blue Light for the Fallen event.
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  • This is heart-wrenching to watch: a bystander’s dash cam video captures a dog being dragged behind a car for at least two blocks in Hawaii. The dog appears to be tied by a leash to the back of an SUV as it drives down a road in Honolulu. YouTube user Johnny Chang noticed the dog and followed the SUV to try and catch up with the driver. When the vehicle stops, the dog stands up and limps around a little. That’s when the driver gets out slowly.  According to the Daily Mail, the 40-second clip ends with another woman running up to the scene. So far the driver has not been identified. It’s not known if the dog was injured. **WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT** (VIDEO) More stories: Atlanta airport employee slides down crowded escalator to help stranded passengers
  • News 96.5 WDBO adds a second hour of the Brian Kilmeade radio show starting today.  You’ll hear Brian weekdays from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM.  The change comes as Herman Cain scales back his work schedule to produce only one hour of radio programming each day from his Atlanta studio.  Fans of Herman Cain will be glad to know that you’ll still be able to hear him weekdays from 11:00 AM - Noon.  “Brian’s been really popular with our listeners here in Orlando since we debuted one hour of his show four years ago,” says Drew Anderssen, News 96.5 WDBO Brand Manager and Program Director. 
  • If Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Hollywood Studios is anything like its film counterpart, The Last Jedi, Disney is about to make a whole lot of money. The theme park unveiled new concept art that shows off what the Millenium Falcon will look like when it flies into Hollywood Studios in 2019.  (Photo) Over the weekend, Park Imagineer Scott Trowbridge and his team also offered a sneak peak at the planet of Batuu during the Star Wars: Galactic Nights event.  (Photo) Die hard Star Wars fans can also look forward to finally tasting the series' infamous blue milk. The strange beverage has made an appearance as an easter egg in most of the Star Wars movies and will be available to purchase at the shops on planet Batuu.
  • Even with tempers flaring during the massive Atlanta airport blackout, passengers were still able to find humor in the madness. Take this airport employee for example. Instagram user @sarahmanleyy posted video of a Hartsfield-Jackson airport worker making the best of a crowded escalator by  sliding down the middle of it like a boss to go and help passengers.  “Dealing with the power outage at the Atlanta airport was actually insane and I'll post other scary videos later. But the staff was having to slide down the escalators to help people and it was amusing,” @sarahmanleyy writes. (Instagram) When the worker reached the bottom, he received a well-deserved high-five and cheers from the crowd. More stories:   Horrifying video shows woman dragging dog behind car in Hawaii
  • Orange County Sheriff’s Office deputies are responding to reports of multiple fights at the Orange Regional Juvenile Detention Center.   The reports came in about 4:30 a.m. Monday at the center on Bumby Avenue.    Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the incident.    No other details were released. (tweet)