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    Could be something new for people going bald. A researcher says a drug designed to fight osteoperosis appears to have a dramatic effect on hair follicles in the lab, stimulating them to grow. The compound targets a protein that acts as a brake on hair growth. Reseachers in the U.K. say human trials are needed to learn more.
  • The University of Central Florida Knights arrived home last night after ending their perfect season with a win over No. 7 Auburn in a hard-fought gridiron battle at the Peach Bowl in Atlanta.  The team’s airplane was greeted by a water-canon salute as it taxied down the runway at Orlando-Sanford International Airport.    The 12th ranked Knights were vying to beat an SEC team in a bowl game for the second time.  UCF went into halftime with a 13-6 lead, but Auburn took the lead with a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter.  Sophomore quarterback McKenzie Milton reminded everyone why he received four first-place votes in the Heisman Trophy race by setting up Otis Anderson for an eight-yard touchdown.  Auburn’s push in the fourth quarter was picked off by Chequan Burkett who ran the pass back for a touchdown. A missed field goal by UCF left the door open for Auburn.  But a Hail Mary pass into the end zone ended with a UCF interception with only seconds to go.  UCF held on to win 34-27.
  • 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.  
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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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  • Amazon’s Rekognition Video partnered with Orlando Police in a “pilot program” aimed at using existing city cameras to “provide real-time detection and notification of persons-of-interest.” While facial recognition software isn’t a new concept, this technology would go beyond analyzing still photos, reports NPR.  The program is able to accurately track and identify people as they walk down the street. Amazon Rekognition Director Ranju Das recently told a developer conference in Seoul, South Korea that Orlando is a “launch partner” with the company and gave a demonstration using a traffic cam provided by the City of Orlando. “They have cameras all over the city,” said Das. “The authorized cameras are then streaming the data, we are a subscriber to the stream, we analyze the video in real time, search against the collection of faces they have.' In a written statement, OPD said they are not currently testing the the technology on the public and “any use of the system will be in accordance with current and applicable law.”
  • The Florida National Guard is moving resources to areas of the state that could face flooding as a tropical disturbance moves north from the Caribbean Sea and into the Gulf of Mexico this week. Tropical development is not expected, but heavy rainfall could flood areas already saturated by almost daily rainfall since the beginning of the month. The weather system, now designated as Invest 90L by the National Hurricane Center in Miami, is east of Belize and producing a large area of disorganized weather as it slowly moves north. “To make sure we are absolutely prepared, today, I also directed FWC Executive Director Eric Sutton to pre-position and stage its high water vehicles and all other flood response resources so they may be rapidly deployed to assist Floridians in need in the event of any flooding,” said Scott in a release from his office.
  • A 5-year-old girl in Athens, Alabama, gave her mom the surprise of a lifetime during a trip through a McDonald’s drive-thru. >> Read more trending news  Briana Blankenship shared the video of her daughter, Taylor, saying the word “mama” for the first time, according to WXIN. Blankenship tells WXIN that Taylor has nonverbal autism and has never spoken until now: “I am ugly crying in the McDonald's parking lot and the employees probably think I'm crazy. In the drive thru I suddenly heard Taylor say MAMA.  “For those of you that don't know. Taylor is 5 and has nonverbal autism. She has NEVER said a word. EVER.  “As soon as she said it I grabbed my phone and started recording. I'm pretty sure I held up the drive thru line but there was no way I wasn't getting proof of this. I can't explain how unbelievably grateful and ecstatic I am right now. #AutismAwareness #BigWin.” The 5-year-old has been in speech therapy since she was 3 years old, WXIN reports. Blankenship said the next word the family hopes to hear is “dada.”
  • A south Louisiana man was arrested Saturday after sheriff’s deputies said they saw him driving a lawn mower while drunk. Brian K. Cheramie, 59, of Cut Off, is charged with second-offense driving while intoxicated, according to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office. He was also booked on an outstanding contempt of court warrant. Sheriff’s Office officials reported that deputies saw Cheramie driving a lawn mower on the shoulder of the highway just after midnight Saturday morning. As they watched, he swerved into a lane of traffic and back onto the shoulder, the deputies said.  >> Read more trending news They pulled Cheramie over, at which point he admitted that he drank several beers before getting on the lawn mower, authorities said.  Cheramie also did badly on a field sobriety test. A breath test indicated he had a blood alcohol concentration of .144 percent, well over the legal limit of .08 percent. He was booked into the parish jail, where he remained in lieu of $2,800 bond on Tuesday.