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    Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is celebrating the important relationship between NASA science and art at the inaugural Taste of Space: A Collection of Art & Food event. October 19 and 20, from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM, there will also be food truck samplings, beer and wine and space-inspired art stations. Plus, fine art from the NASA archives on display for a limited exhibition.  For pricing, VIP package information and to purchase tickets, click here
  • An animal services officer caught a rare American crocodile in front of a Sarasota home on Wednesday. According to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, Animal Services Officer Scott Meyer safely captured the reptile and transferred it to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which will relocate it.  American crocodiles are classified as threatened, and are shy and reclusive, according to the FWC.  They live in brackish or saltwater areas and South Florida is the northernmost part of their range, which extends through the Caribbean.
  • A 50-year-old Orlando man was arrested after deputies said he touched a child inappropriately at Disney's Magic Kingdom. James Anthony Jones was arrested on a charge of lewd and lascivious molestation and booked into the Orange County Jail early Thursday. The Orange County Sheriff's Office said the incident happened Wednesday inside the park's Ye Old Christmas Shop.  According to police, the child told their mother and they reported the incident to guest relations where deputies were called to search for Jones.  Investigators believe Jones is also the suspect in another Disney incident.  A judge set Jones' bail to $50,000 and ordered him to not return to Disney or any other place where children gather.
  • The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission is meeting to discuss their second annual report on findings and recommendations for school safety. Tuesday and Wednesdays discussions happen at Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate. The Commission, led by Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri will be reviewing their 13-chapter report, outlining what could be done better and what should be done in the future to keep Florida students safe.  The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission is an independent body with members appointed by the Governor, Senate President and House Speaker. You can see the meeting agenda here.
  • The Innocent Lives Foundation, a non profit group, uses it's team of experts to identify cyber criminals, pedophiles, and child sex traffickers and turns the information over to law enforcement. The Innocent Lives Foundation, founded by social engineer Chris Hadnagy, also specializes in educating parents on building relationships and developing trust with kids to help protect them. Robin Dreeke, a former FBI agent who works with the foundation tells me 'we use the acronym trust to help parents and children build a trusting relationship'.  T- talk to your children about what's important to them and validate them.  R- relationships, understand the relationships they have in their lives and who this people are.  U-understand the challenges that they have a be resource for your child  S-stability, maintain your own emotional stability so your children won't be afraid to share with you.  T-teach, have you kids teach you about the the apps and websites they use and why they use them.  Click here to get more information and to donate
  • Blue Bell Ice Cream is recalling it's half-gallon containers of butter crunch after pieces of broken plastic were found. The Food and Drug Administration's website says pieces of a broken plastic tool might have ended up in the ice cream during the production process at a plant in Alabama. Texas based, Blue Bell is recalling the ice cream as a precaution.  The recall involves half-gallon containers with the production code: 08-26-21-222.  They were distributed to multiple states, including Florida, Kentucky, and North Carolina.  Consumers who have bought the ice cream can return it to the place of purchase for a refund.  You can also call 979-836-7977, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. EST Monday-Friday for more information.
  • Orlando City Council votes in favor of increasing minimum wage to $15 per hour for all city workers by 2021. Council members Monday, voted in favor of the proposal to increase the minimum wage for all full-time, part-time and seasonal city of Orlando employees. Those who aren't currently earning at least that amount will see incremental increases during the next few years.  Wages will increase from $13 per hour in 2019 to $14 in 2020 and then $15 per hour by 2021. City workers who already make at least $15 per hour will also receive a raise.  Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said, “If somebody has to work two jobs to simply make a living wage and put food on their table, it’s a very difficult situation.” The pay bump is retroactive, so city workers will see the increase on their next pay check.  According to the city, there are nearly three hundred city employees currently making less than $15 per hour.
  • Orlando City Soccer Club has parted ways with head coach James O'Connor, effective immediately, according to club officials. O'Connor a native of Ireland, joined Orlando City halfway through the 2018 campaign. Under O'Connor, the Lions finished the 2018 season with a record of 2 wins, 12 loses, 3 draws in MLS competition, good for 11th place in the Eastern Conference.  Overall, under O'Connor's leadership, Orlando City had an 11 (wins) 27 (loses) 13 (draws) record in MLS matches and finished the 2019 season in 11th place, missing the post season again.   The club released this statement Monday morning, 'On behalf of Orlando City we want to thank James for all of his efforts during his coaching tenure at Orlando,' Orlando City SC EVP of Soccer Operations Luiz Muzzi said. 'We wish James the best of luck in the next phase of his coaching career.
  • King Arthur Flour and AADM Milling Company issued a recall on select bags of its Unbleached All-Purpose Flour after E. coli was discovered in one of their products. The recall impacts 5-pound and 25-pound bags. The recalled flour has best-used-by dates between December 2019 and January 2020.  The 25-pound bags were only sold at Costco. Its UPC is 071012012503 and the impacted use-by dates are 12/04/19, 12/10/19, 12/20/19, 01/07/20, and 01/15/20.  For 5-pound bags:   Best Used By dates and Lot Codes  12/04/19 L18A04A  12/05/19 L18A05A, L18A05B, L18A05C  12/09/19 L18A09B  12/10/19 L18A10A  12/13/19 L18A13B, L18A13C  12/20/19 L18A20A, L18A20B, L18A20C  12/21/19 L18A21A  12/27/19 L18A27A, L18A27B, L18A27C  12/28/19 L18A28A  01/02/20 A19A02B, A19A02C  01/03/20 A19A03A, A19A03B, A19A03C  01/05/20 A19A05A, A19A05B  01/07/20 A19A07B, A19A07C  01/08/20 A19A08B  01/09/20 A19A09B  01/10/20 A19A10B  01/12/20 A19A12A  01/14/20 A19A14A, A19A14B, A19A14C  01/15/20 A19A15A, A19A15B  Get more information at the FDA's website.
  • The third annual 'Ride For a Cure' presented by 'The Bunker' happens on Saturday, October 5. Registration begins at 10 a.m at 'The Bunker' 3400 N.Tanner road in Orlando and the one hour ride around east Orlando begins at 11 a.m.  It's $15.00 for bikes, $5.00 for a passenger and all proceeds benefit Making Strides against Breast Cancer,  part of the American Cancer Society.  After the ride there will be music, food and fun, at the Bunker, click here for all the info.
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  • A road construction worker was killed and three others were hurt after being hit by a suspected drunken driver near Concord Mills Mall in North Carolina early Saturday, police said. >> Read more trending news  Danyel Middleton was charged with felony death by a motor vehicle, and police said she could face more charges. She spent her 22nd birthday in jail and will face a judge Monday. Socorro Martinez, 50, was confirmed dead at the scene. The three other victims were taken to a nearby hospital. Two were being treated for serious injuries, and the third was treated and released from the hospital. The crash happened around 1:45 a.m. on Concord Mills Boulevard near Entry A to Concord Mills Mall. Police said the four crewmen were working on road improvements when Middleton plowed into them. According to authorities, the crew had appropriate signs and lighting indicating the work zone. 'They're just trying to make a living, and they can't come to work and be safe,' a Concord community member told WSOC's DaShawn Brown.  Officials said the four who were struck were workers with Cruz Brothers Concrete. The company, based near Burlington, North Carolina, is said to have over 75 years of experience and family-owned.  For community members, news of the crash was unsettling enough, but even more so close to home.  'You know, sometimes if I want to go out and drive at night, it makes me a lot more nervous knowing something like this could've happened,' Nate Seedorf said. 'Not only is the driver going to live with that for the rest of her life, but the family of the victims are also going to be dealing with this forever,' another community member told WSOC-TV. Middleton is being held at the Cabarrus County Jail with bail set at $1 million.
  • The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) charged two men with what they call “ the state’s largest seizure of turtles in recent history.” Officers say a tip back in February 2018 started the investigation into what they call a turtle trafficking ring that involved thousands of animals and thousands of dollars.  On October 18 wildlife officers arrested Michael Boesenberg, 39, and Michael Clemons, 23, both of Fort Myers, Fl. and charged them with poaching and selling the turtles on the black market.  Most went to large-scale reptile dealers and illegal distributors, who would then ship them overseas on the black market with a majority of the animals ending up in Asia,  according to a press release. The turtles would fetch between $300 and $10,000 dollars each. Officers estimate one month of turtles would net approximately $60,000. The FWC documented more than 4,000 turtles illegally taken and sold over a 6-month period in the release,  including Florida box turtles, Eastern box turtles, striped mud turtles, Florida mud turtles, chicken turtles, Florida softshell turtles, Gulf Coast spiny softshell turtles, spotted turtles and diamondback terrapins. When investigators arrived with a search warrant they say they found the poachers in possession of hundreds of turtles, along with the skull and shell of a protected Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle.  Biologists evaluated all of the animals for health and species identification and were able to return more than 600 of them back into the wild.
  • Friday was a tough night for residents in Polk County where a EF-2 tornado touched down causing damage to homes and churches and left thousands without power.  But it was especially hard for the Pelham family who told Bay News 9 they had only moments to get into a closet before the tornado struck.  After the storm passed, they discovered their pitbull, Tuffy, and his dog house were gone.  The family told reporters they immediately began searching the area and discovered the dog house 100 yards away. It was severely damaged.  Still, there were no signs of their big dog.  Miraculously, 18-hours after the search began a neighbor found the pooch hiding in a ditch about a half-mile away.  He was scared but otherwise seemed to be OK.  Tuffy’s reunion was shared on twitter by reporter Trevor Pettiford Sunday.  One person commented, “They don’t call him Tuffy for nothin!” App users click here to see the video.   
  • One of Texas' largest cities is reeling after a tornado swept through north Dallas on Sunday night, officials said. >> Read more trending news  According to KDFW-TV, the twister struck about 9 p.m. CDT near Dallas Love Field Airport, then headed east, damaging homes and businesses while initially knocking out power to more than 100,000 people in the region. As of early Monday, no deaths or serious injuries had been reported, the city of Dallas said in a news release; however, emergency officials told The Associated Press that they received reports of people cut by glass shards. Crews also were trying to determine whether any victims were trapped inside a collapsed structure after seven people safely fled the building, the AP reported.  WFAA-TV reported that the storm destroyed Dallas Stars hockey player Tyler Seguin's mansion. Seguin appeared to confirm the news on Twitter but assured fans that he was OK. 'Thanks to everyone reaching out about the news tonight, I am safe,' he tweeted. 'Luckily this is my house for sale and I have moved into a new one. I just left the area and it is an extremely sad sight to see. Prayers to everyone affected by the tornado.' The storm caused 'significant' damage to six homes in nearby Sachse, as well, the AP reported. Four of those houses are now considered 'uninhabitable,' according to the news agency. Read more here. – The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Residents in Gotha have been dealing with flooding for weeks. They said it’s because road projects nearby are dumping water into Lake Nally and that water is running straight into their homes. With the outer bands of Nestor impacting the area, some residents had to find a new place to stay because their homes were being flooded from all the rain. One family had to find a new place to stay and another may need to soon due to flooding. The Fernandez family was forced to move out of their home.  “There are snakes in there, and ... we haven’t been able to move out anything,” Mery Fernandez said. Neighbors said the county refuses to take responsibility for the road projects that dump water into the lakes. The water then floods homes in the area. “The county's going to own up to that and they’re gonna get my house back,” Fernandez said. Resident Paul Dehart is worried he won’t be able to get into his house one day. “Doesn’t have to rise much more and I won’t be able to get in and out, which will effectively take away my house,” Dehart said. People in the neighborhood said county officials told them that because the lakes are private, the responsibility falls on the homeowners.  “In the meantime, they still say there’s no temporary solution for this, which is hard to believe,” Dehart said. Residents said county officials told them authorities are working on conducting a study of the entire basin to find a long-term fix. For now, the neighbors are doing what they can to help each other out.

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  • Accused by Democrats of blatant corruption by planning to host the 2020 G7 Summit at his Doral resort and golf course in Miami, President Donald Trump on Saturday night reversed course and dropped those plans, retreating just two days after his acting White House Chief of Staff announced the plans. 'I thought I was doing something very good for our Country by using Trump National Doral, in Miami, for hosting the G-7 Leaders,' the President wrote on Twitter, defending his choice of venue - which he owns. 'I announced that I would be willing to do it at NO PROFIT or, if legally permissible, at ZERO COST to the USA. But, as usual, the Hostile Media & their Democrat Partners went CRAZY!' the President wrote. “To translate, “Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility” means people who stood up for the Constitution and the rule of law against what some of the most flagrant corruption in American history,” said Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA). Critics in Congress and outside ethics groups had denounced the President's decision, arguing that it was a clear cut example of corruption. Democrats had already planned a vote this coming week in the House on a measure to condemn the President for his choice, as some suggested it was such a  clear cut violation of ethics rules - and federal law - that it would automatically become an article of impeachment. “After demanding answers from the White House about the President’s decision to hold the G-7 at his Doral resort, I’m glad he’s reversed course,” said Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI). “But it never should have come to this.” “It's just one mind-blowing, embarrassing fiasco after another,” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT). 'President Trump’s decision to award the G-7 Conference to his own property was outrageous, corrupt and a constitutional violation,' said Noah Bookbinder, the head of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.  'It was stunningly corrupt even for a stunningly corrupt administration,' Bookbinder added. The announcement on Twitter by the President came barely 48 hours after acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney was pelted with questions in a rare briefing for reporters, as he shrugged off repeated questions about why the G7 selection wasn't straight and simple corruption. 'Get over it,' Mulvaney said at one point. That news conference also included Mulvaney openly acknowledging that the Trump White House had pressured the Ukraine government to investigate items related to the 2016 elections, in exchange for the release of military aid to Ukraine. Several hours after that briefing, Mulvaney issued a denial of any quid pro quo, as he accused reporters of twisting his words - even though his statements were very clear. “I don’t think he’s enjoying impeachment at all,” Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) said of the President. “He can also repay American taxpayers the millions collected at Mar-a-Lago, the Trump Hotel, and other Trump properties from DOD, Secret Service, the White House and other fed agencies in violation of the Domestic Emoluments Clause,” tweeted Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD).