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    CNN has settled with Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann after he sued the network for $275 million on defamation and emotional stress charges. The lawsuit involves a video that went viral showing a group of Covington Catholic students interacting with a Native American man at Indigenous Peoples March in 2019. Sandmann had also filed a lawsuit against NBC Universal & the Washington Post. It’s unclear how much the settlement is for.
  • An Amber Alert has been issued in Osceola County for 15-year old Kamelia Issac. She’s described as a White/Hispanic female, who was last seen wearing black jeans, a black shirt and an indigo jacket. Anyone with information is asked to call police immediately. 
  • The driver of a pickup truck backed into a Chuck E. Cheese on International Drive on Monday. According the Florida Highway Patrol, 26-year old Mariano Ajtum was backing up in a parking lot, when he backed into the building. Troopers said nobody was hurt, but the building suffered visible damage as Ajtum backed into a restroom. Ajtum originally ran from the scene, but returned. He told police he was telling his boss what happened. He was ticked for improper backing and driving without a license. Alcohol was not a factor at all in the crash.
  • On Saturday, runners will take to the streets of downtown Orlando for the OUC Orlando Half Marathon & Lake Eola 5k. Because of the race, Southbound Eola Drive between Robinson Street and Washington Street will be closed from 5 PM on Friday, until 2 PM on Saturday. Robinson Street from Rosalind Avenue to Summerlin Avenue will be closed from 2 AM to 2 PM on Saturday. Northbound Eola Drive between Robinson Street and Washington Street will also be closed from 2 AM to 2 PM on Saturday. See the full race course below.
  • If you fly out of Orlando International Airport, you are familiar with the Automatic People Movers, that take passengers to the terminal from the airport’s main concourse. Today, the airport unveiled a new, Star Wars themed APM. The wrap promotes the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It also arrives ahead of the released of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. See the wrap below.
  • Rev. Bryan Fulwider, a former Winter Park Pastor, who was recently arrested on charges of raping an underage girl has died of an apparent suicide at a home in Altamonte Springs. The Winter Park Police Department said Altamonte Springs police found Fulwider at his home on Post Oak Circle around 11:50 p.m. Sunday night. The 59-year old had been out on bail since October 17th. He was accused repeatedly raping a teenage girl while he was her pastor at the First Congregational Church of Winter Park. Fulwider was facing charges including sexual battery on a minor. If convicted, he could’ve faced life in prison. Winter Park Police said the girl was raped between 2005 and 2010, beginning when she was 14. Arrest documents said she had been assaulted well over 100 times. The cause of death is still unknown, as the medical examiner is now conducting a report.
  • One person is under arrest after getting caught by an Orange County K-9 while attempting to run away from the scene of a fatal accident on Orange Blossom Trail. 33-year Michael Plattner from Kissimmee was speeding on Orange Blossom Trail at Taft Vineland Road around 3 A.M. when he rear ended a Toyota Camry.  That car then went off the road, hitting and a sign and then a pole. Two passengers, 36-year old Hansel Catano and a 28-year old man, were both killed. Another female in that car was taken to the hospital in critical condition. After the accident, Plattner attempted to flea from the scene before he was tracked down by a K-9 unit. Another woman who was in Plattner’s car was taken to the hospital. Plattner is facing charges for leaving the scene of a fatal crash according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
  • On Tuesday morning, a Lynx bus was involved in a crash on I-4 at Orange Blossom Trail. The bus overturned in that crash and blocked lanes of I-4 Westbound. Twelve people were taken to the hospital according to troopers. An investigation is ongoing and we’ll have an update as we learn more.
  • Week one of High School football kicks off Friday night all across Central Florida.  Matchups this week include: Edgewater at Bishop Moore, kick off at 7 Stoneman Douglas at Colonial, kick off at 7 Timber Creek at Boone, kick off at 7 Jones at Raines, kick off at 7 Cypress Creek at Windermere High, kick off at 7 Dr. Phillips at Seminole, kick off at 7 Hagerty at Lake Nona, kick off at 7 University at East River, kick off at 7 Central Florida Christian at Cornerstone Charter, kick off at 7 Evans at Freedom, kick off at 7 Osceola at Harmony, kick off at 7:30 Pine Ridge at Celebration, kick off at 7 Winter Springs at Oviedo, kick off at 7 St. Cloud at Bayside, kick off at 7 Jupiter at Tohopekaliga, kick off at 7 Wekiva at Winter Park, kick off at 7 Orlando Christian Prep at Seffner Christian, kick off at 7:30 Ocoee at Oak Ridge, kick off at 7 Olympia at West Orange, kick off at 7 Lyman at Lake Mary, kick off at 7 Lake Howell at Poinciana, kick off at 7 West Oaks at the First Academy, kick off at 7 Faith Christian at Bronson, kick off at 7 Lake Highland Prep at Mount Dora Christian, kick off at 7 Merritt Island at Gateway, kick off at 7:30 Liberty at Lake Brantley, kick off at 7
  • Orlando Police have arrested 21-year old Chasjuan Allen for the murder of George Dallas at an Orlando apartment complex. Back on June 28th, Dallas was shot and killed at the Orlando on the Lake apartments on South Ivey Lane near West Gore Street. Police had previously arrested 18-year Miguel Bush in connection with the murder. Both Allen and Bush are facing first degree murder charges. Investigators said Dallas had been shot in the neck and was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he died July 1.
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  • A lot of listeners to News 96.5 WDBO have been calling the newsroom and using the open mic feature in our app to ask about smoke all over Orange and southern Seminole County on Tuesday afternoon. According to the St. Johns River Water Management District, there’s a 1400 acre prescribed burn happening within the Lake Apopka North Shore, west of Lake Level Canal road.   “The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuel accumulations and maintain fire-dependent ecosystems,” SJRWMD said. Orange County Fire and Rescue tweeted there are also two burns on the east side of Orange County at 528 and 520, as well as 528 and Dallas. (App users tap here to see tweet) Our meteorologist George Waldenberger says the winds today are driving the smoke over Orlando. (App users tap here to see tweet) Waldenberger later tweeted an aerial view of the smoke: (Tweet)
  • Lucky's Market will close all but ONE of its stores in Florida. It was confirmed by the Sun Sentinel Tuesday morning.  All five stores in Central Florida will close including the Colonial Landing shop that opened 8 months ago.  The only location to survive will be the store in Melbourne.  After an unfavorable portfolio review last year, Kroger pulled out its investment.  Lucky’s hasn’t made a public statement yet but the closures would effect 2,500 employees.
  • A California mother of two died during childbirth last week while acting as a surrogate for another family, according to multiple reports. Community members came together to support the family of Michelle Reaves after she died Thursday, according to KGTV and a GoFundMe campaign set up to support Reaves’ family. Jamie Herwehe, a close family friend of Reaves', launched the GoFundMe campaign last week, with donations slated to go toward covering funeral costs and supporting Reaves’ husband and children, CNN reported. “For those of you who didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Michelle, she will always be known for the love she had for her family,” Herwehe wrote on the campaign page. “Michelle has the best, most sarcastic, funny personality and always had you laughing.” Herwehe said Reaves was acting for the second time as a surrogate for a family when 'one complication led to the next.' She died during childbirth, but Herwehe said the baby she was carrying survived. 'I can’t even begin to imagine what her husband Chris and her two babies are going through,' Herwehe wrote. 'No one deserves to lose their mama so young or the mother of their children.' Reaves was survived by her husband and their children, Gage and Monroe, Herwehe said.
  • The Lake City Police Department in Florida is asking for the public’s help in locating Kellie Woofe, 13. Kellie was last seen running west on Faith Road near the Bascom Norris intersection on Monday. Police said her grandfather reported her missing. After an argument that happened in his car, he told police Kellie got out of the car while they were in the Interface parking lot and ran off. LCPD said she was wearing a black jacket and ripped blue jeans. If you see her, you are asked to call police at 386-752-4343 or call 911. Kellie is 5 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs 130 pounds. She has red hair and blue eyes.
  • Search crews have found the body of a Montana teen who vanished on New Year’s Day, deputies said. According to USA Today, 16-year-old Selena Not Afraid was found dead near an Interstate 90 rest area Monday morning, weeks after she disappeared while traveling from Billings to Hardin after a New Year’s Eve party. Investigators do not suspect foul play, the Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office said. In an FBI notice, authorities said the girl “left a disabled vehicle and walked into a field adjacent to the rest area” about 2 p.m. Jan. 1. She was “not dressed for the weather conditions,” authorities said. Not Afraid’s disappearance sparked a multiagency search involving hundreds of people, the Billings Gazette reported. Read more here or here.

Washington Insider

  • Facing opposition from within Republican ranks, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell presented an amended rules proposal on Tuesday to govern the start of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, most significantly giving more time for House prosecutors and the President's lawyers to make their opening arguments. The changes came after a lunch meeting of GOP Senators, where Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and others expressed reservations about the idea of forcing each side to cram 24 hours of opening arguments into just two days. 'She and others raised concerns about the 24 hrs of opening statements in 2 days,' a spokeswoman for Collins told reporters. Along with that change, McConnell backed off a provision which would not allow evidence from the House impeachment investigation to be put in the record without a vote of the Senate. The changes were made as House prosecutors and the President's legal team made their first extended statements of the Trump impeachment trial. 'Why should this trial be any different than any other trial? The short answer is, it shouldn't,' said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), as he made the case that the Senate rules would not pass muster in a regular courtroom. 'This idea that we should ignore what has taken place over the last three years is outrageous,' said Jay Sekulow, the President's personal attorney, who joined White House Counsel Pat Cipollone in arguing against the impeachment charges. 'It's very difficult to sit there and listen to Mr. Schiff tell the tale that he just told,' Cipollone said, in one of the first direct jabs of the impeachment trial. “A partisan impeachment is like stealing an election,” Cipollone added. While there were GOP differences on the rules package offered by Republican leaders, GOP Senators stuck together on the first substantive vote of the impeachment trial, defeating an effort by Democrats to subpoena certain materials from the White House. The first vote was 53-47 to block an amendment offered by the Democratic Leader, Sen. Schumer.  It was straight along party lines. A second vote along party lines blocked a call by Democrats to subpoena documents from the State Department. Opening arguments are expected to begin on Wednesday.