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    Folks around the nation continue to remember and honor the legacy and life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. However, there is one fact that you probably didn't know- Dr. King actually paid a visit to the City Beautiful. According to the Orange County Regional History Center website, Dr. King made the trip to Orlando on March 6, 1964. During that time, Reverend Curtis J. Jackson, pastor at the Shiloh Baptist Church and NAACP Youth Council adviser had a hard time getting de-segregation laws passed following the assassination of President Kennedy. Another fun fact, Pastor Jackson and Dr. King had attended Morehouse College together.  Dr. King's trip was from an invitation by Pastor Jackson. While in Orlando, King held two separate workshops at the Shiloh Baptist Church and met with then Mayor Bob Carr and a delegation from the black community at City Hall to discuss the creation of a bi-racial community to help end segregation in the city.  Later that night, Dr. King spoke at a rally to over 2,000 people from the pitcher's mount at Tinker Field. This marked the first time that members of the black community were allowed to sit in the 'whites only' grandstand. Those who were there that night recalled what was described as 'a powerful speech that moved everyone.
  • It may not have gone as planned today for NASA and SpaceX, but they are not giving up on their in flight Crew Dragon launch escape test. The test was supposed to take place Saturday morning at 8 a.m., but sustained winds and rough seas in the recovery area forced them to cancel and re-schedule the test for Sunday morning at 8 a.m. The test will demonstrate the capsule's ability to keep the astronauts safe during a launch emergency.  For the test, a Falcon 9 rocket will follow a similar path that a real Crew Dragon mission would take to the International Space Station. Roughly a minute and a half later, they will trigger a launch escape so that the capsule can safely separate itself from the rocket. Ten minutes after that, the Crew Dragon will splash down at the recovery site, which will earn its certification from the Commercial Crew program.  Last weekend, the company had a successful static fire test of the Falcon 9 rocket that will used during this demonstration. If things go as planned this time, we will be one step closer to launching astronauts back into space.  You can watch the live broadcast, which starts 20 minutes before liftoff here:  https://www.spacex.com/webcast
  • Puerto Rico continues to endure hardships as the island has yet again been hit by another earthquake Saturday morning on the southern part of the island. In response to the recent natural disasters, local organizations here in Florida need your help to send supplies to those who have lost their homes. If you wish to help out, organizers ask that you buy a NEW tent,cot, and/or bug repellent and mail it or drop it off at the following locations by January 17th:  - Latino Leadership: 8617 East Colonial Drive #1600 Orlando, 32817  - Resource Employment Solutions: 11681 South OBT Orlando, 32837  - Rene 'Coach P' Plasencia District Office: 400 South St. #1C Titusville, 32780  - FSHCC: 8461 Lake Worth Road #210 Lake Worth, 33467  - AGA Advisors: 142 West Lakeview Avenue Suite 2084, Lake Mary 32746  - Seminole County Sheriff's Office: 100 Eslinger Way, Sanford 32773  - Brutal Glam Salon: 1210 East Vine Street, Kissimmee, 34744  - GOBA: 1953 Clayton Heritage Way Maitland, 32751
  • Orlando police say a man fired an AR-15 style rifle in downtown Orlando early Thursday morning. They say around 3 a.m. 26 year old Ryan Sarjoo shot the gun near South Orange Avenue and East Pine Street. The arrest report says Sarjoo got into an argument with another man and that's when he grabbed the rifle and shot it into the air before placing it in a BMW and loading a Glock handgun. It also states that Sarjoo was unaware of his wrongdoing since people wanted to fight him.  Police say Sarjoo was arrested on charges of openly carrying a firearm, but additional charges are also being filed with the state attorney's office. No injuries were reported during the incident.  Video from a witness shows Sarjoo carrying the weapon as he marches through the streets. You can see it here( be aware of the foul language):
  • Vice President Mike Pence, along with the Second lady will be making a few stops on their visit to Florida next week.  On Thursday, January 16th, the two will participate in a bus tour that will start in Wimauma and end in Kissimmee. During the day, the Vice President will speak at a Keep America Great event, which will be held at the Valenica Lakes POA on 16003 Valencia Club Drive at 1:30 pm. Doors for the event open at 11:30 a.m. The tour will be followed by a Latinos for Trump event, which will be held at 6 pm at Nacion De Fe on 4555 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway. Doors open at 4 pm for that event. Afterwards, the two will make their trip back to Washington, D.C.
  • Tensions between the U.S. and Iran continue to escalate following the death of the country's elite Quds military general Qassem Soleimani. Here is what you need to know about the conflict: How did we get here?  Soleiamani was killed early Friday during a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad. The Department of Defense says the attack was conducted at President Trump's direction as a 'defensive action' against Soleimani, who they say was behind recent attacks on allied bases in Iraq, including one that killed an American defense contractor on December 27th. In a statement, Trump said Soleimani 'was plotting imminent and sinister attacks on American diplomats and military personnel, but we caught him in the act and terminated him.'  What's happening now?  - Iran has declared three days of public mourning on Friday for the death of Soleimani. On Saturday, thousands marched in the street in a funeral procession in Baghdad, carrying Iraqi flags and portraits of Soleimani. His body is to be returned to Iran for funeral services Sunday in Mashhad and Monday in Tehran. He will then be buried in his hometown.  - About 3,000 more U.S. soldiers have been sent to the Middle East from the Immediate Response Force of the 82nd Airborne Division.  - Reaction in Congress to the attack has been divided. You can read more about that in our Washington Insider Jamie Dupree's blog here. - In a statement, Iranian ambassador to the U.N. Majid Takht says the country cannot close its eyes to what happened and that there will be 'a harsh revenge.” What about any retaliations from Iran?  While there has been no official announcement of the timetable regarding the potential retaliation from Iran, certain measures have already been taken:  - The U.S Embassy in Baghdad has warned Americans to immediately leave Iraq, and other U.S. embassies in the area have issued security alerts.  - Middle Eastern airlines Royal Jordanian and Gulf Air have suspended flights to Baghdad International Airport over security concerns.  - Extra patrols and security has been stepped up in major cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C.  - The Department of Defense has stated that there are 'no specific, credible threats' to the U.S., but they will continue 'to monitor the situation.
  • Court records show that an anonymous tip led to the arrest of a man who allegedly help dump a teen's body along the West Orange Trail in Apopka Monday morning and then got rid of the evidence. A probable cause affidavit shows that the tipster led Orange County deputies to 21 year old Markese Mosley-McNeil and another suspect, Tyquarius Smith. The tipster says that the two were in McNeil's girlfriend's car and had 'set up' 19 year old Ahmad Davis(pictured above) to be robbed.  Ring doorbell videos show Davis leaving his mom's house on Rockwood Drive in Apopka at 10 a.m. and getting into a silver Toyota Avalon, the same car that matched McNeil's girlfriend's. The affidavit says that same car was spotted on Thursday with bullet holes in the front passenger side door.  Deputies say McKneil confessed that he was driving the car when someone in the backseat shot Davis, and that he dumped the body along the West Orange Trail. The body was discovered by a man and his granddaughter who riding along on bikes.  Deputies also say that he then went to a dollar shore and bought cleaning supplies to scrub the car, and then threw the materials away in a trash can.  McKneil faces charges of accessory to first degree murder and destruction of evidence. He is also being held on $10,150 bond, which means he can post $1,000 to get out before his case goes to trial. McKneil has also been ordered not to have any weapons or contact any witnesses in the case.
  • Lets face it: Tons of people love to have a party on New Year's Eve or for New Years Day, and parties usually mean someone is drinking. To make sure that everyone gets home safely, AAA wants to remind everyone of its Tow to Go program. According to AAA, since 1998, the program has saved over 25,000 lives across the nation. Best part is, its FREE to both AAA members and non-members. However, there are some important guidelines that they want you to be aware of:  - The tow truck only takes you home or somewhere safe if its within 10 miles  - Tow trucks can only take up to two people, so if you have more, you will have to make arrangements for the others.  - You can't make an appointment for it. Its only meant for people who don't plan ahead.  - In some cases, AAA may have to make other arrangements to get you a safe ride home.  - The program may not be available in certain rural areas or during severe weather conditions.  The program is available through Thursday, January 2nd. The toll free number to call is (855)-286-9246.
  • Deputies in Orange County are investigating two separate shootings that left four people in the hospital Monday morning. The first shooting happened at 12:38 a.m. on the 800 block of Whippoorwill Drive, just off Lake Underhill Road and South Chickasaw Trail. They say before deputies arrived on scene, two people( one with a gunshot wound) took themselves to Florida Hospital East. The suspect in that case is still at large.  The second shooting happened just after 1 a.m. on the 1500 block of River Beach Drive at the River Beach apartment complex. Deputies say before they got there, two victims with non life threatening gun shot wounds arrived at the Waterford Lakes emergency room. No information about a suspect has been released in this second incident.  Both shooting investigations are still ongoing.
  • Deputies in Orange County are looking for the suspect involved in a stabbing that took place in Winter Park Saturday morning. They say at 2:37 a.m., deputies responded to 7050 Aloma Avenue, just east of State Road 436. During the incident, two people got into an argument and one of them pulled out a knife and stabbed the other.  The victim was taken to the hospital as a trauma alert. However, the suspect managed to get away and is still at large. There is no word yet on the description of the suspect.  This investigation is ongoing.
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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.