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Latest from Darrell Moody

    Plastic straws get a lot of bad press these days and communities across the U.S. are now adopting rules to ban their use altogether but new research suggests cigarette butts are actually the worse things we as humans leave behind. A study on the long term environmental impact of cigarette butts was recently published in the journal Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety. Researchers with the University of Cambridge determined that cigarette butts can affect the germination success and growth of some plants.  They closely examined the affect of cigarette butts on clover and grass. Roots of clovers were particularly affected by cigarette butts which can cause concentrations of Chorophyll-a in clover.  The filters can also affect root biomass and root-to-shoot ratios of white clover.
  • Video recorded from inside a commercial jet of the moment a bird hits one of the plane’s engines is circulating the internet. The video, shared by AirLive, was reportedly recorded from inside a Magnicharters Boeing 737 during takeoff from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Roughly 35 seconds into takeoff, there is a loud noise heard from one of the plane’s engines later.  The aircraft shakes violently until the pilot shuts the engine down. The pilot was able to land the aircraft safely and there were no injuries reported. News 96.5 WDBO app users can watch the video by clicking HERE.
  • A Florida man known as “the Reptile Guy” says he has a Burmese python that could one day be a world record holder.   Rick de Ridder co-owns the Emerald Coast Zoo in Crestview.  He tells Northwest Florida Daily News he expects his python named Ginormica should eventually become the world’s largest python. The current world record holder Medusa measures 25 feet in length.  Ginormica, the Emerald Coast Zoo’s biggest snake, is 20 feet long and weighs 200 lbs.
  • News 96.5 WDBO and other Cox Media Group radio stations are collecting food and hygiene products for residents at two apartment complexes that provide permanent housing to people who have been homeless. The food drive will come to a close Friday afternoon at 5:00. Pathlight Home operates  Maxwell Terrace Apartments and Maxwell Garden Apartments in Orlando.  Currently, more than 600 people live in both facilities. Cox Media Group is collecting items at its office located at 4192 N John Young Parkway in Orlando.    The drive got a bit of a jump start thanks to another food drive organized by another CMG station.  The crew from K92.3 donated all of their excess canned items from their most recent food collection.  Monica May from Star 94.5 was on hand to receive the food.
  • Every year, thousands of tourists from around the world flock to Pamplona, Spain for the running of the bulls.  Some of them are gored by the bulls and leave Spain with serious injuries.  Many more leave with memories that will last a lifetime and one less item on their bucket list. Among this year’s participants are at least two men from Orlando, Rob Newkirk and Brian Grandstaff. Newkirk and Grandstaff ran with the bulls Thursday morning.  Afterward, they called News 96.5 WDBO to talk about their experience. They also shared video from inside the stadium that shows the chaos the annual festival has become known for. Newkirk and Grandstaff called their experience “amazing.”  
  • A former News 96.5 WDBO talker and a well known Orlando attorney could soon debate the fight for $15. Retired “Talkmaster” Neal Boortz and John Morgan are not strangers.  The two trade jabs over social media all the time.  Their favorite venue is Twitter. After all the jabs, the two appear to have agreed to debate raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour.  Boortz has wanted the debate for sometime and on Thursday Morgan obliged. According to Boortz’s tweet, he plans to find a venue and work out the logistics. News 96.5 WDBO will follow this story closely and bring you details on the debate once they’re formalized.
  • Orange County Public Schools has issued report cards for all 196 schools in the district. The report cards are issued after the end of each academic year to give parents a more comprehensive view of their child’s school. The information on the report cards includes student demographics, climate survey results, attendance, participation in visual and performing arts courses, student performance on statewide assessments, extracurricular activities and magnet programs. Last year, the district had close to 212,000 students and more than 25,000 employees.  OCPS is Florida’s 4th largest district and the 9th largest school district in the U.S. You can view report cards for each school by clicking HERE.
  • CCTV from a mall in China shows a harrowing ordeal for a little boy as his arm gets stuck in an escalator. It happened July 5, in the city of Yuanjiang.  Unilad reported the story this week. The video has been shared thousands of times online. The full extent of the boy’s injuries is unknown.
  • The Villages bills itself as “Florida’s Friendliest Hometown” and now the retirement community nestled in north central Florida can back up that claim. Reader’s Digest named the Villages the Nicest Place in Florida.  Senior editor Jeremy Greenfeld tells News 96.5 WDBO their readers shared several personal stories that made the Villages the winner of a recent online survey. “When you move into the Villages, you’re really not just a neighbor, you’re not just a tenant.  You become a friend automatically to so many people.  The roll out the  welcome mat for you.  There’s always a welcoming committee and they make it clear that, when you have problems, you’ve got people around you can depend on,” said Greenfield. The Villages is now up against 49 other friendly places. If you want to see the Villages named Reader’s Digest Nicest Place in America, click HERE to vote.
  • Wildlife officials in Kentucky report thousands of dead fish are surfacing not far from where a bourbon warehouse went up in flames last week. The Beam Suntory ware house in Versailles caught fire Tuesday with 45,000 barrels of Jim Beam whiskey inside. The fire took a few days to burn itself out.  Over the past few days, the nearby Kentucky River has been saturated with runoff from the fire. On Sunday, the Kentucky Energy and Environment reported a plume of alcohol in the river, measuring more than 20 miles in length. Multiple agencies are responding to the environmental disaster.  They’re using water sampling and water field screening instruments to measure the quality of the water.  Aeration devices are now being used in an effort to reduce the number of fish being killed.   Wildlife officials say the plume will likely reach the Ohio River and should dissipate. 
  • Darrell Moody

    Darrell Moody joined News 96.5  in April 2013.

    He is a 6th generation native Floridian, born and raised in central Florida.  He graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2003.  In 2007, Darrell began his radio career with the Florida News Network and WFLF in Orlando.  Since then, he has worked for Metro Networks, Virtual News Center and several local News/Talk radio stations.  He also hosted the public affairs program Focus Orlando on AM 660 WORL for two years and for nearly four years he was a breaking news helicopter videographer for Central Florida News 13.

    Darrell lives in Winter Park with his wife and two daughters.  In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf and working in his yard.

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The Latest Headlines You Need To Know

  • Oviedo Mayor Dominic Persampiere announced that he will not seek reelection today, after more than 20 years in city government. Persampiere said the decision is because he wants to spend more time with his family, and work on growing his business. Previously, he had served as an Oviedo city councilman before running for mayor. He’s been serving as Mayor since 2011.  Two months ago, Persampiere was involved in a dispute with a neighbor that led to police involvement, but a judge dismissed an injunction filed against him.
  • Disney World is hiring part-time workers to operate it's Disney Skyliner, set to debut in late September. The new transportation system will connect Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and four nearby resort hotels.  Skyliner workers will be responsible for greeting guests, loading and unloading the gondolas, as well as, monitoring the gondola system and providing audience control, according to a job posting.  The starting pay will be $12 an hour according to the posting, but Skyliner workers will be eligible for Disney's new starting rate of $13 as of September 29, 2019  Click here to apply
  • Aaron Carreto was enjoying his 10th birthday, playing outside his Compton home on July 6 when two neighbors tossed a lit, homemade firework at him, his family said. The boy reflexively grabbed the illegal firework, which exploded in his left hand, destroying four fingers and most of his palm, the Los Angeles Times reported. Aaron also lost a finger on his right hand and suffered burns on both hands, his face and his torso. One of the neighbors, Walter David Revolorio, 27, was arrested and charged with felony child cruelty and possession of a destructive device, the Times reported. The investigation is ongoing, but no charges had been filed against a second neighbor as of Monday. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials had no immediate comment on the status of the investigation. Aaron told Fox 11 in Los Angeles he was playing outside in his neighborhood when he walked over to the neighbors to say hello. At one point, the men called out his name. “They said my name, and then I turned and my hand flipped over, so that’s when they handed the firework to me,” Aaron said. “I was about to throw it and it exploded in my hand.” The explosion was so great, it rocked nearby cars, Fox 11 reported. >> Read more trending news The Times reported that Aaron was immediately taken to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, where he underwent a series of emergency surgeries. Doctors at UC Irvine Medical Center attached his left arm to his stomach to hopefully preserve nerve and skin tissue they can use to reconstruct his hand. Aaron’s older sister, Adriana Carreto, said doctors also reattached the finger her brother lost on his right hand. Carreto wrote on a GoFundMe page set up to help with Aaron’s medical expenses that he has a long recovery ahead, including at least two additional surgeries. Photos and video of the boy on the fundraising page, as well as on social media, show him with burns on his face and his left arm hidden under a hospital gown. Pain is etched on the boy’s face. “This incident changed his life, (his) way of living, but not his spirits,” Carreto wrote. “Everyone knows him as a social butterfly, always friendly to his teammates on the soccer team. He’s very caring and aware of other people’s needs.” Carreto wrote that her brother loves riding his bike with neighborhood friends and playing the popular online video game 'Fortnite' with classmates over their summer break. “Now with his new disability, he’ll find it difficult to adjust to his day to day lifestyle,” Carreto wrote. As of Monday afternoon, donors had raised more than $47,000 of the page's $50,000 goal to help Aaron and his family. Carreto said along with the physical pain her brother is in, he is also psychologically scarred. “He tells his family how he feels betrayed by those people around us and wants to start a new life far away from where he grew up,” Carreto wrote on the GoFundMe page. As of Monday, Aaron had been released from the hospital to continue his recovery at home. “I been reading all the positive and kind words to Aaron from his donors and he said he appreciates all the help and support,” Carreto wrote. “He said he feels happy with each and every one of you guys.” The distraught sister told ABC 7 she, however, is angry. “I’m angry because those two guys are adults and one of them has kids,” Carreto told the news station. “I’m pretty sure if it was his kid, he wouldn’t have let that happen.” Aaron told KTLA he wants to see both men punished for what they did to him. “Those guys who did this, I don’t want to see them no more,” Aaron told the news station. “I just wish that they could be in jail.” Revolorio remained Monday at the Los Angeles County Jail, where records show he is being held in lieu of $630,000 bond. The second neighbor accused in the incident has not been publicly identified.
  • President Trump continues his public criticism of House democrats Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar. He tweets, “The “Squad” is a very Racist group of troublemakers who are young, inexperienced, and not very smart. They are pulling the once great Democrat Party far left, and were against humanitarian aid at the Border...And are now against ICE and Homeland Security. So bad for our Country!” These comments come after President Trump last week said those four freshman House Democrats should 'go back to the crime infested places' from which they came. This also comes after a crowd at a Trump campaign rally in North Carolina chanted 'send her back.
  • A California woman and her boyfriend have been charged in connection with their newborn son’s death after investigators learned they strangled the boy at the hospital shortly after he was born, authorities said. Andrea Torralba, 20, and David Villa, 21, both of Oxnard, are being held in the Ventura County Jail on suspicion of felony assault on a child causing death, Oxnard Police Department officials said. Jail records show Villa, who is described as a field worker, is being held in lieu of $5 million. ABC 7 in Los Angeles reported that Torralba’s bail was set at $1 million. >> Read more trending news  Oxnard police investigators said officers were called just before 8 a.m. Friday to St. John’s Medical Center, where they learned a newborn boy was in critical condition with serious injuries. The boy was found unresponsive and despite all medical efforts, he died of his injuries. Detectives from the department’s Family Protection Unit learned that Torralba and Villa strangled the newborn until he lost consciousness, police officials said. Oxnard police Sgt. Brandon Ordelheide told ABC 7 that the couple, when questioned by detectives, admitted they did not want the baby. Both were arrested and charged in the boy’s death.

Washington Insider

  • In a dramatic expansion of a process known as 'expedited removal' of illegal immigrants in the United States, the Trump Administration will start applying that everywhere in the United States - to anyone who has been in the U.S. illegally for less than two years - as critics quickly said they would challenge the change in federal court. 'The effect of that change will be to enhance national security and public safety,' the Department of Homeland Security states in a new rule set to go into effect on Tuesday, which the notice says will allow 'DHS to address more effectively and efficiently the large volume of aliens who are present in the United States unlawfully.' Up until this change, expedited removal was only used for illegal immigrants who were detained within 100 miles of the border - now it can be enforced anywhere in the U.S. Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, the Trump Administration argues the Acting Homeland Security Secretary has the 'sole and unreviewable discretion' to change 'the scope of the expedited removal designation,' shifting it from the 100 mile policy to one that applies nationwide. Critics denounced the immigration policy change, with some vowing to challenge the move in court. 'One of the major problems with expedited removal is that the immigration officer making the decision virtually has unchecked authority,' said the American Immigration Council, as the process does not involve an immigration judge or any type of court hearing. 'We will sue to end this policy quickly,' said Omar Jadwat of the American Civil Liberties Union, who charged that deportations could occur with 'less due process than people get in traffic court.' 'This is a massive and dangerous change,' said Aaron Reichlin-Melnick of the American Immigration Council, which is joining in the ACLU legal challenge to the new policy. The announcement marked the second straight week that the Trump Administration had rolled out a new immigration policy - last Monday, the feds announced a new plan to restrict asylum claims by migrants from Central America. Those plans are also facing a legal challenge from the ACLU and other groups.