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    Project Veritas is out with a new video that may cause problem for Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial nominee. Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum is leading Republican former congressman Ron DeSantis in most of the polls leading up to next week’s election but the video may change voter’s minds. The 15 minute video is primarily made from secretly recorded video of staffers working on Gillum’s campaign. In one clip, a staffer identified as Omar Smith using a racial slur to describe Florida. Later in the video, Smith tells a woman that Gillum has no way to pay for the promises he has made on the campaign trail. WATCH THE VIDEO BY CLICKING HERE
  • South Daytona police are looking for the person who fired shots into the windows of the Republican Party of Volusia County headquarters. It happened Sunday night or Monday morning.  Someone fired four rounds at the building.  No one was inside the building at the time of the shooting and there were no injuries reported. For now, police are investigating the incident as a case of vandalism. On Tuesday, investigators released video that shows a suspicious vehicle driving alongside the video around 1:30 a.m. Monday morning. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the South Daytona Police Department or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-277-TIPS
  • Employees at the Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control facility in Orlando have a brand new Innovation Center at their disposal. The 6,500 foot facility houses five different labs and will be open to employees to create and collaborate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  The Application Research Experimentation and Simulation (ARES) facility allows teams to conduct events on a 12-screen “hyperwall.” The Genesis Lab features augmented and virtual reality, small robotics, high-powered computers and 3-D printers. The Iris Lab is essentially a robotics test bay for conducting training, experiments, and research.  Lockheed Martin offers their staff a variety of drones at their disposal. The Engineering Visualization Environment Lab affords animators the opportunity to take complex ideas and bring them to life through feature-film quality renderings. The Innovation Center’s fifth and final lab, slated to open in early 2019, is the Polaris Lab.  The lab will employ sensor, optics and laser testing to provide rapid response for employees and program deployment.  It’s a fire-control lab aimed at developing new technology. This is Lockheed Martin’s second Innovation Center.  Last year, the aerospace giant opened a similar facility at its plant in Texas.
  • A pair of investors are working to reestablish an iconic building in downtown Orlando and they need your help. The Church Street Train Depot has been a fixture downtown since the late 1880’s.   In the 1970’s and 1980’s it was part of the Rosie O’Grady’s Church Street entertainment complex and drew millions of visitors.  However in recent decades the building, like a lot of Church Street, has fallen on hard times.   The most recent tenant of the building was a failed restaurant and sports bar.  Enter the Rob and Joe Nunziata, who recently bought the building for $4 million. The brothers want to resurrect the building and they’re asking Orlando residents to weigh in.   They say this is the right time to bring in a new tenant with the downtown Orlando UCF campus taking shape and the Orlando Magic developing their own entertainment complex on the other side of I-4.  The Nunziata brothers have developed a website where Orlandoans can cast their vote for who they want the next tenant to be. You can vote by CLICKING HERE.
  • Detectives with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Sex Crimes division are searching for a man caught on home surveillance video exposing himself while standing on a woman’s back porch. It happened Monday night at a home in the Williamsburg area.  Investigators released video of the incident that shows the man lurking around before hiding around the corner of the porch. The suspect is described as a thin white male, wearing a black Star Wars shirt, solid black athletic shorts with white stripes and a baseball cap with an “Assassins Creed” logo. Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Office or Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.
  • Detectives with the Sex Crimes division of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office are trying to locate a man who they say stalked and tried to kidnap a child over the weekend. Investigators say it happened Saturday in the Avalon Park area of east Orange County. The man is described as slender and white in his 40’s.  Investigators say he has receding gray hair, a chipped front tooth and tattoo on his neck. He’s wanted on aggravated stalking and attempted false imprisonment charges. If you know anything about the incident or the  the man in question, contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Office or Crimeline at 800-423-8477.
  • An Orlando Police officer shot in the line of duty back in June continues to recover from traumatic injuries at a rehabilitation facility in Atlanta. Officer Kevin Valencia was shot in the eye while responding to a domestic violence call back in June.  The bullet traveled through a door before critically wounding Valencia. The shooting led to a standoff that ultimately ended with the suspect killing four children before turning the gun on himself. Valencia spent two weeks at Orlando Regional Medical Center before being flown to a rehabilitation facility in Atlanta where he remains.   On Friday, the Orlando Police Department gave an update on Valencia’s recovery.  Efforts continue to raise money for Valencia’s medical bills.  Post Time Lounge in Longwood is hosting a fundraiser this weekend. A GoFundMe account has been set up where you can donate.  
  • Lauren Book is a former kindergarten teacher and current member of the Florida Senate representing Florida’s 32nd District which is comprised of the western half of Broward County. She is also Democratic Leader Pro Tempore, but her true passion is protecting children from sexual abuse. Book, who is herself a victim of sexual abuse, has made preventing abuse her life’s work.  She wrote a book about her experience being abused by a nanny as a child.  More than a decade ago, she established Lauren’s Kids with the mission of preventing sexual abuse through education and awareness.  The non-profit also helps survivors heal with guidance and support. Within Lauren’s Kids, Book created a curriculum aimed at engaging teachers, empowering children and educating parents about abuse.  You can learn more about Book’s non-profit and her work to prevent child sexual abuse by CLICKING HERE.
  • The city of Orlando is urging homeowners who list their residences on home-sharing websites like Airbnb, VRBO, and Flip Key. Earlier this year, the Orlando City Commission passed an ordinance setting up regulations for home-sharing. As part of the ordinance, homeowners are required to register their homes with the city of Orlando,  purchase a license and meet additional requirements. Homeowners are also required to reside in the home and be present during a booking. The city says the new ordinance will expose more visitors to an authentic Orlando experience and provide homeowners with an opportunity to participate in the sharing economy while protecting the character of each neighborhood. CLICK HERE to learn more about the ordinance or to register your home.
  • A group of Seminole County high school students has been invited to Hawaii this December to march in the 77th anniversary parade honoring the events of Pearl Harbor. The Winter Springs High School JROTC Program is the only program of its kind from Florida invited to attend. Col. Joseph Pavone, senior Army instructor with Winter Springs High’s JROTC program, says they are planning the trip December 4-9, but they don’t yet have the money to finance the trip. Pavone tells News 96.5 WDBO the airfare alone for 35 cadets would cost the group about $17,000.  The cadets have been holding fundraising events in recent weeks to raise the money for the trip, but they are still thousands of dollars short of their goal. Organizers have set up a GoFundMe page where you can donate to the cadets’ trip. To donate CLICK HERE.
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    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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  • While allies of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi pressed hard this week to put her on the way to become the next Speaker of the House, a small group of Democratic holdouts is threatening to block her from getting to 218 votes on the floor in January, leaving Democrats uncertain about their leadership. “I’m concerned about the situation,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), as he left a closed door meeting of House Democrats at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday afternoon. “I can’t say that I’m optimistic,” Connolly told reporters, noting that those opposed to Pelosi as the next Speaker did not seem to be backing down. “I’m always true to my word,” said Rep.-Elect Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, who made clear repeatedly during his campaign for Congress that he would not vote for Pelosi as Speaker. “Sometimes it’s good to have a fresh new face, and to have change and go forward with some new ideas, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that,” Van Drew told reporters. . @edokeefe: 'If the election were held today on the House floor do you have the votes to be elected Speaker?' @NancyPelosi: 'Yes.' pic.twitter.com/PUqW5bpgUr — CSPAN (@cspan) November 15, 2018 Meanwhile, Pelosi’s office continued on Thursday to churn out public endorsements from both established Democrats and those who have just been elected. “I truly believe that Rep. Pelosi has demonstrated the proven, tested leadership we need to confront the issues before our nation,” said Rep. John Lewis (D-GA). “We cannot afford to come up short.” As for recently elected lawmakers, two new Democrats from California said they would stick with their home state colleague, arguing Pelosi would deliver ‘leadership that is bold, pragmatic, and capable of swift results.’ “This is why we support Nancy Pelosi for Speaker,” wrote Katie Hill and Mike Levin, who won seats in southern California. But the math to 218 votes seemed somewhat fraught for Pelosi, as if Democrats end up with around 235-240 votes in the House, a relatively small slice of the party could block Pelosi’s ascension, much as the Freedom Caucus threatened to do for several years in the House with the GOP. Senior House Democratic lawmaker on if Pelosi can’t get the votes to become Speaker: “It’s who blinks first. Is it Nancy or is it the caucus?” Another sr Hse Dem on the leadership fight: “It’s going to get ugly” — Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) November 15, 2018 “We had the biggest victory since 1974,” Pelosi said. “All of us are committed to a better future for America’s working families.” Whether that story line includes Pelosi as Speaker again – that won’t be determined until the week after Thanksgiving.
  • Pasco County deputies and members of the community are working together to bring awareness to people who fail to stop for a stopped school bus. On Wednesday, Monica Douglas recorded a video of a caravan of drivers blowing past a stopped school bus unloaded children on U.S. 19 in Pasco County.  According to WFLA-TV, deputies ticketed 13 people during their multi-day operation at that location. The U.S. has recently seen numerous incidents involving children being hit by cars while waiting for the bus.  In Tampa, a car hit five children and two adults waiting for a bus.  Two of those children suffered serious injuries. Here’s Douglas’ video of the Pasco County operation in action: (Video)
  • Investigators with the FBI are probing the death of an American woman on a Princess Cruises ship bound for Aruba, according to multiple reports. >> Read more trending news The 52-year-old woman, whose name was not released, died early Tuesday while aboard the Royal Princess, The Associated Press reported. Princess Cruises officials told WPLG in a statement that Aruban authorities boarded the ship, which can carry 3,600 passengers, when it arrived in the country. “We are cooperating fully with the investigating authorities, including the FBI,” the statement said. “An official cause of death has not been announced.” Citing local media reports, CBS News reported that Aruban authorities are investigating the case as a possible homicide. The Royal Princess left Florida’s Port Everglades on Nov. 9 for a 7-day Southern Caribbean cruise. It will return on Saturday to Fort Lauderdale. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • In what has almost been a daily event since Election Day last week, Democrats won another GOP seat in the House on Thursday, as a new form of runoff election in Maine knocked off a Republican incumbent, increasing the gains of Democrats to 35 seats, with seven GOP seats still undecided. In Maine, Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-ME) had asked a federal judge to block the final tabulation of results in his district under the format known as “ranked choice voting” – but the judge refused, saying that was a political question, as Maine voters had approved the new runoff format twice in statewide elections. Poliquin is the 26th House GOP incumbent to be defeated in last week’s elections; Democrats lead in three of the seven remaining undecided House races, while Repulbicans are ahead in the other four – as Democrats could win three or four more seats. “Now we’re getting up to forty,” said House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. “That’s really a very big – almost a tsunami,” arguing that Democrats had to overcome Republican gerrymanders to notch their victories. At her press conference, Nancy Pelosi notes this year's freshman Dem class is the biggest since 1974 'Watergate babies.' “I don’t know if this Congress will name itself, but we’re almost close to 60 new Democrats,” she says. — Ella Nilsen (@ella_nilsen) November 15, 2018 Regardless of what term you use to describe the gains by Democrats in the House, it will be the party’s biggest pickup since 1974, a class that was dubbed, “the Watergate babies,” when Democrats gained 49 seats. Overall, there will most likely be over 90 new members of the House, getting close to the total change in the Tea Party midterm election of 2010, when 94 new members arrived on Capitol Hill. While Pelosi expressed excitement about the growing number of new Democrats in the Congress, she flashed a bit of impatience with reporters on Thursday, as they pestered her again with questions about whether she would have the votes to once again be Speaker of the House. “I intend to win the Speakership,” said Pelosi, who served as Speaker for four years between 2007 and 2011. “I have overwhelming support in my caucus to be Speaker of the House,” Pelosi added, even as other Democrats were trying to come up with another candidate to oppose her. PELOSI latest: 1. Rep Jayapal isnt saying where she is – told us she, Rep. Pocan are meeting w Pelosi later. 2. Rep. Richmond (CBC chair) said he is not anti-Pelosi but if Fudge runs he will likely support. Also said he spoke w Fudge today and she did not bring up Speaker run. — Lisa Desjardins (@LisaDNews) November 15, 2018 Pressed by reporters at a news conference, Pelosi said she would welcome a challenge by Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), or anyone else. “I say it to everybody, come on in, the water’s warm,” Pelosi said. While Republicans held their leadership elections this week – House Democrats won’t vote until after Thanksgiving.
  • Imtiaz Muhammad was putting a cardboard box in his family’s garden shed Monday morning when he found his wife’s ex-husband hiding there -- with a loaded crossbow.  When all was said and done, Muhammad’s pregnant wife, Sana Muhammad, 35, was dead and their tiny son, born by emergency Cesarean section, was fighting for his life.  The morning was a typical one in the family’s home in Ilford, London, until Imtiaz Muhammad came across Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo in the shed, the grieving widower told London’s Evening Standard.  “He stared at me. He was going to shoot, so I ran into the house,” Imtiaz Muhammad told the Standard. “My wife was doing the washing up, (and) I was shouting, ‘Run, run, run!’” >> Read more trending news Sana Muhammad was shot before she could get away. Her other five children, ages 1 to 17, witnessed the shooting, the Standard reported.  The Daily Mail reported that the three oldest children are Sana Muhammad’s children with Unmathallegadoo. The two youngest are from her second marriage.  “I can’t help thinking she took my arrow,” Imtiaz Muhammad told the Standard. “Maybe it should have hit me. “The kids were all there; it was horrific.” Officials from the Metropolitan Police said Sana Muhammad was shot in the abdomen. She died a short time later at a hospital.  Unmathallegadoo has been charged with murder, police officials said. He remained in police custody Thursday.  No motive for the crime was given. The Daily Mail reported that friends of the Muhammads said Sana Muhammad, who went by the name Devi Unmathallegadoo during her first marriage, was previously Hindu and that her first marriage had been an arranged one.  Her marriage to her second husband, for whom she converted to Islam, was one of love, the Mail reported.  Medical staff were able to deliver the couple’s son, who the arrow missed by inches. The Mail reported that the projectile was still lodged in Sana Muhammad’s abdomen even as the baby was removed from his mother’s body.  “The arrow went up into her heart but did not touch the unborn baby,” Imtiaz Muhammad told the Mail. “The baby was due in four weeks. They operated with the arrow still in, because it would have been too dangerous to take out.” The baby, who has been named Ibrahim, was initially listed in critical condition, but Scotland Yard officials told the Standard that he has been upgraded to stable condition.  Unmathallegadoo is expected to stand trial for murder sometime next year.  Neighbors described the scene for the newspaper.  “I can hear the man screaming a lot, saying, ‘Help, help,’” one man told the Standard. “He’s knocking the doors, on the neighbors as well, he’s asking for help, screaming for help.” Nisa Khan, who lives across the street, called the homicide a terrible thing. She was friends with Sana Muhammad.  “She was more like a sister than a friend. I knew her for a good seven years, ever since they moved there, we’ve known them,” Khan told the Standard. “She was just a lovely lady, lovely mother, lovely wife. I never saw her being upset, she always had a smile on her face even in the hard times. “It’s just horrible. Everyone goes from this world, we all go, but the way she’s gone, it just hurts.” A GoFundMe page established by the Newbury Park community in Ilford is raising money to help Sana Muhammad’s family. A local Muslim cemetery, Gardens of Peace, has offered its services to the family free of charge. “Nothing can replace any loss, but we have come together as friends and as a community to provide additional support to the family,” the page said.