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    An effort to recognize civil-rights-icon, Martin Luther King Jr., on his birthday got chopped in a hurry for Florida State University sports teams. The Seminoles sent out a tweet that showed Martin Luther King Jr. wearing a football glove and performing the schools traditional Tomahawk Chop. The chop is a F.S.U. tradition that’s been widely criticized as being insensitive to Native American culture. Yesterdays tweet was pulled after less than an hour on twitter, but not before it attracted significant criticism. An apology soon went out that read: “In a well-intentioned effort to recognize Martin Luther King, Jr. on this special day, a member of our recruiting staff created a graphic using one of Dr. King's quotes—‘If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.’ The quote resonated with our program’s Do Something mantra. However, in our attempt to more closely connect the message to F.S.U., we foolishly posted a graphic that was not in line with our intent. We are sorry for missing the mark in our attempt to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy.’
  • The head football coach at West Orange High School has been arrested by Winter Garden Police on an out-of-state warrant of domestic violence. The arrest affidavit shows Robert Head, 44,  is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.  He was arrested and booked into jail early Monday morning.  Head has been working in Orange County since 2005 where he started as the head football coach at Olympia High School and began coaching the Warriors in 2013. The West Orange High School website also lists head as a Physical Education teacher. Prior to working in Florida, Head worked in South Carolina and Kentucky. Details of the charge were not released.
  • Governor Ron DeSantis was in Orlando today for a Martin Luther King Jr. day event in Winter Park.  DeSantis spoke at the Unity Heritage Festival at Shady park about the importance of preserving Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy and his own philosophy toward appointments and diversity.  'All he was asking was to take part in this great experiment and he understood that the rights are God-given rights, it's not for the government to tell you, 'You have these rights' and he stood for those principles and I think that for me, I don't want any artificial barriers to people succeeding,' DeSantis said.  Noting his appointment of Gregory Tony as the first black sheriff of Broward County after suspending Sheriff Scott Israel, DeSantis told the crowd that he’s only interested in finding good people for his administration.  Earlier in the day, DeSantis spoke at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast in Miami Beach and a celebration event in Broward County.
  • A digital lottery for tickets to “HAMILTON” the musical began Sunday in conjunction with the show’s first performance on Jan. 22 at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. According to a release for the show;  “HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a music score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now.'  HOW TO ENTER THE DIGITAL LOTTERY:  Use the official app for HAMILTON, now available for all iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.  You can also visit http://hamiltonmusical.com/lottery to register.  The lottery will open at 11:00 AM two days prior to the performance date and will close for entry at 9:00 AM the day prior to the performance. Winner and non-winner notifications will be sent at approximately 11:00 AM ET the day prior to the performance via email and SMS (if mobile number is provided). Tickets must be purchased online with a credit card by 4:00 PM ET the day prior to the performance using the purchase link and code in a customized notification email. Tickets not claimed by 4:00 PM ET the day prior to the performance are forfeited.    Each winning entrant may purchase up to two (2) tickets.No purchase or payment is necessary to enter or participate.  Lottery tickets may be picked up at will call beginning 2 hours prior to the performance with a valid, non-expired photo ID that matches the name used to enter and this is VERY important, the tickets are non-transferable.
  • A video has gone viral of a little girl walking toward Tallahassee police officers with her hands in the air during the arrest of shoplifting suspects. The cellphone footage, which was recorded by Bernard Stevens Jr. and posted to Facebook by the Tallahassee Police Department,  shows the barefoot toddler get out of a blue pick up truck on Thursday as officers pointed their guns at the vehicle.  “She’s trying to get out but she can’t because she’s little,” a person in the video is heard saying. “She is out. Oh, she’s holding her hands up. Oh my God, look at that. Oh my God.” (Facebook) Police say the child was imitating the suspects, who were reportedly involved in an armed shoplifting incident at a Bealls Outlet, according to the Miami Herald. Many viewers have criticized the police department for keeping their guns drawn while the child was walking toward them. The department released body cam footage of the incident to show the concern they had for the child and her brother during the traffic stop. “The mom, who was a suspect, asked an officer to hold her 2-year-old while she’s allowed to retrieve the infant from the car seat,” explained Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo in a new Facebook video. “I am proud of how our officers handled the situation, how they adapted when they became aware of the children and the level of concern and compassion they showed for the family.” Chad M. Bom, 34, and James W. McMullen, 38, were charged with theft. Police also found a pellet gun in the vehicle. (Facebook)
  • The Patriots are Super Bowl bound after their big 37-31 win over the Chiefs in the AFC championship game Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. >> Watch the news report here Sony Michel and the Patriots' running game got things going in the first half, helping to drain more than eight minutes off the clock in the first drive of the game to take a 7-0 lead. >> Super Bowl LIII: What time, what channel, how to watch The Patriots' defense shut down and shutout the Chiefs' high-powered offense in the first half, heading into the break with a 14-0 lead. >> On Boston25News.com: Looking for Super Bowl LIII tickets? Time to break the bank Patrick Mahomes got the Chiefs' offensive mojo back to start the second half, with a touchdown pass to Travis Kelce to make it 14-7. A field goal from Stephen Gostkowski and another touchdown pass from Mahomes made it a 17-14 game in the fourth quarter. After the Chiefs made it a 21-17 game with a Damien Williams touchdown, the Patriots got one of their own with a Michel touchdown run on fourth down. The Chiefs bounced back with a field goal, sending the game to overtime. >> Read more trending news  In overtime, the Patriots drove down the field after winning the coin toss, scoring a touchdown to clinch the 37-31 win. With the victory, the Patriots advance to Super Bowl LIII to play the Rams in two weeks. Read more here.
  • Monday, Jan. 21, marks the federal holiday for influential civil rights pioneer, social activist and Baptist preacher Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. >> Read more trending news  The federal holiday is held on the third Monday of January and commemorates King’s legacy. Because it’s a federal holiday, government agencies, including the U.S. Postal Service, are closed. Public schools are closed. Courts are closed. The New York Stock Exchange is closed. Most banks, including Bank of America, Wells Fargo, BB&T and Federal Reserve Banks, are closed. FedEx will be open, although FedEx Express and FedEx SmartPost will operate under modified service, according to USA Today. According to its holiday schedule, the United Parcel Service will also provide services on MLK Day. >> Related: 5 things you didn't know about Martin Luther King Jr.  Most grocery and retail stores will also open for the holiday. Call ahead or go online to check on attractions and tourist destinations in your city to verify hours of operation on the holiday.   
  • St. Cloud police are looking for a man who they said shot his estranged wife and her new boyfriend Sunday.  Rafael Antonio Perdomo Primera, 49, remains at large and is believed to be driving a 2007 Mazda with Florida tag number 267RFL, police said.     The shooting happened at the Sugar Mill Mobile Home Park between Brown Chapel Road and Columbia Avenue, police said. TRENDING NOW: Florida woman shot after performing sex act for $5 and Pringles chips, deputies say Mom of 4, including newborn twins, vanishes after leaving bar Florida police release body cam footage after video shows girl, 2, with hands up after traffic stop Video: Persons of interest sought in Orange County home invasion homicide His wife remains hospitalized in critical condition. The man, later identified as Bob Latopolski died at the scene, police said. Officials confirmed that they found ten shell casings on the scene, but wouldn't confirm how many times Latopolski was hit.  Police said Primera and his wife were in the middle of a divorce. Investigators said that Primera was not happy about the breakup and later became aware of the relationship between his wife and Latopolski.  Neighbors said they were stunned that a shooting happened in their normally quiet neighborhood. 'We had just left our house, and went over to the left, and walked past the house, and about a minute and half or two minutes later, we heard a noise. We just thought it was a car backfiring,” neighbor Dave Nigh said. Family members and friends of Latopolski were stunned by the news. Doreen Galardi received word Monday morning. She and Latopolski are related through marriage. 'I can't get through the fact that he lost his life because of someone else's violence,' said Galardi. 'He was very nice to me, talked to me and if I needed any help, he would help me and all that,' said neighbor Rose Krupi. Another neighbor, Eleanor Arruda, said she was walking when she ran right into the crime scene. 'That scared the hell out of me because we're perfect in here,' said Arruda. 'Everyone in here is beautiful, wondferful people.' Latopolski leaves behind a son and five siblings. 'My heart is sorry for each and every one of them. He was a great person and everyone loved his company because he was always laughing and joking,' said Galardi.  Police said Primera is considered armed and dangerous. St. Cloud ploice told Channel 9 that there is now a $5,000 reward for information that leads to his arrest. Rafael Antonio Perdomo Primera (09/23/69) is the Suspect in our active Homicide investigation. He's considered armed & dangerous, and believed to be driving a 2007 silver Mazda bearing Florida tag 267RFL. If seen, contact 911 immediately. pic.twitter.com/vKRAkfhn7W — St.Cloud Police Dept (@StCloudPD) January 20, 2019 @StCloudPD is on scene in the Sugar Mill subdivisión working an active Homicide investigation. Staging media area will be the parking lot of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church 700 Brown Chapel Rd. PIO will be responding shortly. NOI at this time. — St.Cloud Police Dept (@StCloudPD) January 20, 2019
  • If the partial government shutdown doesn't end soon, a local domestic violence shelter said it'll have no choice but to cut some services for victims. Meanwhile, in Orlando, a businessman is offering jobs to federal workers affected by the shutdown. This situation has far-reaching impacts across Central Florida. Watch: 2 Florida 5th graders accused of plotting to kill classmate This shutdown affects not only federal workers, but some agencies that receive federal funding. Angie Pye's had some sleepless nights recently and is thinking about choices she will have to make.  She's the director of the Beacon Center, a domestic violence shelter in Volusia County. The center cares for women who need emotional, legal and financial help to escape abusive relationships. But the ongoing government shutdown means the center will likely have to furlough 15 of its 27 employees by the end of this week. Watch: Detectives turn to Instagram to build case in alleged killing over stolen PlayStation That's in addition to the legal services it's already had to cut, like helping women file restraining orders. “I most likely would've gotten an injunction and I wouldn't have had to live on the run for all that time,” said domestic violence victim Lara Rezapour. Also stuck between a rock and a hard place are federal workers like Brandon Dyer, who's an aviation safety specialist. “I’m stuck in the middle, just waiting for it to blow over,” Dyer said. Right now, he's looking for temporary work to make ends meet. Read: New Jurassic Park roller coaster headed to Islands of Adventure, documents show Lake Nona businessman Marty Berman said he has plenty of permanent jobs he'd love to give to federal workers. He owns a services company but said it's not just cleaning or maintenance positions. “We have plenty of administrative positions upstairs where we need highly educated and technically qualified personnel,” Berman said.
  • University of Central Florida President Emeritus John Hitt has resigned, and four high-ranking university administrators have been fired over a scandal involving millions of dollars in building projects. In 2018, the university was building new buildings with more than $80 million that was meant for other work.  During a meeting Friday, board members got their first look at an outside investigation into the misspending.  The report said Hitt likely did not know these building projects were being improperly paid for.  The same goes for the board of trustees, but the report said plenty of other people did.  University board members spent hours Friday afternoon going over a 63-page report that is critical of how UCF handles money.  One of the lawyers involved in investigating the university made it clear the financial issues span a series of projects and a number of years.  However, they're centered around the $38 million project to build Trevor Colbourn Hall on campus.  Records show the project was funded with state money that was never earmarked for construction and should have gone to things like curriculum for the students.  Leaders here are looking for changes because it took the state attorney general's office poking around in the university's finances to uncover the misspending.  The scandal already forced the resignation of former Chief Financial Officer Bill Merck.  When it comes to Hitt, investigators said he 'was advised of the possibility that the funding for TCH might lead to an adverse audit finding, and that he directed Merck to go forward with the project anyway.'  The names of the four employees being let go are Associate Vice President of Finance Tracy Clark, Associate Vice President of Facilities Lee Kernek, Associate Vice President of Debt and Revenue John Pittman and university Controller Christy Tant.  The board will be back next week, deciding what else to do to try to stop this from happening again.

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  • Nine people were hurt, two critically, in a military vehicle crash in New Mexico, authorities said Tuesday night. According to KDBC and KFOX, the wreck, which involved two Stryker vehicles, occurred about 7:30 p.m. on U.S. Highway 54 in Otero County.  >> Read more trending news  The nine victims, all military personnel, were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Read more here or here.
  • A New York man was arrested Friday in connection with the fatal hit-and-run of a well-known and beloved gas station manager who investigators said was trying to stop him from leaving without paying for $22 worth of gas.   Joshua E. Roston, 33, of Baldwin, was arrested in Philadelphia on a vehicular homicide warrant out of Nassau County, according to Nassau County police officials. Though he was in the process of being extradited, he remained in the Philadelphia Jail Tuesday morning.  Roston is accused of running over Cemal “John” Dagdeviren, 59, of Levittown, the morning of Jan. 14 after Dagdeviren, who managed the Pit Stop Repair Shop in Baldwin, confronted him over payment for gas that had been pumped into the 1999 GMC Suburban Roston was driving. The slaying of the Turkish immigrant, who moved his family to the United States 25 years ago, has made international news.  The entire incident was recorded by surveillance cameras at the Pit Stop, which is a combination gas station and repair shop. Dagdeviren was also a mechanic there.  Police officials said the incident began shortly before 7:30 a.m. that morning, when the driver of the Suburban asked that an attendant fill up his SUV’s gas tank at the full-service island. According to NBC News, Nassau County Detective Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick told reporters at a news conference that the attendant became suspicious because the truck had no license plates and the driver was acting oddly.  “They stopped at $22 and asked him to pay at that time,” Fitzpatrick told reporters, according to the news network. “The attendant said to pull over to the side.” The driver, who was dressed in an orange knit hat and gray sweatshirt, went inside the store to pay, but gave the clerk a fake credit card that was declined, Fitzpatrick said. He then went back into the parking lot, where Dagdeviren stepped in and confronted him. The surveillance video, a portion of which was released by police officials, shows Dagdeviren talking with the driver as he goes back to the SUV and climbs inside. Dagdeviren appears to realize the man plans to drive off without paying and goes to the driver’s side door and knocks on the window.  See raw footage of the final moments of Cemal Dagdeviren’s life below, courtesy of Fox News.  When the man doesn’t roll the window down, Dagdeviren tries to open the door, but it appears to be locked. He hurries behind the vehicle and stands behind it as the driver begins to back up. The SUV bumps into his body.  Dagdeviren returns to the front of the vehicle after standing behind it does not stop the driver and, as the driver begins to inch forward across the parking lot, he stands directly in front of the SUV.  Dagdeviren is standing in front of the vehicle with his hands on the hood when the vehicle appears to accelerate into him. The video released by police officials ends at that point, but investigators said Dagdeviren was run over, suffering a severe head injury.  The driver then fled the scene, investigators said, leaving Dagdeviren lying mortally wounded in the roadway. Dagdeviren was taken to South Nassau Communities Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police officials said.  Parminder Singh, who works at a neighboring gas station, told CBS New York that he saw Dagdeviren lying on the ground and went to see what had happened.  “Does anybody’s life cost $22?” Singh said. “No. It’s really bad. People don’t think before they commit something.” Dagdeviren’s son, Ali Dagdeviren, called his father’s killer a monster. “If you do that to anybody for $22, you can do anything,” Ali Dagdeviren, 35, told the news station.  Cemal Dagdeviren came to the United States nearly 25 years ago to provide a better future for his family, according to a GoFundMe page set up to help the Dagdeviren family lay the patriarch to rest. He and his wife have two grown sons, Ali Dagdeviren, who was recently married, and Ceyhun “Jay” Dagdeviren, who is in the academy to become a New York City firefighter. Jay Dagdeviren, 25, also volunteers as a firefighter and emergency medical technician with the Bethpage Fire Department.  “Cemal was a hardworking and kind man who will be dearly missed by his friends and family,” reads the fundraising page, which exceeded its $20,000 goal by $4,000 in just seven days.  “My father worked hard for his family and never got into trouble, never even got a parking ticket,” Ali Dagdeviren told Newsday. “We are in a lot of pain. This is really hard for us.” Cemal Dagdeviren’s customers paid their respects in a steady stream the day after his death. They also held a candlelight vigil in his honor that night at the station, which was closed for business.  According to Newsday, crime scene tape surrounded the station and blood stained the street where Dagdeviren died. Flowers and candles fashioned a makeshift memorial on the sidewalk, built by distraught patrons who described Dagdeviren as a good, trustworthy mechanic with a quick smile and a tendency to wave off payment for minor repairs he’d made for his customers.  “It is very sad,” Yvonne Holloway said. “He was a very hardworking man and one of the nicest people you could ever meet.” “He would say, ‘Have a good day,’ and he meant it,” longtime customer Liz Boylan told Newsday as she dropped off flowers. “I am upset because he was just so sweet.” A funeral was held Wednesday for Dagdeviren in the U.S., Newsday reported. Turkish news media reported a second service was held in Istanbul, where the family returned his body for burial.  Homicide detectives announced Thursday that they had tracked down the Suburban and identified Roston as the man in the orange ski hat. The SUV was impounded as evidence.  Detectives began a manhunt for Roston, who they suspected had fled the New York area. A $10,000 reward was offered for his capture, the details of which were not immediately available Tuesday.  “He knew what he was doing when he stepped on the gas and crushed that man’s life and his family’s life,” a police official told NBC New York.  Roston has a criminal history that includes stealing gas, shoplifting and stripping vehicles for parts, the news station reported. 
  • After just over two years in office, President Donald Trump’s White House has clearly decided that the televised White House briefing – a regular staple since Bill Clinton came into office – is no longer needed, as Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has not formally taken questions from reporters at the podium in the Brady Briefing Room in over a month. “I told her not to bother, the word gets out anyway!” President Trump tweeted on Tuesday. Before the briefings became a daily televised event in the Clinton Administration, White House briefings were mainly what’s known as ‘pen and pad’ gatherings – that is, no television, no radio recording, a throwback to the days when newspaper and magazine reporters dominated those covering the White House. The reason Sarah Sanders does not go to the “podium” much anymore is that the press covers her so rudely & inaccurately, in particular certain members of the press. I told her not to bother, the word gets out anyway! Most will never cover us fairly & hence, the term, Fake News! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2019 The number of briefings dwindled throughout 2018 – for example, Sanders held only three in July, only once in both November and December. The last formal briefing was on December 18. Critics of the briefings say it’s become a place for reporters to grandstand – the President in his tweet today said reporters acted ‘rudely’ – but it’s also been an important venue over the years for a President, in order to get out the message of that administration. Before the Clinton White House – with Communications Director George Stephanopoulos and Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers – made the briefing into a daily televised event which kept the focus on the White House, standard procedure allowed for only a few minutes of televised proceedings at the start of a briefing. After about five minutes, the TV lights would be turned off, the microphone would go silent, and the briefing would continue to be on the record, but not for broadcast. The White House Correspondents Association on Tuesday urged the President to reconsider. Statement on White House news briefings from WHCA President Olivier Knox. pic.twitter.com/jhQjVrz1bC — WHCA (@whca) January 22, 2019 While Sanders has not been on television much in recent months, the President has made himself available repeatedly, often entertaining questions as he departs the White House, or in photo opportunities with reporters. Mr. Trump has held only two formal, solo news conferences; the last one – the day after the November elections – included a verbal showdown with CNN reporter Jim Acosta.
  • Officials in Kentucky said a Catholic school at the center of a controversial encounter among white teenagers, Native American protesters and others was closed Tuesday after officials learned of a planned protest at the school. >> Read more trending news In a statement, officials with the Diocese of Covington and Covington Catholic High School said police warned them of the planned protest in the days after video surfaced online that appeared to show teenagers from the school surrounding a Native American man outside the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. “Due to threats of violence and the possibility of large crowds the Diocese was advised to close Covington Catholic High School, the Diocesan Curia and neighboring Covington Latin School,” officials said in the statement. >> Teen wearing MAGA hat in protest video speaks out A video surfaced online last week of a student, who identified himself in a statement as Covington Catholic High School junior Nick Sandmann, smirking as a Native American elder beat a ceremonial drum near his face. The video sparked outrage nationwide, though longer videos from wider perspectives later revealed that the drummer -- Omaha Nation elder Nathan Phillips -- had intervened between the boys and members of a black religious sect, according to The Associated Press. Phillips appeared to intervene at a time when the teens seemed to be getting rowdier and the black street preacher who had been shouting racist statements against both groups was escalating his rhetoric, the AP reported. >> Trump says Catholic students ‘treated unfairly’ after encounter at National Mall The incident drew the attention of President Donald Trump, who said Monday on Twitter that Sandmann and his classmates “were treated unfairly with early judgement s proving out to be false – smeared by media.” Officials with the Diocese of Covington and Covington Catholic High School said a third-party investigation of the incident at the Lincoln Memorial will be launched this week. “This is a very serious matter that has already permanently altered the lives of many people,” officials said. “It is important for us to gather the facts that will allow us to determine what corrective actions, if any, are appropriate. We pray that we may come to the truth and that this unfortunate situation may be resolved peacefully and amicably and ask others to join us in this prayer.” The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Atlanta police are investigating a sexual assault at Opera nightclub after video of the incident was posted on Facebook.  >> Read more trending news Officer Jarius Daugherty said the Atlanta Police Department began receiving calls from people who had seen the assault on a Facebook Live video early Sunday morning. The police department has opened an investigation into the incident at the club on Crescent Avenue in Midtown. The video “appears to show a woman being sexually assaulted in a local nightclub,” Daugherty told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  Police have not released details on the alleged assault, but the woman filed a police report on the crime. It is the policy of the AJC to not name victims of sexual crimes. According to WSB-TV, the victim was celebrating her birthday Saturday at the popular Midtown nightclub when she was sexually assaulted. The woman told police someone put drugs in her drink and then sexually assaulted her on the dance floor, WSB-TV reported. The victim, who was already streaming her celebration on Facebook Live, captured the attack as it happened and continued to stream the video. According to media reports, the woman is heard in the video screaming for help. Video of the sexual assault has since been removed from Facebook. The woman later posted a video saying she is OK, WSB-TV reported.  In a statement posted to Facebook and Twitter, Opera nightclub managers said they are cooperating with the investigation.  “At this time we have met with the Atlanta Police Department and have provided them with everything they have requested,” read the statement posted Sunday. “We will continue to aid and support their investigation in any way we can.”