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While construction continues on Fairmont Park Apartments, residents raise concerns

first_imgBut Town of Union officials 12 News spoke with said it’s not, and provided 12 News with a list of other properties that are in the area. TOWN OF UNION (WBNG) — Construction is underway for the Fairmont Park Apartments, but some residents who live nearby are raising concerns. Some residents even wondered if the construction should be happening at all, questioning if the apartments are on FEMA buyout property. “We wanted to have a nice, quiet neighborhood, to be living in something residential. I mean we didn’t want anything commercial or I would’ve chosen something like that. You can get a lot less expensive places if you move into places commercially zoned,” said Kelly M., who rents in the neighborhood. Town of Union officials also added that they have been meeting with residents since last year when the project began in order to maintain transparency.last_img read more

Two Dead, 20 Injured in TX Homecoming Party Shooting; Suspect on the Loose

first_imgTwo people are dead, and another 20 are injured, after a gunman allegedly opened fire at an off-campus Texas A&M University-Commerce Halloween and homecoming party Saturday night.According to Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks, the shooter may have been targeting a certain person at the gathering of about 750 people in Greenville, which is 15 miles southwest of the campus.The shooting occurred around midnight Saturday. Meeks says the injured included four people who did not have suffer gunshot wounds but were instead hurt while attempting to run from the scene.Authorities believe the male shooter entered the venue through a back door and then began firing with a handgun. He remains on the loose, and they do not know who he is or have a description of him.Sheriff’s deputies had been questioning a party-goer in front of the building due to complaints of parking on the roadway blocking traffic. That is when they heard gunshots coming from the back of the building.Meeks says the two deceased victims are both males, but he did not know if they were A&M-Commerce students.School and sheriff’s officials add that the party was not a school-sponsored event.The party was being held at a facility called The Party Venue. The owner is cooperating with authorities, Meeks says.According to its website, Texas A&M University-Commerce is the second-largest university in the Texas A&M University System. The school, which was founded in 1889, has about 6,000 undergraduate students and 4,000 graduate students.last_img read more

Fishermen are Pulling Deformed Fish out of Lake O

first_imgFisherman Jason Blair believes the FWC’s aquatic spraying program is destroying Lake Okeechobee’s vegetation and grotesquely deforming fish.This comes after anglers from across the region have documented fish after fish with what they say are tumors, large lesions, and deformities that are stomach-churning.“Week after week, day after day, we’re pulling out damage fish with tumors and burn marks on their sides and it’s just a terrible thing,” said Blair. “Tumors on a fish is definitely unusual and something I have not seen before until the last couple of months in these heavily sprayed areas.”But FWC officials say herbicide spraying is needed to control the spread of non-native invasive plants that block navigation channels and crowd out native plants.Herbicides registered for use in aquatic environments undergo years of rigorous evaluation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, before an herbicide may be used in Florida waters, it must be registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. During this process, state health and environmental agencies comment on new herbicides. In order for an aquatic herbicide to pass the registration process, it must not pose a reasonable threat to human health and safety.Meanwhile, on the Treasure Coast, Representative Brian Mast said many times before, if we wouldn’t put it in the bathtub with our children or grandchildren, then it doesn’t belong in our waterways. That standard extends to spraying as well.last_img read more

Florida officer accidentally shoots himself while trying to shoot dog

first_imgA Davie police officer is recovering from a bullet wound after he accidentally shot himself while trying to shoot a dog that ran at him.The incident was reported early Friday morning in the area of Northeast 116th Street and 12th Avenue.Authorities say they were called to the area around 2:30 am and when the officer got out of his vehicle, a dog ran towards him.The officer immediately drew his weapon and instinctively put out his other hand in front of him to protect himself from the dog. The officer then fired the gun and accidentally shot himself in the hand.Another officer on the scene used a belt to tie off the wound until emergency officials arrived.The officer was taken to an area hospital for treatment on what was described as non life-threatening injuries.The dog was said to have gazed by the bullet but was said to be in good condition.last_img read more

Bionic Cat Becomes Media Sensation

first_imgA cat has become an internet superstar in Italy, thanks to a new spring in its step. Bionic cat Vito becomes ‘superstar’ with his prosthetic legs https://t.co/lHNgUrWaHO— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) December 17, 2019 A 6-year-old cat has become an online sensation here in Italy thanks to two new prosthetic hind legs.Vito, or Vituzzo, as the cat is known, had his rear limbs amputated after he was run over in Milan last summer.Then he received spring-loaded legs with joints, similar to those used by athletes.He’s reportedly the first cat in the world to be fitted with this type of advanced prosthesis.He can now be seen wandering about again and climbing sofas at home on his social media accounts.last_img read more

Sunday is the First Global Palindrome Date in Over 900 Years

first_imgSunday marks the first global palindrome date in 909 years.It is also the only palindrome date in all date formats that we will see in this century.Today is February 2, 2020, or 02/02/2020, which means the date as digits reads the same both front and backwards, regardless of the format in which a country writes the date.Both the MM/DD/YYYY format and the DD/MM/YYYY format read 02/02/2020 on this day, or simply 02022020.The last time a palindrome date in all formats occurred was 909 years ago, on 11/11/1111. It will happen again in 101 years, on 12/12/2121.last_img read more

Florida man accused of filming coworkers in day care bathroom

first_imgSt. Petersburg police say a cafeteria worker at Lew Williams Center for Early Learning is facing a video voyeurism charge.30-year-old Julin Nichols was arrested on Monday after co-workers say they found a cellphone taped under the sink and facing the toilet in a bathroom.Police didn’t say whether any children were involved in the investigation, or how many people were recorded by the phone.Officials are still investigating the case.last_img

JetBlue Flight Diverts to PBIA Due to Smoke; No Injuries Reported

first_imgA JetBlue flight that was heading from the Bahamas to New York with 143 people aboard was diverted to Palm Beach International Airport Thursday afternoon.Local and federal authorities say the crew declared an emergency due to a report of smoke in the cockpit.No one was hurt as Flight 421, which originally departed from Nassau for John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, landed at PBIA, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue officials add that the smoke was limited to the cockpit and had already dissipated by the time firefighters boarded the aircraft.The FAA is investigating the cause of the incident.Officials at PBIA say the passengers were deplaned but did not have additional information about their travel plans.last_img read more

DeSantis: Task Force will Oversee State’s “Resurgence and Reopening”

first_imgGov. Ron DeSantis held a news conference late Wednesday afternoon at the Florida State Capitol regarding the coronavirus pandemic.The governor announced that he is putting together a task force to oversee the “resurgence and reopening of Florida.”“Time is of the essence, and we want to make sure we’re getting the best ideas possible,” he said.The task force will be comprised of elected officials in addition to leaders in the fields of business and education, among others.“I’ll be seeking advice and ideas on pretty much everything under the sun. Small business, agriculture, restaurants, tourism, large events and conventions, recreation, international travel, K through 12, as well as higher education,” DeSantis added.Here’s a message to Floridians who are fighting every day to combat #COVID19. We can, and we will, get through this together. https://t.co/BBOXa4zDCD— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) April 15, 2020 A “stay at home” order remains in effect for the entire state until April 30.It is unknown at this time whether that order will be extended, or if DeSantis will allow it to expire and begin to reopen various parts of our state.He stated that the situation continues to change from one moment to the next, and that his team is continuing to study the data on testing and cases of COVID-19, to help them determine the next steps.Florida currently has 22,511 cases and 596 deaths.In South Florida, the statistics as of Wednesday morning are as follows:Palm Beach County: 1,782 cases-105 deaths-Men: 852, Women: 865-311 hospitalizationsBroward County: 3,334 cases-92 deaths-Men: 1,708, Women: 1,499-530 hospitalizationsMiami-Dade County: 7,863 cases-149 deaths-Men: 4,019, Women: 3,701-655 hospitalizationslast_img read more

Standoff Between Protesters, Officers Ends in Wellington

first_imgPalm Beach County Sheriff’s officers dressed in riot gear faced off with protesters until nearly 2 a.m. Sunday in Wellington.The situation originally started as a peaceful rally for Black Lives Matter at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach on Saturday afternoon.That is when three Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) deputies met with organizers to discuss a plan for the march.The goal was to keep the participants and the public safe on their way west on Forest Hill Boulevard heading to Highway 441.A Facebook live video captured by our TV news partner, WPTV NewsChannel 5, shows that PBSO agreed the organizers could use the sidewalk to travel to the major intersection in Wellington.However, participants discovered a lack of sidewalks along Forest Hill Boulevard shortly thereafter. At that point, rally leaders moved the event into the right lane of the street.A statement from PBSO says, “The protesters failed to comply with several orders to stay out of the roadway.” That is when the tension began.According to The Palm Beach Post, the protesters were greeted by officers in riot gear as they approached the Olympia neighborhood.The standoff ended up lasting for hours, and created traffic closures in the area.PBSO and protesters cleared the scene, and traffic began moving normally in the area.last_img read more