Serendipity? 3 sisters have same birthday in different years
OVIEDO, Fla. — (AP) — Three sisters in Florida share the same birthday, but they're not twins or triplets. Instead, the Lammert sisters — Sophia, Giuliana and Mia — were each born on Aug. 25, respectively, in 2015, 2018 and 2021. “I thought she could absolutely be born two weeks early and share the same birthday with her two older sisters,” Kristin Lammert said. But whether they get a fourth Aug. 25 birthday child is up to fate, with maybe a little nudge from Kristin. “She’s really good at planning,” Nick Lammert said.wftv.com
Mike Pence introduces astronauts for future NASA moon mission
Vice President Mike Pence spoke about the future of the space program on Wednesday during a visit to the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. He discussed the mission to get astronauts back to the moon by 2024 under NASA's Artemis program, and introduced a group of astronauts who will take part. He formally announced the names of 18 astronauts from which NASA will choose the commanders, pilots, and mission specialists who will go to the moon as part of the Artemis program. Five of the astronauts for NASA's Artemis program, which aims to return to the moon in 2024, are introduced at the Kennedy Space Center on Dec. 9, 2020. Pence announced that two military bases on Florida's Space Coast have become the first to carry the name Space Force on their designation as military bases: Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station will now be Patrick Space Force Base and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.cbsnews.com
The Florida manatee stuck inside a bike tire has reappeared at Blue Spring State Park
On Jan. 30, volunteers with Save the Manatee counted 421 manatees at the park.Officials have been notified and are monitoring the manatee. To report an injured manatee in Florida, call 1-888-404-3922. Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida. Unlike many newspapers, ours is free and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlandos true free pressorlandoweekly.com
Passengers stranded on Disney World's Skyliner gondola for hours
In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, streak across the skies above Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. ORLANDO, Florida (CNN) - Walt Disney World lost a bit of its magic for visitors who spent Saturday night stranded on the theme park's new Skyliner gondola. Emmie Palmer said she and a friend were stranded about three stories high along with three other woman in a gondola cabin. "Evacuating two people at a time off of the Disney World Skyliner... could be very slow with 10 capacity gondolas," Murray tweeted along with photos of rescuers working. Passengers who were stranded were compensated with free park tickets and gift cards, Palmer and Cole said.
'You're not going to win against a train:' Officers remind drivers not to stop on tracks
On Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019 Orlando police officers watch for cars stopping near or on the train tracks during National Rail Safety Week. (Image: Mark Lehman/WKMG)ORLANDO, Fla. - Law enforcement agencies are cracking down on drivers who stop on or near railroad tracks as part of National Rail Safety Week. Costa said drivers who stopped within 15 feet before or after the railroad crossing were issued a $164 citation. Drivers were also given a ticket if they changed lanes near the tracks, which police said is also illegal. During Rail Safety Week, SunRail launched its "Going for Zero" campaign to stop distractions, collisions and trespassing along the more than 60 miles of track between Kissimmee and Debary.
Man spends 8 hours atop 400-foot WKMG-TV tower before climbing down
After four hours of the man standing near the top of the tower, Orlando firefighters started to climb the structure with climbing equipment to help him down. However, once the firefighters started to ascend the tower, the man climbed higher to the top of the structure. Orlando police and fire attempt to speak with a man who climbed the WKMG TV tower on Sept. 18, 2019. Photos of the WKMG TV tower a man climbed outside News 6's studios on Sept. 18, 2019. A man climbs the WKMG TV studios tower on Sept. 18, 2019.
U. of Florida band director says he was attacked after football game
The University of Florida's marching band director was attacked following a football game against Miami. ORLANDO, Fla. - The University of Florida's band director says he was attacked Saturday night after the school's football game against the University of Miami in Orlando. The band was marching in uniform from the stadium to its buses following the game when a female Miami fan tried to cross the line of band students, University of Florida spokesman Steve Orlando told CNN, based on the director's account. Orlando police told CNN affiliate WKMG the department is investigating the incident and may release more information on Monday. Watkins has been the director of the UF Gator Marching Band since 2006.
PHOTOS: Virgin Orbit LauncherOne factory in Long Beach
The Virgin Orbit employee room in Long Beach, California. Employees can work and take a break among a mission accomplisment board, Virgin Airlines memorabilia and sit on the former jetliner seats, now called Cosmic Girl. (Image: Emilee Speck/WKMG)Hide Caption
Attempted murder charge for accused George Zimmerman shooter
A Florida prosecutor upgraded charges against Matthew Apperson to attempted murder for allegedly shooting into George Zimmerman's vehicle in May. Apperson says he was acting in self defense. Sheli Muniz of Orlando affiliate WKMG reports.cbsnews.com
SeaWorld hopes to turn the tide after negative publicity
After years of negative publicity, SeaWorld hopes that a new CEO and approach can help. The animal water park is fighting to stay afloat after a one-two punch sent ticket sales into a deep dive last year. Erik Sandoval of CBS Orlando station WKMG reports.cbsnews.com
5/9: Beverly Hills cracks down on water wasters; SeaWorld hopes to turn the tide after negative publicity
Starting June 1, California cities have to cut their water use from 8 percent to as much as 36 percent. Among the 36-percenters: Beverly Hills. Carter Evans reports how they're cracking down on drought dodgers; After years of negative publicity, SeaWorld hopes that a new CEO and approach can help. The animal water park is fighting to stay afloat after a one-two punch sent ticket sales into a deep dive last year. Erik Sandoval of CBS Orlando station WKMG reports.cbsnews.com
Fla. daycare hit-and-run suspect speaks out in hearing
Fla. daycare hit-and-run suspect speaks out in hearing The man accused of running a car into a Fla. daycare center, killing a 4-year-old girl, faced a judge for the second time in four days. Bond was set at $100,000. WKMG's Nicole Pesecky reports.cbsnews.com
80-year-old waiter serves up kindness
80-year-old waiter serves up kindness Benjamin Johnson, 80, was honored in the Piccadilly Cafeteria, in Florida, as the chain's longest-serving employee. Johnson has been serving meals for 60 years and says he no plans to retire. WKMG's Julie Broughton reports.cbsnews.com