Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today.
5 decades later, US-Cuba diplomatic ties restored
The United States and Cuba restored full diplomatic relations Monday after more than five decades of frosty relations rooted in the Cold War. The new era began with little fanfare when an agreement between the two nations to resume normal ties on July 20 came into force just after midnight Sunday and the diplomatic missions of each country were upgraded from interests sections to embassies. When clocks struck 12:00 in Washington and Havana, they tolled a knell for policy approaches spawned and hardened over the five decades since President John F. Kennedy first tangled with youthful revolutionary Fidel Castro over Soviet expansion in the Americas.
Jeb Bush: Arrogance and incompetence accepted in DC
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, who pursued an aggressive agenda when he was Florida’s governor for eight years, returns to the state capital on Monday where he plans to outline his top domestic priorities if elected. The speech on the campus of Florida State University could include some of Bush’s most forceful statements to date. In a preview on his campaign website Bush said it’s time to challenge what he calls “Mount Washington.” When he was governor Bush referred to state government as “Mount Tallahassee.”
St. Pete Beach evacuated after WWII-era flash bomb found
An Air Force bomb squad has safely detonated a barnacle-encrusted bomb that washed ashore on St. Pete Beach. A spokesman for Mac Dill Air Force base says the object was a photoflash bomb, used to aid WWII-era night photographic missions. A beachgoer found the old bomb while combing the shoreline Sunday morning and alerted authorities. That call triggered a daylong effort to evacuate beachgoers and homeowners, build a sand berm around the bomb, protect hatching sea turtles and safely detonate the M122 flare where it was found.
Man paralyzed after jumping from balcony in Orlando
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office says a man is suffering from paralysis after jumping from a third-floor balcony into a tree. The Orlando Sentinel reports the 20-year-old man attempted the jump early Sunday morning at The Edge apartments. Deputies say they don’t think it was a suicide attempt, but they released few details. The man was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center where he was treated for paralysis from the waist down.
Boy, 16, shot after arriving at girlfriend’s central Florida home
Police say a 16-year-old boy was shot and suffered a non-life-threatening injury upon arriving at his girlfriend’s Apopka home. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office says the unidentified boy arrived at the home Sunday afternoon and was met by his girlfriend’s stepfather and his friend, both of whom were armed with shotguns. Sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Paul Hopkins says the boy grabbed the barrel of the shotgun held by the stepfather’s friend, 50-year-old Alvin Knight, and was shot after the teenager pointed the gun at his own face and said he wasn’t scared. Authorities say the teenager is being treated for a graze wound to his head. Knight was arrested.