5 Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 17

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today.

Womans says man who reported Jacksonville toddler missing raped her

A woman told police the man who reported a Jacksonville toddler missing allegedly raped her a month before 21-month od Lonzie Barton disappeared. William Ruben Ebron Jr. is being held on child neglect charges.

Orlando airport to open Muslim prayer room

Orlando International Airport is opening a reflection room where Muslim travelers can pray. Airport officials announced last week they were opening the room ahead of the start of service of Emirates Airline at the airport, with direct daily flights between Orlando and Dubai starting Sept. 1.

Hey dads, this school wants you

Village Academy in Delray Beach has recruited more than 100 dads and male mentors to greet students as they walk onto campus. A Florida Department of Education study found that when fathers are actively involved in their child’s education, the students earn better grades and have fewer discipline problems.

Incredible Hulk rollercoaster shutting down for renovations

Universal’s Islands of Adventure says its closing The Incredible Hulk rollercoaster down the day after Labor Day and reopening sometime next summer. The bright green Hulk, named after the Marvel Comics character, is undergoing some new enhancements and improvements to its ride vehicles.

Men injured in shooting at Tampa nightclub

Police say three men were shot at Club Viva early Monday while some 500 people were inside.

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