LIFE IN PRISON FOR CONVICTED FLORIDA KEYS BOMB PLOTTER
A judge has imposed a life prison sentence on a man convicted of plotting to set off a backpack bomb on a Florida Keys beach in solidarity with the Islamic State extremist group. The sentence came Tuesday in Key West federal court in the case of 25-year-old Harlem Suarez, convicted in January of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and providing material support to a terrorist organization.
FLORIDA TESTS BACTERIA-INFESTED MOSQUITOES TO KILL OFF DISEASE-CARRYING BUGS
Thousands of bacteria-infected mosquitoes were released in the wild Tuesday near Key West, testing a new way to kill mosquitoes that carry Zika and other viruses. The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District released 20,000 male mosquitoes infected by the Kentucky-based company MosquitoMate with naturally occurring Wolbachia bacteria.
MLB RECEIVES OVERALL C+ IN RACIAL, GENDER HIRING PRACTICES
As Major League Baseball celebrates the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier, a diversity report finds that the league could do a better job of identifying and hiring minority and female candidates for top decision-making jobs. The annual report card released Tuesday by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida shows a drop-off from a year ago in MLB’s racial and gender hiring practices.
FLORIDA IS APOLOGIZING FOR MISDEEDS IN ITS PAST
The Florida House is formally apologizing for decades of abuse at a north Florida reform school and to the families of four young black men accused of raping a white woman 68 years ago in what’s now seen as a case of racial injustice. The House unanimously passed two resolutions Tuesday acknowledging the state’s misdeeds involving the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys and the group known as the “Groveland Four.”
JOHN GLENN HONORED WITH LAUNCH OF SPACE STATION SUPPLY SHIP
John Glenn’s trailblazing legacy took flight Tuesday as a cargo ship bearing his name rocketed toward the International Space Station. An Atlas rocket provided the late morning lift from Cape Canaveral to orbit, just as it did for Glenn 55 years ago when he became the first American to orbit the Earth.