Engine failed before deadly Miramar plane crash, instructor tells investigators
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A flight instructor blamed engine failure for a plane crash in Miramar this month that killed a 25-year-old pilot in training, a new federal report shows.But inspectors with the National Transportation Safety Board so far haven’t found evidence of the plane failing or malfunctioning. They haven’t specified what caused the May 12 crash.The instructor, who was seriously injured in the crash, said he and the pilot in training, Mark Daniel Scott of Miramar, were halfway to a practice area during the flight when “the right engine failed,” according to a preliminary report re...
Did that drone just tell us to stay 6 feet apart?
WASHINGTON — The plan for a pandemic drone didn’t last long in Westport, Conn.Within days in late April, the police department of the coastal town outside New York City reversed course on using drone-mounted cameras to scan crowds for fevers and coughs.The department had said it would use the technology at beaches, train stations, recreation areas and shopping centers. Biometric readings would help the department understand population patterns and respond to potential health threats.Feedback from some of the town’s 28,000 residents was quick and laden with concern, Lt. Anthony Prezioso said, s...
ICE cuts populations at South Florida detention centers per federal judge's order
MIAMI — U.S. Immigration authorities have cut populations at three South Florida detention centers in compliance with a federal judge’s order amid the coronavirus pandemic.Last month, U.S. District Judge Marcia G. Cooke ordered Immigration and Customs Enforcement to shrink its detainee populations to 75% of capacity to allow for social distancing at three facilities: the Krome Processing Center in Miami-Dade, the Broward Transitional Center in Pompano Beach and the Glades County detention center in Moore Haven.On Sunday night, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement told Cooke in a court fili...
Gov. Newsom vows to add firefighters despite California budget woes, as 'ferocious' summer looms
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — With a “ferocious and challenging” wildfire season looming, California Gov. Gavin Newsom pledged to hire hundreds of new firefighters Wednesday — but acknowledged that his new budget will curtail some of his previous funding proposals to help the state respond to emergencies.As the state falls into a multibillion-dollar budget deficit because of the coronavirus pandemic, Newsom said he’ll work with the Legislature to secure more than $200 million in new funding for Cal Fire and the Office of Emergency Services.“We are not going to step back despite the economic headwinds,”...
The Sacramento Bee
St. Louis bill barring spitting, coughing, sneezing on essential workers hits roadblock
ST. LOUIS — A proposed St. Louis city ordinance making it illegal to intentionally spit, cough or sneeze on public safety and other essential workers during the coronavirus crisis ran into trouble Tuesday in an aldermanic committee.The bill’s sponsor, Alderman Bret Narayan, said it would give prosecutors a more specific, easier-to-prove alternative to a state anti-terrorist law used to charge people in two such cases in other parts of Missouri. The state law also has more “draconian” penalties, he said.“If we’re going to ask these folks to go out and do their job in the middle of a pandemic, i...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
A convention during a pandemic: RNC hires health expert to advise on 2020 event
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—With the coronavirus pandemic expected to linger through the summer, Republican National Convention officials announced Thursday the hiring of a veteran health expert with national security experience to help ensure convention safety.Dr. Jeffrey Runge, a former medical director for the Department of Homeland Security and one-time clinical research director at Carolinas Medical Center, was named the convention’s Senior Adviser for Health and Safety Planning. The convention, scheduled to begin Aug. 24, is expected to bring 50,000 people to Charlotte.“We’ve said from the start tha...
The Charlotte Observer
Coronavirus leaves Miami Dolphins' London game in serious doubt
Four regular-season NFL games scheduled to be played in London this season — including one involving the Miami Dolphins — likely will be shifted to the United States because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Sunday report from the British publication, The Daily Mail.Dolphins executives and the NFL’s chief spokesperson declined to confirm or deny that report.The NFL has said the regular-season schedule will be released by Saturday and that the season will be played in full and begin, as scheduled, on Sept. 10, despite the world health crisis.But the league is planning several continge...
NTSB: Lives could have been saved in Mo. tour boat sinking if Coast Guard followed guidance
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday that lives could have been saved when a duck boat capsized in a thunderstorm on Table Rock Lake if the U.S. Coast Guard had followed safety recommendations from 18 years ago.NTSB investigators discussed with board members their nearly two-year investigation into a 2018 disaster near Branson when a Ride the Ducks tour vessel sank, killing 17 of the 31 people on board.The sightseeing tour started on Table Rock Lake just ahead of the arrival of a severe thunderstorm on July 19, 2018. The thunderstorm barre...
The Kansas City Star
Judge temporarily blocks Illinois governor's stay-at-home order from applying to GOP legislator who sued
CHICAGO — Political divisions over Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s statewide stay-at-home restrictions were on full display Monday, as a judge issued a temporary injunction allowing a Republican legislator to disregard the order, a decision Pritzker quickly denounced while forcefully defending his actions to fight the coronavirus pandemic.The ruling by Clay County Circuit Court Judge Michael McHaney came in a lawsuit filed by Rep. Darren Bailey that challenged Pritzker’s authority to extend his stay-at-home order beyond the initial 30 days under the state’s Emergency Management Act.While the rul...
Whitmer extends stay-home order until May 15, relaxes garden, boating bans immediately
LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended her stay-at-home order Friday through May 15, while lifting certain restrictions on businesses and outdoor activities effective immediately.The order also now allows individuals to travel between two residences in Michigan, including to a new home, though Whitmer strongly discouraged such travel during the coronavirus pandemic. A ban on travel to vacation rentals remains in place.She is also allowing motorized boating and golfing (without motorized carts) as long as they observe “strict” social distancing protocols to remain six feet apa...
The Detroit News