Florida Woman Buys $1 Million Scratch-Off Ticket At Circle K
SpaceX Starlink Rocket Launch From Florida Set For March 29
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida – The launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying Starlink 5-10 satellites is targeted to liftoff at 4:01 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, March 29, 2023, from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
The launch window closes at 7:49 p.m.
Launch Weather 60% ‘GO’
According to the latest forecast from the U.S. Space Force 45th Weather Squadron, there is a 60% chance of favorable weather for launch.
The primary weather concerns are liftoff winds and thick clouds.
Attempted Landing On Drone Ship
Following stage separation, the first stage of the Falcon 9 Block 5 will attempt a landing on an autonomous drone ship Just Read the Instructions in the Atlantic Ocean.
Starlink 5-10 Payload
This is the 14th launch of Starlink satellites into orbit.
The 60 Starlink satellites are part of a next-generation satellite network developed by SpaceX to provide the globe with reliable and affordable broadband internet services.
Each Starlink satellite weighs approximately 500 lbs. (227kg) and features a flat-panel design with multiple high-throughput antennas and a single solar array.
SpaceX designed Starlink to connect end-users with low latency, high bandwidth broadband services by providing continual coverage around the world using a network of thousands of satellites in low Earth orbit.
Starlink Hall Thruster
Starlink satellites feature Hall thrusters powered by krypton to adjust position on orbit, maintain intended altitude, and de-orbit.
A Hall thruster is a type of electric propulsion device that produces thrust by ionizing and accelerating a noble gas, usually xenon.
While producing comparatively low thrust relative to conventional rocket engines, Hall thrusters provide significantly greater specific impulse or fuel economy.
This results in increased payload carrying capacity and a greater number of on-orbit maneuvers for a spacecraft using Hall thrusters rather than traditional rocket engines.
Starlink Space Junk Avoidance
Starlink satellites are capable of tracking on-orbit debris and autonomously avoiding a collision.
95 percent of all components of this Starlink satellite design will quickly burn in Earth’s atmosphere at the end of each satellite’s life-cycle which exceeds all current safety standards.
Florida Man Buys Quick Pick Ticket, Wins $1,000 A Week Life
TALLAHASSEE, Florida – The Florida Lottery announced that Jose Ortiz, of Clewiston, claimed a $1,000 a Week for Life prize from the multi-state Draw game, CASH4LIFE, from the drawing held on December 8, 2022.
The Hendry County man chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $1,000,000.00.
Ortiz purchased his winning CASH4LIFE Quick Pick ticket from Clewiston Jiffy, located at 432 West Sugarland Highway in Clewiston, Florida.
The retailer will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning CASH4LIFE Draw game ticket.
This popular multi-state game offers two lifetime prizes, with the chance to win $1,000 a Day for Life or $1,000 a Week for Life.
Florida is the ninth state to join CASH4LIFE.
CASH4LIFE drawings are held daily at 9:00 p.m., ET at the New Jersey Lottery Headquarters studio.
Drawings may be viewed on www.livestream.com/CASH4LIFE .
CASH4LIFE winning numbers are also available at www.flalottery.com, on the Lottery’s mobile app, at Florida Lottery retailers statewide, or by phone at (850) 921-PLAY.
Also, you may register here to receive CASH4LIFE winning numbers and other Lottery information by email or text message.
2 Brevard County Public Schools Principals Arrested For DUI
BREVARD COUNTY, Florida – Two principals at separate schools in Brevard County have been accused of driving under the influence, according to local officials.
The incidents occurred over the weekend, with 62-year-old John Harris, the principal of Heritage High School, being arrested on Friday in Melbourne, and 56-year-old Jennifer Born, the principal of Lewis Carroll Elementary, being arrested on Saturday on the same charge.
Harris was arrested after a deputy noticed a vehicle parked improperly at a Wawa gas station and saw Harris honking the horn at another driver.
Deputies say that the vehicle was running and in drive, Harris’ eyes were bloodshot, his speech was slurred, and the deputy smelled alcohol on his breath. Harris consented to a field sobriety test, and upon completion, probable cause was established to arrest him on a DUI charge.
Harris refused a breath and urine test and was booked into the Brevard County jail, where he was later released on a $500 bond.
Born’s arrest came after a deputy saw her swerving over the white line in the bike lane multiple times.
Deputies say that her speech was slurred, her eyes were bloodshot, and alcohol was smelled on her breath. She was asked to perform field sobriety exercises and did not perform to the required standard.
For more Brevard County teacher discipline actions, visit the Brevard County Public Schools Teacher Disciplinary Database on Brevard Times.
Florida Man Wins $1 Million From Monopoly Scratch-Off
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida – The Florida Lottery announced that Marques Robinson, 37, of Port St. Lucie, claimed a $1 million top prize from the $5 MONOPOLY DOUBLER Scratch-Off game at the Lottery’s West Palm Beach District Office.
The St. Lucie County man chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $798,985.00.
Robinson purchased his winning ticket from Tina’s Grocery, located at 509 25th Street in West Palm Beach, Florida.
The retailer will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning Scratch-Off ticket.
The $5 MONOPOLY DOUBLER Scratch-Off game launched on July 4, 2022, and features more than $132 million in cash prizes, including 12 top prizes of $1 million.
The game’s overall odds of winning are 1-in-3.98.
AAA: Florida Gas Prices Drop 9 Cents
ORLANDO, Florida – Gas prices in Florida continue to decline following a significant drop in the oil market two weeks ago. According to the AAA, the state average decreased by 9 cents per gallon last week, bringing the average retail price to $3.37 per gallon on Sunday.
This is 21 cents lower than the highest price recorded this year and a whopping 75 cents lower than the prices motorists paid at this time last year.
The United States oil prices hit a new low for 2023, dropping by 17% two weeks ago. However, last week, there was a 4% rise in oil prices, which could limit further drops in gas prices. Typically, it takes two weeks for retail prices to adjust to changes in the futures market.
So, it is possible that gas prices may fall a little more this week before stabilizing or increasing slightly next week.
In terms of regional prices, the West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, Naples, and Port St. Lucie areas are the most expensive metro markets, with gas prices averaging $3.58, $3.48, and $3.43 per gallon, respectively.
The Crestview-Fort Walton Beach, Panama City, and Pensacola areas are the least expensive, with average gas prices of $3.18, $3.19, and $3.26 per gallon, respectively.
Despite the ongoing decline in gas prices, it is worth noting that the national average price per gallon is still higher than the average price in Florida.
As of Sunday, the national average stood at $3.57 per gallon, which is 20 cents higher than the average in the Sunshine State.
Florida Man Allegedly Slaps Wife With Slice Of Pizza
MARION COUNTY, Florida – A Florida man allegedly slapped his wife with a slice of pizza in Marion County.
The Domino effect leading to the alleged altercation was purportedly over an argument about the wife slapping their son’s bottom area.
When Marion County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the residence in response to a 911 call, the wife stated that 39-year-old Ortelio Alfonso of Summerfield, Florida, slapped her in the side of her face with a slice of pizza.
According to the arrest affidavit, Marion County deputies observed pizza sauce on the wife’s clothes and hair along with the kitchen walls and ceiling.
Marion County deputies then arrested the Florida man for domestic violence battery.
The Florida man was later released on his own recognizance.
Brevard County Teacher Placed On Probation For Touching Female 8th-Grade Students
MELBOURNE, Florida – A Brevard County Public Schools teacher was placed on 2 years probation and received a letter of reprimand following a settlement to an administrative complaint where the Florida Department of Education alleged that he had inappropriately touched female 8th-Grade female students.
According to the complaint, Jeffrey M. Kelly was teaching Science at Stone Middle School in Melbourne, Florida, during the 2019-2020 school year when he allegedly hugged, touched the female student’s heads and/or rubbed their shoulders and backs and said “I love you” or similar words to that effect.
Kelly settled the complaint by neither admitting nor denying the allegations.
Disciplinary actions against Florida Teachers slowed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and created a backlog.
For more Brevard County teacher discipline actions, visit the Brevard County Public Schools Teacher Disciplinary Database on Brevard Times.
Giant Sargassum Seaweed Bloom Seen From Space Headed To Florida In 2023
COCOA BEACH, Florida – A massive blob of Sargasso seaweed stretching from West Africa to the Gulf of Mexico that can be seen from outer space is heading for Florida beaches.
Scientists at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg’s College of Marine Science used NASA satellite observations to discover and document the largest bloom of macroalgae in the world, dubbed the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt.
In 2018, more than 20 million tons of it – heavier than 200 fully loaded aircraft carriers – floated in surface waters and became a problem to shorelines lining the tropical Atlantic, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and east coast of Florida, as it carpeted popular beach destinations and crowded coastal waters.
When seaweed piles up along the high tide line, it is called a ‘wrack zone’ or ‘wrack line’ which plays an important ecological role as a valuable food webs source to beach wildlife, especially shorebirds that eat small marine creatures tangled up in the seaweed.
This floating habitat provides food, refuge, and breeding grounds for an array of critters such as fishes, sea turtles, marine birds, crabs, shrimp, and more.
Some animals, like the Sargassum fish (in the frogfish family), live their whole lives only in this habitat. Sargassum serves as a primary nursery area for a variety of commercially important fishes such as mahi-mahi, jacks, and amberjacks.
Because of the ecological importance of Sargassum, many local governments do not clean up the seaweed.
“The scale of these blooms is truly enormous, making global satellite imagery a good tool for detecting and tracking their dynamics through time,” said Woody Turner, manager of the Ecological Forecasting Program at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
Chuanmin Hu of the USF College of Marine Science, who led the study, has studied Sargassum using satellites since 2006
In 2011, Sargassum populations started to explode in places it hadn’t been before, like the central Atlantic Ocean, and then it arrived in gargantuan gobs that suffocated shorelines and introduced a new nuisance for local environments and economies.
“The ocean’s chemistry must have changed in order for the blooms to get so out of hand,” Hu said.
Sargassum reproduces from fragments of the parent plant, and it probably has several initiation zones around the Atlantic Ocean. It grows faster when nutrient conditions are favorable, and when its internal clock ticks in favor of reproduction.
The team identified key factors that are critical to bloom formation: a large seed population in the winter left over from a previous bloom, nutrient input from West Africa upwelling in winter, and nutrient input in the spring or summer from the Amazon River.
Such discharged nutrients may have increased in recent years due to increased deforestation and fertilizer use, though Hu noted that the evidence for nutrient enrichment is preliminary and based on limited available data, and the team needs more research to confirm this hypothesis.
In addition, Sargassum only grows well when salinity is normal and surface temperatures are normal or cooler.
Florida Alligator Spring Mating Season: Safety Tips For People And Pets
Spring is in the air which means that lovesick alligators are on the move during mating season. So the State of Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) is providing a few tips on how humans can reduce their accidental encounters with these reptiles which inhabit all 67 Florida counties.
Alligators are opportunistic predators with an indiscriminate appetite that includes fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and even fruit. Because of their predatory nature, alligators may target people, pets, and livestock as food.
Since 1948, Florida has averaged about five unprovoked bites per year. During that period, a little more than 300 unprovoked bites to people have been documented in Florida, with 22 resulting in deaths.
In the past 10 years, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has received an average of nearly 16,000 alligator-related complaints per year. Most of these complaints deal with alligators occurring in places such as backyard ponds, canals, ditches, and streams, but other conflicts occur when alligators wander into garages, swimming pools, and golf course ponds.
FWC recommends the following 10 tips on how to live with alligators:
1. Never feed alligators because it is dangerous and illegal. When fed, alligators can overcome their natural wariness and learn to associate people with food. When this happens, some of these alligators have to be removed and killed.
2. Dispose of fish scraps in garbage cans at boat ramps and fish camps. Do not throw them into the water. Although you are not intentionally feeding alligators when you do this, the result can be the same.
3. Seek immediate medical attention if you are bitten by an alligator. Alligator bites can result in serious infections.
4. Observe and photograph alligators only from a distance.
5. Be aware of the possibility of alligators when you are in or near fresh or brackish water. Bites may occur when people do not pay close enough attention to their surroundings when working or recreating near water.
6. Do not swim outside of posted swimming areas or in waters that might be inhabited by large alligators.
7. Alligators are most active between dusk and dawn. So, avoid swimming at night.
8. Dogs and cats are similar in size to the natural prey of alligators. Don’t allow pets to swim, exercise or drink in or near waters that may contain alligators. Keep pets on a leash.
9. Do not swim with your dog. Dogs often attract an alligator’s interest.
10. Leave alligators alone. State law prohibits killing, harassing, or possessing alligators. Handling even small alligators can result in injury.
People with concerns about an alligator should call the FWC’s toll-free Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program (SNAP) Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (392-4286).
SNAP uses contracted nuisance alligator trappers throughout the state to remove alligators four feet in length or greater that are believed to pose a threat to people, pets, or property.