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Berkley Point Apartments Scene of More Gun Violence

The Berkley Point Apartments on NE 7th Street, the scene of much violence and drug dealing in the past, was the scene of another shooting Monday evening according to police.  The 19 year old victim was taken to the hospital before police arrived on the scene.  Police have been called to the complex several times over the past week.  Just a few years ago, the city ordered that the owners of the complex clean up the place.  A fence was placed around the complex and the violence died down, but only for a short while.

Marion County has registered another 148 cases of the Covid-19 virus since Monday and 12 more dead from the disease.  Statewide, the number keep exploding like an atomic bomb with more than 497,000 cases registered and more than 7500 dead.

Police say a 19 year old man was killed Monday afternoon when his vehicle went out of control on NW 95th Avenue Road, struck an SUV, then a tree splitting the car in half.   The man was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.  He was not wearing a seatbelt.  A 31 year old woman and her 5 year old son were in the SUV and taken to Shand’s in Gainesville.  They will survive.  The Florida Highway Patrol said the 19 year old was speeding and was not wearing a seatbelt.

The Manhattan District Attorney has suggested for the first time that it’s investigating President Donald Trump and his company for alleged business and insurance fraud.  The story was first reported by the New York Times.  The disclosure was made in a filing that seeks to force Trump’s accounting firm to hand over eight years of Trump’s personal and corporate tax returns.  The revelation comes less than a month after the US Supreme Court ruled that presidents cannot be immune from investigations.

If you have a student or relative going to the University of Florida or the University of Central Florida this fall semester, here’s something to chew on.  A new survey shows that UF and UCF are among the top schools in the nation with Covid-19 cases.  Nationwide some 6600 covid cases have been reported among 270 schools.  UF has 217, sixth on that list.  UCF is second with 438, right behind the University of Texas.

Monday was the first day of school in Marion County.  Not for the kids, but for the 3000 teachers, staff workers, and support personnel.  The teachers will spend the next three weeks in training for coronavirus protocols and on line education for parents who are keeping their children at home.  Kids return to the classrooms or computer screens on August 24th.

Almost two months after reopening, Universal Orlando is laying off an undisclosed number of workers.  Universal spokesman Tom Schroder said in an email Monday that the Florida theme park resort was reducing its workforce “to reflect current priorities and needs.”  Universal has put it’s construction plans on hold as well as the company, owned by Comcast, has lost a boatload of money because of coronavirus.  The company’s theme parks division shrank to $87 million in revenue from $1.46 billion a year ago.

Marion County reported another 113 new cases of covid-19 on Monday along with three more deaths including two people from Ocala and one from Belleview.  Statewide the total keep mounting as well.  Marion County now ranks up there with the rest of the state in the percentage of positive cases being tested.  Nearly 492,000 people have now been infected with the disease statewide and with leaders refusing to take any deterrent action, that keeps Florida as one of the nastiest places for the disease in the nation.

Isaias has left Central Florida and is crawling up the east coast towards the Carolinas today.  The storm actually did minimal damage to the east coast of the state.  Now Isaias is gaining strength again and officials fear the storm will once again be a hurricane by the time it hits the mid-Atlantic states.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried on Monday unveiled a public awareness campaign urging Floridians to keep their distance and wear masks as a way to lower the risk of coronavirus infections in the latest pressure tactic aimed at Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ who refuses to ordering a mandatory mask requirement.  The CDC has said masking and social distancing by everyone would bring the virus under control in a matter of weeks.  Critics have said DeSantis should have shut down the state sooner last spring as the virus was spreading and should order a mandatory statewide mask requirement.

Slow, grinding negotiations on a huge COVID-19 relief bill resuming this afternoon, but the path forward promises to be challenging and time is already growing short. Republicans are griping that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi won’t drop her expansive wish list even as concerns are mounting that the White House needs to be more sure-footed in the negotiations.  Both the Trump administration negotiating team and top Capitol Hill Democrats remain far apart, and talks since Saturday — when the combatants announced modest progress — have yet to lend momentum. Both sides used television appearances over the weekend to showcase their differences.

You just figured this one. Sales at Clorox jumped 22% in its most recent quarter with millions of people growing more vigilant about cleaning routines in the pandemic.  There was a 33% jump in sales withing the company division that sells cleaning products.  People have loaded pantries with disinfectant wipes and sprays, pushing overall sales up to $1.98 billion for the three months ended June 30. That’s up from $1.62 billion a year earlier.

A plane crash Saturday afternoon near the Dunnellon airport claimed the life of a 48 year old man.  Donald Cheek was the sole occupant of the Grumman Traveler which went down in a wooded area near County Road 484.  The wreckage was found by searchers on Sunday.  Cheek had told family members that he was going to fly patterns around the area of the airport.  The National Transportation Safety Board and FAA are investigating. 

Authorities in Florida say a Burger King worker was fatally shot after a dispute over a delay in a food order.  The Orange County Sheriff’s Office identified the shooter in a news release Sunday as 37-year-old Kelvis Tormes.  He is charged with first-degree murder with a firearm, destruction of evidence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  The victim was identified as 22-year-old Desmond Joshua Jr., who had only recently begun working at the restaurant.  The Orlando Sentinel reported that the Saturday night shooting followed a confrontation between Joshua and a woman over the length of time it took for a drive-through food order to be completed.

Who gets to be first in line for a COVID-19 vaccine? U.S. health authorities hope by late next month to have some draft guidance on how to ration initial doses, but it’s a vexing decision. Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, recently told one of the advisory groups that  “Not everybody’s going to like the answer,” “There will be many people who feel that they should have been at the top of the list.”  Traditionally, first in line for a scarce vaccine are health workers and the people most vulnerable to the targeted infection.

The Space X capsule carrying two astronauts made a picture-perfect splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico Sunday afternoon at 2:48PM.  It was the first splashdown of a space capsule in ocean waters in decades after years of runway landings by NASA’s space shuttle.   The arrival home by the two astronauts marks the end of the first manned mission to the International Space Station from US soil since the end of the shuttle era.

Remember the big scare a week or so ago with the unsolicited packages of seeds.  Ag officials advised people at the time not to plant them, or even handle them.  Turns out, the seeds are pretty much a harmless variety of mustard, cabbage, herbs and other garden plants.  Ag officials have learned that the company in China sending the seeds were doing so as part of what’s called a brushing scam.  That’s when people get unsolicited items in the mail from a seller who then posts false customer reviews to boost sales.