Bill Nelson Says Its Foolish Not To Suspect Russians

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson isn’t backing down from comments that Russian operatives have penetrated some of his state’s election systems ahead of this year’s crucial election.  Nelson on Monday evening said that it would be “foolish to think” the Russians are not continuing their efforts to target Florida. Russian hackers targeted at least 21 states, including Florida, ahead of the 2016 election. He said criticism of his comments are for “partisan political purposes.”

Experts say that a major menace to Florida, like a hurricane, is what it will take to rid the Southwest portion of the state from the red tide that has killed millions of fish and made a mess of beaches and tourist areas.  The tropics, however, remain quiet, and U.S. forecasters say the Atlantic hurricane season may be less active than they previously predicted, thanks to cooler waters in the Atlantic Ocean

The Los Angeles subway system will become the first in the U.S. to install body scanners that screen passengers for weapons and explosives, officials said Tuesday.  The scanners that are being deployed are portable, and project waves to do a full-body screening of passengers walking through a station without slowing them down.

Ocala police have arrested two brothers in connection with the beating of a 59 year old man last month.  The victim told detectives that he heard some loud banging in his kitchen on SE 18th Avenue and when he went to investigate recognized Levi and Dylan Lemirand.   The brothers then reportedly assaulted the victim.  Dylan was arrested earlier this month.  His brother arrested Tuesday.  Both face a long list of charges.

The first execution in Nebraska was carried out Tuesday using a combination of four drugs never used in combination before.  Fentanyl was one of the drugs used in the cocktail.  60 year old Carey Moore was pronounced dead a few minutes later with no complications.  Nebraska’s last execution was in 1997 using an electric chair.

The Highway Patrol says an Ocala man was killed Monday when the car he was driving slammed into a fence, gate and then another fence, ultimately overturning twice.  39 year old John Saltis III was thrown from the vehilcle.  The crash occurred on County Road 42 near SE 122nd Terrace.  Meanwhile the FHP has identified one of the two people killed Monday afternoon in a three vehicle crash on I-75 at State Road 200 as 28 year old Monique Morrell of Ocala.  A 22 year old woman, a passenger in the car from Ocala has not been identified.

More than 37,000 students showed up for the first day of classes in Marion County Monday.  That number is expected to grow to more than 43,000 in the coming weeks.  The school district said the first day went incredibly smoothly with only the usual problems like late busses and other minor issues that typically iron themselves out in the first few days.

Under increasing pressure from Democrats, Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency Monday over the ongoing harmful red tide bloom that is killing tons of marine life on the state’s west coast.  The declaration covers Collier, Lee Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.  Under the declaration, more than $100,000 will be given to Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Sarasota to increase local efforts to save animals affected by red tide.And a half millions more to help tourism development boards in counties affected by red tide.

Prosecutors charged a white man with manslaughter Monday in the death of an unarmed black man whose video-recorded shooting in a store parking lot has revived debate over Florida’s “stand your ground” law.  47 year old Michael Drejka, has been charged with the July 19 death of Markeis McGlockton outside a Clearwater convenience store.  He’s being held on $100,000 bond.  The incident began over a parking space.

Like it or not, Google is tracking your every movement, even if you’ve explicitly told it not to do it.  How?  Even if you’ve turned off the location history, Google is tracking you through other apps. Even with Location History paused, some Google apps automatically store time-stamped location data without asking.  The information was revealed by Princeton University at the request of the Associated Press.  Google claims it hasn’t done anything wrong.

From the medical pages, researchers believe they have developed gene testing that can detect heart disease or potential problems long before they become apparent. The scoring system also can predict an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, and other diseases as reported in the journal Nature Genetics — noting that next steps include learning what might likewise lower those risks.

After flaming out in the GOP presidential primary — and enduring rival Donald Trump’s taunts along the way — Sen. Marco Rubio is entering his next act in politics.  The once-rising star used to be criticized for being in too much of a hurry, but now he’s hunkered down passint his days buried in the work of the Senate Intelligence Committee   One thing though, that Rubio says he is not doing, is preparing for another run at the White House for 2020.

Two people were killed in a three vehicle crash Monday afternoon on I-75 near State Road 200.  A semi, sport utility vehicle, and a sedan were involved in the crash in the northbound lanes.  Information on those killed is still not available.

The man killed in a shooting at a home in McIntosh late Saturday night has been identified as 42 year old Jack Merriman Junior.  Police had been called to a residence just a few blocks from US 441 concerning an argument in progress.  But while en-route, deputies learned that the altercation had escalated into a shooting inside a home.  Police said they have referred the details of the shooting to the state attorney for review and possible charges.