Number of families without food spike
Boat captain makes a big mistake
Tampa restaurant owner asks public to help locate stolen pizza truck
Earlier this week, Mirco Falcone––who owns Pizzeataly––was in shock to wake up to learn that his restaurant, a bright red food truck, had been stolen in the night. Now he’s turned to the public to help return the pizza shop on wheels.
Surveillance video shows the pizza truck speeding out of a parking lot at four in the morning.
Falcone bought the truck about a year and half ago and says it is his family’s only source of income.
Falcone told the press, “This is really horrible. We did this truck with a lot of sacrifice, you know, for my American dream."
Federal Court affirms university’s decision to fire Florida professor who questioned Sandy Hook
James Tracy was fired from Florida Atlantic University soon after he questioned whether the Sandy Hook Massacre actually occurred. Now a Federal Appeals Court has backed the university’s decision.
In Court, Tracy argued that the university broke his First Amendment rights.
But according to the federal judges, Tracy was fired for refusing to report his activities outside the classroom, not because he raised suspicions about the massacre that left 20 children and six adults dead.
Local food pantries report rising numbers of those in need
On Tuesdays, hundreds of cars line up behind two Lakeland food pantries to receive groceries.
According to the pantries organizers, as the coronavirus pandemic has lingered on, more and more families are showing up for assistance. Last year the pantries were feeding about 2,000 people per month. Now it’s around 10,000 people.
The organizer said it's not uncommon to see people with nice cars come to the pantries nowadays.
Captain who poked manatee now in federal court
A boat captain, David Beede, sat in federal court on Tuesday after a video caught him poking a manatee with a fishing rod.
Manatees are an endangered species, and it’s a federal crime to harass the aquatic animal that lives around Florida’s coasts.
Beede argued in Court that he was only trying to help the animal that had a fishing lure stuck to its back.
Beede was sentenced to 50 hours of community service.