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‘Intelligent’ Streetlights To ‘Watch’ Florida Residents



” The Jacksonville, Florida, city government is preparing to install more than 50 “intelligent” streetlights under a new General Electric pilot program.

  In accordance with the “GE Intelligent City Initiative,” the “data-collecting” LED streetlights will be placed throughout the city’s downtown and surrounding areas.

  According to a Thursday morning presentation by GE, the lights will be “interconnected with one another and will collect real-time data,” as reported by the Jacksonville Business Journal.

“ GE’s intelligent LEDs are a gateway to city-changing technology, with sensors, controls, wireless transmitters and microprocessors built within the LED system,” GE states.”


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Fireball Sightings With Booms Heard In Florida






” The American Meteor Society received more than 160 reports of bright fireball sightings clustered around Lake City, Florida over the weekend. Some witnesses were as far away as Georgia and South Carolina.

  Many reported feeling a sonic boom. AMS says over 15 of the reports described a “window rattling delayed boom.” Scientists believe a meteor caused the phenomenon, ending its flight about 30 miles west from Jacksonville.

  Last week, people in Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio reported seeing a fireball, which was captured on camera by NASA.You can report a fireball event here. “


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Marine Sniper Involved In Controversial Video Found Dead









” A Marine Corps combat veteran who endured a long, public legal battle with the service’s senior leadership was found dead Wednesday night.

Retired Cpl. Robert Richards, 28, died at his home in Jacksonville, North Carolina, according to Guy Womack, Richards’ attorney and friend. An autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause of death, Womack said, adding that it does not appear to be self-inflicted. A medical examiner will look at the mix of medication Richards was taking, he said.

  Richards was a scout sniper with multiple deployments to Afghanistan, including one in 2010 during which he sustained severe injuries. Peers and superiors alike praised him for his combat prowess and leadership skills, evidenced by his being hand-selected to serve as the scout sniper platoon team leader for 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, during its 2011 tour.

  It was during that deployment when Richards and three other Marines made a video of themselves urinating on Taliban corpses. The video surfaced online in January 2012, causing an international uproar. But the Marine Corps’ prosecution of Richards and others connected to the incident would become overshadowed by allegations that the service’s commandant, Gen. Jim Amos, and his legal advisers manipulated the military justice process to ensure they were punished harshly. A Pentagon investigation did not substantiate those claims.”


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Local Fight Over Fast Food Ends With Torched Car



McDonalds Car Torched



” A man’s car is set on fire at a Southside McDonald’s after he wouldn’t buy his girlfriend ice cream.

  Sabryna Maré was there and spoke to our partners CBS 47/FOX 30 Action News.

” They were going at it,” said Maré of the couple who was standing behind her in line. “She was saying she wanted this and wanted that, and she wanted either a McFlurry or an ice cream on top and he was not in for it. Then he was yelling at her saying he’s not going to do it.”

  Maré says that’s when the argument escalated.

” Next thing you know, she says ‘I’m going to blow it up,’ and we were wondering what are you going to blow up?”

  According to a Jacksonville Fire and Rescue report, “it” was a 1994 El Dorado. Witnesses say the woman grabbed the man’s keys and ran outside.

”  She got something out of the car that happened to be a bottle and then she got gasoline from who knows where. Then she poured everything all over it and next thing you know there was a match and it was up in flames.”


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600 People Involved In Florida Movie Theater Brawl On Christmas





” Five people were arrested after a brawl erupted outside a Jacksonville, Fla. movie theater on Christmas night, ABC News reports.

  The incident, which police described as a “melee,” began around 8:30 p.m. when an off-duty officer was rushed by 25-30 people trying to get into the Regal River City Marketplace theater without any tickets,according to News 4 Jax. The officer called for backup and used pepper spray to try to control the situation.

  After the officer used pepper spray and locked the doors, “upward of 600 people moving throughout a parking lot about the size of a football field began fighting, disrupting and jumping on cars,” Lauri-Ellen Smith, a spokeswoman for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office told ABC News.”


Readers may recall only yesterday we were reporting on a gang of 400 or so “youths” trashing a mall in Brooklyn .








Marine Killed By Cops Linked To 2 Deaths




” Police today identified a U.S. Marine accused of a drive-by shooting rampage that left one woman dead and five others injured in Texas, and said they believe he is also be responsible for the death of another woman in North Carolina the day before.

Esteban J. Smith, 23, was killed in a shootout with police early Sunday morning after randomly firing on five vehicles from his pickup truck as he drove around Concho County, Texas, according to Tom Vinger, spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.”




See Also : Esteban Smith, Marine Murderer: Top 10 Facts You Need to Know








Florida Fireballs Renew Calls For Early Warning System



Florida Fireballs



” The streaking meteor was small compared to the one that hit Russia last week, but it was a bright light in the Florida sky – and was captured on video.

“This one wasn’t grain-of-sand size, which what most of them are,” Thomas Webber, director of the Museum of Science and History’s Bryan-Gooding Planetarium told the Florida Times Union in Jacksonville. “When we get something a little bigger, that maybe has a silicate coating that ablates off as it travels though the atmosphere and takes some of the heat with it, they can appear much brighter and last a lot longer.”

More than 60 people reported seeing the meteor on the American Meteor Society’s “Fireball Log.”

They posted comments including, “I saw flames coming from it as it was falling and then it burned out. It was very distintive as a flaming, falling ball.” “