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Cooler temperatures headed to Central Florida

<p> The bad news is that more rain is expected to hit Central Florida on Wednesday.  The good news is that cooler temperatures are on the way.</p><p> [MORE: <a href="" target="_blank">Live radar </a>| <a href="" target="_blank">Hurricane App</a> |<a href="" target="_blank"> Storm Tracking App</a> | <a href="" target="_blank">Get Storm Pins App</a>]</p><p> "A front will slide a bit farther south on Wednesday, bringing a 60 percent coverage of rain for the afternoon bus stop and drive home," Local 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said.  "The heaviest rain will fall between 2 o'clock and 6 o'clock."</p><p> Rain chances drop to 40 percent for Thursday and Friday.</p><p> A new front will then move through Central Florida for the weekend, bringing a 50 percent rain chance on Saturday.</p><p> "Behind the front, rain chances will be at 10 percent, with highs in the low to mid-80s," Bridges said. </p><p> By Sunday morning, temperatures will drop to the mid-60s.</p><p> "Rain chances stay almost out of the picture for the start for next workweek" Bridges said.</p><p> NOTES: </p><p> In September, Daytona Beach had 18.15 inches of rain, Melbourne had 12.53 inches and Orlando had 10.74 inches.</p><p> September 2014 was the fourth wettest month since records were first kept in 1923.</p>

Published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:04:39 GMT

Florida teen restricted from wearing 'Trojan Man' condom costume at school

<p> A student wants an apology from his high school after he said he was banned from wearing a "Trojan Man" condom costume during his school's spirit week festivities.</p><p> Jack Englund, 17, knew wearing the red cape and blue poster board decorated like a condom wrapper might get him into trouble, but he argued Dr. Phillips High School officials violated his First Amendment right of free speech.</p><p> The school's decision was quick. Englund was only in school for a matter of minutes on Tuesday before a teacher spotted the costume and sent him to the office, where he was told he could no longer wear it.</p><p> "I don't know who is to decide what is appropriate. The point is, we're going to see it anyway," said Englund, referring to his teen peers.</p><p> He said he did it to bring attention to teen sex.</p><p> "Statistics say at least half of high school teenagers are engaging in sexual activity," said Englund.</p><p> Despite the positive message, the district said it violated the Student Code of Conduct about sexually suggestive clothing.</p><p> "I think that the administrators overstepped," said Jack's mom, Sandy Englund, who is also a lawyer.</p><p> She said she warned her son he might get in trouble when he came up with the idea last week.</p><p> Englund previously prepared a press release, which he issued when he was told he could not wear the costume. In it, he asked the school to let him wear the costume for a one full day, and he wants an apology from the school.</p><p> His mom realizes that probably won't happen, but she stands by her son's choices.</p><p> "I'm glad that he's willing to stand up for himself and say, 'This is wrong. I wasn't doing anything wrong. It was a positive message that teens need to hear,'" she said.</p><p> "It's not the way I would like to get the message out there, under such negative circumstances with school administration, but in the long run it probably does reach more people," said Jack.<br/></p>

Published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:51:47 GMT

Video shows Florida police officer shocking woman with stun gun

<p> A Florida police officer is on administrative leave after he fired a stun gun into a 62-year-old woman's back during an arrest.</p><p> [VIDEO:  <a href="/news/fla-cop-tases-woman/28350534" target="_blank">Florida police officer Tases woman in back</a>]</p><p> At an early Wednesday news conference Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo said there will be an internal affairs investigation of the Tuesday incident.</p><p> Someone on a nearby porch captured the incident on video, which was released by police.</p><p> Officers were investigating complaints about drug sales.</p><p> DeLeo says officers had detained three people when Viola Young approached, inquiring about one of the arrests. An officer told her to stay back and another officer attempted to arrest her. In the video, Young appears to be walking away when the officer uses his stun gun, striking her in the back. She falls face-first to the ground.</p><p> Young was later taken to jail. It's not known whether she has a lawyer.</p><p> </p>

Published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:22:36 GMT

Outlet vs. retail: Are you saving money or sacrificing quality?

<p> We all want designer clothes without paying designer prices. But what if the designer products you are buying are lesser quality, made with cheaper materials or fabric?</p><p> [WEB EXTRA:  <a href="/news/web-extra-extended-interview/28340966" target="_blank">Extended interview</a> |<a href="" target="_blank">Vote where you find bargains</a>]</p><p> Local 6 shed some light on top outlet brands and revealed differences of outlet vs. retail stores that may have you thinking twice about shopping at the outlets.</p><p> On Local 6's shopping spree:</p><p>Men’s khaki shorts were purchased from The Gap for $44.95 and Gap Outlet for $34.99<br/>A little black dress from JCrew for $90, and JCrew Outlet $60.<br/>A Polo Ralph Lauren shirt from the Outlet $45 and one from the mall $95.<br/>A hand bag from Coach $210 and the Coach Outlet $75 .<br/></p><p> Local 6 teamed up with Fashion Designer Diana Simaan Kessler, who has her own clothing line and an eye for the smallest details.</p><p> First up, Polo shirts. Local 6 asked Kessler if she could tell which one is which.</p><p> “The knit is closer together on the retail," Kessler said. "On the outlet shirt it's a little bit spread apart if you look at it closely, I can see that, that's one giveaway."</p><p> Another giveaway-- the stitching on the sleeves and bottom of the shirt.</p><p> "You can see there is a much smoother uniform finish on the retail," Kessler said.</p><p> Kessler discovered those same improvements in the khaki shorts from the Gap.</p><p> "They used a different thread and they reinforced this stitch twice," Kessler said. "This is just a little bit of a rougher zipper and this one has more of a smooth glide."</p><p> Smart Money Magazine says 82 percent of all products sold in an outlet store are made to be there. They are not imperfect or out of date, but they are lower quality.</p><p> JCrew has even created a separate line just for outlet shoppers.  Again, there's more of a difference than just the price tag</p><p> “Here you're getting silk your getting more tailoring more detailing," Kessler said. "More time went into the preparation of this dress and there is more detail in this dress, the way the buttons are covered."</p><p> Kessler says it’s called knocking off their own brands.</p><p> "What they try to do is make it more affordable to the consumer," she said.</p><p> Even Coach has gotten into the outlet game. 85 percent of what you find in the outlet store was made to be there. The difference starts with premium packaging.</p><p> The Coach hand bag purchased from the retail store had a silk bag included. Hardware on the retail bag is more sturdy and fabric inside the purse, much softer. The leather from the retail bag is much softer.</p><p> No insignia bags were in the retail store, which alludes to it's not a current look. On the flip side, the money you save buying at the outlet is huge.</p><p> Kessler says consumers need to figure out what it important to them.</p><p> "You will definitely not find a Coach purse in the retail store for under $100."</p>

Published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:58:27 GMT

DirecTV worker arrested after grabbing woman, exposing self, New Smyrna cops say

<p> A DirecTV worker was arrested on Monday morning after New Smyrna Beach police say he exposed himself and grabbed a woman while setting up her television.</p><p> Martin Roque, 47, has been charged with battery and indecent exposure in the Monday morning incident.</p><p> Police said Roque was at the victim's residence on Greenlawn Street to set up her TV service in her bedroom when he grabbed her and exposed himself.</p><p> "I was telling him how I had problems with my back.  He started touching me, and he starting touching my private and he pulled his thing out in front of me," the woman told a 911 dispatcher.</p><p> The victim said she broke free and shoved Roque into the doorway. Roque then left and the victim contacted authorities, according to police.</p><p> Roque was booked into the Volusia County Jail.</p>

Published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:44:19 GMT

9-pound hairball removed from teen's stomach

<p> Doctors in Kyrgyzstan were shocked to find a nine-pound hairball in the stomach of an 18-year-old girl who couldn't even drink water without getting sick.</p><p> Ayperi Alekseeva had become malnourished and dehydrated because the hairball was blocking her digestive tract. Her parents took her to a hospital in the town of Batken earlier this month after she started losing weight and having severe stomach pains, according to The Telegraph and the Mail Online.</p><p> When Alekseeva got to the hospital, doctors decided they needed to operate immediately to save her life. But they were surprised to find the source of the problem was the giant ball of hair, and that "her stomach was so badly swollen from hair and bits of wool from the carpet that it literally just oozed out soon as the wall of the stomach was cut," senior surgery professor Bahadir Bebezov said, according to the Mail Online.</p><p> The source of the hairball was Alekseeva's habit of eating hair she picked up off the floor and chewing on her own hair, which is referred to as Trichophagia, according to The Telegraph. Other than her hair-eating habit, Alekseeva is "perfectly normal and healthy," Bebezov said, according to the Mail Online.</p><p> Alekseeva is expected to recover soon and has pledged to stop chewing on hair.</p><p> Click on these links to stories from <a href="" target="_blank">The Telegraph</a> and the <a href="" target="_blank">Mail Online</a> to see photos of the hairball.</p>

Published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:53:00 GMT

On this day: October 1

<p> Thomas Edison opens the world's first electric lamp factory, Yosemite becomes a national park, soccer great Pele says goodbye, and Walt Disney World opens, all on this day.</p>

Published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 06:00:00 GMT

Strange but true campaign slogans

<p> From the wacky to the downright weird, check out these strange but true campaign slogans.</p>

Published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:03:13 GMT

Morgan: I can't believe Walmart is blaming me

<p> Walmart's response Monday to a lawsuit filed by Tracy Morgan over the car crash that left him in critical condition elicited a response of its own on Tuesday from the recovering comedian -- and it doesn't sound like he's laughing. </p><p> "I can't believe Walmart is blaming me for an accident that they caused," the former "Saturday Night Live" star said in a statement. </p><p> Police say that a truck driven by Walmart employee Kevin Roper in the early morning hours of June 7 collided with the rear of a limo bus that was carrying Morgan and four others on the New Jersey Turnpike. </p><p> A preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board said that Roper was traveling 20 mph over the speed limit and that he was almost at his drive time limit. </p><p> The wreck left Morgan, 45, with broken ribs, a broken nose and a broken leg. Morgan's friend, comedian James McNair, was killed, and two others were injured. </p><p> Roper pleaded not guilty in June to criminal charges that include vehicular homicide and assault by auto.</p><p> In July, Morgan filed suit against the big box chain, saying the company was negligent for not knowing that Roper had been awake for more than 24 hours at the time of the accident. </p><p> On Monday, lawyers for the largest retailer in the world responded by pointing the finger back at Morgan in a court filing in which they said the actor's injuries were "caused, in whole or in part, by plaintiffs' failure to properly wear an appropriate available seat belt restraint device," and that Morgan and company had "acted unreasonably and in disregard of (their) own best interests."</p><p> The chain also noted the possibility that the injuries "may have been caused by third parties over whom Walmart had no control." </p><p> "My friends and I were doing nothing wrong," said Morgan. </p><p> On Tuesday, Walmart issued a more conciliatory statement that downplayed Monday's filing. </p><p> "Walmart is committed to working to resolve all of the remaining issues as a result of the accident. As part of the ordinary course of legal proceedings, Walmart filed an initial response yesterday to the lawsuit that included facts and defenses that may impact the case moving forward. While we were required to respond to the lawsuit, we have also taken steps to encourage settlement discussions. Our thoughts continue to go out to everyone involved, and we remain committed to doing what's right."</p><p> Morgan -- who has not specified the amount of damages he's seeking -- also had a message for his fans. </p><p> "I want to thank my fans for sticking with me during this difficult time. I love you all. I'm fighting hard every day to get back."</p>

Published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:22:03 GMT

72-year-old woman critical after hit-and-run in Altamonte Springs

<p> Police are searching for the driver of a vehicle that hit a 72-year-old woman Tuesday and then fled.</p><p> The crash happened as the woman walked her elderly mother around 4:30 p.m. on State Road 436 and Festival Drive. This intersection is right near the Altamonte Springs Mall.</p><p> Police released surveillance video from a nearby business showing the possible SUV that hit the woman. The silver SUV was spotted speeding away from the area seconds after the crash, heading westbound on SR 436.</p><p> "The victim was struck with the front of the vehicle," said Altamonte Springs Police Officer Robert Pelton. "The driver knows what happened and for whatever reason sped off after the impact."</p><p> Police said the SUV stopped for a brief moment but then accelerated.</p><p> State Road 436 sees over 100,000 cars a day, so police said finding the one that left a woman seriously hurt will be a tall order.</p><p> "You know there are family members out there grieving for this 72-year-old female that is in critical condition at ORMC," said Pelton. "Sometimes we call these accidents, and it could have very well been an accident, (but) right now we are just asking you to come forward and speak with us and tell us what happened."</p><p> The woman's mother was reportedly not injured. The SUV is said to have possible front-end damage.</p><p> Anyone with any information on the crash or the identity of the driver is asked to call the Altamonte Springs Police Department at 407-339-2441.<br/></p>

Published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:51:19 GMT

Outages plague Orlando IRIS cameras

<p> More than half of Orlando's city surveillance cameras were out of order on a single day, according to emails obtained by Local 6.</p><p> After the city of Orlando refused to talk about the problems that had been plaguing the IRIS cameras, Local 6 used the Freedom of Information Act to access internal emails about the more than 130 cameras.</p><p> Local 6 obtained nearly 2,000 emails sent and received by city workers.</p><p> Some of them documented daily camera outages.</p><p> For example, on July 23, there were 32 IRIS cameras down citywide.</p><p> On July 31, the number grew to 36.</p><p> On Aug. 8, 79 cameras were reported down throughout the city.</p><p> One of them was located at the corner of Orange Avenue and Pine Street in downtown Orlando, and it had been out since at least the beginning of July, according to the emails.</p><p> It was still down and failed to catch any video of an officer-involved shooting outside a bar that killed an innocent woman inside.</p><p> Another IRIS camera, located at the corner of Amelia and Garland, failed to catch video of another officer-involved shooting in July because it was also down.</p><p> Emails show Orlando police officers assigned to the IRIS cameras trying to get answers from their vendor, Traffic Control Devices, based in Altamonte Springs.</p><p> "I know we may not be your priority, but it's important when I shoot you a list of outages that they be addressed right away," reads one of the police emails to the company.</p><p> "There are over 30 cameras that are down from over the weekend. Some are some of the same cameras that you've reported were fixed and we (were) billed for," reads another.</p><p> TCD's project manager for Orlando's IRIS cameras said he's not allowed to talk to the media, and his boss didn't return Local 6's calls.</p><p> The city of Orlando did say it's working on a redundancy project so when a camera stops working in the near future, another one will start feeding video until repairs are done. </p>

Published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:15:29 GMT

Man with sawed-off shotgun robs Dollar General in Brevard

<p> Deputies are searching for a man who used a sawed-off shotgun to rob a Dollar General in Brevard County.</p><p> According to the Brevard County Sheriff's Office, the man entered the store, located at 3915 N. Highway 1 in Cocoa, and demanded cash.  Deputies said the man was wearing a white, hooded sweatshirt with a white bandana pulled over the lower part of his face.</p><p> Witnesses told deputies the man fled the store going southbound on foot.</p><p> Deputies said the man is 25 to 30 years old, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs about 200 pounds.</p><p> The robbery happened on Thursday, but authorities released video of the crime on Tuesday.</p><p> Anyone with any information about the man is asked to call 321-258-6299.</p><p> Watch Local 6 News and stay with for more on this story.</p>

Published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:58:49 GMT

What to buy in October

<p> Which items should you buy in October, and which sales should you keep waiting for?</p>

Published: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 06:00:00 GMT

Photos: Florida mug shots

<p> Here's a look at some of the individuals who have been arrested recently in the Sunshine State.</p>

Published: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:51:22 GMT