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    A Volvo plant in Virginia has temporarily laid off about 3,000 workers because thousands of Mack Truck workers are on strike. News outlets report the plant in Dublin receives engine and transmission supplies from a Mack Truck power train plant in Maryland, which is a part of a strike involving United Automobile Workers union members. The Dublin plant notified workers last week that if UAW and Mack didn't reach a new collective bargaining agreement, then work at the plant would have to be halted on Monday. Volvo spokesman John Mies says the company doesn't know how long the layoffs will last but employees will receive unemployment benefits while on layoff. Mack Truck workers went on strike last week in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Florida because of wages, job security, pension and benefits.
  • The winning numbers in Wednesday afternoon's drawing of the Florida Lottery's 'Pick 5 Midday' game were: 6-7-2-2-2 (six, seven, two, two, two)
  • The winning numbers in Wednesday afternoon's drawing of the Florida Lottery's 'Pick 2 Midday' game were: 2-9 (two, nine)
  • The winning numbers in Wednesday afternoon's drawing of the Florida Lottery's 'Pick 4 Midday' game were: 0-2-9-6 (zero, two, nine, six)
  • The winning numbers in Wednesday afternoon's drawing of the Florida Lottery's 'Pick 3 Midday' game were: 3-0-3 (three, zero, three)
  • The Southeastern Conference produces more NFL talent than any other league. It's not even close. The football powerhouse had a record 64 players drafted in 2019, and dozens more made rosters and practice squads as undrafted rookies. The SEC currently has about 350 players in the NFL, roughly 100 more than any other league. There could be another record-setting haul on the way. Scouts and draft pundits believe the heavyweight conference has its most promising crop to date, a deep and distinguished group that includes two Heisman Trophy front-runners and next-level stars at nearly every position. Even though the draft is still six months away, the league already is expected to challenge — maybe even shatter — its record of 12 first-round draft picks set in 2013 and matched four years later. 'It's always been defense-heavy in the SEC, at least in the last decade or so. There's still a lot of defensive talent, but it feels like there's a lot more offense — and much higher up,' said ESPN analyst Todd McShay, whose latest 2020 mock draft had 15 SEC players going in the first round. 'It's made the whole conference better.' Here's a look (in alphabetical order) at the best of the bunch, 25 guys considered to have at least realistic shots at becoming opening-night selections: —Derrick Brown, defensive tackle, Auburn. The 6-foot-5, 318-pound senior was the best player on the field in a loss at Florida. 'He's an impact player in big games,' coach Gus Malzahn said. —Joe Burrow, quarterback, LSU. The former Ohio State backup has made LSU a passing team and put himself in contention for the Heisman. 'It's almost like watching a completely different player than the guy we saw last year,' McShay said. 'The confidence he's playing with, the way he's extending plays, throwing into tight windows. It's pretty remarkable. ... It's been a lot of fun to watch the improvement. You don't often see guys make that sort of leap. It's pretty rare.' —K'Lavon Chaisson, linebacker, LSU. Missed most of last season because of a torn ligament in his left knee and sat out two games this season with an ankle injury. When healthy, he's special. —Marlon Davidson, defensive end, Auburn. Has been named the SEC's defensive lineman of the week three times this season. —Raekwon Davis, defensive end, Alabama. Returned for senior year following a disappointing 2018. At 6-7 and 312 pounds, he commands double teams. —Grant Delpit, safety, LSU. Admittedly missed too many tackles early while dealing with shoulder pain. Starting to look like the player coach Ed Orgeron called 'the best returning defensive player in the country' this summer. —Trevon Diggs, cornerback, Alabama. Has four pass breakups in the last three games to go along with two interceptions. —Jake Fromm, quarterback, Georgia. His TD passes and rating are down, but his completion percentage and yards are up. 'He doesn't have elite mobility or an elite arm, but he's a smart dude,' McShay said. 'It's easy to point out that he's lost to Alabama twice and lost in some big games. But go and watch every throw he's made in those games. It's drops and receivers not breaking the right way. He's playing at a much higher level than the statistics indicate.' —Kristian Fulton, cornerback, LSU. Has at least one pass breakup in six of seven games this season. Considered a better pro prospect than former LSU teammate and 2018 second-round pick Greedy Williams. —CJ Henderson, cornerback, Florida. Speedy junior has been beaten for gains of 46, 54 and 41 yards the last three games while still dealing with an ankle injury. —Anfernee Jennings, linebacker, Alabama. Second on loaded team with 44 tackles, including 7½ for loss. —Jerry Jeudy, receiver, Alabama. Considered one of the best in the country. Has 45 receptions for 579 yards and six TDs. —Javon Kinlaw, defensive tackle, South Carolina. At 6-6 and 310 pounds, he's a force inside and has stood out against Alabama, Georgia and Florida. 'His mechanics are undeveloped, but the talent is there to be an NFL homewrecker,' said Dane Brugler, a draft analyst for The Athletic. —Alex Leatherwood, offensive tackle, Alabama. Anchors a line that's helping the Tide average 166 yards rushing a game. —Terrell Lewis, pass-rusher, Alabama. Looks NFL-ready despite missing most of two seasons because of knee and elbow injuries. Has nine tackles for loss, including six sacks, and six more quarterback hurries. —Dylan Moses, linebacker, Alabama. Tore a knee ligament four days before the season opener , making it unlikely anyone would use a first-round pick on him. —Albert Okwuegbunam, tight end, Missouri. Has 18 catches for 250 yards and six scores. Has the potential to be a big-time player at the next level. —Jared Pinkney, tight end, Vanderbilt. Lack of production this season — 15 receptions for 157 yards and no TDs — could make it tough to justify drafting him early. —Henry Ruggs, receiver, Alabama. Sprinter's speed was on display last week when he tracked down Tennessee safety Nigel Warrior following an interception. 'It was just me making a play, doing what I got to do,' said Ruggs, who reportedly ran the 40-yard dash in 4.25 seconds earlier this year. —Trey Smith, guard, Tennessee. Dominating blocker whose health history could cause NFL teams to pass. Has twice been diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs. —D'Andre Swift, running back, Georgia. Averages 6.84 yards a carry, which ranks 12th nationally, and has breakaway speed . —Tua Tagovailoa, quarterback, Alabama. High-ankle sprain will cost him a start , but won't affect his spot atop most mock drafts. —Darrell Taylor, linebacker, Tennessee. Has 27 tackles, including a team-leading three sacks, but has work to do to crack the first round. —Andrew Thomas, offensive tackle, Georgia. Considered the best pro prospect on the team's 'Great Wall' up front. —Prince Tega Wanogho, offensive tackle, Auburn. Left Nigeria in 2014 with hopes of playing hoops in the United States and could end up being a football star. 'It's insane,' McShay said. 'In recent years, there would be three or four offensive guys going in the first round and seven or eight defensive guys. But this year that's the difference. We're just seeing more offensive guys added to the mix.' ___ More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
  • Three teenagers are accused of fatally shooting a 15-year-old boy who police say was the wrong target in a gang-related shooting at a Halloween party near Miami. Miami-Dade police spokesman Angel Rodriguez said in a news release that 18-year-old Marcos Gonzalez, 18-year-old Matthew Hernandez and a 17-year-old teen were arrested Tuesday. They're all charged with second-degree murder in the death of Angel Cueli on Saturday. The Miami Herald reports Gonzalez told investigators he drove the car to the party while knowing that his two passengers had weapons and they planned to use them to target someone at the party. Witnesses said Cueli was talking to friends outside the home when a car pulled up, someone stepped out and fired toward the crowed. Lawyers weren't listed on jail records.
  • Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ Oct. 12 The Ledger of Lakeland on a potential specialty license that will help fund research on aiding the bee population: Last spring freshman state Rep. Melony Bell introduced a bill to help raise awareness of the risk to Florida's honey bees — a vital link in our food chain. The Fort Meade Republican wanted to create a specialty license plate whose sales would generate funding for the Florida State Beekeepers Association to use for promoting honeybee research and related educational and husbandry programs. The bill passed one subcommittee unanimously but went no further. Bell has revived her license-plate bill for 2020. For the sake of the bees, and for the continued health of our nation's agricultural sector, we hope it creates more of a buzz this time. The situation with bees, which are important in pollinating crops, is a mixed bag. In March 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that the number of managed bee colonies across the U.S. has remained relatively stable since 1996. But beekeepers have been concerned about the winter extinction rate, which since 2007 has doubled the historic average. One group that tracks such trends, the Bee Informed Partnership, noted in June that last winter's colony kill-off was the worst in the 13 years it has followed the issue. One method beekeepers have used to keep ahead of this situation is to 'split' their colonies. Yet last week WUSF offered a report outlining threats to honey bees that suggests simply splitting hives may not help. (Rep. Bell's husband, Robbie, a beekeeper, was a subject in the WUSF report. He is not on the board of the state beekeepers' association that would control the license-plate funding, if the bill is enacted, according to the group's website.) WUSF noted that one affliction for bees is the varroa mite, an insect that infests colonies and may figure into 'colony collapse disorder,' a condition that the USDA says figures prominently in beekeepers' winter woes. Another factor is the growing use of pesticides called neonicotinoids, or 'neo-nics.' The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers neo-nics to be very effective in controlling pests that threaten a wide array of crops, according to WUSF. But they are also highly lethal to pollinators, like honey bees. A spokesman for the Natural Resources Defense Council told WUSF that 40% of bees die off each year because of pesticides, which is three times the historic norm, and neo-nics, sued of which began 25 years ago, are responsible for almost all of that increase. And the EPA has just green-lighted a new neo-nic without requiring a study of its effect on pollinators, prompting legal action from the beekeeping industry. Despite that, though, Jamie Ellis, who runs the University of Florida's bee research lab, says the varroa mites are far more threatening to bees, relative to pesticides, WUSF noted. As we mentioned above, honey bees are critical to the food chain. The USDA notes, 'Pollinators, most often honey bees, are responsible for one in every three bites of food we take, and increase our nation's crop values each year by more than $15 billion.' Back in June NPR observed that beekeepers have become an 'essential cog' in keeping our farms and groves going because wild insects cannot keep pace. But they face limits in what they can do to fend off these threats. As a Sierra Club article noted last week, 'Splitting honeybee hives is triage. It's not a long-term solution.' That's where Rep. Bell's license-plate idea comes in. It may not provide a definitive solution to these ills. But it can help boost researchers' efforts to address them. Hence, we encourage more lawmakers to 'bee' involved in her cause next year. Online: https://www.theledger.com ___ Oct. 19 The Tampa Bay Times on the lack of effort to help residents in a mobile home park get clean water: Some systems are simply broken. The story of Clearwater's Southern Comfort mobile home park represents the very worst of government bureaucracy, where repeated notices by state and county officials of bacteria near the source of the mobile home park's tap water led to no action. Now the only action left is to remove these residents from their homes — for some, the only homes they can afford — by shutting the whole place down. It should never have come to this. The drinking water conditions at Southern Comfort Mobile Home Park were so bad that residents grew accustomed to buying bottled water, knowing that the tap water was not potable, reported the Tampa Bay Times' Kavitha Surana. They weren't surprised by brown or odorous water. One resident had to bathe her children with bottled water and baby wipes because her two eldest developed rashes and peeling skin that they believe comes from the dirty tap water. At one time, nearly 500 people lived in the park, but now only about 12 families remain. Why did they stay? 'Conformismo' is what one resident called it: 'You'll settle for what is happening around you. You won't demand more. I think that's what we are seeing around here.' This was a total bureaucratic failure. The first documentation of an issue with the park's wastewater treatment plant came as early as 1972, nearly 50 years before the park's upcoming closure. Yet over decades no improvements were made. In 2010, the state Department of Environmental Protection filed a lawsuit against the plant owner, claiming the waste and bacteria in the water was too high and that untreated or inadequately treated sewage could run off into the ground. That, in turn, could have leaked into the well that was the source of the park's drinking water, according to experts. Still no action was taken, a recurring theme of this entire sad story. The park's owner did hire a lab to test monthly water samples in the distribution line — only once was bacteria found, in 2018, but it was determined a 'false positive,' said the state. A year earlier, the Pinellas Department of Environmental Protection Division tested the creek behind the park after a resident complained. It found levels of bacteria, like E. Coli and fecal coliform, that were 'off the charts,' the director said. The park was fined $17,508, but still nothing changed. After all, that division only controlled the creek, not the park's tap water. But this kind of bureaucracy, where each agency points the finger at the other, is unacceptable. That so many government agencies were in the loop about this mobile home park, for almost 10 years, and yet nothing changed for these residents is ridiculous. Now the few residents who remain are being told they must leave. When at least one family was paying $658 a month to rent the land under their mobile home, comparable prices are limited and many feel it would be too expensive to simply move their mobile homes. It's hard to find housing under $1,000 for a family of five in many parts of Pinellas County. It's important this situation is coming to light. These families who, for so long, have been ignored and allowed to live in plain sight in deplorable conditions. Now they are told they must leave even when some of them feel they have nowhere to go. Online: https://www.tampabay.com ___ Oct. 18 The South Florida SunSentinel on executing a man that may be innocent: Florida convicted two men of savagely murdering a 14-year-old girl at Indian Rocks Beach in 1985. The career criminal who now says he alone did it is serving life in prison. The other, who insists he is innocent and may indeed be, is on death row, where Gov. Ron DeSantis intends for him to die Nov. 7. This glaring disparity isn't the only reason why James Dailey, 73, should be spared from execution. To convict him, prosecutors depended on the testimony of jailhouse informants who said Dailey admitted the crime to them, describing in gruesome detail how Shelly Boggio was beaten, stabbed and drowned. They could have gleaned it all from the newspaper articles that detectives showed them. Commonly known as snitches, jailhouse informants are notoriously unreliable and often corrupt. Sometimes they tell the truth, often they don't, and it is difficult to know the difference. In either case, authorities who wouldn't rely on such people for the time of day fall overboard to believe them when they're ratting on others. Some of their lies are exposed when other evidence, particularly DNA, conclusively proves the innocence of the fellow prisoners they betrayed. Of the 72 Florida cases listed on the National Registry of Exonerations, seven involved perjured testimony by jailhouse informants who sought better deals for themselves. Six of those seven exonerations owed to belated DNA testing, conclusively proving that the snitches lied. The most damning testimony against Dailey came from an ex-cop turned career criminal, Paul Skalnick. During two years in the Pinellas County jail, he gave incriminating testimony against 33 fellow inmates, including Dailey and four others whom he helped to put on death row. Subsequently, Skalnik was convicted and imprisoned for raping a child in Texas. He was also arrested in Massachusetts for scamming people out of money by posing as a lawyer. There is no DNA evidence to involve or exclude Dailey in the Boggio murder. Nor is there any eyewitness or other physical evidence to connect him to it. Dailey was implicated by his roommate, Jack Pearcy, who was trying to save himself, and succeeded. Once convicted and sentenced to life, he refused to testify at Dailey's trial. Subsequently, he told other convicts he alone was the murderer. He also has said so in a sworn affidavit, but the courts refuse to take any of that seriously. Nor does it apparently matter to them that Pearcy, unlike Dailey, had an extensive criminal record before coming to Florida, including violence against an ex-girlfriend, escape from custody and a murder-for-hire plot in Missouri. Dailey, on the other hand, is a decorated Air Force veteran who served three tours in Vietnam, arriving at the height of the Tet Offensive. He had only one civilian conviction, for a bar brawl, on his record. It does not seem to trouble the governor's conscience that the man with the lurid record will live in prison, while the other man is marked for death. But it should deeply concern every Floridian to whom equality and justice are inseparable virtues. With ironic timing, DeSantis has set Dailey's execution just four days before Veterans Day. In twice rejecting Dailey's latest appeal, the Florida Supreme Court relied heavily on procedural rules, rather than face the doubts about Dailey's guilt. Innocence, said the court with brutal candor, isn't 'cognizable' under Florida law. All that matters is whether the rules were observed. Dailey's was the 23rd case — out of 27 in the past year — in which the court has ruled against death row inmates. After Pearcy escaped the electric chair, detectives combed the jail for informants who might help send Dailey to death row. They had no trouble finding some. 'It was a circumstantial case, it's not like there was an upstanding citizen eyewitness to the case,' an original prosecutor, Beverly Andringa, told the Tampa Bay Times last month. 'So speculation is all we have as to what happened.' She has since said, according to court records, that she would not consider Skalnik to be a credible witness in future cases. Nothing else linked Dailey to the crime scene other than the testimony of Pearcy's girlfriend that Dailey had returned to their residence shirtless and dripping wet. But that didn't prove who killed the victim. Witnesses said they had seen her with only one man that night, not two. Dailey remains on death row, his life dwindling to weeks, while Skalnik is reportedly in a nursing home and Pearcy, 64, is serving life without parole at Sumter Correctional Institution. When different juries produce such unequal results and the courts accept them, the governor should balance the scales. Once upon a time, governors did. Bob Graham, who sent the first 16 men to the death chamber under Florida's 1972 law, also commuted six sentences to life in prison. In four of the cases, it was because their co-defendants had been sentenced to life. But no governor has granted death row clemency since 1985, the first year of Graham's second term. His successors have accounted for 83 executions while refusing, with rare exceptions, to explain whether they even considered clemency or why they denied it. Dailey deserves a public hearing by the state's clemency board. If DeSantis isn't willing to call one, any member of the Cabinet could — and should. DeSantis signed the death warrant, on Sept. 25, while Dailey's most recent appeal was awaiting a decision by the Florida Supreme Court. The court decided the case without oral argument. It ruled unanimously against Dailey eight days after the death warrant signing. The governor's communications director has not replied to two e-mails asking why he signed a death warrant with an appeal pending before the court or whether he had relied on predecessor Rick Scott's decision to deny clemency to Dailey. After the Supreme Court ruling, Dailey's lawyers asked the Sixth Circuit for another hearing and a stay of execution, both of which were denied swiftly. At a hearing, a former prosecutor who barely a month ago had given the defense an affidavit pointing strongly to Pearcy as the sole killer couldn't recall what he had described in the document. Dailey's legal dockets record a travesty of justice. When the U.S. Supreme Court wrote off a Texas inmate's appeal, Justice Harry Blackmun wrote in dissent that the execution of someone who could prove he is innocent would be 'perilously close to simple murder.' We don't know whether Dailey is innocent. Only Dailey and Pearcy know that. But the doubt is so strong, the jailhouse snitch factor so troubling, and the disparity between the two men so great, that this execution, too, would be perilously close to simple murder. Online: www.sun-sentinel.com
  • Sometimes the circle of life stings. A coral snake found that out the hard way and a Florida woman caught it all on camera. Evangeline Cummings posted a video on Twitter of what appears to be a wasp stinging a coral snake that was dangling from a branch attempting to eat a dead snake. News outlets report Cummings was in her Gainesville backyard when she noticed the coral snake attempting to eat its meal. In the video, a wasp appears and starts circling the snake. When the wasp lands on the snake, it starts thrashing and swinging attempting to get rid of the wasp. Cummings tweeted the video and said she needed 'support to process' what was happening. The coral snake seems like it needs some support too.
  • Federal authorities say four American Airlines flight attendants have been arrested on money laundering charges after they were found with more than $22,000 in cash during a customs check. An arrest report says a Customs and Border Patrol agent put 40-year-old Carlos Alberto Munoz-Moyano through a routine check after arriving at Miami International Airport on a flight from Chile early Monday. Although he claimed to have $100, an agent found $9,000. Three other flight attendants were then searched. The report says 55-year-old Miaria Delpilar Roman-Strick had $7,300 and 48-year-old Maria Wilson-Ossandon had $6,371. Maria Pasten-Cuzmar also was arrested. The flight attendants told agents they were smuggling the cash on behalf of someone else. American said it is cooperating with authorities. Lawyers weren't listed on jail records.