A Florida waitress who had just emptied her bank account to pay for a car repair received quite a Christmas gift from some regulars with whom she had shared her financial issues.Lynette Baio, who has worked at the Speggtacular in Clearwater for five years, says the couple left her a $2,000 check on Christmas Eve.Last month, she spent $2,000 on a car repair, and told the couple about it recently, with the holidays approaching. When they came back for dinner on Christmas Eve, they left the check as a tip, with a message that reads, “Merry Christmas and restore your savings. God bless you.”“They started to walk out and I picked it up and I was like, ‘What?’ and I started crying and he started crying and she starting crying and it was just totally amazing,” Baio says.Baio used the unexpected tip to buy gifts for family members and friends.“It’s a Christmas miracle to me,” she adds.
The World Health Organization is holding off on declaring the coronavirus a global health emergency.The WHO held an emergency meeting yesterday in Switzerland and plans to meet again today on the matter and are closely monitoring the “public health event.”Scott also asked Redfield to release more information about the federal government’s public health measures against the virus in coordination with state and local health officials.China’s most recent release of information places the death toll at 17, and reports doctors are treating 544 cases. Virologists are concerned there could be more unreported cases since some of the people infected only show mild symptoms.According to the CDC’s Tuesday report, the coronavirus patient in the U.S. is a man in his 30s who had returned to Seattle from Wuhan and remained in isolation at the Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett.Chinese officials will start a quarantine in Wuhan on Thursday. Sen. Rick Scott is asking the CDC to “take swift action” against a deadly cross-border outbreak of a new strain of the coronavirus, which started its human-to-human transmission in central China. Scott sent CDC Director Robert Redfield a letter expressing his concern over the accuracy of the information that Chinese health officials have released since the cluster of respiratory infections was linked to animals at a market in Wuhan.There is no vaccine or specific treatment for the virus, which officials said has already spread to Washington State, Thailand, Japan, Macao and South Korea. Sen. Scott is asking the CDC for more information.“China is rarely forthcoming,” Scott wrote on Twitter.Today, I’m urging the @CDCgov to take swift action to combat the threat of the #coronavirus & protect the health of Americans.China is rarely forthcoming, & I’m extremely concerned about the outbreak, which has already infected hundreds, including at least one person in the US. pic.twitter.com/abhbHIODpV— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) January 22, 2020
Inmates at a Florida jail are sewing cloth pouches for kangaroos and koalas orphaned by wildfires in Australia.The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office announced on Wednesday that inmates are using old uniforms to sew up pouches for orphaned kangaroos and koalas. Australia’s unprecedented wildfires season has killed more than a billion wild animals.Seminole sheriff’s spokesman Bob Kealing said the jail had been working with Wildcare Australia.Wilcare Australia made a statement on January 18th saying they have received “more than enough” pouches, however, if you already have pouches sewn, you can still send them.“They’ve told us to finish the batch we’ve been working on and send them along,” Kealing said in an email. “From that point we’ll wait for if/when they say they need some more.”
According to The Miami Herald, the FBI has joined the search for a newborn baby who disappeared after his mother, grandmother and great-grandmother were fatally shot in South Florida.Miami-Dade police say Andrew Caballeiro was only a week old when his father, 49-year-old Ernesto Caballeiro, kidnapped him last month and was a suspect for the triple murder.Police later found Caballeiro dead in his car from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound north of Tampa.Officials continue to search for baby Andrew.Search for Baby Andrew Continues after Four relatives Die in Triple murder, Suicide