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  • Amid litigation and blame being thrown from both sides, the City of Jacksonville has taken new action against the Jacksonville Landing, although the Landing’s owner is calling it a “non-event”. WOKV has obtained a letter from the Office of General Counsel to Jacksonville Landing Investments, through Sleiman Enterprises, notifying the owner of the Downtown Riverfront mall that the City would be terminating the lease agreement.  The letter builds on a prior notice from the City, which was sent in October, saying JLI was in breach of the lease agreement. The complain said the Landing was not operating as a “first class retail facility”, and listed complaints from vacant spaces to disrepair. The City says JLI has failed to “cure its breach”, and as such, the City is terminating the lease.  “The City demands that JLI provide it with immediate access to, and possession of, the Leased Property and all Building Improvements and other fixtures thereon. Additionally, the City requests that JLI provide copies of all sub-leases currently in effect for the Property,” says the OGC letter, dated today.  The City owns the land, but leases it to Sleiman Enterprises, which owns and operates the building itself. JLI took over a prior lease agreement in 2003.  WOKV has learned JLI has now issued subpoenas to Mayor Lenny Curry and his Chief Administrative Officer Sam Mousa, demanding all communications that have taken place about JLI, the Landing, and related areas. Sleiman Enterprises says they intend to let the court decide this lease issue as part of legal action they filed claiming the City is the defaulting party. “It’s a shame that our downtown- and our city- will never reach its full potential due to it [sic] lack of real leadership. We need leadership that doesn’t depend on political power plays, bullying others and disingenuous actions,” says a statement from Sleiman Enterprises. Following the October claim, JLI sued the City in November, with claims including that the City has not delivered on adequate parking or security.  The parties are involved in other legal disputes, including one from 2015 that relates to the purchase of a parcel and another from early this year over docks that were damaged in Hurricane Matthew.  A Jacksonville Landing spokesperson tells WOKV they did receive the letter from the City. They are working on a response, and this story will be updated as that’s available.
  • Update 9:25 p.m. EST: President Donald Trump on Saturday evening welcomed Joshua Holt who had been held captive for two years in a Venezuelan jail, back to the United States. Holt and his wife arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport after being released by Venezuelan officials following high level talks between President Nicolas Maduro and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker. Holt said he was “overwhelmed with gratitude.”  Thamara Caleno, Holt’s wife, told The Associated Press that until they were airborne, they worried their return might fall through.  Update 2:01 p.m. EST: CNN reports that President Donald Trump will make a live address to the nation at 7 p.m. EST after he meets with Joshua Holt at the White House.  Update 10:43 a.m. EST: Joshua Holt’s family has released a statement following the President’s announcement regarding his release from Caracas, Venezuela, calling it a “miracle.” The Holt family stated: “We thank you for your collaboration during this time of anguish,” the Associated Press reports. “We ask that you allow us to meet with our son and his wife before giving any interviews or statements. We are grateful to all who participated in this miracle.” President Trump tweeted he is looking forward to meeting the family at the White House on Saturday night. Original story: Joshua Holt, an American from Utah jailed in Venezuela for over two years without trial, is expected to be released and return to the United States Saturday night.  >> Read more trending news  President Donald Trump tweeted that Holt was a “hostage” in the socialist country. Holt is expected to arrive in Washington D.C., around 7 p.m. on Saturday night and will be reunited with his family at the White House. Holt is a Mormon missionary from Utah who was jailed in 2016 after traveling to Venezuela to marry a woman he met online, according to The New York Times.  He was accused of stockpiling weapons and arrested. Holt has been held in a Caracas jail since 2016.  Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) posted a statement on Twitter, saying Holt’s release is the result of a two-year effort working with the Trump and Obama administrations and Nicolas Maduro, the president of Venezuela.  Hatch says Holt's wife, Thamy Holt, had also been released but it is unclear if she will travel with her husband back to the United States. This is a developing story, check back for updates. 
  • The leaders of North Korea and South Korea met for a second time in a surprise visit Saturday. South Korean president Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly discussed efforts to continue work on the peace declaration declared in April between the two countries. They also affirmed a commitment to working on diplomacy talks between North Korea and the United States, after President Donald Trump announced he was canceling a summit between the two countries in Singapore.  Update May 26, 8:13 a.m. EST: President Trump has tweeted in response to a New York Times report that there is dispute within the White House on how to address diplomacy talks with North Korea. The White House announced on Saturday it will send an advance team to Singapore “in order to prepare should the summit take place,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement to NBC.  Original story: South Korean president Moon Jae-in held the second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the demilitarized zone between the two countries, according to the Blue House, South Korea’s official media source. >> Read more trending news  The two leaders discussed how to carry out the peace declaration agreed upon on April 27, which hopes to bring a new era of peace and denuclearization on the Korean peninsula.  South Korean officials said that the two leaders also discussed the cancelled summit between the United States and North Korea.  The two leaders concluded that direct communication between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is needed, and pledged to continue making efforts to work on relations, according to the Blue House.  The meeting at the border truce village comes after Trump said the highly anticipated summit between the U.S. and North Korea may be back on. Trump tweeted that if the summit does happen, it will likely take place June 12 in Singapore as originally planned.  This is a developing story, check back for updates.
  • NASA astronaut Alan Bean, the fourth person to walk on the moon, has died at the age of 86. Bean’s family has released the following statement on NASA’s website: Family Release Regarding the Passing of Apollo, Skylab Astronaut Alan Bean The following is an obituary article released on the behalf of Alan Bean’s family: Alan Bean, Apollo Moonwalker and Artist, Dies at 86 HOUSTON, Texas — Apollo and Skylab astronaut Alan Bean, the fourth human to walk on the moon and an accomplished artist, has died. Bean, 86, died on Saturday, May 26, at Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. His death followed his suddenly falling ill while on travel in Fort Wayne, Indiana two weeks before. “Alan was the strongest and kindest man I ever knew. He was the love of my life and I miss him dearly,” said Leslie Bean, Alan Bean’s wife of 40 years. “A native Texan, Alan died peacefully in Houston surrounded by those who loved him.” A test pilot in the U.S. Navy, Bean was one of 14 trainees selected by NASA for its third group of astronauts in October 1963. He flew twice into space, first as the lunar module pilot on Apollo 12, the second moon landing mission, in November 1969, and then as commander of the second crewed flight to the United States’ first space station, Skylab, in July 1973. “Alan and I have been best friends for 55 years — ever since the day we became astronauts,” said Walt Cunningham, who flew on Apollo 7. “When I became head of the Skylab Branch of the Astronaut Office, we worked together and Alan eventually commanded the second Skylab mission.” “We have never lived more than a couple of miles apart, even after we left NASA. And for years, Alan and I never missed a month where we did not have a cheeseburger together at Miller’s Cafe in Houston. We are accustomed to losing friends in our business but this is a tough one,” said Cunningham. On Nov. 19, 1969, Bean, together with Apollo 12 commander Charles “Pete” Conrad, landed on the Ocean of Storms and became the fourth human to walk on the moon. During two moonwalks Bean helped deploy several surface experiments and installed the first nuclear-powered generator station on the moon to provide the power source. He and Conrad inspected a robotic Surveyor spacecraft and collected 75 pounds (34 kilograms) of rocks and lunar soil for study back on Earth. “Alan and Pete were extremely engaged in the planning for their exploration of the Surveyor III landing site in the Ocean of Storms and, particularly, in the enhanced field training activity that came with the success of Apollo 11. This commitment paid off with Alan's and Pete's collection of a fantastic suite of lunar samples, a scientific gift that keeps on giving today and in the future,” said Harrison Schmitt, Apollo 17 lunar module pilot and the only geologist to walk on the moon. “Their description of bright green concentrations of olivine (peridot) as ‘ginger ale bottle glass,’ however, gave geologists in Mission Control all a big laugh, as we knew exactly what they had discovered.” “When Alan's third career as the artist of Apollo moved forward, he would call me to ask about some detail about lunar soil, color or equipment he wanted to have represented exactly in a painting. Other times, he wanted to discuss items in the description he was writing to go with a painting. His enthusiasm about space and art never waned. Alan Bean is one of the great renaissance men of his generation — engineer, fighter pilot, astronaut and artist,” said Schmitt. Four years after Apollo 12, Bean commanded the second crew to live and work on board the Skylab orbital workshop. During the then-record-setting 59-day, 24.4 million-mile flight, Bean and his two crewmates generated 18 miles of computer tape during surveys of Earth’s resources and 76,000 photographs of the Sun to help scientists better understand its effects on the solar system. In total, Bean logged 69 days, 15 hours and 45 minutes in space, including 31 hours and 31 minutes on the moon’s surface. Bean retired from the Navy in 1975 and NASA in 1981. In the four decades since, he devoted his time to creating an artistic record of humanity’s first exploration of another world. His Apollo-themed paintings featured canvases textured with lunar boot prints and were made using acrylics embedded with small pieces of his moon dust-stained mission patches. “Alan Bean was the most extraordinary person I ever met,” said astronaut Mike Massimino, who flew on two space shuttle missions to service the Hubble Space Telescope. “He was a one of a kind combination of technical achievement as an astronaut and artistic achievement as a painter.” “But what was truly extraordinary was his deep caring for others and his willingness to inspire and teach by sharing his personal journey so openly. Anyone who had the opportunity to know Alan was a better person for it, and we were better astronauts by following his example. I am so grateful he was my mentor and friend, and I will miss him terribly. He was a great man and this is a great loss,” Massimino said. Born March 15, 1932, in Wheeler, Texas, Bean received a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Texas in 1955. He attended the Navy Test Pilot School and accumulated more than 5,500 hours of flying time in 27 different types of aircraft. He is survived by his wife Leslie, a sister Paula Stott, and two children from a prior marriage, a daughter Amy Sue and son Clay.
  • A fight broke out between two passengers on an American Airlines flight headed to Miami from Saint Croix on Wednesday. >> Read more trending news  Passenger Bill Bolduc captured the fight during American flight 1293 on his cell phone and posted a series of videos on YouTube on Friday. The two passengers begin arguing during the food and beverage service, because a flight attendant refused to serve one of the men another beer. The flight attendant can be heard in the background saying, “Please sit down, I’m not bringing you any more beers.” The second man tried to help and that’s when things got violent, Bolduc told WPLG. “Hitting the chair, swearing, yelling at other passengers, spitting at people at some point,” Bolduc said. FBI officials told WPLG that he threatened to kill the other man and spit blood on him.  The two men began punching and other passengers jumped in to try to separate them.  In one of the videos, other men stand up to try to help the passenger calm down, telling him to “chill” and “relax” while he banged his head on the overhead compartment. At some point, everyone returned to their seats and the plane landed safely at the Miami International Airport, according to WPLG. The man was taken into custody by Miami-Dade Police. No flight attendants were hurt. American Airlines stated it is proud of how the flight crew handled the situation.  WSVN reports that the FBI is now investigating.

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