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5 Things to Know in Florida for May 20

By: The Associated Press
May 20, 2015 Updated: May 20, 2015 at 5:16 am
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Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

SEAWORLD PLEDGES $1.5 MILLION FOR KILLER WHALE CONSERVATION

SeaWorld is committing $1.5 million over three years for a new partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation through the Killer Whale Research and Conservation Program. The park says it is part of a $10 million pledge to fund research and conservation of killer whales in the wild. It will focus on increasing prey availability, improving habitat quality and strengthening management through research. NFWF will seek to match that commitment with additional public and private dollars.

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE CHIEF CLAPPER TO SPEAK AT CONFERENCE

Some 10,000 people and more than 300 companies are packing a conference showcasing everything from helicopters to high-tech weapons to proprietary DNA software. The annual Special Operations Forces Industry Conference runs through Thursday in downtown Tampa. It draws military commanders, defense industry leaders and the even the director of national intelligence. Companies show their wares, eager to win lucrative defense contracts. On Wednesday, James Clapper, the director of the Office of National Intelligence, will deliver the keynote speech.

FOUND: WW1 HERO'S LOST PURPLE HEART

Six years before he died in a car accident near his upstate New York home, Daniel W. Quinlan was among the 138 World War I veterans to receive the first Purple Heart medals issued by the U.S. military. His family lost track of the medal he received during a 1932 ceremony held at the Hudson Valley historic site where historians say Gen. George Washington issued a precursor to the Purple Heart, which is awarded to those wounded or killed in combat. This week, Quinlan's recently found Purple Heart will be displayed at the same place he received it before it's draped across his nearby gravestone. Afterward, the medal will be sent to his grandson in Florida.

MOTHER OF 5 ARRESTED AFTER POLICE FIND FILTHY HOME

A mother with five children young children has been arrested after police discovered her residence was so filthy they say it was "unlivable." The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports 33-year-old Brandy Azad was charged with five counts of child neglect after officers found her house infested with roaches and her children unattended Monday night. Azad told police two of her children are autistic and one has Down's syndrome.

RAYS BEAT BRAVES IN ATLANTA

Erasmo Ramirez pitched his way into a big jam in the second inning then escaped further damage despite struggling with the grip on his fastball. "It was rare for me, but with (catcher Rene Rivera's) help, I just tried to mix it up and see which pitches I was feeling at that time," Ramirez said. "That was the only way we got out of the inning." Ramirez won his second straight start, Asdrubal Cabrera homered and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Atlanta Braves 5-3 on Tuesday night.

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