What will South Florida be doing during solar eclipse?

Millions of people across the country, including South Florida, will watch as the moon crosses in front of the sun Monday, briefly turning day into night.

The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in Miami is one of the many locations hosting a solar eclipse watch party. Dozens of people stood in line Monday morning waiting for the museum to open. The museum is giving away eclipse glasses with the price of admission.

“I love nature and I think this is an incredible opportunity to see a gift from the universe to us,” Louisa Sztern Robel told Local 10 News.

Monday’s celestial event will be the first time in 38 years that a solar eclipse will be visible from the U.S. It is the first time in 99 years that a total solar eclipse will pass from coast to coast.

South Florida is expected to receive about 80 percent totality — the peak time at 2:58 p.m.

The eclipse coincides with the first day of school in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Students in Broward County Public Schools are being kept indoors, while Miami-Dade County Public Schools is letting individual schools decide whether children will be allowed outside during the eclipse.

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Spectators travel from near, far to South Carolina for solar eclipse

From near and far, they traveled to South Carolina’s state capital for the first solar eclipse in 38 years.

“Pretty stoked about it, yeah,” Bill Bates, who traveled to South Carolina for the eclipse, told Local 10 News. “Hopefully we’ll have clear weather.”

In the coast-to-coast path of totality, Columbia will have the longest total eclipse on the East Coast — a full two-and-a-half minutes of total darkness as the moon moves to blot out the sun at 2:41 p.m.

“(There are) supposed to be a lot of people coming from out of town,” resident Tony Adams said.

He’s right. Hotel rooms in the city have been booked for months. Room rates Sunday night topped more than $1,000 for what is typically known as a budget-minded hotel chain.

The last time a total solar eclipse was visible from the U.S. was in 1979, and then just in the upper northwest. What was then the distant future — 2017 — is here. Much has changed since then, but not the entrepreneurial spirit.

“Business has just been booming,” Chase Martin told Local 10.

The enterprising family at the side of the road said they have sold 1,000 solar filter glasses since Wednesday — at $10 each.

There is seemingly high demand and a short supply for the glasses.

“Do you all have the monopoly on these glasses? Does anyone else still have stock?” Local 10 News reporter Glenna Milberg asked.

“They just don’t have any left,” Will Lorick answered. “We do.”

The Great American Eclipse, as it’s called, is inspiring a country with science, spirituality and maybe inspiring future astrophysicists.

Andrea Doneheu, who was traveling with her 3-year-old granddaughter to see the eclipse, sure hopes so.

“Maybe a beginning of some science love in her,” Doneheu said.

Follow Local 10 News’ live coverage of the solar eclipse on Local10.com and use the complete guide to be prepared.

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Spectators travel from near, far to South Carolina for solar eclipse

From near and far, they traveled to South Carolina’s state capital for the first solar eclipse in 38 years.

“Pretty stoked about it, yeah,” Bill Bates, who traveled to South Carolina for the eclipse, told Local 10 News. “Hopefully we’ll have clear weather.”

In the coast-to-coast path of totality, Columbia will have the longest total eclipse on the East Coast — a full two-and-a-half minutes of total darkness as the moon moves to blot out the sun at 2:41 p.m.

“(There are) supposed to be a lot of people coming from out of town,” resident Tony Adams said.

He’s right. Hotel rooms in the city have been booked for months. Room rates Sunday night topped more than $1,000 for what is typically known as a budget-minded hotel chain.

The last time a total solar eclipse was visible from the U.S. was in 1979, and then just in the upper northwest. What was then the distant future — 2017 — is here. Much has changed since then, but not the entrepreneurial spirit.

“Business has just been booming,” Chase Martin told Local 10.

The enterprising family at the side of the road said they have sold 1,000 solar filter glasses since Wednesday — at $10 each.

There is seemingly high demand and a short supply for the glasses.

“Do you all have the monopoly on these glasses? Does anyone else still have stock?” Local 10 News reporter Glenna Milberg asked.

“They just don’t have any left,” Will Lorick answered. “We do.”

The Great American Eclipse, as it’s called, is inspiring a country with science, spirituality and maybe inspiring future astrophysicists.

Andrea Doneheu, who was traveling with her 3-year-old granddaughter to see the eclipse, sure hopes so.

“Maybe a beginning of some science love in her,” Doneheu said.

Follow Local 10 News’ live coverage of the solar eclipse on Local10.com and use the complete guide to be prepared.

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China’s Great Wall interested in buying Fiat Chrysler

A Chinese automaker says it’s interested in buying Fiat Chrysler.

Great Wall Motor said Monday that it was exploring a bid for the parent company of Jeep, Maserati, Dodge, Ram and Alfa Romeo.

“We have the willingness to buy FCA,” a company spokesperson said, adding that Italian-American group fits its “needs.”

A deal, however, does not appear to be imminent.

Fiat Chrysler said in a statement on Monday that it has “not been approached by Great Wall Motors.”

It was not clear whether Great Wall would target all of Fiat Chrysler, or seek to cleave off its coveted Jeep brand. A spokesperson said Monday that details about whether the Chinese automaker would attempt to buy all or part of Fiat Chrysler would be decided at a “higher level.”

Fiat Chrysler shares surged to their highest level in nearly two decades last week as investors speculated about a Chinese takeover of the automaker. The stock added another 3.3% in Milan on Monday, while Great Wall gained 1.6% in Hong Kong.

Jeep would be a major prize for a Chinese automaker.

Fiat Chrysler has been boosting sales of Jeep models in China, producing them through a joint venture with Guangzhou Automobile Group.

A Chinese takeover of Jeep could make a lot of sense because it would give the new owners an easy way of expanding quickly in the U.S., Morgan Stanley analysts wrote recently in a research note.

Plus, SUVs are a big deal in China and “Jeep is synonymous with SUVs,” the analysts wrote.

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said last month that he would lay out his plans for the company in early 2018, hinting that some brands or parts of the company could be spun out.

The Morgan Stanley analysts said the automaker would be worth a lot more if it was broken up. They said the Jeep brand on its own is worth more than the current market value of the company, for example.

Fiat Chrysler has been here before: It split off Ferrari into a separate company in late 2015. Ferrari’s market value has more than tripled since then.

— Alanna Petroff and Nanlin Fang contributed reporting.

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China’s Great Wall interested in buying Fiat Chrysler

A Chinese automaker says it’s interested in buying Fiat Chrysler.

Great Wall Motor said Monday that it was exploring a bid for the parent company of Jeep, Maserati, Dodge, Ram and Alfa Romeo.

“We have the willingness to buy FCA,” a company spokesperson said, adding that Italian-American group fits its “needs.”

A deal, however, does not appear to be imminent.

Fiat Chrysler said in a statement on Monday that it has “not been approached by Great Wall Motors.”

It was not clear whether Great Wall would target all of Fiat Chrysler, or seek to cleave off its coveted Jeep brand. A spokesperson said Monday that details about whether the Chinese automaker would attempt to buy all or part of Fiat Chrysler would be decided at a “higher level.”

Fiat Chrysler shares surged to their highest level in nearly two decades last week as investors speculated about a Chinese takeover of the automaker. The stock added another 3.3% in Milan on Monday, while Great Wall gained 1.6% in Hong Kong.

Jeep would be a major prize for a Chinese automaker.

Fiat Chrysler has been boosting sales of Jeep models in China, producing them through a joint venture with Guangzhou Automobile Group.

A Chinese takeover of Jeep could make a lot of sense because it would give the new owners an easy way of expanding quickly in the U.S., Morgan Stanley analysts wrote recently in a research note.

Plus, SUVs are a big deal in China and “Jeep is synonymous with SUVs,” the analysts wrote.

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said last month that he would lay out his plans for the company in early 2018, hinting that some brands or parts of the company could be spun out.

The Morgan Stanley analysts said the automaker would be worth a lot more if it was broken up. They said the Jeep brand on its own is worth more than the current market value of the company, for example.

Fiat Chrysler has been here before: It split off Ferrari into a separate company in late 2015. Ferrari’s market value has more than tripled since then.

— Alanna Petroff and Nanlin Fang contributed reporting.

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South Florida entrepreneur gives back to community through backpack drive

Kevius Morgan hosted a back-to-school event called the “ABiE Backpack Drive” to give back to community in which he grew up.

Born and raised in Lauderdale Manor, Morgan decided it was only right to have the backpack drive at Lauderdale Manor Park.

“I went to camp at the park, played sports there, and even got my first job as a lifeguard (there),” the 23-year-old said.

Through his company, the ABiE Firm and local sponsors, Morgan was able to supply more than 100 backpacks to elementary and middle school students who will be starting school Monday in Broward County.

“I can’t describe or put a price tag on (it), so it only makes sense to pour back in, so the next generation is equipped,” Morgan said.

Local sponsors such as Awesunsauce Designs, 2KLife, Truheart, Falconer Fitness, Freda’s Place27, APE, EJEKADEDMISFIT, Gold Feet Global, CARE for Crohn’s and various chapters of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. donated supplies for the drive.

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