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5 Things To Know On Friday, August 14, 2020

Posted at 5:14 AM, Aug 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-14 05:14:12-04

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1. The search continues for the mom who's toddler was found alone in Miami
The FBI is looking for leads in the search for Leila Cavett, 21, who disappeared in South Florida on July 26 after arriving the previous day from Georgia.

Cavett was in Vero Beach, Hollywood, Miramar and Fort Lauderdale Beach during her brief time in South Florida.

Cavett's 2-year-old son, Kamdyn, was later found wandering alone barefoot in an apartment complex in Miramar, prompting a search for the woman.

2. What's the future of the USPS? Trump admits he's blocking postal cash to stop mail-in voting
Pres. Trump acknowledged on Thursday that he's starving the U.S. Postal Service of funding in order to make it harder to process an expected surge in ballots that he worries could cost him reelection.

"They want $25 billion, billion, for the Post Office. Now they need that money in order to make the Post Office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots," Trump said. "But if they don't get those two items that means you can't have universal mail-in voting because you they're not equipped to have it."

Meanwhile, his campaign is suing two Iowa counties that are making it easier to vote by mail during the pandemic.

President Donald Trump in Florida in July 2020
President Donald Trump participates in a roundtable discussion on the coronavirus outbreak and storm preparedness at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Fla., Friday, July 31, 2020.

3. Are the Noles playing it safe with COVID-19? The teams seems split
Seminoles wide receiver Warren Thompson posted a letter on Twitter and Instagram in which he claimed he had "been lied to multiple times" about its coronavirus testing procedures and that university leaders were "only worried about their own future rather than their own athletes."

Several of his teammates retweeted his claim, but other teammates tweeted that they felt safe.

The dissension within the program takes place just two days after Gov. Ron DeSantis attended a news conference at the FSU indoor practice facility.

4. Hurricane season continues: Tropical Storm Josephine forms in Atlantic Ocean
The 10th named storm of the year has formed.

Tropical Storm Josephine formed Thursday in the Atlantic Ocean, but is expected to run into trouble down the line and won't impact our weather in South Florida.

The NHC said Josephine's general motion is expected to continue for the next few days, followed by a turn toward the northwest late this weekend or early next week. The system is expected to stay well east of the Bahamas and not affect our weather in South Florida.

5. Boynton Beach pipe bomb suspect says he's been making 'devices' for years
A Boynton Beach man who police say built and set off several pipe bombs near his apartmenttold detectives he's been making "devices" for years and buys the materials on eBay, according to authorities.

Gregory Haasze, 34, was arrested for 26 counts of making, possessing, throwing, projecting, placing, or discharging a destructive device.

Officers found several partially detonated devices in the road, along with six additional devices that appeared to be PVC pipes sealed with a PVC cap on each end, and a fuse attached.

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On This Day In History
President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs into law the Social Security Act on August 14, 1935. Press photographers snapped pictures as FDR, flanked by ranking members of Congress, signed into law the historic act, which guaranteed an income for the unemployed and retirees. FDR commended Congress for what he considered to be a “patriotic” act.