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5 Things To Know On Monday, September 21, 2020

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Posted at 6:54 AM, Sep 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-21 06:54:33-04

While you were sleeping, we compiled the biggest stories of the day in one place. Each story has a quick and easy summary, so you're prepared for whatever the day brings. Just click on the links if you want to know more!

1. Back to school! For real this time in Palm Beach County.
Tens of thousands of Palm Beach County students will head back to classrooms today for the first time in more than six months.

Nearly 60,000 children are planning to return to 179 school campuses, while roughly 85,000 students will continue distance learning.

The last time Palm Beach County students sat in classrooms was on March 13, before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the school district to switch to distance learning later that month.

Thousands of Palm Beach County students head back to classrooms on Monday

2. Will a Supreme Court vote happen pre-election? Two GOP senators say no.
President Donald Trump is urging the Republican-run Senate to consider “without delay” his upcoming nomination to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just six weeks before the election.

Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine oppose a confirmation vote before the Nov. 3 election. It takes four GOP senators breaking ranks to keep Trump’s nominee off the court.

All eyes are on Republicans Mitt Romney of Utah and Chuck Grassley of Iowa for clues to whether Trump and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will be able to confirm Ginsburg’s replacement anytime soon.

Will a Supreme Court vote happen pre-election? Two GOP senators say no

3. And the Emmy goes to... Schitt's Creek and Succession
“Schitt’s Creek” has capped a huge night at the Emmy Awards — completing a historic sweep of the show's comedy categories. The show won best comedy series and acting trophies for stars Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy, Daniel Levy and Annie Murphy.

It's a feat that couldn't quite be matched by drama series winner “Succession,” which won four trophies.

You can see the full list of winners at the link above.

4. Patriots running back James White's father killed in South Florida crash
The father of New England Patriots running back James White was killed in a crash Sunday afternoon in South Florida, hours before his team's appearance on NBC's "Sunday Night Football."

Broward Sheriff's Office Sgt. Donald Prichard said Miami-Dade police Capt. Tyrone White was killed in a two-vehicle crash about 1 p.m. along Griffin Road in Cooper City.

Prichard said one vehicle overturned and the other caught fire. Two of the three victims were flown to a hospital for medical treatment, but the elder White was pronounced dead at the scene.

New England Patriots running back James White on sideline, September 2020
New England Patriots running back James White stands on the sideline in the second half of a game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass.

5. Arrest made after suspicious letter sent to the White House
A woman crossing into the United States from Canada has been arrested following reports of a suspicious letter being sent to the White House.

The suspicious letter is believed to have contained the poison ricin. Letters addressed to the White House are screened off site before reaching the complex.

The White House has been the target of ricin mailings in the past. In 2013, the FBI confirmed two letters were sent to the White House containing ricin.

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Today's Forecast
Coastal Flood, Wind Advisory for Palm Beach County and Treasure Coast.

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On This Day In History
On September 21, 1780, during the American Revolution, American General Benedict Arnold meets with British Major John Andre to discuss handing over West Point to the British, in return for the promise of a large sum of money and a high position in the British army. The plot was foiled and Arnold, a former American hero, became synonymous with the word “traitor.”

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