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5 Things To Know On Thursday, August 13, 2020

Posted at 5:24 AM, Aug 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-13 05:24:04-04

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1. Back to school: Martin County classroom to quarantine after student shows coronavirus symptoms
A group of Martin County elementary school students will have to quarantine for the next two weeks because of the coronavirus.

The governor had just complimented the Martin County School District, which started classes on Tuesday.

"Martin County Superintendent Laurie Gaylord told me today that she viewed reopening her schools as a mission akin to a Navy SEAL operation. Just as the SEALs surmounted obstacles to bring Osama bin Laden to justice, so too would the Martin County school system find a way to provide parents with a meaningful choice of in-person instruction or continued distance learning," DeSantis said.

2. Pipe bombs found in Boynton Beach
Boynton Beach police found several pipe bombs in the area of Congress Ave. and Old Boynton Rd., following reports of a loud noise in the area.

"Since the Fourth of July, there have been really loud noises in the neighborhood. Like the only thing that could make that kind of sound is a bomb. I've never heard anything that loud before. When you're outside it hurts your ears it's so loud," a resident nearby said.

They have all been disabled and right now police are in the process of removing them from the scene. The process could take hours because they have to remove them one by one.

3. Florida sheriff bans masks for deputies
A central Florida sheriff says his deputies won't be allowed to wear face masks except under some conditions, and neither will visitors to the sheriff's office.

"In light of the current events when it comes to the sentiment and/or hatred toward law enforcement in our country today, this is being done to ensure there is clear communication and for identification purposes of any individual walking into a lobby,” Sheriff Woods wrote in a statement.

On Wednesday, state health officials reported 212 new deaths from COVID-19 in Florida.

4. Steve Spurrier says student-athletes "deserve to go play the game"
Steve Spurrier said he feels sorry for all the Big Ten Conference coaches and players who will miss out on football this fall.

The 1966 Heisman Trophy winner, who led the Gators to six Southeastern Conference championships from 1990-2001 and their first national title in 1996, said he doesn't think there can be fans in the stands this season but believes that football can be played this fall.

"I just wish college football would play during the fall like we always have," he said.

Steve Spurrier after Florida Gators won SEC championship in 1993
Florida Gators head coach Steve Spurrier is carried off the field by players Cameron Davis (56) and Jim Watson (73) after the Gators downed the Alabama Crimson Tide 28-3 in the Southeastern Conference Championship, Dec. 4, 1993, in Birmingham, Ala.

5. The latest on Election 2020
One day after announcing his running mate, presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden appeared alongside Sen. Kamala Harris for the first time since Tuesday’s announcement.

While President Donald Trump said that Harris was “nasty” toward Biden during her presidential campaign, Biden came to Harris’ defense from Trump’s attacks.

Trump was campaigning via Twitter on Wednesday saying he was sure to win the "suburban housewife" vote.

Today's Forecast
Warm, humid, a few coastal morning showers. Hot and humid this afternoon with a few inland storms possible.

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On This Day In History
Shortly after midnight on this day in 1961, East German soldiers begin laying down barbed wire and bricks as a barrier between Soviet-controlled East Berlin and the democratic western section of the city.