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5 Things To Know On Thursday, June 25, 2020

Posted at 5:07 AM, Jun 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-25 05:07:32-04

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1. Florida smashes daily coronavirus cases record with 5,511
The total number of deaths in the state including nonresidents is 3,377, a rise of 44, a figure that state doesn't include on its dashboard or daily report. There has been a dramatic decline in the median age, which is now 43 overall.

The state reported 15.91 percent of people who tested for the first time were positive. Two weeks ago, the percentage was 5.54.

Of all results reported by labs Tuesday, the positive rate was 18.43 percent, compared with 7.31 percent two week ago.

The overall positive rate is 6.5 percent, compared with 5.3 percent one week ago.

Palm Beach County commissioners voted unanimously to mandate masks in public places to help slow the spread.

The University of Washington projects that 33,000 American lives would be saved between now and October 1 by near universal wearing of masks.

2. Be Prepared: Disney World workers petition to delay reopening park
More than 7,000 people who work at Disney World are worried about the park reopening.

They've signed an online petition saying "this virus is not gone, unfortunately, it's only become worse in this state."

Coronavirus cases are surging in Florida as the park preps for a phased reopening July 11.

Disney is putting several measures in place to reopen safely, but 10% of their staffers who signed the petition are hoping they'll reconsider, saying it's not fair to ask the people who work there to risk their lives.

Disney is delaying plans to reopen Disneyland and California Adventure in July, saying state guidelines will not be issued soon enough to prepare its parks to welcome back guests.


3. Some Good News In Florida: Teacher get a big pay raise signed into law
Florida Governor Ron Desantis signed a bill requiring school districts and charter schools to increase the minimum base salary for full-time classroom teachers to at least $47,500.

Previously, Florida was ranked 26th in the country for beginning teacher pay. Now, it's among the top five.

Rep. Overdorf said districts that already have a starting pay higher than $47,500 will also likely see an increase and that the state of Florida is now in an excellent position to bring the best teachers back.

What will school look like in the fall? Palm Beach County school board members are discussing delaying start of school year.

4. The Tables Have Turned: Floridians will have to quarantine if traveling to New York
Anyone traveling to New York, New Jersey or Connecticut from Florida or other high-infection coronavirus states will be required to quarantine for 14 days to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The move is a reversal of sorts for a state that was once the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order in March mandating that travelers arriving in Florida from New York, New Jersey or Connecticut self-isolate for 14 days.

5. 3 men indicted for murder in death of Ahmaud Arbery
A grand jury has indicted all three men accused in the death of Ahmaud Arbery, each with nine counts including murder.

The grand jury’s indictment formally charges Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael and William R. Bryan on the following counts: malice murder, felony murder (four counts), aggravated assault (two counts), false imprisonment, and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.

Arbery was shot and killed on February 23 while out for a run. Bryan filmed the encounter between the McMichaels and Arbery, but it took nearly 10 weeks for the 36-second-long video to be made public. Two days after the video became public, the McMichaels were arrested.

Arbery’s death prompted discussions nationally on the role racial bias plays in the criminal justice system.

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On This Day In History
On June 25, 1876, Native American forces led by Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull defeat the U.S. Army troops of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer in the Battle of the Little Bighorn near southern Montana’s Little Bighorn River.

Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, leaders of the Sioux tribe on the Great Plains, strongly resisted the mid-19th-century efforts of the U.S. government to confine their people to reservations.

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