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5 Things To Know On Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Posted at 5:15 AM, Jul 14, 2020

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! You can watch the latest LIVE on WPTV here from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m.

1. A Day of Heartbreak: Naya Rivera's body found and two other death announcements
A body was found Monday in a Southern California during the search for "Glee" star Naya Rivera. Officials are "confident" that the body is that of Rivera.

Officials say that they believe Rivera and her 4-year-old son were swimming in the lake when Rivera started to tire. He says he believes she was able to lift her son back into the boat but did not have enough energy to climb back in herself.

Actress Kelly Preston died Sunday after a two-year battle with breast cancer, her husband John Travolta said. She was 57.

The grandson of Elvis Presley Benjamin Keough has died at age 27. TMZ reports that Keough died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

2. 'I can't teach from a coffin': Martin County teacher rally held in protest of opening schools
Dozens of teachers and parents rallied outside the Martin County Health Department in protest of schools opening.

In an effort to promote social distancing during the demonstration, some educators remained in their cars, while other stood far apart and displayed signs.

Teachers tell WPTV the only option they were given was to return to the classroom. Martin County health officials said the decision to reopen schools is in direct response to the state's emergency order mandating that schools be open five days per week.

3. Palm Beach County schools look to start year with distance learning
The superintendent of the School District of Palm Beach County is recommending all public schools in the county begin the 2020-21 academic year with online distance learning.

School board members will look at Superintendent Fennoy's recommendation and officially vote on a reopening plan for the 2020-21 academic year on Wednesday. After that, the district will submit its reopening plan to the Florida Department of Education for final approval.

4. St. Lucie County mandates masks in public places
Starting on Wednesday, everyone must wear face coverings in public places in St. Lucie County.

Many of St. Lucie's neighboring counties have already issued a mask order. If you need help remembering which counties have which rules, check out the graphic below.

5. The results are in! N95, cloth masks are most effective at stopping spread of germs
N95 and cloth face masks may be your best bet to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

That's what an experiment between WPTV and Florida Atlantic University's biology department uncovered on Monday.

During the test, three people coughed five times on separate Petri dishes while wearing each mask. On the last cough, each person held the Petri dish close to their face and coughed into it without wearing a mask. Click the link above or watch the video below to learn more.


WEB EXTRA: Test results of face mask effectiveness

Today's Forecast
Close to record highs today, a few strong afternoon storms possible.

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On This Day In History
Billy the Kid is shot to death on July 14, 1881. Sheriff Pat Garrett shoots Henry McCarty, popularly known as Billy the Kid, to death at the Maxwell Ranch in New Mexico. Garrett, who had been tracking the Kid for three months after the gunslinger had escaped from prison only days before his scheduled execution, got a tip that Billy was holed up with friends. While Billy was gone, Garrett waited in the dark in his bedroom. When Billy entered, Garrett shot him to death.

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