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5 Things To Know On Tuesday, July 21, 2020

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Posted at 5:32 AM, Jul 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-21 05:32:45-04

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1. The Latest In Education: Back to school gets pushed back
Children in several counties will have a few more weeks of summer. In St. Lucie County, the school year had been scheduled to begin Aug. 10, but will now be Aug. 24. Palm Beach County is eyeing a Aug. 31 start date.

Palm Beach County school nurses will be furloughed as a result of last week's decision to begin the year with virtual learning.

Florida's largest teacher union has taken legal action to halt a state order requiring public schools to reopen next month.

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2. The Latest In Sports: Yes, there's finally a latest in sports
After a four-month delay due to the coronavirus and some back and forth negotiations, Major League Baseball's 2020 season is starting up on Thursday. In 66 days, teams will play 60 games as part of the agreement between the league and the players association.

The NBA bubble at Disney World appears to be working with no new COVID-19 cases among players. The NBA will relaunch on July 30, with 22 teams of the league’s 30 teams participating.

Report: NBA's Board of Governors approves 22-team format for restarting the 2019-20 season
A sign marking the entrance to ESPN's Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World is seen Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. The NBA has told the National Basketball Players Association that it will present a 22-team plan for restarting the season at Disney. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

3. The Latest In Coronavirus: Florida leads the nation (and the world) again
Florida again led the nation with 90 newly reported deaths. More than 5,000 Florida residents have died of coronavirus.

On Monday, 10,347 cases were reported as the number of tests dropped around 36,000 from the previous day.

If Florida were a country, its new cases Monday would rank third, not including the U.S., behind India with 36,810 and Brazil with 21,749. South Africa followed with 9,300.

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4. The Latest In State Politics: Gillum resurfaces, DeSantis faces protestors
Former Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum discussed his battle with depression and alcoholism Monday during his first public statement since entering rehab in March.

Gillum apologized to supporters in an 11-minute Instagram video and explained that the depression he had been fighting for years worsened after losing his 2018 race to Gov. Ron DeSantis.

A group of protesters dramatically disrupted a news conference from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday, accusing him of lying to the public and mishandling the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

DeSantis, Gillum win nominations for FL governor

5. The Latest In National Politics: John Bolton speaks out against President Trump
Former national security adviser John Bolton told a Florida group in an online presentation that President Trump lacks strategic vision and historical knowledge.

"You need to have strategic vision. It certainly helps to have philosophical foundations and you have to think through pros and cons of different policies. Almost none of that happened with President Trump," said Bolton, who was promoting his book, "The Room Where it Happened: A White House Memoir."

The president hasn't responded, but in a tweet on Monday, he said wearing a face mask is "Patriotic" and no one is more "Patriotic" than him.

Today's Forecast
Tropical moisture associated with a tropical wave over the Bahamas and Cuba will bring in scattered showers throughout the day

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On This Day In History
On July 21, 2011, NASA’s space shuttle program completes its final, and 135th, mission, when the shuttle Atlantis lands at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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