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1. History Made: Florida man becomes first Ironman with Down Syndrome
Chris Nikic has officially set a new Guinness World Record. He’s the first athlete with Down syndrome to complete a full triathlon.
Nikic finished Saturday’s 2.4-mile swim, 122-mile bike and 26.2-mile run in 16 hours, 46 minutes and nine seconds. He needed to complete the race in 17 hours to earn the title of Ironman.
Nikic’s story has been an inspiration all across the world. Several parents of children with Down syndrome have reached out to the 21-year-old athlete through social media.
2. The Bad news: Florida seeing coronavirus spike
Florida's first-time coronavirus daily positivity rate increased by nearly 2 percentage points to 8.07 and Palm Beach County soared from 5.9 percent to 8.6, the highest in three months. The state considers anything above 5 percent in the "danger" threshold.
Florida's total of 847,821 cases is 8.4 percent of the total infections in the U.S., which passed 10 million Monday, though the state only comprises 6.5 percent of the population.
Since the first two deaths were announced on March 6, which is 248 days, the death toll has reached 17,179 for an average of 69 per day.
3. The Good News: Some could receive COVID-19 vaccine by end of 2020
Dr. Fauci says it’s possible a vaccine could begin reaching some Americans by the end of the month, but was confident some would begin getting vaccinated by the end of the year.
Fauci’s declaration came on the same day Pfizer said that its Phase 3 vaccine candidate was showing an effectiveness of over 90%. Fauci said the announcement was promising, but a few more questions need to be addressed before it is given approval.
Given that Pfizer’s vaccine candidate is showing a high level of effectiveness, Fauci called the development “extraordinary.”
4. Barr OKs election probes despite little evidence of fraud
President Trump has declined to concede the presidential race and is mounting legal fights, but there has been no indication or evidence of voter irregularities or widespread fraud in the election.
Attorney General William Barr has authorized federal prosecutors across the U.S. to pursue allegations of voting irregularities before the 2020 presidential election is certified, despite little evidence of fraud.
5. Adopt Don't Shop: Port St. Lucie considers ban on animal sales from pet mills
The City of Port St. Lucie will consider doing more to keep pet mill animals out of stores and support clearing the animal shelters, packed with animals needing homes.
A proposed change to a city ordinance would require a pet shop to follow an adoption-based model for the sale of dogs, cats, or rabbits.
Animals would have to be sourced from stray and unwanted pets, like those taken in by an animal shelter or rescue.
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On This Day In History
On November 10, 1969, “Sesame Street,” a pioneering TV show that would teach generations of young children the alphabet and how to count, makes its broadcast debut.
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