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5 Things To Know On Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Posted at 7:14 AM, Oct 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-14 07:56:55-04

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1. Palm Beach County parents, your homework is due today!
Wednesday marks the deadline for Palm Beach County School District parents to decide if they want to change their child’s instruction method for the rest of the semester.

If you don’t want to make changes to the registered model of how your child is learning, either in-person or online, you don’t need to do anything.

But if you want to make a change, you’ll have to register that choice today

Decision due for Palm Beach County parents on school instruction method

2. The mask debate concludes in Martin County... again
In a 3 to 2 vote on Tuesday, commissioners decided to rescind Martin County's mask mandate completely.

The ordinance had required residents to wear a face mask inside public businesses, restaurants, and government buildings, as well as outside when social distancing wasn't possible.

Martin County has gone back and forth this year on whether to have a mask mandate. The county passed one in July, let it lapse in early August, and reinstated it a few weeks later.

Martin County commissioners rescind mask mandate

3. It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Where to get free screenings
In case you haven't noticed the pink everywhere, it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month and free screenings are available.

Eligible women can receive free breast and cervical cancer screenings at various locations in Broward, Palm Beach, and Martin counties through the FBCCEDP, formerly known as BCCI.

To see if you qualify, call 1-954-762-3649. For more information, click here.

It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Where to get free screenings

4. Biden talks bipartisan, Trump talks taxes
Joe Biden spoke on health care, coronavirus and reviving bipartisan action as he visited Florida yesterday. Biden made stops in Miramar and Pembroke Pines on Tuesday.

President Trump is asking the Supreme Court to put on hold an appeals court ruling that Trump’s accountant must immediately turn over tax records to a New York state prosecutor.

Instead of a second presidential debate, both candidates will host town halls on Thursday instead. Trump will be live on NBC from Miami. Biden will be in Philadelphia.

Joe Biden makes key appearances in his race to win Florida

5. Remember when the UF coach wanted to pack the Swamp? It didn't age well
The University of Florida's football team is suspending activities following an “increase” in COVID-19 cases among members of the team, the university announced on Tuesday.

The announcement comes just days after head coach Dan Mullen called on the university to open Ben Hill Griffin Stadium to a full capacity of 90,000 for the rest of the season.

Sports Illustrated reported that the Gators had five new coronavirus cases identified on Tuesday. So far, this Saturday’s game between Florida and LSU is still on as scheduled.

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Less humidity and lots of sunshine!

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On This Day In History
On October 14, 1912, presidential candidate Theodore Roosevelt is shot at close range by saloonkeeper John Schrank while greeting the public in front of the Gilpatrick Hotel.

Roosevelt, who suffered only a flesh wound from the attack, went on to deliver his scheduled speech with the bullet still in his body.

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