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5 Things To Know On Friday, December 18, 2020

Posted at 6:52 AM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 06:52:44-05

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!

1. What's Trump's new address? Local lawyer says it can't be Mar-a-Lago
West Palm Beach attorney Reginald G. Stambaugh sent a letter to Palm Beach Mayor Gail Coniglio and the Town Council on Tuesday explaining why Trump should not be allowed to live at his social club.

In his letter, Stambaugh cited a 1993 declaration of use agreement between the town, Trump and Mar-a-Lago that prohibits anyone from living on the property.

Trump changed his residency to Palm Beach last year, using the Mar-a-Lago address, and voted early in person at a West Palm Beach library in October.

Some Palm Beach residents fight Trump calling Mar-a-Lago home

2. Help is on the way: Pfizer in long-term care facilities, Moderna heading to Treasure Coast
Florida's coronavirus cases rose by 13,148, the most in five months, as deaths increased by 101, the Florida Department of Health announced Thursday afternoon.

Also on Thursday, the FDA approved the coronavirus vaccine manufactured by Moderna for authorized emergency use. Governor Ron DeSantis said 173 hospitals across 43 counties would receive the vaccine including several on the Treasure Coast.

Walgreens will begin vaccinating staff and residents with the Pfizer vaccine at long-term care facilities on Friday in Jacksonville.

Several Treasure Coast hospitals set to receive Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

3. The truth is out there: Monolith appears close to home
An object eerily similar to the strange monolith that mysteriously appeared in Utah last month has suddenly shown up on the Treasure Coast.

Pierced Cider bar employees claim it wasn't there Tuesday night, but showed up outside the bar Wednesday.

Adding to the mystery, workers at the bar said they looked at surveillance video in an attempt to solve the puzzling discovery. However, the video experienced some kind of interference.

Mysterious monolith appears outside Fort Pierce bar

4. Want your package delivered by Christmas? You're running out of time
Customers around the country are seeing their estimated delivery dates slip by with no packages. If you want a chance for your gifts to arrive by Christmas, time is running out.

The recommended deadline for for first class packages and cards to arrive by Christmas is on Friday. Saturday is the deadline for priority mail, and Dec. 23 is the deadline to use priority mail express to get our gifts under the tree in time.

For more on shipping deadlines and online options, click here.

Want your package delivered by Christmas? You're running out of time

5. Written in the stars: Saturn and Jupiter to be at their closest in 400 years
Jupiter and Saturn, the two largest planets in the Solar System, will be stationed in nearly the same spot in the night sky on Monday, creating a bright spectacle.

The positions of the two planets align once every 20 years, according to NASA. While conjunctions happen several times during the course of a typical lifetime, a conjunction of this magnitude is quite rare.

The last time the two planets were this close to each other in the night sky was 400 years ago, but no one was able to see it as that conjunction occurred during the day. The last time a conjunction of his magnitude happened at night was 800 years ago.

Today's Forecast
Cold weather returns:

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On This Day In History
On Dec. 18, 1865, the 13th Amendment is formally adopted into the U.S. Constitution, ensuring that “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude… shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

The signature of president Abraham Lincoln on a rare, restored copy of the 13th Amendment that ended slavery.

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