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5 Things To Know On Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Posted at 6:59 AM, Feb 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-08 06:59:41-05

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1. How did an elderly woman fall from the Royal Park Bridge?
West Palm Beach Police Department detectives say they have identified the 79-year-old woman who fell from the Royal Park Bridge and died Sunday, but her name is being withheld due to Marsy's Law.

According to detectives, the woman was walking her bicycle across the bridge when the gates came down, an alarm sounded, and the bridge started to go up. A man on a skateboard tried desperately to help the woman hang onto the bridge.

"Despite those efforts, the woman was not able to hold on and she fell to the concrete landing below to her death," Jachles said. "From where the victim was to where she landed was approximately five to six stories or 50 to 60 feet."

Detectives are now looking at whether there were any lapses in safety procedures by the bridge tender.

Are safety lapses to blame for West Palm Beach bridge death?

2. Lawmakers hold moment of silence after US surpasses 900,000 COVID deaths
A bipartisan group of lawmakers held a moment of silence at the Captiol for the 900,000 people in the U.S. who died from COVID-19.

It's been about six weeks since the U.S. surpassed 800,000 COVID-19 deaths in December, but the U.S. surpassed 900,000 COVID-19 deaths on Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University.

According to a recent study released by the CDC, between Dec. 25 and Jan. 8, unvaccinated people were 23 times more likely to be sent to the hospital with omicron than those who were fully vaccinated and boosted.

Lawmakers hold moment of silence after US surpasses 900,000 COVID deaths

3. Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai emerges at Olympics after accusations
Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai has given a controlled interview to French newspaper about the social media posting that sparked a storm of international concern over her well-being.

Peng told the newspaper she never accused a Chinese official of sexual assault despite her social media post. Peng said that her post in November had been taken out of context and led to "an enormous misunderstanding."

After sharing her post on social media, Peng dropped out of public view for several weeks, prompting concern and criticism from the world's top tennis stars, including Serena Williams.

Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai emerges at Olympics, gives controlled interview

4. Former President Trump took White House documents to Mar-a-Lago, reports say
When former President Donald Trump left office last year and headed south for his Mar-a-Lago Club, he took with him several boxes of official White House records and memorabilia that should have been given to the National Archives, the Washington Post reported.

The National Archives recently had to recover the documents from Trump's Palm Beach estate, three sources told the newspaper including correspondence with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which Trump once described as "love letters," and a letter that former President Barack Obama left for his successor in 2017, the newspaper reported.

Taking the items would appear to be a violation of the Presidential Records Act, which requires White House officials to maintain and preserve official documents.

Former President Trump took White House documents to Mar-a-Lago, reports say

5. $4.5 million in rental assistance now available for residents of St. Lucie County
To qualify residents must not earn more than 80% of the area median income for the number of people in the household and show proof they were financially impacted by the pandemic.

Funds from the Emergency Rental Assistance Program 2.0 can be used towards past due utility payments if they are not paid by the landlord.

Renters can apply for up to 15 months of past due rent payments and up to 3 future rent payments.

$4.5 million in rental assistance now available for residents of St. Lucie County

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On This Day In History
On the night of February 8, 1968, police officers in Orangeburg, South Carolina open fire on a crowd of young people during a protest against racial segregation, killing three and wounding around 30 others. Activists were seeking to desegregate a bowling alley, four years after the Civil Rights Act was passed.

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