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Articles from the March 17, 2020 edition

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  • Coronavirus: Surviving the Coming Zombie Apocalypse --a Practical Guide

    Observer Staff|Mar 17, 2020

    The rise of zombies in pop culture has given credence to the idea that a zombie apocalypse could happen. In such a scenario zombies would take over entire countries, roaming city streets eating anything living that got in their way. The proliferation of this idea has led many people to wonder "How do I prepare for a zombie apocalypse?" In movies, shows, and literature, zombies are often depicted as being created by an infectious virus, which is passed on via bites and contact with bodily fluids....

  • SMMUSD Joins Private Schools in "Corona Closure" due to Covid-19 concerns

    Janet McLaughlin, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 17, 2020

    Late Thursday afternoon, SMMUSD announced that schools would be closed throughout the district, on Friday and Monday. Staff will be present at school. At least a dozen area private schools are closed, in an attempt to mitigate exposure from Coronavirus, or Covid-19. Crossroads School announced late Wednesday, that it would close for two days. "We want to emphasize that there are no known cases at Crossroads," says a statement from the school. But they urged students to take home with them what...

  • SMMUSD Schools Closed Until April 20th, Online Classes Offered Starting 3/17/2020 for 3 weeks.

    Observer Staff|Mar 17, 2020

    Update 3/16: "The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education approved the following closures for all schools in Santa Monica and Malibu. Closed for the next three weeks (through April 3), then our planned two-week spring break, with plans to return on April 20th. This may change based on direction from health and governmental agencies. We will be serving meals at four sites, three in Santa Monica and one in Malibu, starting tomorrow. Background: We have been pupil free last...

  • Report: St. Monica's Catholic School Locked Down by Woman With a Gun

    Observer Staff|Mar 17, 2020

    On the last day before Coronavirus closed local Catholic schools, St. Monica's Catholic School was locked down today after a woman with a gun attempted to rob the Sacred Grounds cafe. This according to reports on social media. Homeless people do congregate in Reed Park across the street. It's unknown however, whether the suspect was a homeless person. We have asked the Santa Monica Police, who reportedly arrested the suspect, to confirm this story. About a month ago, a woman was washing clothes...

  • Purim Last Major Event Conducted at Local Synagogue, as Gatherings Banned Due to Coronavirus

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 17, 2020

    Kehillat Maarav Synagogue in Santa Monica conducted its annual Purim costume celebration without its Rabbi. The Synagogue Executive Director said in advance that he would not attend the celebration, "out of an abundance of caution," since he attended the AIPAC conference on March 2, 2020. Most churches and synagogues locally have suspended gatherings for a couple of weeks. In Judaism, congregants gather on Friday night or Saturday morning to celebrate the Sabbath. For the first time in anyone's...