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Articles from the April 12, 2020 edition

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  • No Courts, No Freedom, No Rights: We are watching our legal protections swirl down the toilet

    Janet Phelan|Apr 12, 2020

    "I discovered to my joy, that it is life, not death, that has no limits." Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera One of the casualties of Covid-19 has been our system of justice. The First Amendment to the Constitution, granting freedom of assembly, freedom to practice one's chosen religion, and even freedom of speech is being trampled upon in the face of the corona crisis. The fact that this illness may possibly be no more dangerous than the seasonal flu pandemics of recent years i...

  • Passover in an Era of Social Distancing, Coronavirus and Covid-19: Pickup Curbside

    Rachel Ganz, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 12, 2020

    Barbara Lazaroff, founder of the outstanding SPAGO restaurant Beverly Hills announced that their 36th Annual Seder will be a "Seder to go" with curbside pickup on Wednesday April 8 and Thursday April 9, 2020 Barara Lazaroff explained "Due to the COVID 19 demand for to the social distancing order at this time Spago's beloved charity seder will be a To Go event only." SPAGO'S 36TH Seder Dinner will benefit "MAZON" a Jewish response to end hunger among all faiths –"Passover Seder Dinner To Go" w...

  • Santa Monica College, East LA College & Orange Coast College Donate Ventilators & PPE to Hospitals Fighting Covid-19

    Grace Smith, SMC Public Info Ofcr|Apr 12, 2020

    Editor's Note: What follows is a press release from Santa Monica College. It has not been edited or check for facts. SMC, East Los Angeles College (ELAC), and Orange Coast College were among 23 California Community Colleges across the state to donate ventilators, respirators, and personal protective equipment (PPE) to hospitals fighting COVID-19, the 2019 novel coronavirus. The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) picked up 19 ventilators, six respirators, and several...

  • #Covid-19? In 2018, there were 10 million cases of active TB which resulted in 1.5 million deaths.

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 12, 2020

    The entire United States, with a population of 350 million, shut down nearly all economic activity on March 16, unwilling to expose its citizens to a disease estimated to kill approximately 2 percent of those who contract it. While data is lacking regarding how many people worldwide have been infected with COVID-19, how many develop symptoms from it, and how many ultimately die (as a percentage), what data exists points to no more than a 5 percent mortality rate - at the very most. That...

  • Bernie Sanders Drops Out, Virtually Assuring a Trump Second Term in Coronavirus America

    Preity Upala, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 12, 2020

    4/8/20: Bernie Sanders ended his campaign for the Democratic nomination today. As we relegate his "Democratic Socialism" to the ash heap of history, the reasons why a Trump victory in November is assured become clear. Capitalism vs. Socialism Contrary to what the so-called "Progressives" around the world might tell you, it appears that there has been a complete and universal rejection of Socialism. Progressives make up 20% of the Democratic Party in the US and the party in turn is only half the...

  • California Recommends Releasing Defendants Without Bail During Coronavirus Emergency

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Apr 12, 2020

    On Monday the Judicial Council of California adopted new rules to lower jail populations in the name of stemming the spread of COVID-19. Chief among these is no-cash bail for certain non-serious, non-felony crimes. The Los Angeles District Attorney had already moved to eliminate cash bail for similar crimes in an effort to "reduce the number of people both in local jails and courthouses as part of her office's response to help curb the spread of the coronavirus," as stated in a March 20 press re...

  • Covid 19 Cases Increase Among California's Homeless Population, But not to Epidemic Levels

    Janet McLaughlin, Observer Staff WRiter|Apr 12, 2020

    One mystery of the Coronavirus crisis is why more homeless people have not been diagnosed with the illness. 10 cases have been diagnosed so far among LA County's homeless population, reports Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles County Dept of Health chief. One diagnosed case is described as a resident of a homeless shelter. 1510 positive cases have been hospitalized; which is 22 per cent of all diagnosed cases. 869 currently are hospitalized, 132 people are in ICU. 121 institutions have cases--total...

  • "Don't Go Shopping" Says LA County Dept of Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer

    Janet McLaughlin, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 12, 2020

    4/7/2020. At today's daily update, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles Co. Director of Public Health, said that there were 22 new deaths in the County. This brings the Covid-19 death toll in Los Angeles County to 169. LA County added 550 new cases Tuesday, bringing the Coronavirus total to 6910 across the County. Dividing deaths into the diagnosed cases, yields a mortality rate of 2.4 per cent mortality rate. Ferrer notes that she has data from 67 per cent of cases, and does not have info on other...

  • Christ is Risen, Indeed. But Local Churches Remain Padlocked, and St. Peters Square in Rome was Empty

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 12, 2020

    No Easter egg hunts in the park, but honestly, have you been to one lately? Easter will be celebrated on Zoom and Skype this year, as we are all locked down due to Coronavirus. I'm sure you already knew that. But did you know that Saint Monica's Catholic Church will live stream Easter sunrise service at their website, The Vintage Church live streams all of its Sunday services at : And this from St. Paul's Lutheran Church: Why...