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Articles from the April 16, 2020 edition

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  • Lime Scooters Out, But Bird and Lyft Scooters Reappear in Coronavirus Age Santa Monica

    Sarah Storkin, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 16, 2020

    Update 4/16/20: " Lyft’s scooters are always available in Santa Monica. Lyft is also expanding their LyftUp response to COVID-19 to include scooters – launching a critical workforce program to provide free scooter trips to first-responders, transit, and healthcare workers in Los Angeles and Santa Monica" writes a spokeswoman for Lyft. What do you get when you squeeze a lime scooter into a Corona beer? I'm not sure, but Bird and Lyft Scooters have reappeared in Santa Monica recently, with sightin...

  • Easter 2020 Was Painful to Watch, as the Resurrection of Jesus was Celebrated in Empty Churches.

    Janet McLaughlin, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 16, 2020

    Watching my church celebrate Palm Sunday this year was painful. Every year, a crowd gathers on the church steps, gathering palms. We wave them as we process into the church singing; in commemoration of Jesus' triumph into Jerusalem. This year the church was dark. The priests were alone. While I was grateful that they live streamed the Mass, it hurt more than I thought. There was no communal confession on Tuesday, when a dozen priests in white robes march in, and hear people's sins in all corners...

  • Ayyaddurai: Coronavirus Was Created by China to Control Hong Kong, & Spread by the Deep State to Control You

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 16, 2020

    Coronavirus has led to numerous conspiracy theories. Below is a summary of Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai's sweeping conspiratorial claims contained in a Youtube video, left. At bottom is Wikipedia's critique of Shiva Ayyaddurai. On the video, Ayyaddurai says: "There's this bogeyman called the virus. And you need the vaccine to save you. Bill Gates, Hillary Clinton and the Clinton foundation will bring it to you. "The truth is, your own immune system could save you. There is this third cylinder of the...

  • New York Burying its Covid-19 Dead on Hart Island, Says New York Medical Examiner

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 16, 2020

    Hart island has got to be one of the creepiest places on this planet. Used at various times as a sanitarium, a prison and a Potters Field type cemetery, the City of New York admits it's burying its Coronavirus dead on the 100 acre Island at the West end of Long Island Sound. Hart Island can be seen from nearby City Island, which unlike Hart, has a population and a bridge to nearby Bronx. The coronavirus pandemic is killing hundreds of people in New York City each day. To accommodate the dead...