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4 reasons why the rush to reopen churches goes beyond politics

4 reasons why the rush to reopen churches goes beyond politics

The rush to reopen churches has become the latest front in the coronavirus culture wars. President Donald Trump has declared places of worship “essential” during the pandemic and said he’d override governors if they didn’t allow in-person services. Analysts have countered he doesn’t have the constitutional authority to do that. But long before Trump ordered…MORE

A graduation 12 years in the making: One Syrian activist’s road to his college degree

A graduation 12 years in the making: One Syrian activist’s road to his college degree

Though Columbia University’s commencement this year looked a little different than expected, for graduate Qutaiba Idlbi, the conclusion of his studies carried a special significance that a webcast ceremony stemming from covid-19 restrictions couldn’t dampen. “I feel like things are finally falling in place,” Idlbi told CNN. Idlbi’s journey to his bachelor’s degree stretches over…MORE

A new social movement is helping connect those who need help with those who can help

A new social movement is helping connect those who need help with those who can help

The coronavirus pandemic has inspired a grassroots movement that is connecting people who need help with donors who can offer financial assistance. So far, contributors have passed $13 million through more than 100,000 matches. Shelly Tygielski came up with the idea that she named Pandemic of Love. The mindfulness teacher in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was…MORE

Federal appeals court upholds California’s ban on in-person church services

A federal appeals court rejected a California church’s lawsuit hoping to overturn the state’s ban on in-person church services. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday on a lawsuit brought by the South Bay United Pentecostal Church in Chula Vista, California, earlier this month. The lawsuit claimed California Gov. Gavin Newsom and other…MORE

A cluster of coronavirus cases was reported in Arkansas after a swim party

A cluster of coronavirus cases was reported in Arkansas after a swim party

Several people who attended a high school swim party in Arkansas have contracted Covid-19, Gov. Asa Hutchinson told reporters on Saturday. “A high school swim party that I’m sure everybody thought was harmless. They’re young, they’re swimming, they’re just having activity and positive cases resulted from that,” Hutchinson said. The governor declined to provide further…MORE

With restaurants closed, rat sightings are increasing across the United States

With restaurants closed or open with limited capacity due to the coronavirus pandemic, a certain subset of those establishments’ “patrons” is struggling. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning that certain areas across the country are reporting “an increase in rodent activity,” as rats search for sources of food other than restaurant…MORE

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