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Layoffs add to economic misery

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 4/03/20, 10:51 am

The coronavirus outbreak brought on the first net loss in employment in the United States in almost a decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday. Employers slashed 701,000 jobs last month.

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Lifeline or albatross?

Politics | Churches weigh whether to accept federal money offered in stimulus bill
by Harvest Prude
Posted 4/02/20, 05:57 pm

The COVID-19 pandemic threatens to hit churches in a particularly bitter way in April. Most anticipate their doors will remain closed on one of the most significant days on the church calendar: Easter Sunday.

“There’s not really a worse time of the year for churches that this could have happened,” said Hans Fiene, pastor of River of Life Lutheran Church in Channahon, Ill.

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China’s real death toll

Coronavirus | How many people really died of COVID-19 in Wuhan?
by June Cheng
Posted 4/02/20, 05:31 pm

Signs of life are returning in China after a two-month lockdown. In Chengdu, rather than being cooped up in homes, citizens can freely enter and exit apartment complexes without a temperature check. Businesses have reopened, including the city’s ubiquitous hot pot restaurants. Pastor Paul Peng of Enfu Church recently went to a restaurant to eat for the first time in months, noting he was one of only a few patrons. The owner commented that business was slow. 

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