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Is Hobby Lobby an essential retailer? Some forced to close because of COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders

Hobby Lobby defies lock down order

Hobby Lobby is reportedly keeping some of its stores open in defiance of state shelter-in-place orders while some locations are being forced to close, according to media reports.

As businesses across the nation grapple with differences in how states define "essential" businesses or retailers, Hobby Lobby and its competitors Michaels and JOANN have kept many locations open with limited hours.

But some Hobby Lobby locations in Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin and Colorado were shut down by law enforcement after reopening, defying the orders.

Hobby Lobby did not respond to USA TODAY's response for comment.

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Kevin Duffy, Retired SDNY Judge Who Presided Over Mobster and Terrorist Trials, Dies From COVID-19

Judge Kevin Duffy dies of coronavirus

Kevin Duffy, a former federal judge in the Southern District of New York who presided over the high-profile trials of organized crime figures and terrorists behind the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, died Wednesday from the coronavirus at age 87.

His son, Kevin Duffy Jr., said Judge Duffy died at Greenwich Hospital. The judge, a resident of Greenwich, Connecticut, retired from the bench in 2016 and worked alongside his son at the firm of Duffy & Staab, his son said. Memorial plans have not been set, Duffy Jr. added.

Judge P. Kevin Castel, another Southern District judge and former clerk of Judge Duffy, called it “a sad day.” He said the judge had many friends and former clerks who would gather in Castel’s courtroom for Duffy’s birthday, which they called “The Feast of St. Kevin,” though the last one, originally set for Jan. 10, was canceled because of Duffy’s health issues.

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Coronavirus hits hundreds of U.S. police amid protective gear shortages

Police in US lack protective gearWhen nine police officers showed up to make an arrest near Melrose Avenue in the Bronx last Wednesday, none wore a mask or gloves to protect them from coronavirus.

Similar scenes play out all over the city daily: officers making arrests, walking their beats and responding to 911 calls without protective gear, according to interviews with nearly two dozen New York City officers and scenes witnessed by Reuters.

As of Sunday, 818 members of the nation’s biggest police force had tested positive for coronavirus, including 730 uniformed officers and 88 civilian staffers, according to NYPD. The department said about 5,000 of its 55,000 total employees are on sick leave.

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Police commander killed, 2 officers wounded in Phoenix shooting

Phoenix shooting leaves police chief, two officers deadA 31-year Phoenix police veteran was killed and two other officers were injured when a man opened fire on them during a call about a disturbance between roommates in northwest Phoenix Sunday night, authorities said.

Commander Greg Carnicle has died after being shot, police said. The other two officers are expected to recover.

The shooting drew a massive police response at the scene, with dozens of police vehicles and tactical trucks.

Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams spoke to reporters outside HonorHealth Deer Valley Medical Center on Sunday night, saying that she and Carnicle had known one another for years and had worked in the Maryvale precinct together.

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Emergency Hospital Being Constructed In Central Park

Emergency hospital being constructed in Central Park

There is an operation underway to build an emergency hospital inside Central Park.

Sunday morning, trucks filled with equipment and supplies parked along 5th Avenue, and workers with the North Carolina based Christian organization Samaritan’s Purse began constructing a 68-bed emergency field hospital across from Mount Sinai Hospital.

Dr. Elliott Tenpenny, the team leader of this field operation, tells NY1 state officials approved the plan after Mount Sinai Hospital reached out for assistance.

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Jerry Falwell, Jr.'s Liberty University Brings Back Its Students, and Coronavirus, Too

Jerry fallwell, Jr. The decision by the school’s president, Jerry Falwell Jr., to partly reopen his evangelical university enraged residents of Lynchburg, Va. Then students started getting sick.

As Liberty University’s spring break was drawing to a close this month, Jerry Falwell Jr., its president, spoke with the physician who runs Liberty’s student health service about the rampaging coronavirus.

“We’ve lost the ability to corral this thing,” Dr. Thomas W. Eppes Jr. said he told Mr. Falwell. But he did not urge him to close the school. “I just am not going to be so presumptuous as to say, ‘This is what you should do and this is what you shouldn’t do,’” Dr. Eppes said in an interview.

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Barack Obama pays tribute to Joseph Lowery, civil rights leader dead at 98

Joseph Lowery, civil rights pioneer, dead at 98

Barack Obama has paid tribute to the civil rights leader Joseph Lowery, calling the charismatic preacher “a giant who changed the face of America”.

Lowery died on Friday at the age of 98, his family said, after a lifelong fight against racial discrimination that saw him stand alongside Rev Martin Luther King Jr and other prominent civil rights figures throughout the 1960s.

“He carried the baton longer and surer than almost anybody,” Obama said in a statement posted to Twitter. “It falls to the rest of us now to pick it up and never stop moving forward until we finish what he started – that journey to justice.”

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