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Last Remaining Blockbuster Rental Shop Remains Open During Coronavirus Shut Down

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The last Blockbuster movie rental shop in the world was deemed an essential business and has remained open during the coronavirus pandemic that has shut down much of the nation.

Though most people now use streaming services for all their movie needs, Blockbuster, located in Oregon, is still keeping busy as most people are home from work and school.

“We’ve faced many challenges over the year and we’ve managed to muddle through and we will this one too,” general manager Sandi Harding told  Inside Edition.

To keep people safe as they browse the DVDs, all aisles are now one way flows so that people keep their distance. They are also offering curb-side-pickup and disinfecting each dvd, both when it leaves the store and when it returns.

“Everyone is wearing gloves,” Harding added. “We have masks now for the employees that we had to wait for that we just got in this week. We have one way in, one way out. Max of 10 people in the store.”

Blockbuster went bankrupt in 2010 as people turned to services such as OnDemand, Netflix, Amazon, and YouTube for their content. Comicbook.com reports that at the time, Dish Network purchased the company’s assets to try and turn them into a mail-order competitor to Netflix, but the plan fizzled out. All of the corporate-owned stores across the nation were gone by 2014.

Last year, the franchise in Perth, Australia finally closed down as well, leaving the Bend storefront as the only remaining Blockbuster anywhere.

In the company’s prime, there was 9,000 Blockbuster stores worldwide.

The sole survivor now enjoys a loyal and dedicated customer base who are thrilled to see that they are not shutting down. They have been a rental shop since 1992 and became a Blockbuster franchise in 2000 — making this year their 20th anniversary with the nostalgic brand.

While DVD rentals may seem like a thing of the past to many, Harding explained to local station KTVC that there are still plenty of people who don’t have access to the internet or fast streaming and they are helping to keep them entertained during these difficult times.

“There’s still a lot of people in the community that don’t have streaming, that don’t have the ability to have cable and whatnot,” Harding told KTVC, explaining why they have remained open during the pandemic. “Especially now with people being laid off.”

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Woman Paints Over Black Lives Matter Mural in NYC, Shouts ‘Bill de Blasio Doesn’t Care About Black People!’

De Blasio is planning to paint four more of the ridiculous murals throughout the city.

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The state-sanctioned Black Lives Matter mural outside Trump Tower in New York City has been vandalized by a protester for the third time since it was painted.

A black woman covered multiple letters of the bright yellow eyesore with multiple gallons of black paint while shouting “Refund the Police” and “Bill de Blasio doesn’t care about black people!”

The woman urged people to find Jesus while she worked, attempting to cover as much as she could before being detained and arrested.

The mural was also vandalized the previous day by four protesters who oppose the Marxist political message painted in the street by the mayor. The brave activists shouted “Blue Lives Matter” and “All Lives Matter” as they painted over the city-approved vandalism.

Onlookers shouted at them hysterically as they did it.

NBC New York reports “the alleged vandals threw the paint in what appeared to be a coordinated effort involving about 10 people around 4 p.m. Friday. There were plans going around on social media with a group of people discussing doing the stunt.”

On Monday, the mural was splattered with red paint.

Unlike the rioters and looters that took over his city recently, he has made it a priority to arrest those who dare to vandalize it. In fact, Mayor de Blasio has seemingly been more concerned with protecting the tacky painting than about the rising crime in the city since he tied the hands of his police force.

De Blasio is planning to paint four more of the ridiculous murals throughout the city.

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War on Christianity: Virgin Mary Statue Honoring WWII Servicemen Lit on Fire in Massachusetts

Imagine if this was happening to any other religion.

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Following three churches being lit ablaze across the US over the weekend, a statue of the Virgin Mary honoring fallen WWII soldiers has been lit on fire in Massachusetts.

The statue at St. Peter Parish in Dorchester was found charred around 10 p.m. Saturday.

“Fire investigators say it appears someone set fire to plastic flowers that were in the hands of the statue, which caused the face and upper body of the statue to be burned,” NBC Boston reports. “The charred statue startled parishioners on Sunday, with one man saying he was ‘very disturbed’ by the incident.”

“This is ridiculous,” a woman added. “This needs to stop.”

St. Peter Parish’s Pastor Currie said he would like to help the person who did this and believes that they are a “troubled soul.”

“This is obviously someone disturbed, someone who has a lot of trouble, a troubled soul,” he said. “But I know our Lady in Heaven is looking down on the soul, or whoever it might’ve been, and saying, ‘I love you! If you need help, come get help. We’re here for you.'”

The Boston Police are asking anyone with information on the incident to contact them at 617-343-4335.

Over the weekend, three churches were burned across the nation.

A fire destroyed Faith Tabernacle Pentecostal Church in Elkmont, Alabama Friday night.

On Saturday a man drove into a church in Ocala, Florida, before lighting it on fire.

Next, a fire destroyed the roof of 249-Year-Old San Gabriel Mission Church in California.

Had these been places of worship for any other religion, it would have been leading the news cycle for at least a week.

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Communist Hammer and Sickle Painted on North Carolina WWII Memorial

The names on the memorial “are veterans and deserve the honor, respect, and dignity.”

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The Communist hammer and sickle symbol was spray painted on a North Carolina World War II Memorial over the weekend.

The memorial in the Evergreen Cemetery in Charlotte honors over 500 people from the county who died in the war.

The vandals also wrote “Glory to the day of heroism June 19, 1986,” a likely reference to the violent Communist Party of Peru.

“On June 18, 1986, the Shining Path began to protest the Peruvian government’s use of torture on its members and their movement to different prisons,” the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported when another statue was vandalized with the same message in May. “Although the Peruvian government at first tried to negotiate with the Shining Path, the members refused, he said, and the government sent troops into the prisons the next day — bombing two facilities and executing inmates who were in the Shining Path.”

Over 200 people were killed.

“That day immediately began to be called ‘The Day of Heroism.’”

Fox News reports that a portion of the WWII monument that read, “Dedicated to the memory of the Mecklenburg heroes of World War II who made the supreme sacrifice that you might live in liberty, freedom and peace,” was also covered in yellow paint.

Air Force veteran Wayne White gathered friends to help clean the memorial after seeing that it was defaced on social media. He told Fox 17 that the names on the memorial “are veterans and deserve the honor, respect, and dignity.”

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