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Activists Give Statue of Liberty Temporary Makeover

'Refugees welcome' banner was up for about an hour

(Newser) - The Statue of Liberty's inscription about "huddled masses yearning to breathe free" and the "homeless, tempest-tossed" was briefly joined by a 20-foot banner with the same sentiment Tuesday. Activists unfurled a "Refugees Welcome" banner from the pedestal's observation deck hours after the Department of Homeland... More »

Emmett Till Memorial Sign Marred by 'So Much Hatred'

But fundraiser hits goal to replace Mississippi marker riddled by bullets

(Newser) - A bullet-riddled sign marking the spot where the tortured and mutilated body of 14-year-old Emmett Till was found in Mississippi's Tallahatchie River 61 years ago will be replaced thanks to the generosity of donors. An Emmett Till Interpretive Center fundraising challenge surpassed its $15,000 goal Sunday evening, the... More »

Bostonians Seek Landmark Status for Beloved Citgo Sign

'Beacon for the region' has been there since 1965

(Newser) - Outsiders may not realize it at first, but the Citgo sign that has stood over Boston's Kenmore Square since 1965 is a beloved part of the city's heritage—and Bostonians won't let it go without a fight. After a proposed building sale put the 3,600-square-foot LED... More »

Vikings' Suit: Wells Fargo Is Photo-Bombing Our New Stadium

Team says bank is trying to sneak extra exposure with mounted, lit signage

(Newser) - In 2014, Wells Fargo agreed it wouldn't use mounted, illuminated rooftop signs on its two 17-story office towers that flank the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium in Minneapolis, per the Minneapolis Star Tribune . Instead, it would use two 56-foot signs painted flat on the roof, with no illumination, the Pioneer ... More »

Signs 'Welcome' Freshman Girls in Worst Way Possible

Old Dominion University president decries 'freshman daughter drop off' banners

(Newser) - Students, college officials, and the public at large are infuriated after banners hung from a private house near Virginia's Old Dominion University "welcomed" this year's freshman class with banners described by WAVY as "upsetting." A photo captured in a screengrab by the Huffington Post (which... More »

Hip SF Guy Gives Panhandlers New Signs

Anthony Bustos tries to help homeless with better signage

(Newser) - Would you give change to a homeless guy carrying the shabby sign, "Poor, hungry"? San Francisco social entrepreneur Anthony Bustos saw such a man and "had no inclination to give alms" to him, he says—but realized he might feel differently if he'd seen a better... More »

How a Wonky Protest Sign Went Viral

One well-placed Twitter pic did the trick

(Newser) - It's pushing 50 words and thus not your usual protest sign, but an image from Occupy Wall Street nevertheless managed to get into wide circulation over the last few days. A short version of the tale: Ben Furnas took the photo of a young woman holding the sign and... More »

Woman Who Shoved Cop Must Wear Sign Saying So

It reads: 'I battered a police officer'

(Newser) - An Orlando woman is the latest to run afoul of the novel-sentencing fad: Her punishment for pushing a police officer was to wear a sign reading, “I battered a police officer.” The 24-year-old woman, who got into a tiff with an off-duty cop outside a bar on her... More »

Your Ad Free on TodayJust Bring a Sign

Well-placed posters benefit from nearly 5M viewers

(Newser) - It costs $50,000 to get a 30-second ad spot on NBC’s Today, but advertisers needn’t pay to get their messages out if they’re willing to brave the weather, Advertising Age reports. All they have to do is stand in the Rockefeller Center Plaza with a sign... More »

Sign Spinners Toss, Twirl the Sandwich Board

Businesses embrace cheap advertising idea in recession

(Newser) - Sidewalk sign holders in California have spun a boring job into art that's drawing attention, on the cheap, from advertising-inundated consumers. Sign spinners twirl, toss, and wheel ad boards around the body—all while ensuring the board's message displays prominently. As ad dollars dry up, the complicated showmanship is helping... More »

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