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Kate Smith Statue in Philly Now Looks Like This

NHL's Flyers cover it up amid racism controversy over old recordings

(Newser) - A racism controversy involving the late singer Kate Smith now has a very tangible presence outside Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center, where the NHL's Flyers play. The team covered up a statue of Smith, who has a long tradition with the team, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer . The team also...

Yankees Drop 'God Bless America' Version Over Racism Claims

Kate Smith sang 'That's Why Darkies Were Born'

(Newser) - The New York Yankees have suspended the use of Kate Smith's recording of "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch while they investigate an allegation of racism against the singer. There are conflicting claims about Smith's 1939 song "That's Why Darkies Were Born," the...

Sandy Hook Kids Sing America the Beautiful

School chorus performs before Super Bowl

(Newser) - Kids from Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., helped kick off this year's Super Bowl with a sweet rendition of America the Beautiful, notes SBNation . Jennifer Hudson, whose mother and nephew were shot to death five years ago, joined in with the school chorus, reports AP .

Booted for Unpatriotic Bathroom Trip, Yanks Fan Sues

Suit alleges cops chucked man from stadium for God Bless America trip

(Newser) - A fan manhandled out of Yankee Stadium for trying to go to the restroom while God Bless America played is suing the NYPD, the Yankees, and the city, Gawker reports. Bradford Campeau-Laurion—whose suit is backed by the New York Civil Liberties Union—charges that two cops, believed to be...

Firebrand Pastor Worried Obama Campaign Early

Aides uninvited Wright from Barack candidacy announcement

(Newser) - Barack Obama’s campaign uninvited his controversial former pastor Jeremiah Wright from speaking at his candidacy announcement last year, reports the Los Angeles Times. The campaign didn’t want to "make him the target and a distraction on a day when Senator Obama was going to announce his candidacy,...

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