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Florida Officials Balk at Lowering Flags for Limbaugh

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, others will not follow governor's directive

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants flags in the state flown half-staff when famous resident Rush Limbaugh is laid to rest, but some Florida officials aren't having it. "Lowering to half-staff the flag of the United States of America is a sacred honor that pays respect to fallen heroes...

Drew Brees: Anti-Kneeling Comments 'Missed the Mark'

Saints quarterback promises 'less talking, more listening'

(Newser) - I am not the enemy. That was the message from Drew Brees on Thursday as he responded to backlash from his suggestion that NFL players kneeling during the national anthem were "disrespecting" the American flag . "I would like to apologize to my friends, teammates, the City of New...

Iran Factory Fills Weird Void: Making US Flags to Burn

Facility also churns out Israeli and British flags for protesters

(Newser) - Watch footage of anti-US or anti-Israel protests in Iran, and you're likely to see a familiar scene: protesters burning American and Israeli flags. But Iran is under US sanctions and has no official contact with Israel, all of which presents a strange logistical hurdle, notes the Washington Post : Where...

Texas AG Pushes Back on Teen's Suit Over Pledge

It's an unusual move for an attorney general to make, the expelled girl's lawyer says

(Newser) - A black teen's lawsuit against a Texas school district over her refusal to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance has spurred what her lawyer calls a "rare" move from the state's attorney general. The BBC reports on how India Landry, now 18, was expelled last October from...

White House Flag Changes Positions for a 3rd Time

After being lowered then raised, it's lowered once more

(Newser) - The White House flag had a more tumultuous start to the week than typical, having been lowered to half-staff on Saturday in the wake of Sen. John McCain's death, then raised back up on Monday in keeping with the US flag code but to an outcry from the media...

White House Flag Is Raised, to a Small Outcry

It's full-staff once again following John McCain's Saturday death

(Newser) - There is a bit of a kerfuffle in the media this morning over the state of the White House flag, which is flying as it normally does—hence the questioning. The flag had been lowered to half-staff in the wake of Sen. John McCain's Saturday afternoon death. The AP...

The Protesters Never Showed. Counter-Protesters Burned a Flag

Incident occurred Thursday outside Maxine Waters' LA office

(Newser) - A small crowd gathered Thursday outside the Los Angeles office of US Rep. Maxine Waters to counter an expected protest by a self-styled militia group. The far-right Oath Keepers group didn't show, but an incident occurred nonetheless: Would-be counter-protesters there to support Waters burned an American flag taken from...

Trump Lowers US Flags for Newsroom Shooting

President makes the decision after mayor says original request was denied

(Newser) - President Trump seems to have overruled an underling and ordered American flags flown at half-staff to honor the victims of the shooting in the Capital Gazette newsroom in Maryland. Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley said on Monday that the White House rejected his original request, made through the state's congressional...

Cops Find Unlikely Culprit in Cemetery Flag Thefts

It appears that a Massachusetts groundhog is the pilferer

(Newser) - Authorities say furry critters, not vandals, are likely to blame for American flags that disappeared from veterans' graves in Massachusetts, per the AP . The flags at Bellevue Cemetery, in Adams, were first reported missing earlier this month. Residents volunteered to replace the flags by hand, but then those went missing,...

After Shaun White's Glory, He Has to Apologize Twice
After Shaun White's Glory,
He Has to Apologize Twice
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After Shaun White's Glory, He Has to Apologize Twice

Snowboarder sorry for belittling harassment lawsuit, dragging flag

(Newser) - Shaun White pulled off the impressive feat of winning a gold medal at his third different Olympics on Wednesday, but subsequent headlines haven't been all flattering for the all-world snowboarder. For one thing, his win has brought renewed attention to a sexual harassment lawsuit brought against him in 2016....

Upside-Down Flag Pin Prompts Concern for Sean Spicer

Or maybe the press secretary just likes 'House of Cards'

(Newser) - The US Code for respecting the flag, as quoted by Cornell University Law School , reads: "The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property." This is important because during his press...

College Lowers Flag Over Trump, Then Removes It

One critic says move is 'baseless, cowardly, a disgrace'

(Newser) - After a week of controversy surrounding its US flag, Hampshire College opted to do away with it—only to invite more controversy. In a move that first generated anger, students at the Massachusetts liberal arts school lowered the school flag to half-mast a day after Donald Trump became president-elect, reports...

Mystery Man Who Returned 9/11 Flag Steps Forward

Brian Browne says he had iconic flag in his home for 8 years without knowing it was the one

(Newser) - A man named Brian showed up at a Washington state firehouse two years ago, dropped off a reputed piece of history, and left, creating a mystery that Everett detectives and others have been trying to solve—until now. The item he dropped off is believed to be the American flag...

Parents Furious After NC Teacher Tramples Flag

Lee Francis has been suspended; some want him fired

(Newser) - A history teacher says his lesson on free speech came with the unintended caveat that free speech isn't always guaranteed after it landed him a suspension. Students at Massey Hill Classical High School in Fayetteville, NC, say Lee Francis was discussing a court case that determined flag desecration was...

Teens Sat for the Pledge of Allegiance. Their Grades Suffered

Lake County district says it is 'dealing' with teacher

(Newser) - Since the start of the school year, Leilani Thomas and a friend have chosen not to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance at California's Lower Lake High School and seemingly faced no repercussions. Then came last Friday. Leilani—who is Native American and says the American flag represents the...

9/11 Flag Lost, Then Found, but How Remains a Mystery

The flag's original owner has donated it to the Sept. 11 museum

(Newser) - On Sept. 11, 2001, three firefighters removed a flag and its pole from a yacht that had been moored at a marina on the Hudson River and raised it at Ground Zero, and photojournalist Thomas E. Franklin captured the moment for the northern New Jersey paper The Record. It's...

NY District Bans US Flag From Firetrucks

Board fears flag will distract motorists, but firefighters' union is not happy

(Newser) - Firefighters in Arlington, NY, are steaming after they were asked to remove American flags from their firetrucks for fear they might distract motorists. Arlington Fire Chief Tory Gallante says the firefighters' union recently asked to put flags on their trucks and Gallante approved the plan after the flags were properly...

Iowa Man Ends Up in Jail Over Upside Down Flag

Homer Martz was trying to protest an oil pipeline

(Newser) - A 63-year-old Calhoun County, Iowa, man was none too pleased about an oil pipeline being constructed between his home and his well and decided to quietly protest—only to end up briefly jailed. Homer Martz raised the American flag upside down, with the Chinese flag above, and was on Friday...

With Orlando, Obama Sets Record for Lowering the Flag

He's ordered the flag to half-staff more than any president in history

(Newser) - USA Today reports President Obama reached a "sad but remarkable milestone" this week, having ordered flags to half-staff more than any other president in history. He reached the mark Sunday following the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando that left 49 people dead. That made 66 times...

Ex-Marine Fired From Job for Lowering Flag on Memorial Day

He says he did it in memory of a Marine who killed himself

(Newser) - A former Marine says he was fired from his contract job with Time Warner Cable in North Carolina after he lowered the American flag to half-staff on Memorial Day, the AP reports. According to the Charlotte Observer , Allen Thornwell, 29, was thinking about his best friend, a former Marine who...

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