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Trumper Hits 13-Year-Old Girl: Report

Norbert Logsdon is accused of felony child abuse

(Newser) - A Florida man is accused of ramming a 13-year-old girl in the face with a flagpole while demonstrating for President Trump, ActionNewsJax reports. Norbert Logsdon, 67, allegedly jammed the pole in Crystal Ledoux's car and struck her daughter Wednesday in the town of Orange Park. "I was scared...

State Flag's Rebel Symbol Could Be Replaced by This

If Mississippi voters agree with commission's 8-1 decision

(Newser) - Mississippi voters will decide whether to accept a new state flag with a magnolia to replace an old one legislators retired under pressure because it included the Confederate battle emblem that's widely seen as racist, the AP reports. A commission on Wednesday voted 8-1 to recommend the magnolia over...

New Mississippi Flag Will Be One of These 2

It's come down to a shield or a magnolia

(Newser) - As Mississippi replaces its former flag that had the Confederate battle emblem, five proposals were literally run up a flagpole Tuesday. A group then narrowed the choice to two designs: One with a shield and one with a magnolia. “When you fly a flag up a flagpole, it sure...

Mississippi Group Demands Vote on Reviving Flag

'What the legislators did, in my opinion, was 100% wrong'

(Newser) - Some Mississippi residents are rebelling against the Legislature's decision to retire a Confederate-themed state flag , and they are being encouraged by conservative legislators who fought the change. Organizers of a group called Let Mississippi Vote said Monday that they are starting an initiative to put the retired flag and...

Mosquitoes and Teddy Bears: Mississippi Narrows Flag Ideas

Beer cans and guitars appear to be ruled out, too, for state's new design

(Newser) - The new state flag for Mississippi cannot have a Confederate symbol on it. It must have the words, "In God We Trust." But there are basically no other constraints on the design, which was clear from the almost 3,000 possibilities submitted by the public, the AP reports....

Frustrated B&B Owners Take Down 'Confederate' Flag

It was actually a Norwegian flag flying outside a Michigan inn

(Newser) - It's not so outlandish that a bed-and-breakfast named the Nordic Pineapple would fly a Norwegian flag at its front entrance. But a Michigan B&B has found out that vexillology isn't a strong point for locals, dozens of whom have mistaken the flag for a Confederate version. The...

Pentagon Bans Confederate Flag, but Not in a Typical Way

New policy lists what flags can be shown at military installations, not which ones can't

(Newser) - After weeks of wrangling, the Pentagon on Friday will ban displays of the Confederate flag on military installations, in a carefully worded policy that doesn't mention the word "ban" or that specific flag. The policy, laid out in a memo obtained by the AP , was described by officials...

After Historic Vote, Mississippi Flag Will Be Scrapped

Mississippi lawmakers pass bill to choose a new one

(Newser) - It's almost done: Mississippi lawmakers on Sunday passed a bill to change the state flag. After voting Saturday to suspend legislative deadlines and file the bill, the GOP-controlled state legislature held debates on the bill Sunday and voted, with the House passing the bill 91-23 and the Senate then...

What You Won't See Anymore in Walmarts in This State

Miss. state flag, which bears Confederate symbol, will no longer be flown in retailer's stores there

(Newser) - The NCAA has already warned Mississippi that it may be losing out on championship games if it doesn't change its state flag, the only one left in the US to still bear the Confederate symbol of a blue cross with 13 stars. Now, the biggest retailer in the country...

Prince Andrew's Birthday Just Keeps Getting Sadder

British government changes policy on nodding to royals on their special day after prince steps back

(Newser) - Prince Andrew will turn 60 later this month, but it sounds like it may be among the more depressing birthdays he's had. First his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, downgraded his party from a big bash to a "small family dinner." Now, per the Guardian , the UK government...

Man Gets 15-Plus Years for Burning Pride Flag

Adolfo Martinez said it was his 'honor' to set LGBT banner on fire in Ames, Iowa

(Newser) - An Iowa man will have a lot of time to reflect on how burning an LGBTQ flag in June wasn't the right move. The AP reports that Adolfo Martinez, 30, was convicted last month, and Wednesday he was sentenced to at least 15 years behind bars for an arson...

Former NBAer Fined for Not Looking at China Flag

Guerschon Yabusele plays for the CBA now, says he was praying before game

(Newser) - Guerschon Yabusele, who played with the Boston Celtics for two seasons before moving to a professional team in China, was hit with a "serious warning"—and a $1,400 fine—for not looking at the Chinese flag while the country's national anthem was played before the Nanjing...

VP on Pride Flag at Embassies: 'One American Flag Flies'

Mike Pence says keeping pride flag off of embassy flagpoles is 'right'

(Newser) - Mike Pence has no issue with the Trump administration's decision to keep pride flags off flagpoles at US embassies during Pride Month. "We're proud to be able to serve every American," but "when it comes to the American flagpole, and American embassies, and capitals around...

Rebooting Utah's State Flag Isn't Working Out So Well

A replacement alternative was rejected for being too 'corporate'

(Newser) - Utah is mulling a redesign of its state flag, but so far the process has fallen under the lamentable "best-laid plans" category. Two separate bills were recently introduced to lawmakers that would pave the way for a new flag, but a House committee has already offered what KSTU calls...

New Zealand's Acting PM: Australia Needs New Flag

Winston Peters says Australia 'copied' the design

(Newser) - New Zealand's prime minister has been on maternity leave for little more than a month , and her acting PM is already picking a fight with Australia over the countries' very similar flags. "We had a flag that we've had for a long time, copied by Australia, and...

She Made Her Hijab Into a Flag. Then She Vanished

Iranian woman reportedly arrested after making flag out of headscarf to protest morality code

(Newser) - She tore off her white headscarf, made a flag out of it, and waved it for more than an hour in the center of Tehran late last month, an act of resistance against a strict dress code for women. But now, per the Los Angeles Times , the mystery protester, whose...

No One Alive Had Ever Seen These Navy Artifacts ... Until Now

Dozens of 'vibrant' old flags captured by US Navy uncovered at Annapolis facility

(Newser) - The curator of the US Naval Academy Museum wasn't exactly sure what would be found: Records indicated five display boxes long used to exhibit captured British flags from the War of 1812 actually concealed more banners underneath. But not until all 61 banners were painstakingly removed in December for...

Interior Secretary Zinke Has an Unusual Flag Habit

He adheres to old Navy ritual in which his flag is raised when he's physically at HQ

(Newser) - President Trump may be busting some White House traditions , but other members of his administration are adhering to some unusual ones. The Washington Post reports on an "arcane" Navy ritual being observed by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Whenever Zinke is physically in the Interior Department's Washington, DC, headquarters,...

Texas Politician's Bill Urges Texans Not to Use Wrong Emoji

Lawmaker's legislation doesn't want locals using Chile's flag emoji

(Newser) - The Chilean flag is annoyingly similar to Texas' state flag, but that doesn't mean Lone Star Staters should appropriate Chile's flag emoji when they feel like expressing Texas pride. That's the gist of what one state lawmaker is trying to push through via Texas House Concurrent Resolution...

What Is Wrong With This State's Flag?

For starters, it flew upside down and nobody noticed

(Newser) - Time to change Nebraska's flag? That's what some are saying after the banner flew upside down over the state Capitol for 10 long days, the Omaha World-Herald reports. "Nobody noticed it," says state Sen. Burke Harr. "It took someone drawing it to my attention."...

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