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November 13, 1995 | For The Inquirer / JOAN FAIRMAN KANES
On Veterans Day, the flags come out and marching bands play patriotic airs, but the celebration is tempered with somber reflection. In Media, as in towns across the country, the efforts of veterans were recalled with parades, pageantry, and poignancy on Saturday.
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July 31, 1988 | By Lini S. Kadaba, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the Mayfair business district, the Flags and the Placards slug it out. No, two gangs haven't converged there for a turf battle. Rather, merchants continue to debate whether bright yellow flags or new placards should decorate the main shopping strips of Mayfair on Frankford Avenue and Cottman Avenue. The issue arose out of discontent among the merchants because they can't put up holiday lights. Some merchants want to get rid of the flags and install lighted signs that also would provide the wiring they need for holiday lights.
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March 8, 1991 | By Ellen Goldman Frasco, Special to The Inquirer
Students of American history know that this year marks the 200th anniversary of the Bill of Rights. But how many youngsters can remember when the state of Pennsylvania ratified the Bill of Rights? No less an authority than Thomas Jefferson (portrayed by Bill Barker) will answer that question on Sunday at Carpenters Hall in Independence National Historical Park. Jefferson will preside over "A Festival of Flags," unveiling a year-long exhibit of flags representing the states that ratified the Bill of Rights.
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June 15, 2000 | Eloy J. Hernandez
Do you know Philadelphia has its own "Christmas menorahs" of sorts? I never heard of such things until I read my niece's wonderful story book, "The Christmas Menorahs: How a Town Fought Hate," by Janice Cohn. The book tells the story of Jewish residents of Billings, Mont., victimized by a hate-mail campaign apparently organized by racist groups in the area. The situation reached a horrific crescendo at the holiday season when the town's only synagogue was vandalized, bomb threats were made and two families' menorahs were trashed.
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January 26, 1990 | By Peter Van Allen, Special to The Inquirer
Step right up! Own a professional football team for a mere $430. A chance at the crumbled Cowboys or feckless Falcons? "Fraid not. In this league the players don flags instead of pads. But Darryl E. Jones, president and commissioner of the spanking new Continental Flag Football League, says pigskin buffs will shell out $7 apiece to sit on brittle bleachers for the pleasure of watching February football. Flag February football. "This is just as exciting as football with pads, just as physical," said Jones, 23, a Bronx, N.Y., native, in an interview.
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February 27, 1991 | By Bryon Kurzenabe, Special to The Inquirer
Eighteen youths from four Burlington County communities have been charged with stealing at least 33 U.S. flags from the lawns and porches of about two dozen Delanco homes over the Presidents' Day weekend. Police said 17 males and one female from Delanco, Delran, Palmyra and Riverside - ranging in age from 14 to 17 - were charged between Friday and Sunday "The flags were stolen as a lark by the juveniles and did not involve any political or anti-war significance," said Delanco Patrolman Kevin Russell.
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September 3, 1988 | By RON AVERY, Daily News Staff Writer
More than 100 emotional demonstrators of Ukrainian, Armenian and Latvian descent shook their fists at City Hall yesterday protesting the removal of their national flags from the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. While the furious protestors chanted their anger outside City Hall, a spokeswoman for Mayor Goode was telling the media that the mayor had ordered the flags restored. The demonstration broke up with the protestors never knowing they had won a victory. Later, Orysia Hewka, director of the Ukrainian Education and Cultural Center, said she was "totally delighted," to hear the city had relented.
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July 30, 1988 | By Loretta Tofani, Inquirer Staff Writer
The flags are black, white, green and red, and they flutter outside scores of stone houses and shacks, in more than a dozen villages and refugee camps. They are the flags of the Palestinian people and the PLO, and they are illegal in Israeli-occupied territory. The displays of the flags are one of the widespread symbols of rebellion in the nearly eight-month-old intifadah, or uprising, by the Palestinians. While stones and Molotov cocktails are aimed at provoking and injuring Israeli soldiers, hanging Palestinian flags from trees and telephone poles is designed to send another message.
NEWS
June 17, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - A Confederate flag that had been hanging inside the Capitol as part of a historical exhibit was taken down Wednesday after objections from a state representative from Philadelphia, officials said. Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown (D., Phila.) initially took the flag down herself late Tuesday and turned it in to House Speaker Mike Turzai (R., Allegheny), who gave it to Capitol police, legislative officials said. Brown, who chairs the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, told reporters her problem with the flag's display was that the placard under it did not "properly say that this was a symbol of hatred, murder, and oppression.
NEWS
May 30, 2014
MANY MILITARY graves in Huntingdon Valley's Forest Hills Cemetery were insultingly without traditional American flags on Memorial Day, a day devoted to those who gave their all. Playing out against the backdrop of the Veterans Administration scandal, it makes you wonder if Americans just give lip service to those who gave real service. Until last year, Montgomery County commissioners supplied about 1,800 American flags to be placed on the graves of veterans at Forest Hills, according to Jimmy Kane.
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September 11, 2016
* SON OF ZORN. 8 p.m. Sunday, Fox29. Jason Sudeikis (Saturday Night Live ) voices Zorn, a clueless action hero trying to reconnect with his son (Johnny Pemberton) and ex-wife (Cheryl Hines) in a show whose combination of animation and live action may be more clever than its writing. * MASTERPIECE: CHURCHILL'S SECRET and INDIAN SUMMERS. 8 and 10 p.m. Sunday, WHYY12. We get a double dose of PBS drama this week. First, in a two-hour film, Michael Gambon portrays the British prime minister in 1953, when he was secretly sidelined by a near-fatal stroke.
NEWS
September 7, 2016
ISSUE | CHURCH AND STATE County seal not the place for a cross Contrary to a commentary's assertion that the boundary between state and church is ill defined, the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment clearly protects all Americans from the divisiveness of religion in government ("Seeking standards on religion," Aug. 28). Thomas Jefferson, the architect of our Constitution, famously conceptualized a wall that separates state and church. It's for good reason that the Freedom From Religion Foundation, with four local residents, filed suit last month to challenge the use of a Christian cross on the Lehigh County, Pa., seal and flag.
NEWS
August 5, 2016 | By Stu Bykofsky
THE FLAG MAN has struck his colors. After being summoned to an investigatory hearing by the Philadelphia Water Department while he was on medical leave from his job as an inspector, Tony Clark decided he'd had it up to here. When his medical leave ended, he notified his employer he was using his accumulated vacation time until Aug. 5, at which time he will retire. That is today. Before starting to burn off his vacation time, Clark had been recuperating from heart-valve replacement surgery.
NEWS
July 28, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Steve Bohnel, and Jason Nark, STAFF WRITERS
Protests continued into Tuesday night, on Broad Street and around the Wells Fargo Center, as Bernie Sanders supporters continued to protest Hillary Clinton's nomination  and other issues, including Black Lives Matter, income inequality and foreign wars. Around 9:30 p.m., tweets from one part of the protest indicated that things were lightening up, with singing and drumming as the people danced.  Meanwhile, nearer to the Wells Fargo Center, it appeared police were trying to block the protesters from crossing.
NEWS
July 27, 2016 | By Chris Palmer and Amy S. Rosenberg, STAFF WRITERS
Mississippi's state flag didn't last long on Broad Street in South Philadelphia. City workers on Monday removed the red, white, and blue banner - which has the Confederate flag in the top left corner - from a lighting standard near Passyunk Avenue after dozens of protesters and some local residents asked for it to be taken down, city officials said. It had been put up about two weeks ago among a collection of state flags on South Broad. It won't be put up again, said Brian Abernathy, a deputy managing director for the city, who said, "The Confederate flag raises strong feelings in our city.
NEWS
July 18, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
With the Democratic National Convention and an attendant influx of protesters a week away, the city is suggesting businesses bring in loose planters, take down flags, and secure commercial dumpsters "to avoid misappropriation by demonstrators. " The city expects 35,000 to 50,000 protesters daily during the July 25-28 convention. Anticipated gathering spots include FDR Park, Marconi Plaza, Independence Mall, City Hall, and the Municipal Services Building. Marches are planned down Broad Street and Market Street.
NEWS
July 15, 2016 | By Zoë Miller, Staff Writer
The stolen memorial flag of Seaman Patrick Corcoran, a 19-year-old from Philadelphia who died aboard the USS Frank E. Evans during the Vietnam War, was returned Monday to the scene of the July Fourth crime - the front porch of a North Wildwood home. On Monday, an unidentified young woman returned the flag, which was taken from a flagpole of a home owned by Tom and Lorraine Schaffer on East 11th Avenue. The woman then got back inside a car that was waiting outside the Schaffers' home and left.
NEWS
July 14, 2016 | By Robert Moran, STAFF WRITER
A special American flag - it had been presented to the family of a Philadelphia sailor who died during the Vietnam War - stolen July 4 from a Jersey Shore home has been located, a family associate said late Tuesday night. The flag was given to the family at the funeral of 19-year-old Seaman Patrick M. Corcoran, who died aboard the USS Frank E. Evans when it collided with an Australian aircraft carrier in 1969. It was displayed on special occasions at the North Wildwood home of Tom Corcoran, Patrick's brother, until it disappeared last week.
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July 10, 2016 | By Zoë Miller, Staff Writer
The American flag presented to the family of Seaman Patrick M. Corcoran at his funeral nearly 50 years ago is still missing. And the family wants it back, no questions asked. The priceless object was stolen on July 4th from a flagpole outside a home next door to the Corcoran family's Shore house in North Wildwood. Patrick Corcoran, a Torresdale native who served in the Vietnam War, died at sea at age 19 with 73 other sailors when the Navy destroyer USS Frank E. Evans collided in 1969 with Australia's HMAS Melbourne, an aircraft carrier.
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