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speakers urge panel to leave 3 n carolina monuments in place


raleigh, n.c. (ap) — a committee that will recommend whether confederate monuments on north carolina’s capitol grounds should be moved is hearing from residents, the majority of whom say they want the monuments to stay where they are.about 60 people spoke wednesday at a committee meeting of the north carolina historical commission, which is considering a request from gov. roy cooper to move the monuments. cooper has proposed that the monuments be moved to the bentonville battlefield, a civil war site less than 50 miles from raleigh.one speaker said the monuments represent “sacred history” to most north carolinians. those who support moving the statues said they shouldn’t be on “common ground” such as the capitol.before the meeting began, committee chair david ruffin said more than 4,300 co






nyc panel on monuments seen as hateful to meet next week


new york (ap) — a panel that’s examining new york city statues and monuments seen by some as oppressive will hold its first public hearing next week.the mayoral advisory commission on city art, monuments, and markers will meet nov. 17 in queens. additional meetings will be held in each of the city’s other four boroughs later this month.democratic mayor bill de blasio appointed an 18-member commission in september to help develop guidelines for addressing monuments that some people believe are inconsistent with the city’s values.the panel was convened amid protests over confederate monuments around the country.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weekssome new york activists say the towering statue of christopher columbus at the southwest corner of central park should go.but






court: new orleans can remove 3 confederate monuments


new orleans — an appeals court has cleared the way for the city of new orleans to take down three confederate-era monuments that have been a source of tension in the southern city.a ruling monday by a three-judge panel of the 5th circuit court of appeals in new orleans lifts an injunction blocking the removal.the city council voted in december 2015 to remove four monuments after a series of heated public meetings.mayor mitch landrieu urged the monuments' removal after police said a white supremacist who posed for photos with the confederate battle flag killed nine parishioners inside an african-american church in south carolina in june 2015.but their removal has been sharply controversial in a city where passions over the civil war still run strong.






panel weighs governor request to move confederate monuments


raleigh, n.c. (ap) — the location of three confederate memorials standing on north carolina’s old capitol grounds for over a century could depend on a panel of professors and historic preservation boosters asked by the governor to move the monuments to a civil war battle site.the north carolina historical commission meets friday to consider democratic gov. roy cooper’s request to relocate the monuments to bentonville battlefield, which is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of raleigh. the memorials include a 75-foot-tall (23-meter-tall) obelisk remembering all of the state’s confederate dead. there are also two smaller statutes.cooper announced his plans in the weeks following a violent white nationalist rally in charlottesville, virginia, and the subsequent toppling of a local monument






the latest: two-dozen speak against unc confederate statue


chapel hill, n.c. — the latest on a public comment session regarding a confederate statue on the campus of the university of north carolina (all times local):11:45 a.m.about two-dozen speakers have voiced their opposition to a confederate monument at north carolina's flagship public university during a meeting with top university officials.the public comment session before university of north carolina at chapel hill trustees lasted about two hours wednesday and ended without any disruptions.thirty-two people had signed up to speak, but a few didn't show up at their allotted time. nearly all called for the statue's removal, but several spoke in support of it.at the meeting's end, chancellor carol folt thanked all who spoke and commended their bravery. it wasn't clear what action the univers






california's senators ask residents to tell the federal government to stay away


california's senators are trying to prevent changes to six national monuments in the golden state, and they're asking californians to help by sending comments to the interior department.president trump recently ordered interior secretary ryan zinke to review 27 national monuments created by the previous three presidents under the antiquities act, calling it "a massive federal land grab" that "should never have happened."the california monuments being looked at are giant sequoia, carrizo plain, san gabriel mountains, berryessa snow mountain, mojave trails and sand to snow."on behalf of all californians, we urge that these national monument designations are preserved with their present boundaries, to ensure these special places remain for generations to come," democratic sens. dianne feinste






workers wearing bulletproof vests take down first of four confederate monuments


workers in new orleans removed the first of four prominent confederate monuments monday morning, becoming the latest southern institution to sever itself from symbols viewed by many as a representation of racism and white supremacy.the liberty place monument, which commemorates whites who tried to topple a biracial post-civil war government in new orleans, was taken away on a truck in pieces around 5:35 a.m. after a few hours of work.the removal happened early in the morning in an attempt to avoid disruption from supporters who want the monuments to stay, some of whom city officials said have made death threats.workers who took the monument down monday could be seen wearing bulletproof vests, military-style helmets and scarves that obscured their faces. police were also on hand, including






alabama mayor wants confederate statues new orleans removed


hanceville, ala. — an alabama mayor is offering to take confederate-related monuments recently disassembled in new orleans.hanceville mayor kenneth nail wrote to new orleans mayor mitch landrieu, asking him to consider donating the monuments for display in veterans memorial park in hanceville. the town of about 3,250 people is about 40 miles (65 kilometers) north of birmingham.nail tells the cullman times he's heard nothing but positive feedback on the idea from hanceville residents.landrieu's office didn't immediately respond to an emailed request for comment. new orleans officials have said they will issue a formal request for proposals to host the monuments in "a more appropriate place" than the high-profile spots they once occupied.landrieu proposed their removal after the 2015 slaying






new orleans confederate monuments can come down: us court


new orleans can remove several high-profile monuments honoring leaders of the confederacy, a u.s. appeals court has ruled, but critics of the decision vowed on tuesday to keep fighting to retain them.new orleans mayor mitch landrieu said he was beginning the removal process after the u.s. fifth circuit court of appeals on monday lifted an injunction halting such action.the monuments honor robert e. lee, jefferson davis and p.g.t. beauregard – leaders of the confederacy in the pro-slavery south during the u.s. civil war.confederate flags and other symbols have been removed from civic centers across the united states over the last two years following criticism that the displays foster racism.the new orleans city council voted in 2015 to remove the confederate memorials, following the shootin






north carolina governor trying to move old capitol monuments


raleigh, n.c. — north carolina gov. roy cooper sought formal permission friday to move three confederate monuments from the old capitol grounds to a civil war site in a nearby county.one of his cabinet secretaries petitioned the state historical commission to authorize the relocation of a large obelisk and two smaller statues to the bentonville battlefield, less than 50 miles away from raleigh. the commission meets sept. 22.following a violent rally in charlottesville, virginia, and the toppling of a confederate statute outside a durham county government building by demonstrators, cooper last month called for confederate monuments to be taken down from public property across the state. he said at the time he would also ask a state agency to consider where monuments on state property could






us confederate monuments: what is the debate about? | racism


story highlightsprotests against the removal of a statue of confederate general robert e lee in charlottesville turned violent on august 12, when white supremacists clashed with counterprotesters.the incident triggered a national debate about other such confederate monuments.below we answer the most asked questions.what was the confederacy? the confederate states of america, also known as the confederacy, was a group of 11 southern states that seceded from the union in 1860. the confederate states were south carolina, mississippi, florida, alabama, georgia, louisiana, texasvirginia, arkansas, tennessee, and north carolina.the desire of these states to preserve the institution of slavery was the primary motivation for secession and the main cause of the subsequent american civil war. the ec






in new orleans, confederate monuments now all gone — lee last


they were among the city's oldest landmarks, as cemented to the landscape of new orleans as the superdome and st. louis cathedral: a stone obelisk heralding white supremacy and three statues of confederate stalwarts.but after decades standing sentinel over this southern city, the confederate monuments are gone, amid a controversy that at times hearkened back to the divisiveness of the civil war they commemorated.the last of the monuments — a statue of gen. robert e. lee facing defiantly north with his arms crossed — was lifted by a crane from its pedestal late friday. as air was seen between lee's statue and the pedestal below it, a cheer went out from the crowd assembled below who recorded the history with their phones and shook hands with each other in congratulations. many in the crowd






court: new orleans can remove 3 confederate monuments


new orleans (ap) — a federal appeals court cleared the way monday for the city of new orleans to take down three confederate-era monuments that have been a source of tension in the southern city.a three-judge panel of the 5th circuit court of appeals in new orleans upheld a lower court’s refusal to block the removal.the city council voted in december 2015 to remove four monuments after a series of heated public meetings. one of those structures remains tied up in other litigation.“we do not pass on the wisdom of this local legislature’s policy determination, nor do we suggest how states and their respective political subdivisions should or should not memorialize, preserve, and acknowledge their distinct histories,” the ruling said. “wise or unwise, the ultimate determination made here, by






new orleans takes down 1st of 4 confederate statues


new orleans — workers in new orleans removed the first of four prominent confederate monuments monday morning, becoming the latest southern institution to sever itself from symbols viewed by many as a representation racism and white supremacy.the liberty place monument, which commemorates whites who tried to topple a biracial post-civil war government in new orleans, was taken away on a truck in pieces around 5:35 a.m. after a few hours of work.the removal happened early in the morning in an attempt to avoid disruption from supporters who want the monuments to stay, some of whom city officials said have made death threats.workers who took the monument down monday could be seen wearing bulletproof vests, military-style helmets and scarves that obscured their faces. police were also on hand,






new orleans takes down 1st of 4 confederate statues


workers in new orleans removed the first of four prominent confederate monuments monday morning, becoming the latest southern institution to sever itself from symbols viewed by many as a representation of racism and white supremacy.the liberty place monument, which commemorates whites who tried to topple a biracial post-civil war government in new orleans, was taken away on a truck in pieces around 5:35 a.m. after a few hours of work.the removal happened early in the morning in an attempt to avoid disruption from supporters who want the monuments to stay, some of whom city officials said have made death threats.workers who took the monument down monday could be seen wearing bulletproof vests, military-style helmets and scarves that obscured their faces. police were also on hand, including






in new orleans, the confederate monuments now all but gone


new orleans — they are among the city's oldest landmarks, as cemented to the landscape of new orleans as the superdome and st. louis cathedral: a stone obelisk heralding white supremacy and three statues of confederate stalwarts.but after decades standing sentinel over this southern city, the confederate monuments are all but gone, amid a controversy that at times hearkened back to the divisiveness of the civil war they commemorated.the last of the monuments — a statue of gen. robert e. lee facing defiantly north with his arms crossed — was expected to be lifted from its pedestal late friday.lee's will be the last of four monuments to confederate-era figures to be removed under a 2015 city council vote on a proposal by mayor mitch landrieu. it caps a nearly two-year-long process that has b






in new orleans, confederate monuments now all but gone as lee statue comes down


they are among the city's oldest landmarks, as cemented to the landscape of new orleans as the superdome and st. louis cathedral: a stone obelisk heralding white supremacy and three statues of confederate stalwarts.but after decades standing sentinel over this southern city, the confederate monuments are all but gone, amid a controversy that at times hearkened back to the divisiveness of the civil war they commemorated.the last of the monuments — a statue of gen. robert e. lee facing defiantly north with his arms crossed — was expected to be lifted from its pedestal late friday.lee's will be the last of four monuments to confederate-era figures to be removed under a 2015 city council vote on a proposal by mayor mitch landrieu. it caps a nearly two-year-long process that has been railed aga






new orleans takes down 1st of 4 confederate statues


new orleans — workers in new orleans removed the first of four prominent confederate monuments monday morning, making the city the latest southern institution to sever itself from symbols viewed by many as a representation of racism and white supremacy.the liberty place monument, which commemorates whites who tried to topple a biracial post-civil war government in new orleans, was taken away on a truck in pieces around 5:35 a.m. after a few hours of work.the removal happened early in the morning in an attempt to avoid disruption from supporters who want the monuments to stay, some of whom city officials said have made death threats.workers who took the monument down monday could be seen wearing bulletproof vests, military-style helmets and scarves that obscured their faces. police were als






court: new orleans can remove 3 confederate monuments


new orleans — a federal appeals court cleared the way monday for the city of new orleans to take down three confederate-era monuments that have been a source of tension in the southern city.a three-judge panel of the 5th circuit court of appeals in new orleans upheld a lower court's refusal to block the removal.the city council voted in december 2015 to remove four monuments after a series of heated public meetings. one of those structures remains tied up in other litigation."we do not pass on the wisdom of this local legislature's policy determination, nor do we suggest how states and their respective political subdivisions should or should not memorialize, preserve, and acknowledge their distinct histories," the ruling said. "wise or unwise, the ultimate determination made here, by all a






court: new orleans can remove 3 confederate monuments


new orleans — a federal appeals court cleared the way monday for the city of new orleans to take down three confederate-era monuments that have been a source of tension in the southern city.a three-judge panel of the 5th circuit court of appeals in new orleans upheld a lower court's refusal to block the removal.the city council voted in december 2015 to remove four monuments after a series of heated public meetings. one of those structures remains tied up in other litigation."we do not pass on the wisdom of this local legislature's policy determination, nor do we suggest how states and their respective political subdivisions should or should not memorialize, preserve, and acknowledge their distinct histories," the ruling said. "wise or unwise, the ultimate determination made here, by all a






national monuments: stand up for them


as a college student who has a deep reverence for our country’s breathtaking wilderness, i’m angered by president donald trump’s executive order threatening national parks, monuments and oceans. public lands and waters help define who we are as a nation. this order jeopardizes the long-standing american idea of safeguarding our natural and cultural wonders for the enjoyment of all.for more than 100 years, public lands, cultural and historic sites have been preserved as national monuments. these are places that today drive a thriving outdoor economy, that serve as family vacation destinations and that raise the quality of life for nearby communities. they also provide crucial habitat for threatened wild species.here in washington, we love our public lands and monuments. many of us have grow






apnewsbreak: new orleans to take down confederate statues


new orleans planned to begin removing the first of four prominent confederate monuments early monday, the latest southern institution to sever itself from symbols viewed by many as a representation racism and white supremacy.workers were to begin removing the first memorial, one that commemorates whites who tried to topple a biracial post-civil war government in new orleans, overnight in an attempt to avoid disruption from supporters who want the monuments to stay, some of whom city officials said have made death threats.three other statues to confederate generals robert e. lee and p.g.t. beauregard and confederate states of america president jefferson davis will be removed in later days now that legal challenges have been overcome.“there’s a better way to use the property these monuments






apnewsbreak: new orleans to take down confederate statues


new orleans were preparing to begin removing the first of four prominent confederate monuments early monday, the latest southern institution to sever itself from symbols viewed by many as a representation racism and white supremacy.workers arrived to begin removing the first memorial, one that commemorates whites who tried to topple a biracial post-civil war government in new orleans, around 1:25 a.m. in an attempt to avoid disruption from supporters who want the monuments to stay, some of whom city officials said have made death threats.workers who were inspecting the statue ahead of its removal could be seen wearing flak jackets and helmets. police officers watched the area from atop the parking garage of a nearby hotel.three other statues to confederate generals robert e. lee and p.g.t.






apnewsbreak: new orleans to take down confederate statues


workers in new orleans began removing the first of four prominent confederate monuments early monday, the latest southern institution to sever itself from symbols viewed by many as a representation racism and white supremacy.trucks arrived to begin removing the first memorial, one that commemorates whites who tried to topple a biracial post-civil war government in new orleans, around 1:25 a.m. in an attempt to avoid disruption from supporters who want the monuments to stay, some of whom city officials said have made death threats.workers who were inspecting the statue ahead of its removal could be seen wearing flak jackets and helmets. police officers watched the area from atop the parking garage of a nearby hotel.three other statues to confederate generals robert e. lee and p.g.t. beaureg






apnewsbreak: new orleans to take down confederate statues


new orleans planned to begin removing the first of four prominent confederate monuments early monday, the latest southern institution to sever itself from symbols viewed by many as a representation racism and white supremacy.workers were to begin removing the first memorial, one that commemorates whites who tried to topple a biracial post-civil war government in new orleans, overnight in an attempt to avoid disruption from supporters who want the monuments to stay, some of whom city officials said have made death threats.three other statues to confederate generals robert e. lee and p.g.t. beauregard and confederate states of america president jefferson davis will be removed in later days now that legal challenges have been overcome."there's a better way to use the property these monuments






emails to lawmakers: anger over removing confederate statues


baton rouge, la. — one by one, the four confederate-era monuments came down in new orleans, removed because of outrage by those who saw reminders of slavery and white supremacy chiseled in their faces. but at least one louisiana lawmaker who argued against protecting such statues found her inbox flooded with emails overwhelmingly in support of the monuments staying put.the associated press obtained more than 100 emails through a public records request. they were sent last spring as new orleans removed the monuments to confederate president jefferson davis and others.confederate symbols have faced new scrutiny since a white supremacist killed nine african-americans in a south carolina church in 2015. the man had been photographed with confederate battle flags.many of the louisiana emails we






confederate monuments, more than 700 across usa, aren't going away anytime soon


the monuments have attracted national attention since charleston church shooting        






why trump should leave national monuments alone


president donald trump has taken a monumentally bad idea and made it worse by shrouding it in secrecy.the president should let go of his misguided notion that reducing the size of three or more national monuments would benefit the nation by opening them up to logging, grazing and oil and gas drilling.the potential damage to national treasures is immense, while the economic gains are seen by a majority of economists as minimal, at best.four months ago trump asked interior secretary ryan zinke to review more than two dozen national monuments designated by presidents over the last two decades. zinke floated the idea and opened it for public comment.nearly 3 million americans told the white house what they thought of it: 99.2 percent were strongly opposed. that didn’t deter zinke. he submitted






emails to lawmakers: anger over removing confederate statues


baton rouge, la. (ap) — one by one, the four confederate-era monuments came down in new orleans, removed because of outrage by those who saw reminders of slavery and white supremacy chiseled in their faces. but at least one louisiana lawmaker who argued against protecting such statues found her inbox flooded with emails overwhelmingly in support of the monuments staying put.the associated press obtained more than 100 emails through a public records request. they were sent last spring as new orleans removed the monuments to confederate president jefferson davis and others.confederate symbols have faced new scrutiny since a white supremacist killed nine african-americans in a south carolina church in 2015. the man had been photographed with confederate battle flags.many of the louisiana emai






the future of confederate monuments in new orleans and the rest of the us


on april 24, new orleans city employees began the process of removing four confederate monuments. but there are pitfalls in eliminating memorials to the confederacy – statues and monuments, along with the buildings, parks, schools and military bases named after confederate soldiers. primarily, we risk forgetting the connections of past racial crimes to current racial inequality.…






zinke doesn’t recommend shrinking two new mexico monuments


but the u.s. interior secretary is recommending changes in how the organ mountains-desert peaks and rio grande del norte monuments are managed.






scotus dodges ten commandments case, confusion over monuments will remain the gl


share thistagsalliance defending freedomdavid cortmanfreedom of expressionjonathan scruggsnew mexicoreligionreligion newsseparation of powerssupreme courtten commandment judgeten commandmentsten commandments in schoolus supreme courtthe u.s. supreme court declined monday to weigh in on a ten commandments monument that a new mexico city allowed citizens to place among other historical monuments on public property. in july, alliance defending freedom attorneys representing the city had asked the high court to take up the case, city of bloomfield v. felix, and resolve confusion among various lower courts on how to implement constitutional standards for such monuments.photo/ jw1805 wia wikipedia, public domainin august, 23 states, 24 members of congress, and a variety of legal experts, religio






zinke's plan for shrinking national monuments belongs in the recycling bin


oooh, the suspense. thursday was interior secretary ryan zinke’s deadline for submitting recommendations to president trump about what to do with more than two dozen national monuments — encompassing 553 million acres of protected public land and water, much of it environmentally sensitive. zinke has indeed presented his plan, but neither he nor the white house has bothered to tell the public — you know, the people who own the land — what they have in mind.there’s obviously reason to be concerned. zinke’s secret proposals were made in response to trump’s order in april for a sweeping review of more than two dozen national monuments that were created or expanded under the antiquities act of 1906. at that time, trump said that his objective was to end “another egregious use of federal power”






judges: north carolina must redraw gop’s gerrymandered map


the ruling marks the second time this decade that the gop’s congressional boundaries in north carolina have been thrown out by a three-judge panel.        






confederate monuments, flash points after the 2015 church shootings, aren't goin


confederate monuments — and controversies on race — are found across the nation        






trump executive order could rescind national monuments


major national monuments designated since 1996 could be reversed under untested process.        






lancaster, pennsylvania: america's refugee capital


lancaster, pennsylvania has taken 1,300 refugees since 2013 but the policy is still controversial.this us town takes 20 times more refugees per capita than the rest of the us. produced by franz str er