CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2013 |
Flags in Laguna Beach have been lowered to half-staff after a longtime city police officer was killed when his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck while he was searching for a speeding motorist. Jon Coutchie, 41, collided with the truck late Saturday on Coast Highway at Cleo Street, said Laguna Beach Police Capt. Jason Kravetz. It was the small police department's first death in the line of duty since 1953. “This tragedy is an important reminder of how our police department puts its life on the line each and every day to protect all of us,” said Elizabeth Pearson, the city's mayor pro tem. The crash is being investigated by the California Highway Patrol.
March 3, 2004 |
Georgians overwhelmingly endorsed their current flag Tuesday in a referendum that drew little of the emotion that has dominated the state's flag debate in recent years. Voters were asked to choose between the flag adopted last year under Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue and the one pushed in 2001 by then-Gov. Roy Barnes. Neither resembled the 1956 flag fiercely opposed by blacks for its prominent display of the Confederate battle emblem.
April 13, 2006 |
The American flag that "so proudly we hail'd," the inspiration for Francis Scott Key's "Star-Spangled Banner," will be the focal point of an $85-million renovation at the National Museum of American History in Washington. In 1998, museum officials determined the tattered flag measuring 30 by 42 feet could no longer support its own weight when hung vertically. The museum will close Sept. 5 and reopen in summer 2008 with a new flag room for displaying the historic 15-star banner.
June 16, 2006 |
The Senate Judiciary Committee gave a nod Thursday to a constitutional amendment to protect the American flag from desecration, moving it to the Senate floor, where both sides say it could be within one vote of passing. The vote was 11 to 7. Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) has said the measure will get a Senate vote this month. The amendment's substance and timing, between Flag Day and July Fourth, are designed to appeal to veterans during this year of midterm elections.
June 14, 1990 |
Reluctant Democrats pushed a constitutional amendment against flag burning past its first congressional hurdle Wednesday, just two days after the Supreme Court threw out the federal flag-protection law. Rep. Robert W. Kastenmeier (D-Wis.) said: "It's unseemly that we're rushing to judgment" as the proposed amendment whisked though the House constitutional and civil rights subcommittee.
February 21, 1991 |
The House on Wednesday approved a resolution calling on Americans to fly the flag in support of U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf. The non-binding resolution was approved 409-0.
January 16, 2007 |
Democratic presidential hopeful Joseph R. Biden Jr. said he thinks the Confederate flag should be removed from the Statehouse grounds in Columbia, where its presence remains an issue more than six years after the flag was taken down from the Capitol dome. "As people become more and more aware of what it means to African Americans here, this is only a matter of time," the Delaware senator said at a National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People rally at the Statehouse.
July 13, 1987 |
The governor of the Philippine central bank thinks it was a mistake to print the U.S. flag prominently on the new 100-peso note, the newspaper Malaya reported Sunday. "The artist made a mistake in giving undue prominence to the American flag," Gov. Jose Fernandez was quoted as having said. But Fernandez was reported as also saying that the new bill will probably remain in circulation to prevent a shortage of the notes, which are worth about $5.