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October 31, 1989 | MICHAEL ROSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Chanting "Burn, baby, burn," four demonstrators torched several American flags on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Monday in a protest staged to challenge the constitutionality of the new law banning flag desecration. The four flag-burners were quickly arrested by Capitol policemen and charged with violating the federal law that took effect at midnight Friday. If convicted, they face maximum penalties of one year in jail and $1,000 fines.
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May 7, 2004 | John M. Glionna and Stephen Braun, Times Staff Writers
Thousands of pages of documents released by the FBI detailing its surveillance of the protest group Vietnam Veterans Against the War during the early 1970s suggest that organization spokesman John F. Kerry was only an occasional target of the spying activity. The FBI records also hint at the passion felt by the highly decorated Navy patrol boat skipper after he returned from Vietnam to take an active role in the national effort to halt the war.
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May 7, 2004 | John M. Glionna and Stephen Braun, Times Staff Writers
Thousands of pages of documents released by the FBI detailing its surveillance of the protest group Vietnam Veterans Against the War during the early 1970s suggest that organization spokesman John F. Kerry was only an occasional target of the spying activity. The FBI records also hint at the passion felt by the highly decorated Navy patrol boat skipper after he returned from Vietnam to take an active role in the national effort to halt the war.
NEWS
October 31, 1989 | MICHAEL ROSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Chanting "Burn, baby, burn," four demonstrators torched several American flags on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Monday in a protest staged to challenge the constitutionality of the new law banning flag desecration. The four flag-burners were quickly arrested by Capitol policemen and charged with violating the federal law that took effect at midnight Friday. If convicted, they face maximum penalties of one year in jail and $1,000 fines.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 22, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports
Times have mellowed for Ron Kovic, the former Marine paraplegic warrior whose life is depicted by Tom Cruise in "Born on the Fourth of July." Once the angry man who rallied the Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Kovic is now occupying himself with art and other creative undertakings. He co-authored the script for the autobiographical film with director Oliver Stone.
NEWS
December 21, 1991 | From Associated Press
Peace activist Ron Kovic, the disabled Vietnam War veteran depicted in the film "Born on the Fourth of July," announced Friday that he wil seek the Democratic presidential nomination. Kovic, 45, filed for the Feb. 18 New Hampshire primary and declared in a statement that he would not join the race as a politician but as a "writer, an artist and a voice of conscience."
NEWS
February 28, 1999 | JEAN McMILLAN, ASSOCIATED PRESS
After months of consideration, Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts said Friday he will skip the 2000 presidential race. At a news conference, the three-term Democratic senator cited fund-raising concerns and party unity as major factors in his decision not to run. "I have concluded that to raise the necessary amount of money with only 10 months to do so, compounded by the newly accelerated primary schedule, is simply impossible at this time," he said.
BUSINESS
January 4, 1991 | BRUCE HOROVITZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Some surprising anti-war activists--including 19 American businesses--are turning to advertising to protest Bush Administration policy in the Persian Gulf. Earlier this week, a diverse group of businesses ranging from Ben & Jerry's ice cream on the East Coast to LA Weekly on the West Coast placed a $35,000 full-page ad in the New York Times that called the conflict "an unnecessary war."
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April 27, 1991 | SCOTT HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Anti-war activist Jerry Rubin's quixotic bid to "give peace a chance" in Hollywood's upcoming "Welcome Home Desert Storm" parade has been defeated. Rubin, the Los Angeles director of the Alliance for Survival, has been rejected in his attempt to place a contingent of anti-war activists in the parade, a controversial extravaganza of troops, veterans and military weaponry scheduled May 19 on Sunset and Hollywood boulevards.
NEWS
October 29, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
About 200 people watched as radical Vietnam veterans torched an American flag early Saturday, minutes after a federal law prohibiting desecration of the flag took effect. Alternately chanting "Burn, baby, burn" and singing the national anthem, the crowd cheered as the flag was burned by members of Vietnam Veterans Against the War, who said the new law is an attempt to ram patriotism down their throats.
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May 13, 2001 | A.J. LANGGUTH, A.J. Langguth, author of "Our Vietnam: A History of the War 1954-1975," is a professor of journalism in the Annenberg Center for Communication at USC
They were the enemies the White House had most reason to fear. Heroes twice over, they went off to Vietnam and won Silver Stars and Purple Hearts for their physical bravery and then came home and demonstrated a different kind of courage at the forefront of the antiwar movement. They became the Vietnam Veterans Against the War, and the government's abuse and slander of the other peace marchers sounded puny and unpersuasive when used against them.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2004 | DAVID SHAW
The Page 1 headlines have been coming, one after the other, a martial drumbeat that could become a dirge for a political funeral: "Kerry Defends Vietnam Record" (USA Today) "Stolen Files Recount John Kerry's Antiwar Days" (San Francisco Chronicle) "Kerry Went From Soldier to Antiwar Protester" (Baltimore Sun) "Kerry Role in Antiwar Veterans Is Delicate Issue in His Campaign" (New York Times) "Kerry's War Record in Vietnam Is Providing Ammunition for Both Sides" (Dallas Morning News) Excuse me,
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