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What Delaware State Fair attendees think about ban on Confederate flag memorabilia

Red, white and blue abound at the Delaware State Fair, but finding that patriotic color combination in the controversial shape of the Confederate flag is nearly impossible.

After two vendors were ordered to stop selling blankets, T-shirts, hats and belt buckles donning the symbol of the South this week, fairgoers scarcely seemed to notice.

Most of the people who spoke to The News Journal on Tuesday said they had no qualms about whether Confederate memorabilia should be sold at the 10-day event. They were focused on finding shelter from the rain, the best fair food or the fanciest cow instead.

Others either adamantly supported or were disappointed in the idea that event organizers could tell vendors what they could or could not sell at the Harrington fairgrounds.

Read more: https://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2018/07/24/confederate-flag-ban-delaware-state-fair/828293002/

Black Panther Party co-founder Elbert "Big Man" Howard dies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Elbert "Big Man" Howard, a co-founder of the Black Panther Party who served as newspaper editor, information officer and logistics genius behind the group's popular social programs, has died at age 80.

His wife, Carole Hyams, says Howard died Monday in Santa Rosa, California, after a long illness.

Friends and family described Howard as a "gentle giant" who could paint in words what a jazz song was saying. Howard was an author, volunteer jazz disc jockey, author, lecturer and activist in Sonoma County, where he later made his home.

Howard was one of six people who founded the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense in Oakland in October 1966, along with Bobby Seale and Huey Newton. The political organization started out patrolling police for possible abuse against blacks.

Read more: http://www.phillytrib.com/news/black-panther-party-co-founder-elbert-big-man-howard-dies/article_a4116f6b-2915-5134-b055-dfd2f3980181.html

'Young and naive' teen to GOP candidate: You don't need to be a scientist, but must know science

She has a name, but for the last two days she's been known as the "young and naive" woman who asked a question during a town hall with a Republican candidate for governor.

Rose Strauss insists she's not the one who was naive Wednesday evening, though she can't argue 18 years old is young.

By not addressing climate change, Scott Wagner is more naive than she'll ever be, she said.

During a town hall near Philadelphia two days ago, Strauss said the GOP hopeful for Pennsylvania governor proved his naivete when he said, "Are we here to elect a governor or elect a scientist? Okay? I'm here to be the governor."

Read more: https://www.ydr.com/story/news/2018/07/20/pa-governor-election-race-republican-scott-wagner-climate-change-young-naive-comment-lost-voters/807181002/

Video at https://www.ydr.com/videos/news/2018/07/19/scott-wagner-republican-candidate-pa-governor-calls-teen-young-and-naive/804115002/

LGBT advocates to rally during conservative Christian author's speech at Lancaster Bible College

Protesters will gather Tuesday outside Lancaster Bible College’s campus, where conservative author and religious liberty advocate Ryan T. Anderson will speak at an event sponsored by the Pennsylvania Family Institute.

Anderson, author of “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment,” “What is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense” and other books related to sexuality and religious freedom, is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. today inside the college’s Good Shepherd Chapel, 901 Eden Road.

The speech is part of a weeklong youth leadership conference with events planned throughout the state by the Pennsylvania Family Institute, which is renting the private college’s facility, a spokesman for the institute confirmed Monday.

Lancaster Bible College spokesman Keith Baum said Monday that the college is not affiliated with the event, nor does it “have anything to do with our policies.”

Read more: https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/lgbt-advocates-to-rally-during-conservative-christian-author-s-speech/article_549d5844-8ead-11e8-a4c8-77efe5921c2d.html

Crayola, other vendors to take a haircut in Toys R Us bankruptcy settlement

The color creators at Crayola LLC may have to concoct a shade to symbolize compromise.

It can represent the settlement agreement the Forks Township crayon-maker and other vendors reached last week with Toys R Us, the retail chain that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September but was unable to successfully reorganize beneath a mountain of debt totaling more than $5 billion.

The agreement would create a pot of $180 million for creditors such as Crayola, a fund that could potentially grow depending on what’s available after a group of lenders take what they’re owed under prebankruptcy claims, according to filings last week in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

That, however, falls short of the roughly $750 million to $850 million that the vendors say they’re owed for shipping merchandise to Toys R Us to keep the chain operating while it attempted to restructure.

Read more: http://www.mcall.com/business/mc-biz-crayola-toy-vendors-toys-r-us-settlement-20180723-story.html

Nevada could elect first-ever female-majority statehouse

RENO — Nevada voters could soon make history by electing the country’s first female-majority state legislature.

Women, after winning a record number of primary contests last month, could make up nearly two-thirds of the statehouse by Nov. 7, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported.

“In the past, we’ve had to ask women five, six, seven times to run for office,” said Danna Lovell, director of Emerge Nevada, a Democrat-linked candidate training nonprofit based in Las Vegas. “Whereas now, they’re worried. They’re scared about what’s going on in their communities. … I think there’s an extremely great possibility for a female majority.”

Women, based on their party registration and the partisan makeup of their districts, are favored to control 27 seats heading into the 2019 Nevada Legislature — 19 in the Assembly and eight in the Senate, a Reno Gazette Journal analysis of voter registration data shows.

Read more: https://triblive.com/politics/politicalheadlines/13895621-74/nevada-could-elect-first-ever-female-majority-statehouse

Pennsylvania teacher probed for portraying Nazi at pro wrestling events

ROYERSFORD, Pa. — A Pennsylvania school district is investigating a teacher who portrays a Nazi villain named “Blitzkrieg” at local professional wrestling events.

The Spring-Ford Area School District launched the probe after video surfaced of Kevin Bean performing at a wrestling event in the Philadelphia suburbs. The video showed Bean, as Blitzkrieg, carrying a flag bearing the German Iron Cross and chanting the “Sieg Heil” Nazi salute.

Blitzkrieg, 36, is listed as a “superstar” on the World Wide Wrestling Alliance website. Wrestling videos posted online show Bean in character as Blitzkrieg at least as far back as 2012, goose-stepping into the ring and extending his hand in a Nazi salute.

Bean did not immediately return a phone message Tuesday.

Read more: https://triblive.com/state/pennsylvania/13898318-74/pa-teacher-probed-for-portraying-nazi-at-pro-wrestling-events

A wrestler named Blitzkrieg "The German Juggernaut" using a nazi gimmick at a recent local show in Pennsylvania.

This video makes me sick.

Watching the guy do nazi salutes on his way to the ring while children in the crowd cheer him on like a good guy is terrifying.

Senate Democratic leader Jay Costa calls on Scott Wagner to release tax returns

Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Forest Hills, called on Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner Tuesday to release his tax returns, saying Wagner’s refusal to do so breaks with 20 years of state precedent and goes against the interests of transparency.

Costa said Wagner’s background as a businessman, including owning a municipal waste-hauling company in York, makes it even more important for him to make his finances public.

“He professes to be an articulate businessman. Show us and prove to us that that is indeed the case,” Costa said in an afternoon news conference at the Allegheny County Courthouse.

Wagner, 62, of York said during his primary campaign for the Republican nomination that he wouldn’t release his tax returns.

Read more: https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/13898494-74/senate-democratic-leader-jay-costa-calls-on-scott-wagner-to-release-tax

Poll shows Conor Lamb with double-digit lead over Keith Rothfus

Democrat Conor Lamb holds a double-digit lead over Republican Keith Rothfus in the race for the newly drawn 17th Congressional District northwest of Pittsburgh, according to a new Monmouth University poll.

Fifty-one percent of potential voters support Lamb, compared to 39 percent for Rothfus, according to the results. Nine percent were undecided. Monmouth polled a group of 401 people in the district who have either voted in an election since 2010 or who have recently registered to vote, and the margin of error was 6.8 percent.

Lamb, 34, of Mt. Lebanon won a special election in March to serve out the remainder of former Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy’s term in the existing 18th Congressional District south of Pittsburgh. Since then, the state Supreme Court implemented a new congressional district map after ruling the old map had been unconstitutionally gerrymandered to benefit Republicans.

Rothfus, 56, of Sewickley has represented the 12th District since 2012, when he unseated incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Critz.

Read more: https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/13900093-74/poll-shows-conor-lamb-with-double-digit-lead-over-keith-rothfus

al-Qaida operative pleads guilty in Philadelphia court

PHILADELPHIA — An Algerian-born al-Qaida operative who recruited Colleen “Jihad Jane” LaRose and others in a 2009 plot to assassinate a Swedish cartoonist pleaded guilty Monday and agreed to a 15-year prison term, bringing the final conviction in one of Philadelphia’s longest-running terrorism cases.

The plea by Ali Charaf Damache — who was indicted in 2011 and has been held in custody in Philadelphia since his extradition from Spain last year — came as something of a surprise. Just eight months earlier, the pugnacious defendant interrupted one of his earliest court appearances, demanding he be allowed to fire his lawyer and alleging he had been fed false promises of a shorter sentence in exchange for cooperating with authorities.

But in Monday’s hearing before U.S. District Judge Petrese B. Tucker, Damache, 53, was significantly more subdued. He mumbled responses to a series of questions from the bench, showing only glimpses of his earlier combativeness.

Asked by Judge Tucker whether he was pleading guilty because he believed himself to be guilty, he hesitated for a moment before responding: “I think so. Yes.”

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2018/07/24/al-Qaeda-operative-pleads-guilty-in-Philadelphia-court/stories/201807230189
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