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Mayor under fire for blocking LGBTQ Pride flag from flying

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A Pennsylvania mayor is under fire and being accused of discrimination after he blocked a pre-approved flying of the LGBTQ Pride flag at city hall Monday, just minutes before the ceremony was scheduled to start.

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Reading, PA Mayor Wally Scott denied members of the local LGBTQ community from hoisting the rainbow flag at city hall for what would have been the first time ever, Jeremy Long at the Reading Eagle reports. Dozens had traveled to see history being made. Instead, they were forced to witness a different kind of history.

Acting Managing Director Osmer Deming says Mayor Scott’s reason for blocking the flag is that he thinks the LGBTQ community is a “political movement,” and political movements shouldn’t get special treatment.

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“What we can do today is hold a flag up in front of the building and still have a ceremony,” Council President Jeffrey S. Waltman Sr. said.

In the end members of the group vowed to file a discrimination complaint, and walked the flag to a local area hotspot where Mayor Scott is known to “hang out.”

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“Our flag is being kept off the pole,” resident Ernie Schlegel said. “I’m going to be talking to the human relations commission about this and see if we have a stand for discrimination.”

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WFMZ adds the LGBT Center of Greater Reading called Mayor Scott’s move  “a show of blatant, unacceptable discrimination.”


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Pensacola gunman showed mass shooting videos at party: report

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The Saudi military student who carried out a deadly shooting spree at a US naval base showed videos of mass shootings at a dinner party the night before the attack, The New York Times reported Saturday.

The shooting Friday in a classroom building at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida left three dead and eight wounded, including two responding sheriff's deputies.

The revelation about the dinner party came as authorities probed whether the shooter had any accomplices.

"We're finding out what took place, whether it's one person or a number of people," President Donald Trump told reporters. "We'll get to the bottom of it very quickly.

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Myanmar’s Suu Kyi set to make history in Hague genocide case

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Former democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi is set to make legal history when she defends Myanmar in The Hague this week against charges of genocide targeting the Buddhist state's minority Rohingya Muslims.

The tiny west African state of Gambia, acting on behalf of the 57-nation Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, will ask the International Court of Justice to take emergency measures to halt Myanmar's "ongoing genocidal actions".

But in a highly unusual move, the office of Nobel Peace laureate and Myanmar civilian leader Suu Kyi has said she will lead a team to the UN's highest court, based in the turreted Peace Palace in the Netherlands.

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Sesame Street still going strong after 50 years

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Generations of children around the world have grown up learning their ABCs and 123s from the lovable muppets on "Sesame Street," and as the pioneering television program turns 50, it's as popular as ever.

It's also about to earn one of America's top cultural awards, to go along with a pile of nearly 200 Emmys -- at a gala in Washington on Sunday, it will be the first TV show to earn the Kennedy Center Honors.

Since its debut in November 1969 on American public television, the famous address has taken on many forms, in more than 150 countries.

In Afghanistan, it's "Baghch-e-Simsim." In Latin America, it's "Plaza Sesamo." And in Arabic-speaking countries, it's "Iftah Ya Simsim."

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