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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.

“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.

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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.”

“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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Police in Connecticut arrested a group of senior citizens, ranging in ages 62 to 85, for lewd behavior in a conservation area, NBC Connecticut reports.

Six people were arrested, which included 5 men and one 85-year-old woman, according to the Fairfield Police Department. The arrests were made after police launched an investigation in response to reports of "lewd and sexual activity" taking place in the Grace Richardson conservation area in Fairfield.

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President Donald Trump's officials were abruptly told to end their agricultural tour in the Midwest this week as tensions among farmers continue to rise.

Bloomberg News reported Trump administration officials were visiting farmers in the Midwest when they received a credible threat that prompted them to end their tour. The Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour was taking a look at soybeans and corn with Department of Agriculture staff when they were forced to pull out of the area.

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While talking with veterans on Wednesday, President Donald Trump vowed that he would not politicize the event by reciting his 2020 campaign slogan -- and then did it anyway just seconds later.

While addressing the American Veterans National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, the president made light of the fact that he was not supposed to be using his speech to promote his reelection campaign and was only there to talk about his administration's work on behalf of veterans.

"In all things, we are putting our country first," the president said. "We are saying, let’s say 'Make America great again,' but we are almost there, 'Make America great again.' We may have to switch it. You know what we’re going to switch it to? Huh? Yeah? That is right. I will not say it here, because this is not a campaign speech."

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