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The Talbot County Council began consideration of resolutions that would remove the famed Confederate statue "The Talbot Boys" from its location in front of the county court house in Easton. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with Council President Corey Pack about his resolution and why he has changed his position on the issue.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Police have removed an unauthorized camera and apparent tripwire device from the vicinity of a Confederate monument in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Charlottesville police spokesman Tyler Hawn said Monday that neither the camera nor the "self-made" device belonged to police. He says officers removed them soon after citizens reported their presence.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A Virginia judge has blocked the city of Charlottesville's effort to remove Confederate statues.

The Daily Progress reports the three-day civil trial that ended Friday included a judge's ruling preventing the removal of statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.

The planned removal of the Lee statue prompted a white nationalist rally in 2017 in which counter protester Heather Heyer was killed.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A recent court ruling in Norfolk makes one of the remaining defense arguments for Charlottesville City Council's vote to remove two Confederate statues look more uncertain.

The Daily Progress reports most of the major issues have been ruled on, but a defense argument that the statues violate the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment remains.

A Norfolk judge recently dismissed a similar lawsuit by activists who wanted to move a Confederate monument.

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Officials say seven people have been arrested at a rally calling for a century-old Confederate statue at the University of North Carolina to be returned after it was yanked down five days ago.

About a dozen people carrying Confederate flags were met Saturday by dozens of protesters that don't want the memorial nicknamed "Silent Sam" to return.

Videos posted to social media showed several punches thrown and at least one man handcuffed after he tried to burn a Confederate flag.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A series of bills to facilitate the removal or relocation of Confederate statues has been voted down after top Virginia Democrats called for Confederate statues to be taken down.

A House of Delegates subcommittee overwhelmingly voted down the series of bills.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Wednesday's vote means that the state won't be getting rid of its memorials to the lost cause anytime soon because another panel already voted down a similar bill in the Senate.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Officials in Charlottesville, Virginia, are trying to stop people from ripping down tarps that cover statues of Confederate generals.

The Daily Progress reported Tuesday that the city has placed plastic fencing around the monuments to Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. The tarps have been ripped down six times.  

The coverings are a gesture of mourning for Heather Heyer. She was killed Aug. 12 when a car plowed into a group of people at a rally in which white nationalists and counterprotesters clashed.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - The lawyer for Virginia's largest city says a Confederate monument outside an old courthouse cannot be moved.

The Virginian-Pilot reported Monday that Virginia Beach's attorney has given his interpretation of a state law aimed at protecting war memorials. Such laws have spawned an ongoing debate across Virginia over local power to remove Confederate statues and memorials.


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Some are calling for the removal of another Confederate monument in Virginia.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that a rally is scheduled for Thursday afternoon to demand the removal of a Confederate soldier statue in Virginia Beach.

Confederate veterans built the 27-foot-tall structure in the early 1900s. It's located near a former county courthouse that now serves as city office space.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Two men who identify themselves as the great-great-grandsons of Stonewall Jackson are calling for the removal of the statue of the Confederate general in Virginia's capital city.

Jack and Warren Christian say in a letter published by Slate late Wednesday that the removal of the Jackson statue and other Confederate monuments on Richmond's famed Monument Avenue will "necessarily further difficult conversations about racial justice."

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The violence struck by white nationalists in Charlottesville over the weekend has produced a reaction that now sees a number of political figures considering the removal of confederate statues. In Charolottesville, it was one of Robert E. Lee in the now renamed Emancipation Park. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Charlotte King, chair of the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice about her reaction to the violence and the changes now taking place in American society.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's speaker of the House is calling for the removal of a Confederate statue of the Supreme Court justice who wrote a decision upholding slavery that sits on the front law of the statehouse.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Michael E. Busch said Monday the monument to former Chief Justice Roger B. Taney (TAW nee) "doesn't belong" at the State House in Annapolis.

Taney, a Maryland native, wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision that upheld slavery and denied citizenship to black people.

BALTIMORE (AP) - The mayor of Baltimore says she has contacted two contractors about removing the city's Confederate monuments.

Mayor Catherine Pugh told the Baltimore Sun on Monday that she intends to "move forward with the removal of the statues."

Pugh said she wants the statues to be placed in Confederate cemeteries elsewhere in Maryland.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The word "shame" has been spray-painted on a Confederate monument in Virginia.

Media outlets report Norfolk police spokesman Daniel Hudson says officers were called to the vandalism site Monday morning.

The Norfolk City Council decided in 2015 to keep the monument, despite pressure from a local civil rights group. At the top of the monument is a statue of a Confederate soldier also known as a Johnny Reb.

There’s an internet petition being circulated calling for keeping the confederate statue of The Talbot Boy outside the courthouse in Easton.

It has racked up over 500 signatures with the petition calling the statue a piece of history for the town and a work of art.

WBOC reports that the NAACP and some local churches say they want the statue to be moved from the courthouse grounds.

Richard Potter, president of the Talbot County Branch of the NAACP, told the station that the statue is a symbol of division with no monument for the union soldiers who died the civil war.

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - Montgomery County has erected a wooden box around a Confederate monument recently spray-painted with the words "Black Lives Matter," in hopes of shielding the statue from further vandalism.
The Washington Post reports that officials are seeking to move the 102-year-old bronze statue of a Confederate soldier out of downtown Rockville.
County workers put up the barrier Friday, about a week after the words appeared across the base of the statue.