Nation/World Briefs: Rebel flag ban upheld by judge

Oklahoman Modified: August 13, 2009 at 4:28 am •  Published: August 13, 2009
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UNITED STATES

Rebel flag ban upheld by judge
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A federal judge threw out a former student’s free speech lawsuit Tuesday, saying a Tennessee school’s ban on Confederate clothing was a reasonable attempt to prevent disruptions because of racial threats at the school. Anderson County High School had banned Tommy Defoe from wearing a belt buckle and T-shirt bearing the Confederate Rebel flag. Defoe’s lawyers say the ruling likely will be appealed.

Open gas flask halts search
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is halting its search for World War I-era chemical weapons in a Washington, D.C., neighborhood after workers found an open glass flask containing traces of the chemical agent mustard. During World War I, mustard gas was used to cause blisters, temporary blindness, breathing problems and vomiting and could be fatal in high doses. Corps of Engineers officials said safety procedures will be reviewed before the excavation continues.

80 pit bulls seized in raid
PAOLI, Ind. — Authorities have seized about 80 pit bull terriers during raids at two southern Indiana sites suspected of breeding and training dogs for illegal fighting. Adam Parascandola of the Humane Society of the United States said many dogs had scars and marks consistent with fighting. Brian E. Denny, 39, of French Lick was arrested.

EUROPE

Mine victims mourned
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — Slovakia observed a day of mourning Wednesday for 20 victims of a fire and explosion in the Handlova coal mine, one of the worst accidents in the country’s history.

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