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OAKWOOD — A college president in Georgia said she ordered an instructor’s painting that featured a Confederate flag removed from a faculty art exhibit.

The Athens Banner-Herald reported that the flag was superimposed on images including a hanged black man and a hooded Ku Klux Klansman. Gainesville State College President Martha Nesbitt said she had to consider the impact on the health and reputation of the institution.

Athens artist Stan Bermudez said his painting was ordered removed about the time a retired air force major objected to it on a website devoted to Southern heritage.

The major said he hates to see the flag of Southern soldiers maligned, but Mr. Bermudez said the painting represents some of the feelings he associates with it.

MAINE

Failed ski lift overdue for inspection

PORTLAND — State records show that a lift that failed at a Maine ski area in December was a few weeks overdue for a safety inspection when a cable came off a suspension wheel, injuring eight.

The inspection, known as a load test, requires a test on chairlifts every seven years. Lifts are subject to other state inspections every year.

Records from the Maine Elevator and Tramway Board show that the Spillway East chairlift at Sugarloaf resort last had a load test on Dec. 4, 2003. The state had granted an extension, so the resort faces no penalty.

Sugarloaf spokesman Ethan Austin told the Portland Press Herald that the lift was inspected before the season began and it was properly licensed.

VIRGINIA

Redskins’ Haynesworth charged in assault

Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth has been charged with assault in what police say was a case of road rage.

Fairfax County police spokeswoman Shelley Broderick said a 38-year-old man told investigators he was driving a Honda Civic in suburban Washington when he saw a pickup truck tailgating him. The man said the driver then made a hand gesture.

Ms. Broderick said Mr. Haynesworth, who was driving the truck, got out when the vehicles stopped and assaulted the other driver.

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