- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 22, 2001

Confederate flag raises flap in Cleveland

CLEVELAND At a time when flag fever is sweeping the United States, a history teacher who used a Confederate flag to illustrate lessons on the Civil War agreed yesterday to remove the controversial symbol.

The Cleveland school district urged Rebecca Segetti, a teacher at predominantly black John Hay High School, to remove the flag that many people associate with slavery.

A janitor at the school had taken down the flag from Miss Segetti's ninth-grade classroom, but received a letter of reprimand when he refused to put it back up. The district administrator then weighed in, saying in a letter to the school: "Simply put, the district does not condone the hanging of the Confederate flag."

Paul McCartney plans firefighter benefit

NEW YORK Former Beatle Paul McCartney said yesterday he is planning a concert to benefit New York City firefighters, many of whom died in the rescue efforts that followed the attacks on the World Trade Center.

"What I am going to do is a concert here in New York within the next month to benefit all the firemen," he said in a statement. "I also have a connection there, because my father was a fireman in Liverpool during World War II."

The songwriter said he was looking for venues for the concert.

Planes strike Iraqi air defenses

Striking for a third consecutive day, warplanes from a U.S.-British coalition bombed Iraqi command-and-control vehicles and equipment in southern Iraq yesterday, a U.S. military official said, adding that the attack was in response to "hostile threats" to coalition aircraft.

In Baghdad, a military spokesman said U.S. and British planes bombed "civilian installations" in the southern provinces of Missan and Zi Qar, without any casualties reported.

"The enemy planes were forced to flee back to their bases in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait under Iraqi missile and anti-aircraft fire," he said.

The U.S. Central Command said the warplanes used precision-guided weapons to strike command-and-control vehicles and equipment in open fields in southern Iraq.

U.S. Army Col. Rick Thomas, spokesman for the command in Tampa, Fla., said, "It was in response to their hostile threats and not related to the September 11 terrorist attacks."

Latin Grammys not rescheduled

The Latin Grammys will not be rescheduled. That announcement came yesterday in a brief statement by Michael Greene, chief of the Recording Academy and Latin Recording Academy.

After days of deliberations with the Academy's partners at CBS, Cosette Productions and everyone else involved in the telecast, Mr. Greene said they concluded "that it is impossible to reschedule a live, international show of this magnitude."

The Latin Grammys, which had already been moved from Miami for separate security concerns, was scheduled for Sept. 11 at the Great Western Forum but canceled after the terrorist attacks.

Disease found in Colorado elk

DENVER About 1,000 elk in three private Colorado herds were found to be infected with a brain ailment called chronic wasting disease and will be destroyed.

Chronic wasting disease is a degenerative disorder that attacks the brains of deer and elk, causing unsteadiness, excessive slobbering, confusion and death.

There are no documented cases of the disease infecting human beings.

But it is closely related to mad cow disease, which is linked to a human brain-wasting disease that has killed more than 100 Europeans.

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