June 12, 2010
Webb Files Bill To Ensure Families Can Fly Military Service Flags
By Bill Bartel, The Virginian-Pilot
A seasoned combat veteran is joining the fight against neighborhood associations that try to block families from flying Blue Star or Gold Star service flags when relatives are serving in the armed forces during times of conflict.
U.S. Sen. Jim Webb introduced a bill this week that would prohibit any condominium, housing cooperative or residential association from stopping the flying of the special flags, which is authorized by the Department of Defense. Webb’s bill is similar to a House bill – the Blue Star/Gold Star Act of 2010 – that passed that chamber last month without objection.
The House bill was sparked by an incident last year in Ohio in which Marlene Gano was asked by her condo association to take down a Blue Star flag. She displayed it in her window to honor her son who served in Iraq in 1991 and 2003. He was wounded twice.
A Blue Star flag is flown when a family member is serving in the military. A Gold Star signifies that a family member was killed in combat.
"This legislation creates reasonable legal protections to ensure military families can honor their loved ones’ service no matter where they live," said Webb, a decorated Marine who was wounded in the Vietnam War.
Birther freed pending trial Ga. man charged in plot to seize courthouse
Knoxnews.com ^ | 06/12/2010 | Knoxnews.com
Posted on Saturday, June 12, 2010 4:25:40 AM by The Magical Mischief Tour
An alleged Georgia militiaman arrested on federal charges in what authorities describe as a scheme to seize the Monroe County courthouse and make a series of citizen’s arrests for treason has been freed pending trial.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Guyton on Friday ruled that Darren Wesley Huff, 40, of Dallas, Ga., can remain free but under a number of restrictions.
Huff must possess no firearms, wear an electronic monitoring device, have no contact with any potential witnesses or co-defendants, and adhere to several other conditions. The judge set trial for Aug. 2 and scheduled a pre-trial conference for July 27 at 9:30 a.m.