S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill Thursday to remove the Confederate flag from the state capitol grounds, and it will be removed during a ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday. Check out these stories from around the Web related to the flag’s removal.
▪ ‘I have heard enough about heritage’: CNN covers the impassioned speech of S.C. Rep. Jenny Horne, a Republican, who urged the representatives not to amend the bill to take down the flag.
▪ How to remove it: The flag’s removal is still a mystery. The New York Times explores who will take it down Friday and how they will get the flag off the pole, which has no rope or pulley to bring it down.
▪ ‘I will think about my ancestors’: Various leaders in South Carolina react to the bill’s passage, including Terry Hughey, a member of the S.C. Sons of Confederate Veterans.
▪ A new home: The flag will be moved to the nearby Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, which The State tours and photographs here.
▪ ‘Bring it down with dignity’: Haley signed the bill to remove the flag into law Thursday afternoon using 13 pens, nine of which will go to the families of the Charleston shooting victims, The Post and Courier reports.
▪ The loudest voices: Three representatives emerged as key players in the debate over the bill, including Republican Rep. Michael A. Pitts, who introduced dozens of amendments to slow the bill’s passage.
▪ Early morning vote: The Herald, in an Associated Press story, gives hour-by-hour updates on how the bill was passed, including Gov. Haley’s reaction: “It is a new day in South Carolina.”
▪ National impact: Republican House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday he will create a bipartisan group to review the display of Confederate memorabilia.
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