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DANVILLE, Va. (AP) - Hundreds of bikers, veterans and supporters of the Confederacy celebrated the raising of one of the biggest Confederate flags in the country to protest a decision by the Danville City Council to remove the flag from city property.

The Danville Register & Bee reports that supporters of the Confederate flag used a hydraulic crane Saturday to raise a 30 foot by 50 foot flag while others fired off rifles and cannons in salute.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland House lawmakers have stalled a bill to revise the state song to remove Civil War-era references to "Northern scum" and other phrases some consider offensive.

A leading lawmaker said Thursday that House delegates voiced different opinions on what to do about "Maryland, My Maryland," the song written in 1861 and adopted in 1939.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed a bill that seeks to prevent local governments from moving Confederate and Civil War monuments.

McAuliffe said in his veto message Thursday that communities across Virginia are having "difficult and complicated" discussions about whether to remove symbols of the Confederacy. McAuliffe said he opposes taking away localities' ability to make those decisions. Virginia law already bars local governments from removing war monuments.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia church known as the "Cathedral of the Confederacy" is shedding images reflecting its ties to the Confederacy.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Richmond is removing plaques with versions of the Confederate flag and the church's coat of arms, among other remnants of the Confederacy.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that church leaders say they also hope to erect a memorial to honor slaves in Richmond, including those who were members of St. Paul's.

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) - A portrait of Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart has been removed from a Patrick County courtroom.

The Martinsville Bulletin reports that Judge Martin F. Clark issued a statement on Tuesday announcing he removed the portrait from the Circuit Court's courtroom on Aug. 19.

Clark says a courtroom should be a place that is fair and neutral. He says a portrait of a uniformed Confederate general who was a slave owner doesn't comport with that standard.

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DANVILLE, Va. (AP) - Danville is set to take up a proposal that would banish Confederate flags from city-owned flagpoles.

The City Council is scheduled to consider the ordinance Thursday night. It would allow only the U.S., Virginia, city of Danville and the POW/MIA flag to be flown on city-maintained flagpoles.

The city that briefly was the capital of the Confederacy is the latest to wrestle with the public display of the flag, which some view as a symbol of racial hatred. Others argue it honors their Southern heritage.

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DANVILLE, Va. (AP) - A judge in the Virginia city that was the final refuge for the Confederacy is set to hear arguments over the state's bid to erase the Confederate battle flag from license plates.

The hearing Friday in Danville comes as the city grapples with the enduring symbols of the Confederacy, a debate sparked across the South by the killings of nine African-Americans in a Charleston, South Carolina, church in June.

The suspect in the shootings had been photographed posing with a Confederate battle flag.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A longtime Annapolis recording technician has said a song he recorded at the Naval Academy would be a good replacement for "Maryland, My Maryland," a song written by a Confederate sympathizer.
 
Seventy-one-year-old Charlie Richardson tells The Capital that a song called "My Home, My Maryland" stands out to him as the best representation of the state.
 
Richardson says the song was composed and performed in 1976 for the Naval Academy Glee Club's bicentennial concerts.