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The NFL's decision to penalize teams for players who take a knee at games during the National Anthem appears to have left the Baltimore Ravens struggling with fan reaction. Delmarva Public Radio spoke with East Coast writer and commentator Mike Lurie about the effects of the decision on the local team.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A statue honoring the composition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" has been defaced in Baltimore.

News outlets report that red paint was sprayed on the statue in Baltimore's Patterson Park. The words "Racist Anthem" were sprayed on a sidewalk leading up to the statue Monday morning.

The statue was built in 1914, paid for with pennies collected by Baltimore schoolchildren.

In September, a city statue dedicated to the anthem's author, Francis Scott Key, was defaced.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Nearly 50,000 people have signed an online petition asking for the removal of a statute of retired Baltimore Ravens star Ray Lewis after he joined other NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.
The petition on says the anthem honors the United States and its veterans.  It reads: "To kneel during it is disrespectful, regardless of what you are protesting."
A Maryland Stadium Authority spokeswoman told The Baltimore Sun extra security has been added to M&T Bank Stadium, including the plaza where Lewis' statue is located.

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The combat veteran who sings the national anthem for the Baltimore Ravens has decided to step down.

The decision by Joey Odoms follows the decision by Ravens players and others on NFL teams around the country to take a knee during the playing of the anthem.

President Trump has called for the team owners to fire those players.

On his Facebook page Odoms said this was an ethical decision.

He told WJZ News that he was not offended by the player’s actions but did not want to get mixed up in the controversy.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The words "Racist Anthem" have been painted on a monument to the man who wrote the "Star-Spangled Banner."

The Baltimore Sun reported Wednesday that the words were written at the base of the Francis Scott Key monument in the city's downtown.

Besides the black lettering, it appeared to be splashed with red and black paint.

Police are investigating. But they have no suspects.

Key penned what is now the national anthem when he was being held captive by the British during the War of 1812.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - As part of a weeklong celebration of the Star-Spangled Banner's 200th birthday, 30 naval vessels and tall ships will arrive in Baltimore's harbor.

Ships from around the world, including vessels from Canada, Norway, Germany, Spain and Turkey, will dock at Locust Point, Fort McHenry and the Inner Harbor. Many of the tall ships will be on public display between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., from Sept. 11 to 16.

The ships are part of the Star-Spangled Spectacular, an event to commemorate the bicentennial of the writing of America's national anthem.