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A Virginia student who's leading the fight against his high school's ban on clothes emblazoned with the Confederate flag says he's unsure what the students' next step will be.

Houston Miller was among roughly 20 students suspended from Christiansburg High School on Thursday after holding a rally to protest a new policy banning vehicles with Confederate flag symbols from the school parking lot and refusing to take off clothing displaying the symbol.

Miller said Thursday that he wasn't going to back down and had been organizing another rally for Friday outside the school.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Some groups opposed to Baltimore police actions in the Freddie Gray case plan to rally in downtown Baltimore Saturday afternoon.

The demonstration is set for 3 p.m. in McKeldin Square near the Inner Harbor. That's about two hours before the scheduled start of the Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, 5 1/2 miles away.

Sharon Black of the Baltimore People's Power Assembly says marchers from the rally are unlikely to reach Pimlico.

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Hundreds of immigration reform supporters gathered in Georgetown yesterday as part of a nationwide set of rallies to get Congress to move on the issue.

Claudia Pena Porretti, executive director of La Esperanza, a non-profit agency that helps Hispanics in Sussex County, said that she believed the reform effort has stalled.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Relatives of five murder victims are joining a rally in Annapolis to repeal Maryland's death penalty.

Speakers at the Monday afternoon event include Hagerstown resident Marty Price. His father was convicted of second-degree murder for fatally shooting Price's stepmother and stepsister in 1988.

His nephew Christopher Nicholson was murdered in 2007 while serving as a Smithsburg police officer.


      ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Call it a circle of support.

     Backers of developing offshore wind will be holding a rally in Annapolis on Monday night. They say they'll be making a circle around the Maryland State House.

     To brighten they scene, they say they'll be holding glow-in-the-dark miniature wind turbines. They also plan to wear electric blue T-shirts.

     The House of Delegates passed the bill on Friday on an 88-47 vote. The measure is now in the Senate Finance Committee.