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Jul 2, 2015

For New York Puerto Ricans, debt crisis begins to hit home

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Before this week, Harriet Richardson’s retirement dream was still intact: work a few more years in the United States before heading back to find a quiet, ocean-front house in her native Puerto Rico. Now she’s not so sure.

Over a plate of fried plantains and rice at El Nuevo Bohio restaurant, a lunch spot popular with Puerto Ricans in New York’s Bronx borough, Richardson, a corrections officer, said Puerto Rico’s debt crisis may derail her plan.

Jun 24, 2015

At rural South Carolina flag factory, sadness and pride

LANE, SOUTH CAROLINA, June 24 (Reuters) – When Margaree
Mitchum sees the stars and stripes waving atop a flagpole, she
feels more than ordinary patriotism.

“I look at a flag differently now,” she said Tuesday at the
Valley Forge Flag factory in Lane, South Carolina, where she has
worked for 14 years. “When I started to sew, and I saw them
flying, it filled my heart because I’d had my hands on them,”
she said.

Jun 23, 2015

Major U.S. flag makers to stop making Confederate flags

, June 23 (Reuters) – Prominent U.S. flag
makers said on Tuesday they will stop manufacturing and selling
Confederate battle flags in the wake of last week’s attack on
worshipers at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Reggie VandenBosch, vice president of sales at the privately
owned Valley Forge Flag, said the Pennsylvania-based company
came to the decision as pressure grew on South Carolina to
remove the banner from outside the State House in Columbia.

Jun 23, 2015

Exclusive: Major U.S. flag maker to stop making Confederate flags

By Edward McAllister

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) – One of the most prominent U.S. flag makers said on Tuesday it will stop manufacturing and selling Confederate flags in the wake of last week’s attack on worshipers at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Reggie VandenBosch, vice president of sales at the privately owned Valley Forge Flag, said the Pennsylvania-based company came to the decision amid growing controversy over the Confederate flag, which currently flies outside the South Carolina state capitol in Columbia.

Jun 22, 2015

Mourning shooting victims, Charleston anguishes over ‘freshness of death’

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) – Hundreds of people packed a sweltering Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston for an emotional memorial service on Sunday just days after a gunman, identified by authorities as a 21-year-old white man, shot dead nine black church members.

“We are reminded this morning about the freshness of death that comes like a thief in the night,” the Reverend Norvel Goff told a mostly black congregation that swelled to about 400 people for a service remembering those killed on Wednesday in the latest U.S. mass shooting.

Jun 21, 2015

Charleston mourns, begins healing after church massacre

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) – Mourners were expected to flock to the Emanuel African Methodist Church in the historic U.S. city of Charleston as it reopens for worship on Sunday, days after a gunman shot nine black church members to death during a Bible study group.

Arriving from around the United States on Saturday to pay respects to those killed, they created makeshift memorials as a small step toward healing from the latest U.S. mass shooting, which has again trained a spotlight on the nation’s pervasive and divisive issues of race relations and gun crime.

Jun 21, 2015

Racist manifesto linked to Charleston shooting suspect

By Edward McAllister, Luciana Lopez and Alana Wise

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) – Dylann Roof, the suspect in Wednesday’s church massacre in Charleston, appears to have written a racist manifesto, posing in photographs with a handgun and standing in front of a Confederate military museum and plantation slave houses.

The photos and text surfaced on a website on Saturday. Reuters could not immediately confirm who created the website or the authenticity of the photographs posted on it. The Washington Post reported that U.S. officials have confirmed the website belonged to Roof.

Jun 20, 2015

Disbelief, defiance in South Carolina town once home to shooting suspect

By Edward McAllister and Rich McKay

LEXINGTON, S.C. (Reuters) – At Dooley’s Bait shop in Lexington, South Carolina, the talk around the worm bins and minnow tanks was dominated by one subject: Dylann Roof, a previously unremarkable local young man now accused of one of most shocking murders in state history.

Roof, a 21-year-old white man who went to high school in this Southern town near the state capital, has been charged with murdering nine African-Americans in cold blood on Wednesday at a landmark church in Charleston, about 100 miles (160 km) away.

Jun 20, 2015

Website appears to show manifesto of Charleston shooting suspect

By Edward McAllister

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) – A website has surfaced with a racist manifesto and a series of photographs that appear to show Dylann Roof, the suspect in Wednesday’s Charleston church massacre, posing with a handgun and standing in front of a Confederate military museum and a plantation house.

Reuters could not immediately confirm who created the website or the authenticity of the photographs posted on it.

Jun 20, 2015

Mourners gather early as Charleston comes together after massacre

By Edward McAllister

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) – Mourners arrived in Charleston from around the United States on Saturday to pay their respects to nine black churchgoers killed in an attack this week, with services planned throughout the day ahead of a rally in the state capital later in the evening.

Crowds began to gather at the Emanuel African Methodist Church, the site of Wednesday’s killings in downtown Charleston, early on Saturday morning. At the memorial site in front of the church, the oldest African-American congregation in the southern United States, flowers were laid six feet deep in places.