SC governor signs law to remove Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds on Friday

Good riddance.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Saying South Carolina’s history has forever changed, Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill Thursday to relegate the Confederate flag to the state’s “relic room,” more than 50 years after the rebel banner began flying at the Statehouse to protest the civil rights movement.

Compelled to act by the slaughter of nine African-Americans at a church Bible study, Gov. Nikki Haley praised lawmakers for acknowledging that the long-celebrated symbol is too painful and divisive to keep promoting.

“The Confederate flag is coming off the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse,” Haley said before signing the bill. “We will bring it down with dignity and we will make sure it is stored in its rightful place.”

Police then surrounded the rebel flag with barricades and rope, a siege of sorts that will end Friday after the banner is furled for the last time at a 10 a.m. ceremony.

South Carolina’s leaders first flew the battle flag over the Statehouse dome in 1961 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Civil War. It remained there to represent official opposition to the civil rights movement.

Selfie Stick User Films Himself Being Pickpocketed

From The Daily Mail:

This is the moment a musician unintentionally filmed a brazen pickpocket steal a mobile phone from his jacket as he walked through packed crowds gathered to watch the Pope in Ecuador.

Diego Mino, who plays drums in a local band, was using a selfie stick to film an audience of up to one million people who gathered in the capital Quito on Tuesday for a mass by the Pope.

But as he manoeuvred through the crowds, filming from above on a GoPro camera, a man can be seen following him. When Mr Mino eventually stops, the pickpocket slips his hand into the musician’s jacket and steals his mobile phone before disappearing back into the crowd.