Red flag: The chorus of conservatives calling to run the Confederate flag down the pole for good is growing in the wake of the Charleston massacre. Following Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush, South Carolina’s own Gov. Nikki Haley asked lawmakers yesterday to turn it into a museum piece. And in Mississippi, Republican leader Philip Gunn called the Stars and Bars — which peers out of the upper left corner of his state flag — “a point of offense that needs to be removed.” Even Walmart announced it’s tossing items bearing images of the flag from its shelves.


Say what?: Yes, the country’s first African-American President, Barack Obama, said the N-word. Describing the need for America to keep fighting racism, he told comedian Marc Maron: “It’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say nigger in public.” The choice of words jarred some, especially since Obama had been gingerly picking his way through the racially charged minefields of the killing of black men in Ferguson, Baltimore and beyond.


E. Coli caution: A major bottled water producer is recalling some of its products after an E. Coli scare. But Canada-based Niagara Bottling LLC it is doing so purely out of an abundance of caution. There have been no signs of its product being contaminated or reports consumers getting sick, it said. After the operator of a spring supplying two of Niagara’s plants in Pennsylvania failed to report evidence of E. Coli at the source, the bottler halted production, disinfected bottling lines and issued a voluntary recall.

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