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Nathan Deal

Confederate flag tension builds in Atlanta

ATLANTA Confederate battle flags were scattered outside Martin Luther King Jr.'s church on Thursday, ratcheting up tensions that have been building over the emblems since a deadly shooting last month at a black church in Charleston, S.C. The four doormat-size flags were left at the visitor center of the King National Historic Site and adjacent Ebenezer Baptist Church. Both are historic symbols with deep meaning in the city known as the cradle of the civil rights movement. The flags were discovered by a maintenance man just before sunrise. Ebenezer's pastor, the Rev. Raphael Warnock, wasted no time labeling the display "a terrorist act" no different than spray-painting...

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