AP Explains: National anthem is icon of patriotism, protest

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's recent decision to not stand during the national anthem as a way of protesting police killings of unarmed black men has drawn support and scorn far beyond sports. The Associated Press explains how "The Star-Spangled Banner" became a ritual of American public life, its complicated racial origins and how the song has been used as a form of political resistance.

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Jones' attorney addresses arrest

Tommy Jones, Los Banos school board member and former mayor, turned himself in on Wednesday. His attorney, Kevin Little, said outside the Merced County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday that Jones is suspected of bribery and likely will appear in court on Friday.
sjansen@mercedsunstar.com
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