Ohio landlord orders removal of American flag

WHITEHALL, Ohio (AP) — A company that manages some central Ohio townhouses has gotten some heat after ordering an 86-year-old tenant to remove an American flag from in front of her unit.

But a lawyer for the company says the no-flags policy at the Estates at Eden of Whitehall in suburban Columbus is a neutral one. Owners don't want residents affixing anything to the buildings, and the policy keeps people from hanging flags or banners that might be more controversial and offensive to some.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1tH3JBI ) reports that Julia Lease was told last week to take down the flag that has hung outside her rental townhome for 36 years. It's raised the ire of military veterans and other activists who say they plan a demonstration at the complex on Sunday.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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