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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is weighing in on the toppling of the Christopher Columbus statue in Baltimore. Pelosi, who grew up in Little Italy and is a daughter of a former mayor, told reporters today she did not oppose the removal of the Columbus statue over the weekend. While she said it would be safer to not have protesters knock down statues, s...

Three years ago Walter Alomar asked the city's former administration to remove the statue of Christopher Columbus at Slocum Park on Broadway, the city's historic main thoroughfare. He was told "no". Last week, he asked again and got the same answer.     "The administration has changed but the policy has remained the same," Alomar said, referring to...

Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said Thursday he was not going to tolerate the destruction of property, warning those who toppled the Christopher Columbus statue near Little Italy that “if we identify them, they will be brought to justice.” Young’s comments are the strongest reaction from the administration since the Fourth of July incident...

In the wake of the defacing and destruction of statues of Christopher Columbus, two organizations dedicated to the explorer who is credited with discovering America told Newsmax they plan to stay firm behind their hero and fight back. Officials of both the National Christopher Columbus Association and the Knights of Columbus spoke to us days before...

A statue of Christopher Columbus has been removed from Cooper River Park, a spokesman for Camden County confirmed. The statue was removed by a contractor for its owner, the Order Sons of Italy's New Jersey chapter, county spokesman Kyle Sullender said Wednesday. Sullender said the Sons of Italy opted to remove the statue from its North Park Drive p...

The Christopher Columbus statue in the capital city is coming down, the mayor confirmed. Mayor Reed Gusciora said the statue — which has long been a target of scorn — is being removed Wednesday morning. The decision comes after the mayor initially said the city planned to form a committee to determine the infamous Italian explorer’s fate after it w...

Social media has blown up over the Columbus statue topic. We realize the topic holds great controversy ... we realize there are two sides to every story ... and, we realize there are MANY outcries and opinions. Without causing further heated arguments and meanness to each other, we simply would like to help people UNDERSTAND WHY the Italian communi...

After several cancellations due to the coronavirus, the Ellwood City Italian American Heritage Foundation met June 26 at the Wolverine Resturant for its monthly meeting. President Barbara Mastropietro welcomed the group recognizing founder Gene Morabito. Greetings were extended to new member Kathi Wisniewski, along with potential members Anthony Ro...

I am a proud first generation Italian-American. I am furious that our elected leaders allowed the statue of Christopher Columbus to be torn down and dumped in the Inner Harbor (”Baltimore’s Columbus statue, toppled by protesters, recovered from Inner Harbor days later,” July 6). I named my company, Terra Nova Ventures, which has invested heav...

This is the letter that the Italian American Civic Club of Maryland Incorporated sent out to the Baltimore Mayor and city Councilmembers on Thursday June 25th (9 days prior to the destruction of the statue). The city received plenty of notification to prepare, but they did not lift a finger when the mob came in the Columbus Plaza. It also included...

You can find Pittsburgh-based muralist and graphic designer Brian Gonnella’s artwork on walls as far away as New Zealand. His work is colorful, fun, and even Rick Sebak-approved. When he painted a sweet mural of the local icon holding up a sandwich and posed in a yoga position above floating pierogies and a banner reading "Zen of Yinz" a few years...

What’s left of Baltimore’s Christopher Columbus was lifted out of the Inner Harbor Monday morning as officials continued to debate the monument’s merits days after protesters pulled it over, dragged pieces of it to the water and tossed them in with no immediate response from police. Private crews with Specialty Underwater Services and Iacoboni Site...