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    The Home & Garden Television network has apologized for an online segment that suggested viewers use American flags as tablecloths for their Fourth of July celebrations.

    “This was a regrettable use of our flag and it never should have happened,” HGTV said in a statement late Wednesday. “We sincerely apologize and have removed the post from our website. We want to assure our fans that HGTV is proud of the American flag and everything it symbolizes for our people.”

    In the segment, titled “Classic Fourth of July Table Setting Ideas,” the network suggested viewers "drape a large American flag over the table as a bright and festive table runner."

    The segment recommended using a "nylon flag so spills can be easily wiped off and the flag can later be hung with pride on a flag pole.”

    Many viewers expressed outrage. “Using an American flag as a table cloth dishonors all Americans who love Old Glory—especially those who gave their lives defending it,” one viewer wrote on HGTV's Facebook page

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  • When Michael Patterson saw a young girl struggling to stay above water in a creek in Rome, Georgia, on June 8, he dove in to save her. Patterson was gravely injured in the course of his heroics, WSB-TV reports.

    The girl, 4-year-old Javea, was able to be resuscitated. But Patterson became paralyzed from the chest down during the dive.

    Carlissa Jones, Javea's mother, described Patterson's brave but tragic dive. From WSB-TV.com:

    "He jumped in head first and after I grabbed her, I looked back and he was floating on top of the water," Jones said.

    Though the water in the river was moving fast, the stream bed was very shallow and rocky. Patterson broke his neck the moment he hit the water.

    Ambulance workers rushed Patterson to the hospital where he continues to rest in the intensive care unit.

    WSB-TV spoke with Patterson's mother, Vicki Jones, who says her son is struggling to understand the level of his injuries. Her son, who works in construction, does not have health insurance.

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  • Two window washers were rescued from a NYC skyscraper after their scaffolding collapsed. (Courtesy NBC New York)

    Two window washers were rescued on Tuesday outside the 46th floor of a midtown Manhattan skyscraper after their scaffolding collapsed, trapping the workers 500 feet in the air for more than an hour.

    A New York Police Department spokesman told NBC New York that police had worked to cut open a window on the 44th floor of the Hearst Tower to pull the men to safety. The block in front of the building on 57th Street and Eighth Avenue was shut down for traffic as police and fire crews crowded in to assist in the rescue and helicopters circled overhead.

    Onlookers said the two workers were men and the scaffolding they worked on appeared to have bent in half.

    A man named Nick who described himself as an engineer from a building across the street said the men had attempted unsuccessfully to break a window in the building to escape.

    One woman watching the rescue didn't seem to understand the seriousness of the situation: "They're probably looking down at us, saying, 'What a crowd!'"

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