Outrage after HGTV displays American flag as tablecloth

HGTV has apologized after outcry over an article showing how to use an American flag as a tablecloth for Fourth of July celebrations.

The article on the HGTV website called "Classic Fourth of July Table Setting Ideas showed the Stars and Stripes on a table with plates, silverware and a flowers resting on it.

The U.S. Flag Code has a long list of proper ways to display and respect the flag. Using it as a tablecloth is, obviously, not among the approved uses.

People flooded the popular cable network's Facebook page with comments expressing outrage over the suggestion.

Mark George Maydak posted: "Obviously all of those involved have no respect for their country's symbol. Shameful!"

Candy Zink posted: "Disgusted and disappointed in HGTV showing such callous and deliberate disrespect for our country's flag."

On Wednesday, HGTV took the article down off of its website and posted a message on its Facebook Page saying: "HGTV Fans, regarding the recent article that appeared on our website...This was a regrettable use of our flag and it never should have happened. 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."

HGTV isn't the only company with a questionable use of the flag.  Pottery Barn offers a variety of flag products on its website, including an American Flag Tablecloth, American Flag Napkins and even an American Flag Table Runner.  It offers to add a monogram to the flag for an additional fee.

National Flag Day will be celebrated in the United States on June 14, 2013.



According to a new survey, the power washer is the most popular gadget dads are asking for this Father’s Day. It’s the first time in the survey’s 40-year history that the washer has been number one.

The power drill has been a favorite for many years, but power washers have been gaining in popularity, mostly because dads can really goof off with them – and not necessarily get a whole lot of work done. (Telegraph)


Doctors Save Baby's Brain With Superglue

Superglue has been credited with saving an infant's life.

Last Wednesday, a team of doctors in Kansas City, Mo., administered a drop of surgical superglue into the brain of 3-week-old Ashlyn Julian to help repair an aneurysm that was hemorrhaging. Without the groundbreaking treatment, the baby would've likely died.

According to NBC affiliate KSHB, Ashlyn had been brought into the hospital by her parents last week after the newborn suffered a seizure and began vomiting.

“We [went] from a baby that was very quiet to a baby that was screaming all the time and throwing up, and at that point we knew something was very wrong," Ashlyn's mom, Gina, told CNN.

After conducting some tests, doctors found the aneurysm in the middle of Ashlyn's brain.

As surgeons explained to Ashlyn's parents, brain aneurysms are so rare in infants that there are basically no surgical tools small enough for doctors to use for surgery. They had to work very carefully, with unconventional tools.

"The difficulty is, on a child so small, any amount of blood loss represents a significant percentage of her overall blood volume. So a surgery on the brain to approach something that wants to bleed -- we could have been in a situation with bleeding we could not keep up with, and that would have been life-threatening," University of Kansas Hospital's Dr. Koji Ebersole, a pediatric neurosurgeon who operated on Ashlyn, told CNN.

In the end, Ebersole and his team decided to use the extremely rare method of using surgical superglue.

According to KSHB, surgeons managed to "fish the smallest adult catheter through an artery from Ashlyn's leg to her brain" before threading a micro-wire through it to deliver a drop of superglue to the affected blood vessel.

The glue dried in seconds, the Kansas City Star explains, creating "an internal cast" that sealed the aneurysm.

“It’s literally the same compound as the superglue you’d find in the store,” Ebersole told the newspaper.

Doctors believe this is the first time superglue has been used to repair an aneurysm in an infant.

“I can’t express how incredibly lucky and graced we are,” Ashlyn’s mother told the Star in the wake of her child's miracle surgery.

Ashlyn, who was born on May 16, is expected to make a full recovery.