Modern Day Piracy

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In England, Morgan Smith's parents decided to throw him a pirate-themed party for this sixth birthday. They even ran a Jolly Roger up the flagpole at their home. But a neighbour complained about the skull and crossbones to the Stafford Borough Council. Council officials feared the flag might be "unneighbourly" and said the couple must apply for permission, including a study of the impact the flag would have on the neighbourhood before they could fly it.