PHILADELPHIA (AP) - You may notice flags flying at half staff today. That is because President Obama has ordered flags at the White House and other public buildings to be lowered to half staff in honor of former senator Arlen Specter. His memorial service is today.
Family members say the 82-year-old Specter died Sunday of complications from non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The public service is scheduled for noon Tuesday at Har Zion Temple in suburban Philadelphia.
Specter's long political career thrust him to the center of many pivotal events in modern American history. He promoted the single-bullet theory in the death of President John F. Kennedy, questioned Anita Hill about sexual harassment claims she raised against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and worked to advance Mideast peace and stem-cell research.