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FAIRBORN, Ohio (AP) — A professor’s protest of U.S. involvement in Iraq is making waves.

Robert Sumser, assistant history professor at Wright State University in this Dayton suburb, has cut an American flag vehicle sticker into pieces and taped them to the inside of his office window.

Sumser said it is his way of protesting the Iraq war, which he believes was started under false pretenses. He said there was not enough evidence that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction to go to war.

Sumser said some people are offended by his cut-up flag, mistakenly thinking he is attacking the United States rather than a policy of the government.

“But a lot of people see it as a free-speech issue,” he said.

Jenna Hosier, a graduate assistant in the history department, said cutting up the flag was “deplorable” and should not have been done just so Sumser could make a political statement.

POMONA, Calif. (AP) — A visiting Claremont McKenna College professor was ordered to stand trial Tuesday for allegedly making false claims that someone slashed her tires and defaced her car with racist and anti-Semitic slurs in a university parking lot.

Superior Court Judge Thomas Falls ordered Kerri Francis Dunn, 39, to stand trial on a misdemeanor charge of filing a false police report and two felony counts of insurance fraud.

If convicted on all counts, she faces a sentence ranging from probation to six years in prison.

“The only conclusion that can be reached is that your client vandalized her own car,” Falls told Dunn’s attorney.

Dunn, who has remained free on her own recognizance, was scheduled to return to court June 15 for arraignment.

Telephone calls made after hours to Dunn’s attorney, Gary Lincenberg, were not immediately returned.

Dunn, a visiting psychology professor, claimed that she discovered the vandalism of her car March 9 while she was on the Claremont campus preparing a lecture for a forum on racism.

The next day, she called her insurance company about the vandalism and items stolen from the car, authorities said. Police and the FBI began investigating, but Dunn became a suspect after two witnesses came forward and reported seeing Dunn vandalizing the car herself.