White flags mysteriously replace American flags atop Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge flag swap remains a mystery for now

NEW YORK — Was it someone’s idea of art, or an attempt to send a political message? Perhaps, as one police official mused, Betsy Ross’ long-lost nephew was channeling his flag-making aunt with his own creation: two white flags, which early Tuesday mysteriously replaced the American flags flying atop the Brooklyn Bridge. Whatever was behind the swap, police said there was no sign of a sinister motive such as terrorism. They played down concerns about the security breach that enabled the flag carriers to clamber atop the bridge’s two towers and switch out the Stars and Stripes. Police stationed on either side of the East River span are “focused most...