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Monarch bans firefighters pink "breast cancer" tees

   The firefighters in the Monarch Fire Protection District won't be pretty in pink for this year's breast cancer fundraiser.

   The bright pink tee-shirts they've worn during Breast Cancer Awareness Month for the last four years have been banned this year by the district board.  

   Two of the district's three board members told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the shirts aren't professional and could lead to confusion among the public, since firefighters sell the tees to raise funds.  

   Firefighters say the move is political, since the shirts bear the firefighter's union logo.  

   Relations between the board and the International Association of Firefighters has been tense since the April board election.

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