Newport changes name of 'Black Ships' festival

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A festival in Newport has changed its name because of an ongoing dispute.

The Newport Daily News reported that the Newport Black Ships Festival will now be called the Newport-Shimoda Sister City Celebration.

The name change follows a dispute between the Japan-America Society of Rhode Island and the city of Newport over funding and claims of harassment.

The Japan American Society claims it owns the "Black Ships" name and is moving its festival to Bristol on the same weekend as Newport's event.

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