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DOVER, Del. (AP) — The head of Delaware's Republican Party is calling for the resignation of a Democratic state senator who shared an image on social media suggesting that conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh is a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

Sen. Bryan Townsend posted the meme on Twitter after Limbaugh was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The cartoon image shows several hooded figures in white robes, one wearing a medal hanging from a blue sash around the neck.

The meme reads: "Find Rush Limbaugh."

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COLUMBUS, Ohio. (AP) -- An Ohio man is receiving $5,000 in a judgment against former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke as part of a lawsuit the man filed against white supremacists and neo-Nazi protesters.

Bill Burke, of Athens, Ohio, says he suffered severe injuries during a 2017 rally in Virginia two years ago.

Burke says he was struck by a car driven by James Alex Fields Jr., in a crash that killed a counterprotester during the rally.

Duke's lawyer says Duke denies allegations that he promotes violence.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is actively campaigning for Democratic legislative candidates ahead of Election Day.

It's a sign of how far he's come since a blackface scandal almost forced him from office in February.


NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A law firm's investigation into whether Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam appeared in a racist yearbook photo cost nearly $368,000.

The Virginian-Pilot reports invoices obtained through a freedom of information request show Eastern Virginia Medical School received the final bill on Aug. 16.

McGuireWoods LLP said in May that it couldn't determine whether Northam is in the picture published in 1984 of a man in blackface next to someone in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is reiterating his denial that he's in a racist photo that appeared on his 1984 medical school yearbook page.

Northam made the comments Wednesday after an investigation commissioned by Eastern Virginia Medical School failed to determine whether Northam is in the yearbook photo of a man in blackface next to someone in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe.

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BURKE, Va. (AP) - Virginia's governor pulled out of an event where he would have faced protesters for wearing blackface in the 1980s.

The Washington Post reported that Gov. Ralph Northam cited safety concerns for cancelling his appearance at a Sunday fundraiser for a Democratic state senator in northern Virginia.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A law firm may soon finish its probe into how a racist photo appeared on a yearbook page for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam.

Richard Cullen told The Associated Press in an email Monday that the firm hopes to finish up by the end of April. Cullen is an attorney with the firm McGuireWoods and is leading the investigation on behalf of Eastern Virginia Medical School.

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Some racist letters showed up in St. Michaels over the weekend.

WBOC reports that police say someone living in the town called authorities Sunday to report finding the literature.

Maryland State Police say that the letters were inside plastic bags that were weighted with birdseed.

Most of them were located in the Riverview Terrace and Cove Road areas.

Police say the letters were apparently created by the Ku Klux Klan and expressed racist attitudes toward African Americans, the Jewish community, Native Americans and others.

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Some residents in Northampton and Accomack counties have found white supremacist flyer in their drive ways over the weekend.

The Northampton County Sheriff’s Office told the Salisbury Daily Times that the flyers began to appear around 6 p.m. on Saturday.

There were different versions of the flyers photographs of which in plastic bags were posted on Facebook.

The flyers were apparently tossed randomly in both counties.

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Goodloe Sutton, publisher of a small Alabama town newspaper has called for the Ku Klux Klan to take a night ride in Washington D.C.

The owner of the Democrat-Reporter confirmed that he wrote the editorial pushing the idea of a night ride by the KKK “against Democrats in the Republican Party and the Democrats” who are plotting to raise taxes in his state.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that when asked what he meant he replied “lynching”.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A political death watch took shape at Virginia's Capitol as Gov. Ralph Northam consulted with top administration officials Monday about whether to resign amid a furor over a racist photo in his 1984 yearbook.

Practically all of the state's Democratic establishment - and Republican leaders, too - turned against the 59-year-old Democrat after the picture surfaced late last week of someone in blackface next to another person in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe. The photo was on Northam's medical school yearbook page.

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The Harrington Police Department is investigating KKK fliers that were left in the yards of residents.

Authorities say they were left in plastic bags that also contained pebbles.

WBOC reports that some were left along Shaw Avenue and Benjamin Street.

KKK fliers have also been found in other towns on the peninsula including Princess Anne, Seaford, Vienna, Smyrna and Dover.

The television station reports that the police will not be pursuing any criminal charges.

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ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) - Police are trying to determine who scattered dozens of fliers promoting the Ku Klux Klan in a Maryland city.

WTOP-FM reports that Howard County police said Sunday they are investigating who tossed about 40 fliers with hate speech and the KKK's logo along Main Street in Ellicott City.

Howard County Councilman John Weinstein called the fliers "disgusting."

Similar fliers were distributed were recently distributed in other Maryland counties.

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GLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) - Maryland police are investigating after dozens of fliers promoting the Ku Klux Klan were found in a neighborhood.

The Capital Gazette reports that a dog-walker first reported the 30 to 40 fliers on Saturday in people's front yards in Glen Burnie.

Anne Arundel County Police described the fliers as KKK propaganda.

Police spokesman Lt. Ryan Frashure said the flier's contents are highly offensive but may be covered under freedom of speech protections.

Still, police are examining surveillance video in an attempt to discover the source.


STERLING, Va. (AP) - Residents in a Virginia community have found Ku Klux Klan propaganda scattered in their area for the third time this year.

News outlets report Loudoun County Sheriff's deputies found 23 of the flyers in the county Friday. The sheriff's office says homes that received flyers, which were in plastic bags filled with birdseed, did not appear to have been targeted. A flyer also was left at a business.

Sheriff Mike Chapman says that though the notes inside the bags were offensive, they contained no direct threats.

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GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Recruiting flyers for the Ku Klux Klan are again being distributed in northern Virginia.

Prince William County Police said Tuesday that they were investigating the distribution of pamphlets depicting hate propaganda over the weekend in Gainesville and Bristow.

Police said the pamphlets were thrown at random through several residential streets and appeared to be recruiting material for the Klan.

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MILLERSVILLE, Md. (AP) - Police say a man charged with killing his mother at their Maryland home told officers she didn't believe he was beat up by the Ku Klux Klan.

Anne Arundel County police said on Monday that officers called to the Millersville home Saturday for an assault report and found 53-year-old Rhonda Mack-Dickerson dead.

The Capital reports that charging documents state 23-year-old Torian Mack told officers he was "tired of my mom calling me a liar" after he told her he was beaten by the Ku Klux Klan.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A Baltimore Ku Klux Klan leader has pleaded no contest to firing a gun during a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last summer.

Court records show Richard W. Preston entered the plea Tuesday. He was charged with discharging a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school.

Authorities said Preston was shown in video of the incident yelling and firing a handgun once while standing on a sidewalk crowded with rally-goers and counterprotesters. No one was struck with the bullet.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke has asked a judge to block a subpoena in a federal lawsuit filed by 11 people injured during a violent clash between white nationalists and counterprotesters in Charlottesville last year.

The plaintiffs are seeking to compel Duke to turn over records related to communications he and other white nationalists had before the rally, along with records of efforts to solicit donations.

In court documents, Duke says the subpoena is overly broad and would impose "an undue burden and a significant expense" on him.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke is seeking to block a subpoena issued in a federal lawsuit filed by 11 people injured during a violent clash between white nationalists and counterprotesters in Charlottesville last August.

The plaintiffs have subpoenaed Duke to produce communications and documents related to meetings he and other white nationalists had before the rally and efforts to solicit donations for the event.

In a motion filed Monday, Duke called the subpoena "vague, overbroad, unduly burdensome and irrelevant."

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Local governments, hospitals and the University of Virginia spent at least $540,000 preparing for and responding to white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

The Daily Progress reported Sunday that the money focused on a Ku Klux Klan demonstration in July and the failed Unite the Right rally in August. Most of the costs stemmed from the weekend of Aug. 12, which turned violent and left three people dead.

The city of Charlottesville spent at least $200,000. Nearly half of the money covered staff and police pay. 

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A Virginia judge has dismissed charges against nine counterprotesters arrested during a Ku Klux Klan rally in Charlottesville.

The defendants, who appeared in court Monday, were among several people charged with obstructing free passage and failing to heed police commands to disperse.

Two other defendants pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and were ordered to perform 40 hours of community service. Three others had their cases continued.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The University of Virginia is donating to a medical fund for people injured during last month's white nationalist rallies, in a rebuke of a donation the Ku Klux Klan pledged to the university nearly a century ago.

Local media report UVA President Teresa Sullivan says the donation of $12,500 is roughly equal in today's dollars to the $1,000 the KKK pledged in 1921.

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DUMFRIES, Va. (AP) - Discriminatory and anti-Semitic signs have been discovered at a Virginia church.

Local news outlets report a depiction of a hooded Ku Klux Klan member wearing a suit with a Confederate flag was found Sunday taped to the front door of Greater Praise Temple Ministries. The sign had a slur against African-Americans written on it and below was note with swastika drawings and the words "The Fourth Reich."

Music minister Eric Thompson says it's the first time the church has dealt with this kind of incident.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia and other groups are asking Gov. Terry McAuliffe to investigate police's response when protesters gathered in Charlottesville to condemn a Ku Klux Klan rally.

The ACLU, Legal Aid Justice Center, Rutherford Institute and National Lawyers Guild Central Virginia Chapter sent a letter to McAuliffe this week criticizing what they called the "outsized and militaristic" police presence to the July 8 protest.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - University of Virginia's president is urging students and faculty to stay away from an upcoming Ku Klux Klan rally in the city.

Local news media outlets report that University President Teresa Sullivan urged community members in an email to "avoid the rally and avoid confrontation" when the North Carolina-based Loyal White Knights come to Charlottesville on July 8 to protest the city's decision to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A lecturer at the University of Virginia has apologized after comparing the Black Lives Matter movement to the Ku Klux Klan on social media.

The Daily Progress reports that adjunct lecturer Douglas Muir apologized after responding to a Facebook post about Black Lives Matter, calling the movement the biggest racist organization since the KKK. In a statement on Oct. 11, Muir said his actions were wrong and apologized to his students and the community.

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Virginia Congressman Scott Rigell is asking his fellow Republicans to vote for anyone but Donald Trump in his state’s presidential primary.

Rigell sent an open letter in which he said he rejected Trump on the basis of his temperament, judgment and character.

The Virginia Republican noted the failure of Trump to reject any endorsement from former Klansman David Duke during a network television interview.

Rigell, who has announced he will not run for re-election, said that a Trump nomination would be nothing short of catastrophic."