Ku Klux Klan

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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.

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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.

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