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November 5, 2003 | Richard Fausset, Times Staff Writer
A candidate for an Antelope Valley school board Tuesday accused a local Republican political action committee of being a "hate group" after the organization placed a newspaper advertisement accusing him of operating a public charter school that teaches "Islamic principles."
April 20, 2003 | Lee Romney, Times Staff Writer
In this city's gritty Mission District, nonprofits champion the cause of everyone from battered women to low-income immigrants and transsexuals. Radical activists mingle peacefully with working-class Latinos and Arab American owners of corner stores and cafes. Here, where antiwar posters plaster the windows of fading Victorians, leftist rhetoric is as common as the smells of carne asada wafting from tiny taquerias.
January 24, 2003 | From Associated Press
A white supremacist charged with soliciting a federal judge's murder was denied bond Thursday after prosecutors quoted a secret tape of him responding "good" when a follower said they could "exterminate the rat." Matt Hale, 31, head of the World Church of the Creator, was taped in a conversation with his group's chief of security, prosecutors said at the bond hearing in Hammond, Ind. But the chief of security was actually a source working for the FBI, the prosecutors told U.S.
January 11, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
The head of a fast-growing white supremacist "church" was charged Wednesday with trying to hire someone to murder a federal judge who had ruled against him in a lawsuit. Matthew Hale, 31, who calls himself "pontifex maximus" of the World Church of the Creator, was arrested on charges of trying to solicit someone to murder U.S. District Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow from Nov. 29 to Dec. 17, and with obstructing justice in connection to the lawsuit.
January 9, 2003 | Eric Slater, Times Staff Writer
Matt Hale, the publicity hungry leader of the small but virulently racist World Church of the Creator, was arrested as he arrived at federal court Wednesday for a hearing on a copyright lawsuit and charged with soliciting the murder of the judge in the case. The 31-year-old white supremacist pleaded not guilty during a short hearing Wednesday afternoon. Hale faces 30 years in prison if convicted of trying to hire someone to kill U.S. District Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow.
December 7, 2002 | Jeffrey Fleishman, Times Staff Writer
On the shabby fringes of this city, a police officer guards a yellow house. A charred, firebombed car sits in the yard and, as the front door opens, buzzers moan and metal gates click. Security is tight. This makes the husky man inside feel safe as he ponders the future of Germany's far-right political voice for skinheads, old Nazis and angry working-class men.
November 19, 2002 | Jeff Gottlieb, Times Staff Writer
Orange County authorities arrested two white supremacist leaders Monday, charging them with having had materials to make a bomb in 1999, including 50 gallons of gasoline they kept in their Anaheim apartment, enough to blow up the building. A third white supremacist leader was arrested on perjury and weapons charges.
October 20, 2002 | Jeffrey Fleishman, Times Staff Writer
HAMBURG, Germany -- Through alleys scented with oranges and peppered lamb, Afghan spice sellers sip morning tea with Pakistani vegetable vendors. Mothers wearing head scarves hurry children to school, past trickling sounds of water as men in mosques wash their hands in deep porcelain sinks before prayers. Just beyond the German train station, past prostitutes and methadone addicts, the Muslim neighborhood unfolds, moving, as it has for decades, to its own sequestered rhythms.
Bill Wassmuth, a former priest who created one of the country's leading anti-hate organizations after members of the Aryan Nations firebombed his Idaho home, died Tuesday in Ellensburg, Wash. He was 61. The cause of death was amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the debilitating disorder commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
December 2, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Thousands of neo-Nazis marched through central Berlin to protest an exhibition on Nazi-era crimes by the German army, staging one of the largest far-right rallies in the city since World War II. Police kept them well away from the capital's former Jewish quarter after the proposed route drew outraged objections from the German government and Jewish groups at home and abroad. Police estimated that 3,300 people participated in the protest, with 4,000 officers in place to prevent violence.
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