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Japan may change temple map icon to avoid Nazi confusion

TOKYO – As Japan gears up to host the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and caters to a surging influx of foreign visitors, the country faces a cultural dilemma: Should it stop identifying Buddhist temples on maps with the traditional “manji” symbol that is often confused with a Nazi swastika? The symbol, from ancient Sanskrit, means happiness and prosperity. It has been used for centuries by Hindus and Buddhists, and has turned up in archaeological digs in Europe. But many Western tourists associate it with anti-Semitism and the Holocaust because the emblem was adopted by Nazi Germany to try to enhance a sense of ancient lineage.

Court upholds harassment conviction

BOISE – A unanimous Idaho Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of Frank Tankovich for malicious harassment and conspiracy after a 2009 incident in which he and his two brothers, in a truck festooned with a swastika, harassed a man of Puerto Rican descent outside his Coeur d’Alene home. “We find ample evidence to support the jury’s finding that Tankovich was motivated by racial animus,” Appeals Court Judge Karen Lansing wrote in the decision, issued Thursday.

Swastika found on sign at synagogue

A swastika was painted on a sign outside a Spokane Valley synagogue last weekend. The congregational leader at the Kehilat HaMashiach, David D’Auria, discovered the swastika painted in red on a white sign Sunday morning outside the building at 13506 E. Broadway Ave.

Racist graffiti drawn on street

A retired police chief for the city of Coeur d’Alene awoke Wednesday morning to find a swastika and the words “white power” painted in the roadway outside his Hayden home. Robert Nuttelman, who is in his early 80s, told the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department that the graffiti was not there Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m., but that he found it Wednesday morning around 6 a.m., a sheriff’s report said.

Spokane woman finds swastika on door

A Spokane resident with four biracial children awoke to find a black swastika spray-painted on her front door Sunday. Police are investigating the incident in the 600 block of South Helena Street, but they are not calling it a hate crime. “We’re going to go ahead and call it malicious harassment,” said Spokane police Officer Tim Moses.

Woman finds swastika on door

A resident in the 600 block of South Helena with four bi-racial children awoke to find a black swastika spray painted on her front door Sunday. Police are investigating the incident, but are not calling it a hate crime. "We're going to go ahead and call it malicious harassment," said police officer Tim Moses. In addition to the swastika on her door, the woman's car windows were also spray painted. "She's upset about it," he said. Moses said he believes it may be a teenager who committed the crime. "I'm sure some kid will run off his mouth and we'll catch him," he said.

North Idaho hate trial takes new turn

A hate crime trial in Coeur d’Alene that was halted in a mistrial last month got even more complicated Tuesday when a judge prohibited defense attorneys from introducing evidence that the alleged victim’s wife at one point may have claimed her husband provoked the attack. Prosecutors dispute the defense theory.

New suggestion that hate crime was provoked arises in trial

A hate crime trial in Coeur d’Alene that was halted in a mistrial last month got even more complicated Tuesday when a judge prohibited defense attorneys from introducing evidence that the victim’s wife at one point may have claimed her husband provoked the attack.

Sandpoint police investigating swastika vandalism

SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — Police in Sandpoint say they are investigating vandalism at a home that included a swastika painted on a garage door and slashed tires on three vehicles and a trailer.

Swastika affixed to door of human rights center

Employees of the Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur d’Alene arrived at work Thursday morning to discover a swastika sticker on the front door. Director of Operations Donna Cork took a photo of the 2-inch-by-3-inch decal, then called the Coeur d’Alene Police Department, which is investigating the matter under Idaho’s malicious harassment law. The 1983 law makes it a felony to intimidate another person based on race, color, religion, ancestry or national origin.