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21 Savage donates $25K to Southern Poverty Law Center

Rapper 21 Savage has donated $25,000 to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights group that helped him when he was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement earlier …


UPDATED: Tue., April 30, 2019, 7:58 p.m.

Woman seeks $1.5M in damages from neo-Nazi website founder

The first black woman to serve as American University’s student government president is seeking more than $1.5 million in court-ordered damages against a neo-Nazi website operator who orchestrated an online …


Southern Poverty Law Center president steps down after founder’s firing

The head of the Southern Poverty Law Center is stepping down, the latest high-profile departure from the watchdog organization


UPDATED: Thu., March 14, 2019, 10:23 p.m.

Southern Poverty Law Center fires co-founder Morris Dees, civil rights attorney behind bankruptcy of North Idaho’s Aryan Nations

The Southern Poverty Law Center fired its co-founder and chief litigator Morris Dees on Wednesday, the civil rights organization announced.


In robocalls featuring ‘Friends’ theme song, California neo-Nazi Patrick Little says he’s coming to Sandpoint

A California man who has called the Holocaust “a lie” and claims Jews conspired to stop him from winning a U.S. Senate race says he plans to establish a “regional …


Congressman suggests Charlottesville instigated by the left

Republican Rep. Paul Gosar is suggesting a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville was instigated by “the left” and backed by billionaire George Soros.


Christian ministry sues watchdog group over hate label

A Florida-based evangelical ministry is suing a liberal watchdog organization that called it a hate group because of its stance against LGBT rights.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 18, 2017, 2:14 p.m.

Idaho think tank defends conservative speaker, GOP distances

A libertarian think tank with ties to Idaho’s top Republicans is defending its decision to invite a conservative author criticized for what some have called racist views linking intelligence to …


Nooses showing up more in hate incidents around country

Nooses have appeared recently around the nation’s capital – including the Smithsonian’s new African-American history museum – in a rash of incidents that experts say shows the growing use of …


Mississippi accused of unequal schooling for black students

Mississippi is denying good schools to African American students in violation of the federal law that enabled the state to rejoin the union after the Civil War, a legal group …


Southern Poverty Law Center says American hate groups are on the rise

American hate groups – and particularly anti-Muslim groups – are on the rise, fueled in part by the recent presidential election, according to a new report from a liberal-leaning advocacy …


Donald Trump and the Inland Northwest can’t rest in the fight against prejudice

The response to a racial slur at Spokane’s Martin Luther King Jr. Family Outreach Center was heartening, but foes of prejudice must remain vigilant.


Sue Lani Madsen: Southern Poverty Law Center looking for hate in all the wrong places

The Southern Poverty Law Center might have had noble beginnings, but it’s now become mostly a fund-raising organization, Sue Lani Madsen writes.


Eye on Boise: Fewer DUI arrests made over long weekend in Idaho this year

BOISE – The Idaho State Police reported 31 DUI arrests statewide over last weekend’s Memorial Day holiday, from Friday night through early Tuesday morning. ISP also reported 23 crashes, including …


Huckleberries: Sandpoint High grad has had papal beat for 25 years

The selection of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as the new pope wasn’t Cindy Wooden’s first papal rodeo. The Sandpoint native has covered three popes in her 25 years as the …


Hate groups watchdog has Mount St. Michael on list

What do the Aryan Nations, the Ku Klux Klan and the home of Spokane’s Singing Nuns have in common? They’re all on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s map of “hate …


Extremist groups burgeon

The number of militias and other extremist movements in the Inland Northwest and across the country continues to rise, according to a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center. …


‘Govabuse’ group plans Spokane protest

A family rights group is planning protests on Friday against the child welfare system at courthouses across the nation, including Spokane. The protests, planned in 42 states and Washington, D.C., …


‘Sovereigns’ gaining attention in Spokane area

Deputies were prepared for the worst as they stood by in a Spokane County courtroom earlier this month during routine hearings for mostly low-level felonies. Their focus was on one …


Leaders mark 10 years since verdict that crippled Aryan Nations

On Sept. 7, 2000, a Kootenai County jury rendered a $6.3 million verdict against the Aryan Nations and its leader, Richard Butler. That action bankrupted the racist organization, severely diminishing …


North Idaho marks 10 years since Aryan Nations verdict

Ten years ago, on Sept. 7, 2000, a Kootenai County jury rendered a $6.3 million verdict against the Aryan Nations and its leader, Richard Butler. That action bankrupted the racist …


Steele’s quiet years get suddenly noisy

He calls himself “the attorney for the damned,” has gained national attention for his work with high-profile clients and was a coveted speaker in the national racist movement for years. …


A passion rising

They’re angry, and they’re getting organized. Groups once seen as fringe political outcasts are banding together, powered by what experts describe as an unprecedented fear of the federal government and …