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Group with Racist Ties Sues Libraries for Blocking Web Site

March 18, 2006 - Posted at 9:01 p.m. CST

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ A national group with white supremacist

leanings has sued four St. Louis libraries, saying they blocked the

group's Internet address from library computers.

The Council of Conservative Citizens says the U-S Constitution

protects people's right to see its Web site.

St. Charles lawyer Gordon Baum, who is also the group's chief

executive, filed suit in federal court this week against the four

libraries. At least two of them have lifted their restrictions.

Officials at some of the libraries say they routinely block Web

sites that include ``hate speech.''

Baum says his group doesn't advocate violence against nonwhites.

But the Southern Poverty Law Center says the group supports

politicians considered racist.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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