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A federal grand jury has indicted the top leader of the neo-Nazi National Alliance, once the most feared hate group in America, and charged him and two subordinates with conspiring to deprive non-white people in Salt Lake City of their civil rights, the U.S. Department of Justice announced today.

Teaching Tolerance, a program of the Southern Poverty Law Center, won an unprecedented nine awards, including Periodical of the Year, from the Association of Educational Publishers on Friday in Washington, D.C.

The National Law Journal, a weekly newspaper for the legal profession, includes Southern Poverty Law Center founder and chief trial counsel Morris Dees in a recent compilation of America's 100 most influential lawyers.

In commentary published yesterday by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Julian Bond said the Voting Rights Act of 1965 remains pertinent today, and urged Congress to renew key provisions.

Under pressure to meet wartime manpower goals, the U.S. military has relaxed standards designed to weed out racist extremists. Large numbers of potentially violent neo-Nazis, skinheads and other white supremacists are now learning the art of warfare in the armed forces.

An ordinance designed to penalize undocumented immigrants, under consideration by the Avon Park, Fla., city council, raises serious constitutional issues and will likely lead to protracted litigation.

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote this week to renew key elements of the Voting Rights Act, the landmark 1965 law outlawing poll taxes, literacy tests and other tactics designed to keep blacks from casting ballots.

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby has written to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld expressing concern about racist extremists serving in the military and urging him to adopt a zero tolerance policy.

The Southern Poverty Law Center on Tuesday praised the Avon Park, Fla., city council for rejecting an ordinance designed to punish undocumented immigrants as well as businesses that hire them and landlords who rent to them.

Forty members of Congress today asked Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld (PDF) to investigate racist extremism in the military and discharge soldiers who participate in white supremacist activities.