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August 28, 2013

Two plead guilty in Independence hate crime

If the celebration Wednesday of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech highlighted 50 years of progress, then two Kansas City court hearings underscored where work remains. Logan J. Smith, 25, and Victoria A. Cheek Herrera, 34, each pleaded guilty to violating the civil rights of an African-American family in Independence by setting fire to their home and intimidating them with Nazi slogans and symbols.

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