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Church arson tied to racism

Black congregation targeted, police say Three charged with conspiracy

Bishop Bryant Robinson Jr. of the Macedonia Church of God spoke yesterday about the arrests in connection with the fire. Bishop Bryant Robinson Jr. of the Macedonia Church of God spoke yesterday about the arrests in connection with the fire. (CHRISTOPHER EVANS/THE REPUBLICAN VIA ASSOCIATED PRESS)
By Jonathan Saltzman and Brian Ballou
Globe Staff / January 17, 2009

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SPRINGFIELD - Three Springfield men, bitter about the election of the nation's first black president and furious in their belief that minorities would gain more rights, torched the partially built church of a black congregation just hours after Barack Obama's landmark victory, authorities said yesterday. (Full article: 1072 words)

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