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Charlottesville newspaper to apologize over anonymous comment

Published On: Jul 23 2013 11:20:15 AM EDT
Updated On: Jul 23 2013 11:36:08 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -

The Charlottesville Weekly newspaper is apologizing for a profane, racist rant that appeared in its publication after dozens protested outside its offices.

Editor Giles Morris apologized to dozens of protesters who gathered at the newspaper on Monday. He said a written apology would appear in Tuesday's newspaper.

Media outlets report that the comment appeared in The Rant, a section of the newspaper that publishes anonymous voicemail messages. The comment used profanities and criticized blacks for asking for free food at restaurants.

Jeff Winder helped organize Monday's protest. He says about 40 people showed up to express dismay at the newspaper.

Winder says an apology isn't enough. He and others want the newspaper to discontinue the anonymous comment section.