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The ground rules seem to have been set concerning the sexual assault allegations against nominee Brett Kavenaugh. Also on the Monday rundown: we will take you to a state where more than 60 thousand kids are chronically absent; plus the rural digital divide a two-fold problem for Kentucky.

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New Anti-Hate Campaign Unveiled for Matthew Shepard Anniversary

March 28, 2008

Denver, CO – A new anti-hate campaign is looking for one million allies. It begins this weekend as part of a ten-year observance marking the death of Matthew Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming student who was fatally beaten in what has been described as a hate crime.

Matthew's mother, Judy Shepard, says the recent murder of a gay middle school student in California highlights the need for serious discussion about how to deal with differences without violence.

"We all need to talk about it. Anyone who can speak positively about the gay community, a parent or a sibling, can make a difference."

Shepard says she often hears from critics who accuse her of prolonging her painful experience for "personal gain," by continuing to speak out as the years pass. As she views it, however, Matthew's story must be told over and over again until all gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people can feel safe.

"What I want them to understand is, from my perspective, what happens when hate goes unchecked."

The project, called "Replace Hate with Understanding, Compassion and Acceptance," kicks off this weekend in Denver.
More information is available online, at

Deborah Smith/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - WY