August 6th, 2005

Apollo 4 on column of fire

'I'm a persecuted novelist!'

Council hopeful doomed by Web
Supremacist postings revealed

By TIM WHITMIRE, The Associated Press

CHARLOTTE -- A city council candidate dropped out of the race Friday
after it was disclosed that he posted comments to a white supremacist
Internet bulletin board more than 4,000 times.

Doug Hanks said the postings on the site were fictional and designed
to win white supremacists' trust as he researched a novel he was

"I needed information for the book and some other writings I was
doing," Hanks told The Associated Press on Friday. "Obviously, when
you go to a site like that as a reporter, nobody's going to give you
the time of day. I did what I thought I needed to do to establish
myself as a credible white nationalist."...