The Nation: Bumpy Road in Richmond

RICHMOND is a peaceful, tobacco-rich community nestled on the banks of Virginia's James River. Last week, however, many of the area's 480,000 citizens seemed ready to take to the Civil War trenches that still border parts of the city. Once the embattled capital of the Confederacy, Richmond is now the center of a school-busing war that has touched off a cross fire of bitter invective.

At one demonstration, more than 4,000 antibusing marchers toted American flags and a coffin inscribed DEATH OF FREEDOM as they massed outside the state capitol to hear City Councilman...

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