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US to monitor a 'hot line' on city strife this summer

Attorney General William French Smith said the Justice Department has an "early-warning system" to identify the potential for civil disturbances in cities this summer. The department's Community Relations Service has been alerted to "keep a finger on the pulse" of the nation, particularly in light of administration budget slashes.

The service was created by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to help to communities resolve racial and ethnic disputes. [TEXT OMITTED FROM SOURCE]

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