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Texas newspaper faces fair-housing charges

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced it has charged the San Antonio Express-News and its parent company, Hearst Communications Inc., with violating the Fair Housing Act by accepting and publishing 42 ads for rental housing that excluded potential renters because of their race, religion, sex, national origin or familial status. The HUD charge stems from an April 2002 complaint filed by the Fair Housing Council of Greater San Antonio, one of many private, non-profit organizations funded by HUD through its Fair Housing Initiatives Program to investigate alleged violations of the Act. The San Antonio FHIP had been investigating possible violations of the Act by the paper since late 2000. Typical of the illegal ads, which ran between November 2000 and October 2002, were the following: "WALZEN Area, Hispanic or White male pref., to share home..." "2/1 House, Beautiful historic house, in Beacon Hill, See to apprec. No pets/children..." "Some newspapers...