Columbus statue in RI defaced on holiday

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - October 12, 2010

A local television station reports that the vandalism was discovered Monday morning.

The statue of a standing and pointing Columbus sits at a busy intersection in the capital city.

Police say they are investigating it as vandalism.

A representative of the Sons of Italy tells a local radio station that he would like the vandalism to be investigated as a hate crime against Italians.

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