MLK parade organizers hoping for big turnout

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A year ago, white supremacist Kevin Harpham planted a bomb along the route of Spokane's Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade, hoping to strike a lethal blow against the multiculturalism represented by the march.

That bomb was found and disabled before it could explode, and Harpham was sentenced last month to 32 years in federal prison.

Organizers of Monday's parade are calling for an extra-large turnout to demonstrate opposition to Harpham and his extremist views.

One thing that will definitely be bigger is the police presence. The Spokane Police Department announced this week that security enhancements will include a uniformed officer at every intersection on the parade route and the bomb squad standing by downtown.