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House speaker's intern attacked and beaten

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Police in Washington are investigating an attack on U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s intern that is believed to be a hate crime.

WTOP radio reported that the young man was attacked after leaving a nightclub early Sunday morning.

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Police said the attacker used a derogatory term describing homosexuals before beating the man and sending him to the hospital, where he was treated and released.

"This has got to be a city where intolerance is not tolerated," said Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty of the attack. "You never want to think, especially in the nation's capital, that somebody could be targeted for a crime based on their sexual preference, their race, their age, anything."

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