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Rainbow Family, officials clash

From Times Wire Reports

About 400 members of the Rainbow Family threw rocks and sticks at 10 federal officers who were trying to arrest a member of the group, the U.S. Forest Service said. Five people were arrested Thursday and one officer was slightly hurt.

The Rainbow Family is a loose affiliation of eccentrics, young people and hippies who hold a weeklong forest gathering each year. About 7,000 members are camping on Forest Service land near Big Sandy this year.

Officials complain that the gathering can ruin forests. The group says its members clean up and reseed afterward.


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