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Rice accepts apology of St. Louis radio host

By AP/KWMU

Washington – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she has accepted the apology of a disc jockey fired for using a racial slur when talking about her.

Rice told "Fox New Sunday" that everyone says things they shouldn't say or didn't mean to say. But she also said the incident shows that even mature democracies have a way to go in healing racial tensions.

Dave Lenihan of KTRS in St. Louis apologized on the air immediately after making what he said was a slip of the tongue last week.

Lenihan was praising Rice as a potential candidate for NFL commissioner. He said he meant to say that having an African-American in the job would be a "coup" but another word came out (coon).

Rice said she hopes Americans will remember this and be "a little bit more humble" about the progress of emerging democracies such as those in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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