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Pioneer Editorial: Let Beer Summit be the start

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President Barack Obama today will meet with Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Sgt. James Crowley at the White House, both of them coming from Cambridge, Mass.

Dubbed by the media as the "Beer Summit," the idea at first blush seems smart. Gates, who is black, was taken into custody by Crowley, who is white, after Crowley accused him of disorderly conduct for protesting the officers who answered a call of potential house burglars. Gates, a Harvard scholar, was entering his own house.

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