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By Desiree Cooper, Detroit Free Press Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
Feb. 1--GENTLER? KINDER? IT'S STILL THE KLAN: The furor over Saturday's auction of nearly a dozen Klan robes in Howell finally is over. Throughout the three-week ordeal, we've heard from everyone -- Gary Gray, the unrepentant auctioneer; the incensed Howell Diversity 2001 Council; the NAACP and the clergy. Everyone, that is, except the Klan -- until now.
"I'm angry that the robes were for sale as well," said Phil Lawson in a weekend interview. "I think they should be donated and put up as history."
Lawson is the Grand Dragon of Michigan's Mystic Knights of the Ku Klux …