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Ohio bars Michigan-hating license plates

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio won't let vanity license plates display some of the extreme feelings stirred up by the Ohio State-Michigan football rivalry.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/rNMMv5 ) plates such as "KILBLU," ''HATEMI" (HATE MI) and "UMH8ER" (UM HATER) have been rejected by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

The bureau bars vanity plates that are lewd, rude or crude, or that express hatred toward a person or group.

Bureau Assistant Registrar Jamie Bryan says requests for anti-Michigan plates start coming in at the beginning of football season.

The Buckeyes play their annual game against the Wolverines Saturday in Ann Arbor.

An official with the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio says it's wrong to let people express themselves on their license plates and then restrict what they can say.

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