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As Ex-Radical Nears Release, Old Wounds Are Reopened

Brent Newbury was just 14, playing football on the fields at Nyack High School, when two police officers and a security guard were killed in a shootout after a group of radicals robbed a Brink’s armored car in 1981. It had a profound effect on him: He decided to become a police officer. Nine years later when he joined the Nyack Police Department, home to the two slain officers, one of the four rooms in the station was devoted entirely to storing evidence in the case, Mr. Newbury said. “That’s how important it was,” he said. “We thought of the officers who were killed as heroes. For every police officer in this county, this was the main concern for us, this terrible tragedy.” More than 20 years after the three men were killed, Kathy Boudin, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for her role in the killings, stands close to freedom after two state parole commissioners voted on Wednesday to grant her parole. For her supporters it was cause for jubilation. For others like Mr. Newbury, it brought back all the pain of the past. But on both sides the intense emotions were a reminder just how vivid the reverberations from the case — and the era it represented — still are. Full Story

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