• Kent State redux

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Next week is the anniversary of what has come to be known as the Kent State Massacre.

On May 4, 1970, four students at the Ohio college were killed and nine others wounded, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis, when members of the Ohio National Guard opened fire on a crowd of young people. Some were protesting the U.S. invasion of Cambodia on top of our continued involvement in Vietnam, others were merely passers-by.

That was then. This is now:

(From the Associated Press)

Police say a weekend brawl and riot near Kent State University in Ohio started with the arrest of a female for underage drinking.

Kent Police Chief James Peach says 50 people were arrested Saturday at the off-campus “College Fest.” The annual party marks the near-end of the school year but is not an approved Kent State activity.

Fires were intentionally set. Peach says a large crowd chanted and challenged police and firefighters by throwing bottles, rocks and other items. Most of the people arrested were charged with misdemeanor counts of failure to disperse.

Peach also said Monday that one police officer who responded, from nearby Lakemore, had a heart attack later at his home and died.

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