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Former radical to speak at university

April 28, 2010 at 3:07 PM   |   Comments

LARAMIE, Wyo., April 28 (UPI) -- The University of Wyoming says it will comply with a federal court order to allow '60s radical William Ayers to speak on campus Wednesday night.

"We will do everything in our power to provide a safe and secure environment for his visit," university President Tom Buchanan said in a release Wednesday.

U.S. District Court Judge William Downes Tuesday ruled university leaders couldn't prevent Ayers from speaking.

Students who had invited Ayers to speak went to court after the college canceled an April 5 speaking engagement by Ayers. Buchanan, in his release Wednesday, cited "overriding safety concerns" for the cancellation.

Ayers teaches social justice and education at the University of Illinois-Chicago. He co-founded the Weather Underground, a radical anti-war group that conducted a series of bombings of government buildings, police departments and the Pentagon in the 1970s. No one was killed.

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