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‘When the War Came Home’  Area author re-examines 1970 Kent State killings

NORTHFIELD — Imagine yourself as a 20-year-old college student protesting the Vietnam War when all of a sudden 28 Ohio National Guardsmen start shooting into the crowd.

What what you do?

Around noon on May 4, 1970 at Kent State University, four students protesting the Vietnam War were killed and nine were injured after the guards opened fire.

Bill Newman, a third year student at Antioch college at the time — three hours away from Kent State — thought this might be possible, talking among his friends saying the government could punish America’s disapproval with the war, but never in his wildest dreams did he imagine . . .

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