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William Ayers and Bernadette Dohrn at the Pratt

The Ayers/Dohrn tour has been bumpy. Appearances at Boston College and other places have been called off because of the pair's past links to the radical Weather Underground (see hippie-era photo at left). Ayers and Dohrn, who have been university professors in recent years, were drawn back into the public eye when Sarah Palin accused Barack Obama of "palling around with terrorists," a barb aimed at a reported connection to Ayers.

Outside the Pratt last night, a small group protested the Ayers/Dohrn appearance, but the audience was appreciative. Both thanked the Pratt for the invitation to speak. "In a free republic, you have to have a free library," Dohrn said.

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Photo from Chicago Tribune

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