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Service With a Smile

By on 2.5.09 | 11:42AM

"Turned to Life of Service After Killing," the startling headline in my N.Y. Times says today, over its tender obituary of Warren Kimbro, former Black Panther, who has died at 74. The opening paragraph alone is an unsatirizable classic:

Warren Kimbro, who as a fledgling member of the Black Panther Party shot and killed a suspected police informer in New Haven in 1969, prompting a series of trials that made national headlines, but who later earned a Harvard degree and became a respected community leader, died in New Haven on Tuesday.

No word if he ever visited Leonard Bernstein at his apartment. Or if Bill Ayers reached out to him.

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