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R.I.P. Kathy Boudin, Former Member of the Weatherman

Former left-wing radical, member of the Weatherman (aka Weather Underground), long-time fugitive, participant in a Black Liberation Army robbery that went terribly wrong, wife, mother and former prisoner Kathy Boudin, has died at age 78 of cancer.

What a life she led. I did not know her, but like many people in college during the Vietnam war and the 1970 explosion at an East Village townhouse where the group was making bombs, I followed their activities in the news and at anti-war rallies.

I did not know (or forgot) until reading the NY Times obituary today that the Weatherman took their name from the Bob Dylan's song, "Subterranean Homesick Blues", and the line "You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows"). When I started TalkLeft (20 years ago next month), I gave it the tagline, which still appears at the bottom of the home page, "The pump don't work 'cause the vandals took the handles"-- also from Subterranean Homesick Blues. [More...]

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Two Sons of Removed Spies, Left in U.S., Completely Broke

Juan Lazaro Jr., 17, and his half brother, Waldo Mariscal, 38,ara the sons of Journalist Vicky Pelaez and her husband, Juan Lazaro. Until two weeks ago, the family lived comfortably in Yonkers, MY, which is in Southern Westchester County, about 1/2 hour from Manhattan. Their parents are now in Russia. Vicky Pelaez is planning on leaving Russia for Peru, and ultimately Brazil.

Her son Juan, Jr. , at 17, is building a career as an accomplished pianist. He's got a shot at making it, according to his teachers.He wants to stay in NY and finish.

But, the Government has seized their home in Yonkers and they have no money. They have asked the Red Cross for help.

Lazarro fooled his wife and children. Ms. Pelaez's lawyer heard her ask her husband in court last week, "What was your real name?"

Turns out, Lazarro had the whole family fooled. [More...]

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